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[PROSE] An Idea.

Updated: Sep 30, 2023

Imagine standing in a vast, open field, a sledgehammer and chisel in hand, tasked with carving a path across an untouched expanse. Each swing of the hammer, each chip of the chisel, not only forms the foundation for progress but also shapes the mosaic of our diverse and interconnected world. Each stone, unique and valuable, embodies the experiences and contributions of individuals across the globe - from the farmer who celebrates a bountiful harvest to the philanthropist who uses wealth to spread good.

This path is a manifestation of our collective journey and a symbol of our shared humanity. This road is paved by unsung heroes whose individual stones have charted the course of history, often away from the limelight.

Imagine Irene Morgan, a black woman who refused to give up her bus seat a decade before Rosa. Her act of defiance sparked a Supreme Court battle, her stone adding a crucial landmark in our path of racial equality. Then there’s Bayard Rustin, a black gay man who influenced the route toward equality and acceptance, planting his stone while mentor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Let’s not forget Larry Itliong, a Filipino-American who orchestrated the Delano Grapes Strike, placing a stepping stone for Cesar Chavez and cementing the importance of collective action in our shared journey.

The path we tread is not built by these individuals alone. Behind these champions of change are countless others, their names often unrecorded in history. They are the neighbors having hushed conversations in the yard, families challenging each other's beliefs at the dinner table, and coworkers whispering words of change during lunch breaks. They are the countless individuals whose everyday actions and quiet defiance sow the seeds of change. Though less visible, their stones are just as integral to the path we're building.

Now, it's our turn. We are the change-makers of the present: the tech enthusiast developing platforms for marginalized voices, the climate activist advocating for sustainability, and the teacher championing equal access to online learning. Every stone we add shapes our future. Each act of kindness, each challenge to the norm, adds a rock to the path of progress, echoing the joyful essence of our shared mission.

Actual systemic change — which digs deep to alter societies at their core — isn't just about rewriting laws or reshuffling institutions; it's also about understanding, respect, and empathy among individuals. The vitality of honing interpersonal skills and fostering understanding becomes apparent when we consider communities in conflict. A mere policy change may not suffice, but the groundwork laid by individual empathy and mutual respect can pave the path to lasting peace.

Every conversation, every act of kindness, and every challenge to the norm becomes a stone in the path of progress. Our approach is not just about the rocks; it's about how they fit together to pave a road toward a future where understanding, empathy, and respect are the cornerstones of our society. The whispers of change shared by our unsung heroes may not have rewritten laws, but they've undoubtedly shifted attitudes and perspectives.

In this grand endeavor to build a road toward progress, we must remember the joy that fuels us. It is the joy of connection, the joy of understanding, and the joy of a shared vision. As we add stone after stone to this path, we not only pave the way for a brighter future but also find our joy in the process — the joy of making a difference, the joy of standing up for what is right, and ultimately, the joy of being part of something larger than ourselves.

We may not see the end of this path we are carving, but each stone we lay is a testament to our shared hope and unwavering commitment. Let's remember to celebrate the journey and find joy in every step we take. Ultimately, the road to a joyful universe starts with a single stone, a single step — and every stone, every step, matters.

Values to Adopt:

  1. We're All in This Together: What happens to one person affects us all. So, if we want the world to be better, we must look out for each other.

  2. Kindness for Everyone: We need to encourage people to be nicer to each other, even if they don't like each other.

  3. Doing the Right Thing Globally: We must encourage people to do the “right thing.”

  4. Learn About Ourselves and Others: Everyone should have opportunities that help them understand their own feelings and the feelings of others better.

  5. Choose Change: We need to change the game's rules so everyone gets a fair shot; for example, we could decide money has no meaning.

Building Strong Communities: We must bring people together, locally and globally. Ask, “What could ‘One United Earth’ look like?”

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