There is a lot of anger, frustration, and most of all, relentless amounts of complaining concerning politics right now. People are upset. They feel betrayed by their leader(s) and they are churning out memes, social media messages, and other negative noises as the dissonance grows.

But has any of it been effective? Has anything significant changed?

You don’t have to strain yourself to arrive at a simple conclusion: There has not been enough accomplished. Not by most people’s measure.

The reason for this is because the media–instant messages with no deep research, nor social ramifications–is the message: This is a disposable culture of cheap throwaway lines and cliches. That’s what a meme is. It is a viral-like message that falls below the threshold of an original thought.

Now let’s revisit what John F. Kennedy said in his 1961 inaugural address, “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” He also had a message for non-Americans, “My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”

We can abbreviate this right now, and simply ask, “What will you do right here, right now?” Without pointing to someone else and saying, “It was his/her job to change the world for me!”, ask yourself what you can do to improve the world right now.

Everyone has power over their own attitude. Many of us are professionals who manage or oversee others. All of us work with people. Some of us have families. How do we act in situations where we have the power to make things better?

The truth is, some of us are negligent in one or more areas of our own life. There are people who work so hard, they forget about the needs of their family. There are people who perform poorly at their jobs, be they janitors or CEO’s because they focus only on themselves. And the list goes on and on.

You don’t have to work in politics to change the world. Just look at where you are, and what your own capabilities are. How can you improve yourself so that it better serves people who need or depend on you?

I know I’m not saying anything groundbreaking here. Just pointing out that we do have more power than we’re using, and redirecting the focus to where it belongs. Because that will have the most impact for generations to come.

 

 

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