Oh my! These guys are asking tough questions! What difference do I want to make? First I would have to acknowledge, really understand and believe, I can make a difference. That’s the tough bit, not knowing WHICH difference I want to make. That I have been knowing forever. Back in my confirmation ceremony I chose Matthew 5:6:
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
If I can make a difference, I want to make the world more fair, more just. I do not believe in ‘granting’ rights. I am convinced that we must use our rights, demand power over our lifes and accept responsibility for our own fate. As mentioned in the post on what makes me angry, we are not all equally equipped. Some need more support than others. And for many it starts with realising that they have a choice.
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” Alice Walker
I want to change this believe. I want to empower people. Not in the paternal, colonial ‘I know better’-way, but as an equal amongst equals. As somebody who had to learn that she has power, too. Who still struggles sometimes and who knows just how hard the journey can be.
I am convinced that in our societies, knowledge is key. Do you have to believe what other people, like politicians, journalists, marketers, practitioners or teachers, tell you, or do you understand how learning, information and knowledge creation work? Do you have a basic understanding of how nature functions, how people function and how groups of people function? Can you make up your own mind and evaluate what others tell you?
Do you have role-models and practical support?
That’s what I want to contribute, although I don’t know exactly how to do that yet.