Whack-A-Mole

I’m loving Twitter nowadays. I’ve finally figured out how to use it to learn about the things that matter to me–the news of the condition of the whole world. For me that means not just the 24-hour news blather, which tends to perseverate in its coverage of one or two high-ratings topics. I want to know about the water projects in the Africa and the education initiatives in America. I just retweeted something from the UN Foundation on a campaign to end child marriage. THIS is important to me.

But I must confess, scanning the tweets of those I’m following, I feel once again that I’ve embarked on a game of Whack-A-Mole, taking aim at an unending parade of ills in the world, with little accuracy or impact. I want a system-wide approach. We human beings are smart creatures. Can’t we fix this?

Certainly we could if we wanted to. And I believe that is the real hold-up. Despite the amazing work being done by outstanding people all around the world, most of us are too busy with ourselves, too greedy to change the status quo that benefits us, or too eager to protect our prerogative to hold power over others. In my little corner of the world, where most of us are decent people at heart, we secure our own safety and well-being, give with some degree of generosity to charity, and feel that’s all we can do.

We need a bigger change, a shot in the arm, a kick in the pants. This is what religion means to me. It is the voice of the ultimate Authority telling complacent little us that indeed what we are doing is NOT enough, that we can and must do something more, something different. And that the way out of the Whack-A-Mole game is to change our own hearts and to assist our neighbors in their efforts to do the same.

In the end, purifying the human heart is the only solution.

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