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It's been said that the world is made up of 4 types of people: 1) Those that don't recognize the problems that exist in our society; 2) Those that recognize the problems, but don't care enough to act; 3) Those that recognize the problems and are too overwhelmed or frustrated to act; 4) Those that recognize society's problems and work actively towards solving them. Which type of person are you?
No one likes to think of themselves as oblivious to the world's problems or worse, too uncaring to try and solve them. When asked what type of person they are, most people see themselves as either number 3 or number 4-too overwhelmed or frustrated to act , or actively doing their part to make positive changes in the world. The truth is that most of us has been all of these "types" of people at point or another.
Sometimes people don't have enough information to recognize that a problem exists. At other times, certain problems don't seem like much of a priority. Most of us try to do our part, whether it's writing a letter to the editor of the local newspaper, voting in a state or national election, or shopping for organic products at our neighborhood grocery store. All of these actions are forms of activism and they all help create positive change.
Many of society's problems seem insurmountable. At one point or another you've probably found yourself throwing up your hands in disgust and asking, "I'm just one person. Things will never change, so why should I even bother?" To quote Mahatma Gandhi, " You may think your actions are meaningless and that they won't help, but that is no excuse, you must still act."
Here are five things you can do to stay passionate about activism:
And above all, know that you ARE making a positive difference in the world. As Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Looking to get inspired? Here are a few great links to get your started: