The Majority of people underestimate their gifts & abilities to change the world in a positive way, and I don't blame you, we all become overwhelmed by the sheer number of things that need to be done to survive in this "modern world", all the people in need of help, and all the corruption that exists with the purpose of wearing down your ability to overcome the challenge.
However, lots of individuals are making small efforts that change the world, and because of those souls, the next thought is worthy of mention:
“I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
– From The Book of Good Cheer : A Little Bundle of Cheery Thoughts (1909) by Edwin Osgood Grover
By beginning to asking yourself what small thing you can do right now, where you are, with what you have, you will start to see the hand of The Almighty I AM.
A friend of mine published a speech worthy of sharing in this season, so If you need more inspiration on How To Change The World read along; it is my pleasure to present it to you.
"It was August 27, 1963, the eve of the March to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Tomorrow, on August 28th, marchers would attempt to urge America to "make real the promises of democracy." After a grueling journey lined with boycotts, sit ins, and jail stays while protesting racism trying to understand how to change the world (Biography.com), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an American civil rights activist, was preparing his speech to present to a national audience for the first time. The audience... an unprecedented 250,000 people. Guardian News reports that he wanted it to be received like the “Gettysburg Address”. His aides advised, “Don’t use the lines about ‘I have a dream’ “It’s trite, it’s cliche. You’ve used it too many times already,”. Ironically, his speech is well known as the "I Have a Dream" speech.
Today, I would like to examine Dr. King's dream to help those who find themselves asking How To Change The World; the speach can be found here: AmericanRethoric.com.
"Specifically, we'll look at his distinctive speaking style, the impact that his speech had on culture, and how this might impact someone you love’s life.
Dr. King had a very distinctive speaking style, using dramatic pauses and varied voice inflections to drive his points home. He also used a variety of rhetorical devices such as alliteration, which gives his speech an almost lyrical quality, allusion, to bring emotion from shared references, and metaphors to build pictures in his audience’s mind.
I liked his use of anaphoras the most, particularly the phrase, “I have a dream,” He repeated this phrase 16 times. He used another anaphora four times, “one hundred years later,” to paint the picture of how racism caused black people to feel.
He stated, “But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So, we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.”
Dr. King’s very graphic description of what it was like to be black in America is both sad and rather frustrating. The Negro was still not free. One example brought tears to my eyes when I read it. He stated, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Here he is using the literary device of antithesis to contrast between skin color and character.
Dr. King made an impact with his use literary devices, rhetoric, and speaking style.
His speech also made a significant impact on his culture. According to Biography.com, he was instrumental in "ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965”. He was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1964 due to his efforts.
When Dr. King was assassinated U.S. History.org tells us that Robert F. Kennedy gave a speech in response while campaigning for president.
He stated, "you can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. ...Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love."
Dr. King made a lasting, impact that reaches into our culture, even today. In 2009, Barack Obama, served two terms as the first African American President.
Dr. King dreamed of eliminating the discrimination of others. Even though his impact was substantial, we can still see people being singled out for some characteristic about them.
I believe that racism is just a different way to bully someone. Bullying affects people in hurtful ways. Sadly, these "manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination” can be had today by anyone who experiences bullying. His dream was that one day we won’t, “judge each other based on the color of our skin.“ According to Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center “appearance, race, and religion are among the top reasons kids get bullied.”
Kids can get bullied anywhere; a playground, public school, or even at a homeschooling group.
According to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children, “1 in 3 kids gets bullied, 30% of kids are the bully, and 70% have watched bullying”. Bullied kids can become angry people or they might think if they change the way they are, they won’t get bullied anymore. This can sometimes lead to suicide. U.S. News tells us that, “Suicide rates among teens and young adults have reached their highest point in nearly two decades.”
These kids are the future of our country. Does this concern you?
I believe that Dr. King’s speech is important because, when I was in public school, I got bullied constantly… because of my height, I just turned 15... because we moved to a mostly Hispanic school, …and even because I prayed for my lunch. That’s why we homeschool.
But it didn’t stop there... In the first Christian homeschool group I went to, an older girl beat me up and held me on the ground. But what hurt the most was the other kids who didn’t do anything to help.
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;”. [Luke 6:37]
It was very hard to forgive them, but those situations taught me that love and forgiveness are the only things that bring freedom.
We’ve explored what made Dr. King’s speaking style distinctive, how his speech impacted a nation, and how we see the seeds of racism in the bullying that is affecting our nation.
We live in a depraved society filled with judgment, sin, and bullying, but there is hope...
Near the end of his speech, he uses two more anaphoras where he talks about the faith that gives us hope together. He says, “This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.” He placed his faith in Jesus Christ, who is the author and finisher of our faith.
We witness bullying every day. Is this what we want? It’s not what I want...
Because, I have a dream that one day, we won’t bully each other. Rather, we will help each other out just like Dr. King wanted us to.
That’s my dream... So, will you join me in making this world a better place?"
All lives matter, not just black lives...
[15 Year Old Speech From: Arisa Dutton Phoenix, Arizona]
In addition to this information we add:
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ The Messiah Yahushua. [Galatians 3:28]