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So You Want to Change the World?

So You Want to Change the World?

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Published by One Big Shift
If you want to change the world, this is as good a place as any to start! Easy to read, easy to implement. One simple idea.
If you want to change the world, this is as good a place as any to start! Easy to read, easy to implement. One simple idea.

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Published by: One Big Shift on Dec 10, 2011
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So You Want ToChange The World?
Alan Macmillan Orr 
All content public domainAlan Macmillan Orr 2011Share Freely
Lets face it. Changing the world is no easy task, even if you have superhero powers! And anyway,why do you want to change the world? The world, and the animals, and the universe, and the fish,and the insect, and the trees all seem to be quite happy, and have been for a very long time.Oh I see, you mean you want to change the human world, and the species that has been the mostinventive and the most destructive of all the species? Ah, well that's a different matter! That I canhelp you with.Who am I? Well, nobody really. My parents named me Alan, I was born in Scotland 42 and ahalf years ago, and have had a fairly ordinary life.Up to my 30
birthday I was like everyone else, just trying to get on, to fit in, to make enoughmoney to enjoy myself on the weekends, have a holiday a couple of times a year, and have anattractive girlfriend.I didn't really care about anything, apart from myself, not because I was a bad person, just because I had no awareness of anything in the world, least of all myself, and the impact I washaving as one small human being amongst billions.I'll spare you the details, but all I can say is I am still one small human amongst billions, buttoday I have woken up. And it's like a curtain being drawn back, where you can finally seeeverything for what it truly is. Which is a blessing and a curse!It is now 3.55am on a Monday, and for the last few days an idea has been forming in my mindthat I can no longer wait to get down on paper. I wish I could just go back to sleep, but it seems my path now dictates that I wake in the middle of the night and have to get up and start writing.You may not agree with any of it, you may think it's the stupidest idea you've ever heard, andthat's ok. We 're all different. But if you have any better ideas, get in touch and share them.So before I pass out from tiredness, without further ado, this is the content of the idea.
Chapter 1Background
We all talk a good game don't we? We all want to change the world, to make the world a better  place for our children, to bring peace to the world... Blah blah blah...The reality is, as we know, a different story. Greedy, powerful men (and women) control theworld we live in, and whilst talking peace, are busy at war. Jealous husbands are beating their wives, animals are being murdered in their billions, our rivers and seas are being polluted, our landis sick from all the pesticides being used, human waste in the form of toxic metals, chemicals, and plastics are being buried in the earth, and everyone is being encouraged to buy, buy, buy!We are on a collision course with disaster but no one cares. Someone says the climate is beingadversely affected by the CO
emissions, from industry, cars, planes, and everyone's favourite bit of steak, the cow. Meanwhile someone else is saying that the climate isn't changing.Someone says organic farming is the way forward, and the next week someone prints an articlein the newspaper saying it isn't.Someone tells us to use less, meanwhile someone else is paying millions to advertise to us to usemore.Someone tells us we need to be more healthy and someone else sells us food that is bad for our health.Had enough yet? I have. You see whenever someone tries to “do the right thing” someone else isworking against them. I guess some might say that that is the nature of balance in the universe. Andanyway, who knows what the right thing is?Of course we know who knows! It's your local friendly government. And if you live in ademocracy, you put them there, to represent you (and your interests).That means if you are a pollution causing heavy industry they are there to represent you. If youare an environmentalist they are there to represent you. If you are a tree logger they are there torepresent you. If you are a vegetarian they are there to represent you. If you are a bank they arethere to represent you. If you sells arms they are there to represent you. If you are a charity saving

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