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    • Donald Sanders

    • August 10, 2017 in Columnists

    What can we do to change the world?

    You can’t please everybody. People have tried. It doesn’t matter what you do or what you say, somebody is not going to like it. That’s just the way it is. That’s the way it will always be because that’s the way it has always been. Some say it is evil against good, the eternal struggle set into motion by God himself so that he can sit in judgment of the free will of man. If God wants us to fuss and fight all the time, then he is not the God that I have in my mind.

    Today I read that a little boy named Gabriel Taye of Cincinnati, Ohio hanged himself with his necktie. It angers me and saddens me at the same time to think that an eight year old child has to see suicide as his only way out. Is this what the world has become? If this is the direction we’re moving in, what will the future be like? Even if life in the future is only as good as life is today, it will still be horrible.

    There is a saying that some adhere to that says, “If we don’t learn from history then we are doomed to repeat it.” The fact of the matter is all of recorded history is a joke — nonsense. Our knowledge of the past has always been incomplete and inaccurate. It’s clouded by ambivalent evidence and biased historians. How can anyone accurately describe 10,000 years in 200 pages? Only a fool would try and only another fool would believe what he has written.

    More than $14 trillion dollars was spent on international conflicts just in the last year. As it stands today, $30 billion dollars would feed the entire world. Every day there are 870 million people who are undernourished and we have the potential to end their hunger. For $39 billion dollars we could educate every child in the world at a cost of $1.17 per child per day. If my math is correct, we could feed and educate the world and still have $13.030 trillion dollars left for our conflicts.

    Maybe the historians can explain to us when and where we lost the power to decide where and for what we can spend our own money. Who has the power to take all of our money and spend it on violence and conflict? If you do the numbers, 14 trillion dollars divided into 7 billion people would give each person on earth about $11,600 dollars per year, give or take a few dollars here and there.

    Who decides where this money is spent? Who has that kind of power? A better question is, “How do we stop them from taking our money?” These questions have been asked at times throughout history and the answer is always the same, revolution and the redistribution of wealth. These endeavors have always failed in the span of time and today would be no different.

    So, what do we do? How can we change things in the world to stop hunger and war? I don’t know about you, but I’m going to keep doing what I do, like watering trees, playing with my grandchildren and loving my wife. I’m going to do what I can for my community and those I care for and I’m going to keep this dumb look on my face.

    If anyone should ask me a question, I’m going to play like I am blind and deaf.

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