Sunday, September 23, 2007

If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When?

As I begin reading the book War On The Middle Class by Lou Dobbs, the assertion he makes that large businesses and special interest groups continue widening the gap between rich and poor is not a stunning revelation--at least not in my mind.

In a society marred by overpaid CEO's, elected officials ceasing to enact legislation for their majority constituents, weakening public education systems, rising health care costs, and the loss of domestic jobs to cheap overseas labor, one can only wonder when America will wake up. In my opinion, we will wake up when common people begin to change the world. Yes, you and me, one day at a time.

I just finished reading Ben Casnocha's book My Start-Up Life, which I highly recommend to all you business minded folks. However, it isn't the business side of things that stuck in my mind. It is a simple anecdote that describes the power within each of us to change the world. If not you, who? If not now, when? Ask yourself seriously: "Am I helping solve the worlds problems, or am I contributing to them?"

If you are upset with elected officials, than go vote. If you don't like a particular corporation, than don't give them your business. If you want to change the world, than do something about it. Instead of complaining, start acting. If you want to be heard, write a blog. Volunteer in your local community. Seek out mentors. Help someone in need. If not you, who? If not now, when?

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