Do you like your world?

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Jorim-Paul Phillips

Every day, social media, the news and television bombard us with both facts and fiction on different events happening worldwide.

These range from hearing about the threats of ISIS to reading up on the latest celebrity gossip.

But despite all the information that is constantly provided to us (a lot of which is useless to our lives, such as what Justin Bieber does in his personal time) the question still remains, ‘Do you like your world?’ 

You may not have noticed, but there is a big difference between liking something and loving something.

Loving something is a condition of the heart that happens over time. If you are married or you ask someone who is married if they instantly fell in love with their spouse the first time he or she met them, most of them would say no.

They probably met and didn’t think much about each other, then they became acquaintances, then friends, then they dated and THEN fell in love. That’s the case with most people (but not all). Love grows over time.

It’s easy to learn to love something, but it’s hard to learn to like something. Liking something on the other hand is like second nature. I like spicy food, I always have. I have never had to try to like it or learn to like it.

It has simply been a part of my nature, which in turn affects my personality. Nature can be changed but it is a very slow and uncomfortable process, just look at global warming for example.

Now that you have read about the differences between loving something and liking something, do you still like the world that you live in? Are you someone who looks at the glass half full or half empty?

If you have decided that you like the world that you live in, then great! But now that you have come to the end of your ‘yellow brick road’, you will now be presented with yet another question. Do you think that other people like their world?

After all, it is not just your planet. Out of all the 7 billion people that inhabit Earth, don’t you think that there are some people that are not happy with the way the world has turned out? There are millions of people that are starving all over the world.

There are more homeless people than I can count. And I bet that many of them think that the world is a cruel and unforgiving place. How does that make you feel?

If you have decided that the world is just too bad to like, then great job to you also! But like every single person participating in this ‘journey of life’, you too are now approaching the end of your maybe ‘not so yellow brick road’.

The question that I want you to face now is, don’t you think that out of all the 7 billion people on this planet, aren’t there some good people out there doing good things? Making the world a better place for you and your family to live in?

In actual fact, if you compared the amount of bad people in the world to the amount of good people in the world you would find that the amount of good people greatly outnumber the amount of bad people.

You can find good people everywhere! For some good examples just look at the teachers at your school who live to make a difference in their student’s lives, or to your co-workers who think of others before they think of themselves, or even to the police officers and fire fighters who put your life above their own. These are people who both like and love helping. How does that make you feel?

I purposefully asked those questions to not only provoke you, but to inspire you also. It doesn’t matter whether or not you think the world is a good place, what matters is what you are doing. People are not getting educated now, Global Warming is increasing now, and children are dying in Africa now.

What are you going to do now? You are smart, innovative, good and more.

You are capable of changing this world for the better. Changing the world starts with fixing what’s broken around you. So whether it’s volunteering your time for a good cause, picking up rubbish on the street or helping a brother out, you can make a difference no matter who you are or where you come from. You have to be the change that you want to see. 

And what I see are world changers.

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