Have you ever wondered if it is really true that every one of us has the ability to change our world in some way?
You hear that sentiment bandied around a great deal, from being an organ donor to saving an elephant in some far off country.
Well it appears to be true.
How often do we encounter something we do not agree with, but let slide because it is not practical at the moment to do something about it. We choose to go along to get along. Or we decide that the mountain we would have to climb to be heard is just too steep, and even then, there would be no guarantee that our concern and voice would change anything.
In Dianne Harkin’s book, They Said We Couldn’t Do It – The story of a Quiet Revolution, she illustrates what happens when reasonable people get together to change an unreasonable situation.
In Harkin’s case, the situation was the obvious inequality that women who married farmers experienced in issues ranging from property ownership to banking and agricultural education.
That concern eventually expanded to how the agricultural farming community made its money and fit into the global marketplace.
She and her band of like-minded farm women disarmed provincial and federal governments with a smile, facts and a relentless determination to accomplish what they set out to do.
Their adventure began with just one person saying out loud what everyone else had been thinking: that the way farm women were treated by the financial system and legal industry was in many ways horribly wrong, unfair, and insulting.
So these same women got together and changed it.
It took some time, involved enlisting the aid of countless farm women across Canada, but eventually they managed to change the attitude of politicians, corporations and agricultural industry leaders.
It is strange that these women took on so many institutions and no one was killed, put in jail, sued or blacklisted.
They were able to use common sense to make their point, which hopefully remains as a truly Canadian way of going to war with these kinds of social injustices.
One person can make a difference. Two can make a much bigger wave of change. A group can create a tsunami of better ideas.
So one person can make a difference.
One person can at least sound the alarm, ask questions, look for answers. We are all gifted with the means to express how we feel about something, good or bad, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with politely tapping your government, at any level, on the shoulder and ask a few questions about what they are all about.
If you do not like the answers you get, then look for better ones.