I recently read a blog post about the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine.
A popular, conservative blogger and freelance writer claimed “Islam is the most violent religion in the world, but we should keep calling it peaceful anyway.”
Among the many flawed parts of his argument, it is clear the writer wrote this article in haste and did not fully think about the topic before publishing it.
But among all the hateful, unproductive writing, the most troubling part of is at the end of his blog post.
“We have to face it,” he wrote about Islam being violent. “Muslims especially have to face it. And then we can take the next step, whatever that is.”
Even without his prejudiced opinion of Islam, there is a serious problem with his statement.
In essence, what this blogger said is, “I recognize this problem, but I have no idea what to do about it. It’s someone else’s job to figure it out.”
His selfish attitude of, “not my problem, but yours,” means nothing will change.
His attitude is similar to many of our own, as much as we want to deny it.
An attitude of discontent and laziness is what will cause our society to collapse and stop positive change whether social, economical or political. And when society begins to collapse and we see outstanding problems in society, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.
How do we expect the world to become more like we want it to be if we are content to merely point and shout “fire,” but then never attempt to extinguish it?
If no one cared to change anything, women would still be possessions, not persons; children under five would still be working 12 hours days in factories; racism would still be a thing and we would still think it is OK to torture others, which it never is.
All these changes came because someone noticed a problem and acted.
They did not expect someone else to do the work. They had knowledge and they used it to change society.
They saw something and then they did something. All the positive changes in the world are brought about by someone putting in the work.
The world, of course, is very different from how it was even 10 years ago.
And we have come a long way from lynching and inequality.
But human trafficking and corruption in politics is higher than ever.
There is still more to be done.
Before the age of the Internet, it was more difficult to spread ideas. But now there really is no excuse to laze around and expect the world to heal itself.
If we wait around for the world to change, it will become something we do not want to see.
Stop waiting for the world to change because it will never change on its own.
All of us are citizens of the United States and part of the greater world.
We have a responsibility to not only identify problems, but solve them.
We as a people have so many freedoms in the United States. If you want something to change, start spreading ideas.
Blog, tweet and share articles. It’s time to start talking not only about the problems in the United States and the world, but actually coming up with solutions and implementing them.
It is time we stop complaining and start doing something.