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Be The Change: How I Will Change My World With Love and Respect

Joined: 12/9/2012
Posts: 1
World Peace, it’s the word that leaves every beauty queens lips, every pastor has taught at least one sermon on it, most people think they want it and yet its’ impossible to achieve. It’s not that humans are born wanting war but at their core they lack the ability to respect people on all levels. It’s the arrogant belief that I am right, you are wrong therefore your arguments are invalid. This circular logic defines societies. It has for centuries and will continue to until the world self-destructs. It’s the differences between the rich and poor, gay and straight, Christian and Muslim, which create these lines in the sand no one is willing to cross. Changing the world so the world can have peace will need to start small. There is no civilization in this world that wants their beliefs thrown out because someone believes they are wrong. That is tyranny. But by committing acts of love, opening minds, and developing respect across all levels, changing the world will become simpler.
In 2013 I plan to change the world by changing my world view. I will be traveling to Madagascar with a conservative Christian group. My views are not conservative in fact they are quite progressive. I believe in marriage equality, I’m pro-choice and in fact I am the daughter of a proud lesbian woman who teaches a class called human sexuality at the local college. I am a conservative Christian’s nightmare. But I am not going on this trip to interrupt the views of other people or to demand they see things my way. No, I have a strong belief that in order to receive respect you must first give it. Therefore this trip to Madagascar is not for me to be selfish. It is for education and a love of serving people. I want to drill myself on how to best serve people, how to understand another’s perspective and how to develop a sophisticated world view.
In my life I have been blessed with several opportunities to serve the wider world and in Madagascar I will spend 2 months attending to the needs of orphans in different areas. Most of the traveling will be done on dirt-bike and there will be no running water. I once heard an anonymous quote that perfectly encompasses my feelings on how to change the world, “Show love and care to all the people around you and to those you meet in in your life today. So when someone asks you, ‘Are you in love?’ Then you can proudly answer ‘No love is in me!’ ” Love is something you can say a million times but only your actions can back it up. Therefore my trip will be about loving people not through words but through tangible action. I will show these orphans that love is something they deserve and that someone will give it to them.
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Comment by Kwweesten

Joined: 2/9/2012
Posts: 51
This was very moving. Good luck with your trip!
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 10:09:36 PM
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Comment by Nate DeRose

Joined: 12/11/2012
Posts: 91
Congratulations! Your essay has been chosen as a Semi-Finalist for the "Be the Change" December writing contest.

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We loved reading your essay and look forward to reading your future essays on Please continue to write for our contests!

-Nate DeRose
Writing Intern
Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 6:57:22 PM
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