If I could change the world, I’d make every story have a happy ending and every movie be a romantic comedy.
And then I’d make sure drivers on I-15 knew it wouldn’t cost them too terribly much to let someone merge into the lane in front of them.
And then I’d make Costco move its pizza sales farther away from its smelly rubber tire sales.
And then I’d make the presidential election be decided by popular vote so every state mattered and limit the process to six months so we wouldn’t all go crazy and hold the money spent to a couple million dollars so people who had money to donate could give it to a reduce-the-deficit fund instead.
And then I’d work toward developing understanding and calm and acceptance among differing ideologies in the world.
And then I’d make winter shorter and spring longer.
Just last week I watched a group of idealistic young people take on global problems related to the health and safety of women. They were amassing money and support from organizations to help women survive childbirth and avoid violence.
They want to change the world and they got 60,000 people together in New York City’s Central Park to hear about their cause and commit to help.
We really came to hear the rock groups they’d brought on board, but we listened to their dreams in between sets and became convinced that they were on the path to changing the world.
There are big 60,000-people ways to change the world and there are little one-person-at-a-time ways.
I know of an international organization that has made families for orphans in Africa. Each family has a mother and eight children who are not related by blood, but by need. In the family, they learn they are loved, they are important, they can accomplish good even though they’ve seen bad.
Another international organization brings people to America who are not safe in their homelands. They help them find homes, jobs, learn the language and adjust to the culture.
There is a national organization that works to prevent harm to the unborn, another that offers help after disasters.
There is a team of doctors from Utah that goes to countries around the world and performs surgeries that improve the lives of those who otherwise would not have access, much less funds, for that kind of care.
There is a family in Utah that collects money to build schools and provide supplies for children in Africa.
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