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Weigh In: If You Could Make The World A Better Place...
03/14/2008 - By Beth Burke
When Colts Neck residents were asked what they would choose to improve if they could make but one thing right or at least better in the world, this is what they offered...The Iraq war, world poverty, corrupt politicians, environmental issues, killer diseases, the housing market crisis, celebrities gone wild, just to name a few…the list goes on and on about what is wrong with the world today. It seems as if we are bombarded each day with more news stories that bring tears of sadness to our eyes rather than tears of joy.
Just before the holidays I caught a rerun of an Oprah episode, chronicling her efforts to bring a bit of happiness to African children who had been ravaged by the effects of AIDS and poverty. She gave away school supplies, backpacks, clothes, shoes, and toys to some 50,000 kids, set up tents and held festive parties in each village she visited. For some kids, these were the first and perhaps the only presents they would ever receive in their lives. Though the show illustrated the devastation brought to these children, it also showed the sheer elation they experienced, if only for just one day. It proved to me that people’s actions can make a difference. Say what you will about Oprah, but if you asked those kids how they felt about what she did for them, I’m sure they would tell you that she made their world a better place!
Well, what if you had the power to make just one thing right, or at least better, in the world? What would you choose? Living In Colts Neck set out to find what you had to say on the subject, and we found no shortage of answers. Some people had very strong opinions about changing either the global community or just their own little part of the world, some thought there is too much that needs to be fixed for just one thing to make a difference, and some people’s thoughts weren’t even printable!! Here are some of the ones that were.
I would end all child abuse, because I’m reading a book about that now and it is very sad. I’d also put a stop to global warming.
I would ensure that all children live in a loving and stable environment so that they are enabled to develop into decent people.
I would make everyone equal so that people would work together instead of against each other. I would also raise money to make sure everyone has a home.
I would like to see peace in our world, and have people accept each other for their beliefs and learn to appreciate each other.
I would bring peace to the world so families throughout the world can be brought back together.
I would bring peace to the Middle East and stop the war.
I would pick up all the litter to make the streets cleaner!
-Audrey Rose Litto
I would have the world stop littering and do more recycling!
I would help those who are less fortunate. I am doing this now by holding fundraisers to raise money for victims of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) who can’t afford to buy the motorized scooters that can help them remain mobile as the disease progresses.
Stopping violence throughout the world would definitely make it a better place.
I would make everyone treat each other how they would [treat] themselves, their parents, and their own children. You wouldn’t hurt those you love, so you should treat others the same way. If everyone acted more kindly to each other, the world would be a safer place.
People wouldn’t quibble about the small things in life, but would instead concentrate on solving the world’s bigger issues. Also, everyone would enjoy each day and live in the moment!
What I’ve observed in my many years of
living is that I’m not knowledgeable enough to know how to change the world to make it a better place!
I’d have each person in the world take just one other under their wing to give them as much emotional support, care, and financial aid as they can. My 80-year-old father did this for a 95-year-old man; they’ve become very good friends, and what a difference it has made in both of their lives!
I’d ensure that all children born into this world can live in a safe and functional environment so that they may have a good chance to grow up and live healthy, happy, normal lives.
Establishing peace in the world would be a great start. Countries wouldn’t be jealous of what each other has and would work for what they get instead of expecting everything to be handed to them.
I’d establish some form of standardized national ID card that states whether you are a citizen, legal resident, etc. (even if you don’t drive). This would be a big help in areas such as going for a job or crossing our borders, and would make ID checks more simple and foolproof.
I’d make education available to everyone, and teach people to learn how to think with a conscience. Lots of people get educated but still don’t know how to think!
I would make sure people got to know their neighbors. Even though we live in a communication-based society, we don’t all take the time to know the people right next door to us. People get too isolated in their own world to care about and look out for others, so I would change that.
Peace in the world would be the most beneficial thing that I could do, if only that were possible to accomplish.
I’d do something to help with global warming and ensure people use “green” products to help future generations.
I’d hold fundraisers
for all third-world countries, especially to finance schools because they don’t have much access to education.
I’d do something with the environment to clean up areas around the country.
I’d make sure people used fewer fossil fuels!
I would make smok-ing illegal everywhere because it is unhealthy and gives people cancer. More kids are do-ing it every day and ruining their lives.
I would definitely do something to change the environment, because nothing is being done now. I would also do something to improve the economy.-Jessica Webb
I’d restrict people’s access to fast food in order to provide more healthy living.
I’d make sure that all the children in the world would be taken care of properly. They would live free from hunger and abuse.
- Sondra Greenberg
I’d make people take responsibility for their actions instead of making excuses and blaming everyone and everything else, except themselves, for the evil they do.
I would make everyone accept each other as they are, regardless of their nationality or background, just as I do when I meet others every week in my exercise class.
I would make sure everyone was able to make a decent living. Most of the world’s troubles stem from people having nothing [no matter what they believe]. If we can give people the tools to provide themselves the basics instead of giving handouts, virtually all war and strife would be eliminated.
I would ensure that everyone would be more kind to each other, even to total strangers. When you lend a hand to people in need, it makes a real difference in their lives.
I would help those who are less fortunate. I am doing this now by holding fundraisers to raise money for victims of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) who can’t afford to buy the motorized scooters that can help them remain mobile as the disease progresses.
I would make people more accepting of children with disabilities. They would ask more questions to gain a better understanding of their situation instead of staring and making incorrect assumptions about parenting.
I would find a cure for cancer.
There are so many things to change, but if I had to pick one to be first it would be to make sure everyone is fed. It isn’t right that there are millions of people in the world who have nothing to eat and so many millions who could never spend all their money in 10 generations!
Hate is why we have conflicts and war, so if we got rid of all the hate in the world people would be much happier.
I would improve health care because so many people are unemployed or have no benefits. I would make it so everyone, especially underprivileged kids, would be able to get health care rather than only those with good jobs.
Since the world is so influenced by the media, I would create an ad campaign to actively celebrate people doing good things for others rather than focusing on the bad. Perhaps this would get the ball rolling for everyone to start treating each other better.
I’d do away with poverty. We may not be able to afford to make everyone rich, but we can afford to make everyone live comfortably. I would also make sure that all children would have access to a level playing field in terms of the type of education they receive.
I’d provide free health care to all!
The world would be a better place if everyone just ate more chocolate!
-Andy Lee Zalcman
Educate who we can with reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. If we can’t educate them, don’t interfere in their lives and make judgments on how they live.
I would eliminate poverty. Making sure everyone has enough to eat would be a great start to creating a better world.
Whatever it takes to bring about world peace would certainly make the world a better place.
Eradicate the effects that global warming have had on Earth.
-John Joseph Cones
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