Monday, May 16, 2011

I want

I want. I want to be doing something important with my life. I suppose everyone does. Or maybe they don't. But I am pretty sure that is not an original desire. Important things—things that make a positive difference in the world. Things that make the citizens of the world more keen to understand each other. Things that increase the value of the human life at a personal level. I want to give the 800 million impoverished people in the world an opportunity to alleviate their basic needs; to provide them with education so they can make their own decisions.

I want to make a difference. I want to elevate the discourse. I want to get away from the petty arguments. I want to work away from the anger and hatred that accompanies the human life. I want to be an idealist with a philosophy that works. I want to be married to the ideology of the practical. I want to abandon the practical for the impossible. I want to find the intersection of the two and make the world better through their confluence—the practically impossible.

I want to make a difference. I want to take on the fight of a lifetime. I want to vanquish the naysayers. I want to make the world a better place. And I want to do it with the world behind me.

I don't want to fight an opponent. I want to make my opponents fight for me. I want allies against discontent and ignorance—not allies against my fellow man. I want to galvanize us all into searching for the answers that benefit all of us; that satisfy our needs completely and without compromise.

I believe I can do it. I will start by making myself known to the world. I will start by finding the philosophy of the practically impossible. I will find the work that is beyond a career—the passion of a lifetime. I will find the love, the balance, the joy, the clarity, the morality, the innocence, the equanimity, the confidence, and the support to make the world better.

I want you to join me. I know it is cheesy. I know it is hard. I am asking you to join me in making the world better; starting with you. Be better; be present; be human. Give without expectation; find truth through naiveté; forgive; be patient; be fearless.

Always be fearless.

And I will try to do the same. Everyday.