I want to make a difference – but what can one person do?

You may be hearing lots of conversations about ‘now’ s the time for change – with COVID-19 creating great uncertainty and also great possibility. You may also be hearing or saying “what can I do, I’m only one person?” The unspoken cry is “what can I do, to get the world to live according to my values, there’s no point just me acting if the rest of the world isn’t”.

But here is the opportunity – the point is living your values because you must, there’s no point if you are not living your values.

And who knows what ‘miracle’ may occur. My current dream is that our current political leaders have a thunderbolt of insight and realise that we need to do things differently and look for new ideas.

And as Economist Milton Friedman – the father of neo-liberalism – said: “Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable.”

So let’s make sure that the ideas lying around and the examples we set, are the ones we want to live by.

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