A good friend of mine posted these lyrics on Facebook:
“There are some things in this world that you just can’t change. There are some things that you don’t see until it’s to late.”
A couple minutes later Michael sent me a link “Mia Farrow inspires and moves 16,000 youth in Vancouver’s GM Place.”
When you move to a country like India you might think that you are going to show people “the right way” to do things. When you get here you realize there are things you just can’t change.
When you live far away from human suffering – the holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, the slums of India – you may think you can’t change it or you may not see it until it is too late.
Mia Farrow, the Dalai Lama and many others, spoke to 16,000 youth for WE day in Vancouver, Canada, organized by Free the Children. Free The Children “empowers children in North America to take action to improve the lives of fellow children overseas.”
Can we make a change? Of course we can, we know we can. We just have to make an effort. To quote Mia: “The world is a dangerous place, not only because of those who would do evil things, but because of those who look on and do nothing. I think our own feelings of helplessness are our own worst enemy. We are not helpless.”
I love her analogy of the “ripple within us…you (the audience)became a wave…keep shouting and this mighty wave will become the tide that can shape the course of history.”
Craig Kielburger started Free the Children when he was 12 years old. I think at 12 one does not feel helpless, they feel like they can do anything. That is why his organization targets children – educating children to help other children – to change the world. At 12 he felt a ripple. Today children around the world benefit from the wave.