Effecting Change

Amidst the immigration and refugee crisis on our border, some are looking at deeper and more lasting ways to effect change.  One of these ideals is to work for the improvement of the dangerous and unbearable conditions is the countries from which immigrants are streaming for asylum.  While practical issues of safety and assimilation spring from our collective left brain, as Americans, our right brain reminds us of the words on Lady Liberty:  “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddles masses, yearning to breathe free.”  No wonder such cognitive dissonance threatens to keep things in a stalemate.

A New York Times Bestseller, Originals, by Adam Gran, cites in its Foreword the words of Sheryl Sandberg about the role of creativity and courage  needed in agents of profound change,  “Every day, we all encounter things we love and things that need to change.  The former gives us joy.  The latter fuel our desire to make the world different—ideally better than the way we found it.  But trying to change deep-seated beliefs and behaviors is daunting.  We accept the status quo because effecting real change seems impossible.  Still, we dare to ask:  Can one individual make a difference?  And, in our bravest moments:  Could that one individual be me?”

Moral courage is a beautiful and rare thing in a world driven for the love of money and self promotion.  It is the only authority strong enough to address the most complex problems faced in a family, a business, or a society.