I struggled with what to call this part of the site. friends and i tossed around ideas. engage? no, too star trek. act? like what?
get involved seemed to fit. it’s active. through one’s volition, she enters the fray.
every epoch of humankind is convinced that his or hers is the most important one. those who smugly note this when discussing our current time miss an important truth: ours IS the most important, even if for no other reason that we won’t be around for any others.
there does seem a ring of urgency to our headlines , however. even a superficial reading requires considerable resolve. a warming world, peak oil, food riots, water shortages, the decline of species, economic catastrophe, people suffering in sudan. the temptation is to put the paper down, before one becomes suffocated by the largeness of the tasks.
the thing is, the problems seem large because we see their breadth rather than the unit from which they are made: the individual. they happened one person at a time. the best part about this, of course, is recognizing a similar truth about large solutions. same unit.
that we can create our reality is a dizzying truth, as dizzying as the possibilities for working towards a better one.
the most important step, of the many along the way, is the first. start, and then all of a sudden you’re on the road, and you draw its map as you walk it.
i have listed some ways to deepen the understanding of Sudan’s story, and to involve yourself in it. it might be a beginning. feel free to list others below.