“There comes a time when we heed a certain call; When the world must come together as one; There are people dying; And it's time to lend a hand to life; The greatest gift of all. We can't go on pretending day by day; That someone, somewhere will soon make a change; We all are a part of God's great big family; And the truth, you know, Love is all we need. We are the world, we are the children; We are the ones who make a brighter day; So let's start giving; There's a choice we're making; We're saving our own lives; It's true we'll make a better day; Just you and me. Send them your heart so they'll know that someone cares; And their lives will be stronger and free; As God has shown us by turning stone to bread; So we all must lend a helping hand. When you're down and out, there seems no hope at all; But if you just believe there's no way we can fall; Well...well...well; Let's realize that a change can only come; When we stand together as one.”
The above are lyrics to “We Are the World (USA for Africa)” which were written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, and sung by over 45 well-known musicians. The proceeds were used to feed starving people in Africa. But the song could be used just as much today because the words speak to the hearts of so many
There is so much going on in the world right now. So much violence, hate, bigotry, and fighting. If you watch, read, or listen to any of the medias, you will hear mostly all negative news. It is very rare that the media will communicate any of the good that is occurring, and my friends, there is so much good occurring all over the world!
It’s hard not to wonder what on earth is going on with people now-a-days. The hate and vitriol that is being spewed forth from religious leaders, politicians, and others is just mind-boggling! But what you’re not hearing is that there are people all over the world who are coming together in harmony to help each other and to be of service to humanity.
People are awakening! We know that we are brothers and sisters on this great planet of ours! We look for what we have in common rather than focusing on any perceived differences. We know that when people work to destroy others, we’re only destroying ourselves. But when we work together in love, peace, and harmony, we build a strong foundation where we can lift each other up.
There are many protests happening all over our country and in the world, and it’s the violent, horrifying ones that are making the news. Not too long ago, there was a protest in Turkey that made world history though you probably didn’t hear about it. One man began his protest by just standing. Standing for hours; not moving. Others began to join him. Soon it became a movement in various parts of the world where people would protest by just standing. No violence. By peaceful protesting, they made an impact like no other.
Back in 1986, there was an event I participated in called “Hands Across America.” Almost seven million people held hands in a human chain that crossed the continental United States from New York to California. Celebrities, politicians, people from all races, religions, cultures, and genders came together for the greater good. Money raised was donated to help fight hunger and homelessness. The feeling of knowing we were a part of something so great and wonderful was very exciting! And no one was harmed!
There are many of us in the world who are the peacekeepers, the light workers, those who know that if we are to move forward, we have got to come together as one. We need to start standing up for what’s right, good, loving, and kind, and do so with compassion in our hearts. The challenge is that we’re not the complainers, nor do we attack others in public, so our message is not being heard like those who only know hatred. But we can make a difference. One person and one cause at a time.
The Dalai Lama said, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” Desmond Tutu stated, “God's dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.” And Ram Dass declared, “As we grow in our consciousness, there will be more compassion and more love, and then the barriers between people, between religions, between nations will begin to fall. Yes, we have to beat down the separateness.”
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper July 18, 2014.