5 Reasons to be a World-Changer and Culture-Shaper
Are you a culture-shaper? Do you want to be? Or maybe you haven’t really thought about it, up until now.
When I started writing fiction, it really was to change the world. I know that sounds lofty and grandiose, but it’s never been about just getting the characters of my stories out of my head. (It can be like that with poetry, though. Sometimes, I just have to get it out or I feel like I’m going to burst—but I digress . . . . ) But with fiction, I have a story in my head and I know how it will transform lives if people will just Read it!
But therein lies the problem. How can you change the world—the culture—if you can’t get people to read your stuff? So first, let’s make a list of five reasons why we would even want to change the culture, before we can figure out how to do it.
1. Life is short. If we make assumptions about people, then we may miss out on the beauty they could have brought to our lives.
2. Life is precious. Sometimes people just need help, but everyone is so busy that we can miss seeing those around us.
3. Life is a gift. If we don’t see life as a gift, then we can’t value each other’s lives.
4. Life is tangible. We can’t see our breath, but we can feel our heart beating and our pulse racing through us if we stop and try to. People are tangible beings. Their thoughts, lives, and feelings are tangible, if we choose to see them or hear them.
5. Life is powerful. Our words are powerful. The actions, the words we say, and the words we write affect those around us and can affect our families, communities, cities, states, regions, countries, and nations around the world.
So, why do we want to change the world? Because life is short; it’s precious; it’s a gift; it’s tangible, and Life is powerful.
Now, how can we change the world? Let’s look at who’s around us now, and start there. Whether in written word, spoken word, or deed—let’s really see those around us, and start there.