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5 Decisions You Should Make to Change The World

5 Decisions You Should Make to Change The World

When you hear people talk of changing the world, the picture that comes to the mind of most is that of a larger-than-life superhero turning things around. Or a super-rich young man giving away all his wealth to feed the world’s poorest. While both are a good way to change the world, if you have the means to do any―there are other ways to make an impact. Even in little ways.

If you’re interested in making a change in the world but worried you do not have the means to make a significant impact, there are some other ways to make the world a lot better.

1. Give Free Labor

Do you know what is the most precious gift you can give after your love? Your labor. When you give away your labor for a particular project or cause, it’s a part of you that cannot be reclaimed again you’re giving. Your labor is a sacred gift. So, giving free labor will make a lot of difference in several instances.

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Charitable institutions, and non-profit organizations that are established on goodwill, are often faced with the challenges of meeting up with their daily recurring expenses. This includes the remuneration paid to their staff members. While they’re charity organizations, their staffs who work full time have to feed and clothe their families.

Having an experienced individual who is qualified to hold a position such as an advisory position, or someone who can contribute man-hours without having to pay them, can make their missions a lot easier. This means they have the means to reach and touch more lives because of your singular contribution.

However, even though giving your labor can help make the world a better place, it’s very important to distinguish when you’re doing that out of guilt from when you’re doing it out of passion. If you struggle to know the difference, then it’s important to know when you should be giving your labor away. Again, your labor is sacred and should only be given away when you feel justified to do so.

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2. Start A Small Business

For every new business that is established, there are more potential employment opportunities created. The contribution of small businesses to the employment market is significant. Over 120 million people (more than 50% of the working population) work for a small business.

While your new business may not be providing direct employment, the indirect employment small businesses generate also help keeping the unemployment stress under control. Small businesses do not only contribute to employment, they also add significant figures to the economy as a whole. According to SBA.gov, there are around 28 million small businesses in the United States and they make up for 54% of all sales in the U.S.

3. Follow and Hold Political Leaders Accountable

Today, more than ever, is a period where leaders should be held more accountable. Have you taken the time to see what your senators and congressmen and congresswomen are doing? Making sure you follow what political leaders are doing, and ensuring they are held accountable for their actions or lack of it can help change the world.

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In the age of technology and fast communication, it’s not unexpected that there would be a tool to monitor your senators and their actions such as the votes they make and how they impact everyone. Use the means and tools that technology has provided, which also include the petition website Change.org to ensure that every political leader is held accountable.

4. Support A Movement

There are several movements that are formed to make the world a more pleasant place to live in. Supporting a movement will make the world a better place for everyone. For example, education is a very important human right that should not be denied anyone: your gender, race, or views about the world should not determine whether you have access to the best quality education or not.

I, for one, support the movement for equal rights and access to education for girls. If you are passionate about a movement, do you do enough to support such movement?

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5. Talk to A Stranger

While we’re all dealing with the hustle and bustle of life, we often forget that the next person is our responsibility. This means ensuring that every person you meet is happier because they met you is a step towards making the world a better place.

Start by having a conversation with a stranger. There’s immense power in talking with people. Someone you say “hi” to, might warm up enough to you and tell you about their rough day. You do not have to help. Just providing a listening ear could lift a lot of weight off their heart.

Do you still think you need superpowers to change the world? What about making the decision to try one of the things I shared?

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Last Updated on June 8, 2018

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

Facebook is eating away your time

    How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

    2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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    Likeaholic

      When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

      3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

      priorities

        Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

        4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

        lack of intimacy

          Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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          5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

          mother baking

            Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

            6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

            drowning

              A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

              7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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              sleeping your life away

                Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                wanting what someone else is having

                  There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                  9. Sensationalism still sells.

                  free expression

                    With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                    10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                    gun to mother earth

                      This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

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