Recently I was watching a video from Kid President, called "How to Change the World (A Work in Progress)". Instead of posting the YouTube link, I've decided to just type out the main points that he makes, and give my two cents on each point.
Kid President gives 8 points on how people go about changing, or not changing the world:
1. They complain about it.
I totally agree with this first one. Say somebody has a problem with our government. Do they do something? Well, more often then not they just sit and complain. Sure people can pose the argument, "Well we're just citizens who have no way of really impacting governmental affairs." ....so? Instead of complaining, people need to have a solution. As I've heard many times in my life, you can complain about something as long as you have a solution to fix it. So what if we have no way to impact said government? Do we have a plan to make things better if one day we were able to?
2. They think you have to have a lot of money
I am certainly no big baller, haha. I make it by just as the other college student does. But if I could choose to either have a lot of money, and have a moderate amount, I would choose to have a moderate amount. Now I'm not gonna lie... a little bit more money can always be helpful. In adulthood though, I don't want to be consumed and/or controlled by money, and I doubt that anybody else would want to sacrifice their choices and freedom to the green in their pocket either. Money does not equal happiness
3. Some people think you have to be loud and yell a lot
Haha, this one made me laugh. But yeah, don't be yellin' for no reason. You never know who you will piss off, and the next thing you know, you have a fist in your throat
4. Other people choose to just make fun of everything
This, is true too. In some people I know, I see them constantly making light of seriously bad situations to try and hide either their fear, or inadequacy. Though seeing the light in the tunnel is a valuable skill to have, people shouldn't be constantly masking their emotions under slight remarks, when they know that deep down they are scared to be vulnerable.... scared to reach for what they really want. Acceptance? Belonging? A hug? A fight? Sometimes, all passive aggression does is hurt the person who is saying it. The other people know that it's passive aggression, and all said person is doing is burying their vulnerability deeper and deeper.
5. Some people think change can only be done by the smartest people in the world
"Leave it up to the people who know what they are doing." Heard this one a lot? In some situations, this could be one hundred person valid. In other situations, tell me that saying this is not a cop out. Tell me that when you have said this or do say this that you have extinguished every bit of your competent and reasonable mind. Tell me that you have not succumbed to agreeing who the 'smart people' are because society has collectively determined that.
6. Some people see the bad in the world and decide to ignore it
I would say that turning a blind eye to things that we know are happening, can possibly make a change, and choose nothing to do so, is arguably just as bad as doing it yourself
7. Some people think you have to famous and super cool
If you want to be famous, then BE FAMOUS! Follow that dream, and do it! If you believe that your calling to change the world includes fame, that chase that dream! If you think that simply 'being famous' will give you a gold sticker in society and let people see you, then I would argue to say that you're doing it wrong.
8. Some people think you have to be powerful
I would say that this one is pretty open ended. I guess you do have to have a solid standing of power, or a backing of many supporters to enact the change you want to see, but I don't think you necessarily have to be 'powerful'. Kind of going back to number seven, Kid President says in one of his videos that celebrities and powerful people wake up in the morning and put their pants on, one leg at a time. Just. Like. You. We're all human folks. Forget titles. As cliche as it sounds, you can be the change you want to see. We all have the same 24 hours. We all put our shoes on, one foot at a time. We all have beating hearts. (Or a pacemaker)
"The truth is, a title doesn't make you more important. The world is changed by you. It's one person filled with love, and they just have to live it out. So they do something awesome, that that person is filled with love, and then they do something awesome, and it just goes on and on. The next thing you know, everything's awesome" - Robby Novak (Kid President)
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