There IS an answer
Poverty. AIDS. Global Warming. War. Terrorism. Hunger. Illiteracy. Inequality. Discrimination. Unemployment. Racism. Natural disasters. Violence. Prejudice. Drug trafficking. Depression. Nuclear weapons. Genocide. Human smuggling. Overpopulation. Corruption. These are the plagues of the new century. To be more exact, these are just SOME of the plagues of the new millennium.
So many challenges raise so many questions. What can be done to help us feel a little more secure in this totally uncontrollable and unpredictable environment? How can we alleviate existing global problems? Will life be easier or harder in the future? Will our children experience the same challenges? What does the future hold for us? And, more importantly, is there hope?
Today, no one can predict what tomorrow will be like. No one can change the global order of things. No one has the power to influence the global tide of life. No one has the knowledge to solve any of the existing global problems. It may sound like there is no answer and no hope. But actually, there IS an answer that gives hope. The answer is Together. Any of these challenges can be met by a joint effort, by mutual understanding and trust, and by collective responsibility and awareness. That is, by holding hands. Holding hands is a principle that should be applied to the current global order of things, if we are concerned with our future and if we do not want the life of our children to be more challenging than ours. This principle should also be something more than just reaction to challenges. If holding hands is accepted universally as a way of life, it will help prevent the development of new global problems.
As American anthropologist and writer Margaret Mead once pointed out: «Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.» If everyone of us realizes the meaning of assertive citizenship and looks for like-minded people among our family members, friends or co-workers, and together we will try to bring a change to our schools, offices, or neighbourhoods, the world will become a more peaceful place. As holding hands principle has it, it’s important that we look for support from our local communities. Local communities have the potential to serve as an engine for development of the entire society, because it’s where the change is born. Local communities is where the holding hands principle begins.