People who know me know that in my life, I have a strong focus on social justice issues. I subscribe to the Aussie way of a ‘fair go’ for everyone, and support ethical choices in business. I try to ‘walk my talk’ and live my values as much as possible. I believe in the Ubuntu ethos, that if something is not good for everyone, it is not good at all. When it comes to governments, I believe that it is their role to ensure that their policies and law-making reflects this ideal. I openly advocate for government that supports its people and I believe that each and every one of us are responsible for taking care of those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Each one of us is only 6 degrees away from being in that same position ourselves, and we can never fully know another’s plight unless we have walked a mile in their shoes.
I believe in fairness, and that all people should have the best opportunity possible; to be supported to be the best they can be, so that they can make the most of their lives. I believe that people should be paid adequately for their work, and I subscribe to the idea that there is enough for everyone; there is no need for competition. When I heard that the newspaper that I was writing for, under its new ownership, was employing intimidation tactics, underhanded business practices, and was attempting to put a smaller local newspaper out of business, this really upset me. Apart from the fact that they were openly attempting to pay me less for the work I was doing, and undervaluing my contribution, I felt that they were not the sort of people that I wanted to work for. When we hear about large newspaper companies who use their power to put others out of business, by undercutting, and using intimidation, it really gets our back up (those of us who have a backbone). So why should it be any different when one small business does it to a smaller one?
Mahatma Ghandi said ‘be the change that you wish to see in the world’… I believe that it is the small decisions that we make in our day to day lives that are us BEing that change. Often when we see the horror in other countries, and the way governments and big business undervalues their citizens and employees, we feel so powerless, and (besides signing petitions, or donating money), often we are unable to do anything. I say we can do something, by living our truth. It all starts at home. When we say ‘no’ in our own lives, to the things that we see that are wrong, it makes a difference, and it is in these small moments, and small choices that we make, that we are being that change.
It is for these reasons, that I made the decision to leave the paper that I was writing for, and to write for the smaller newspaper. I am only one person, but my decisions make a difference, in my own life, and in the lives of those who I come into contact with. On a wider scale, my choices make the person that I am. I contribute to the collective through the energy that I contribute to the whole. I want to be that change. I want every cell in my body to be that change. Enough is enough. It’s time to respect our fellow man, woman and child. It’s time to walk our talk…
How can I BE the change today?