Do you want to change the world? Really change the world? We’ve learned, like every one else on this planet in more recent decades of change, that this happens when everyday people join hands and hearts to say, “not on our watch”. When everyday people, rich and poor, old and young, men and women, culturally and racially diverse, identify a problem and say, “we can do better”.
So this is my focus. The thinking I want to change. The one that I’m going to wage war against for the rest of my life. The inequity across our world. Inequity that breeds discontentment, jealousy and despair from the have-nots. And arrogance, hubris and lack of empathy from the have-s.
It’s a concoction of selfish ambition, hedonism and social Darwinism.
It’s the fuel of class divisions, social tension, and in the end, revolution.
But the word revolution need not conjure images of violence and war. It can look so very different. It can look like street marches, soup kitchens, catch up schools, music and arts events. It can be seen in our cities, towns and farming communities, or the Developing World. It requires standing up to law makers and power holders. And standing up for those finding themselves on the margins of economic, social and political power. It takes issue with culture by holding hands across the divide that says, “Poverty of any kind makes you less”. Because it doesn’t. It’s a lie.
And here’s the thing, this kind of revolution is a grassroots revolution. It’s led and sustained by the people on the streets and homes of our cities and suburbs. It’s made up of those who will sacrifice personally getting ahead to collectively foster a new kind of progress.
Foxglove tells everyday people the everyday stories of others. It knows the power of people. It’s gently asking that you join the revolution. The one that says ‘no’ to inequity. ‘No’ to divisions too often based on education, power, money, gender and race. Foxglove wants to introduce you to the brilliance found in all people. It may be dormant. It may be dim. Or it may blaze brightly. But it’s there and everyday people like you and me have the chance to believe it.
May the desire to change the world burn in our hearts. Because it can and it must.
PS: If you want a great read, try “A Truly Civil Society” by Eva Cox. It’s so good!