I am one single person in a world of billions of people.
My life is just one of many that will pass by on this earth during the course of its own existence. My life and the characters that will play parts in the narrative of me will be forgotten to the future as time goes on. No matter what I am able to accomplish in my lifetime, no matter the type of person I end up being in the end, I will not make more than a tiny little scratch on the surface of the world. I am only one of many.
Basically, I do not matter to the universe and its operations at all.
Over the last twenty-four hours or so, we’ve seen a shift the political world. The normally republican state of Alabama has fallen to the democrats with the election of senator-elect Doug Jones. As the voting for this historic election was taking place, there were rallying cries on both sides of the political divide that every vote matters on this historic day. People were being told that a single vote could shift the balance to one side or the other. In the end, the results were fairly close, but one candidate did manage to gather more votes than their opponent.
That’s votes. As in, more than one.
The reason Doug Jones won, other than his merits as a candidate and the allegations against his opponent, was that groups of people game together and made an impact. Groups of people came to the polls ready for change in the state they lived in. It was not just one vote; it was several votes that saved the day for Alabama. People cried out in unison for the person they believed would help their state the most, and they became a chorus of change that could not be ignored.
How can I see that and hope to make a difference in the world as just one person?
I have always had a desire to make the world a better place for myself and the people of the world. I would like to think I have a pretty solid moral compass and clearly know what is right and what is wrong. Currently, the world is on fire, unfortunately literally for some places like California, and there is so much in the world that needs to be fixed.
I know what I want to do, but it feels like I am standing at the blaze of world’s fire with a dollar store water pistol.
Can one person make a difference? I’m a non-republican, too conservative to be democrat but too liberal to be a conservative, and I live in a republican area with my republican family. I try to make small changes and plant the seeds for ideas for a better world, but it is hard when you are the only one. How does a pebble motivate the mountain to move? It just seems impossible some days.
I’m not one in a million; I’m just one of a million.