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4.3 The MELTING POT is dying by Jedi Steve

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4.3 The MELTING POT is dying

“I truly believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change

such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make

the best use of our time to help create a happier world.” Dalai Lama

1695

7 months ago I was reading a part of Emma Lazarus’ poem which sits on the pedestal

statue of liberty which states “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses

yearning to breathe free” I believe that people from all over the world come to melting

pot of the United States of America. It is amazing how we have some many different

races and cultures and for the most part are able to fit into the order of status quo. This

being said I think the melting pot has work for some time now but I believe that because

of the societal influences of Social Media it needs a facelift. The world has changed so

much in the last 3 to 5 years and I think this is a great opportunity for America to change

with the times. Although I am proud to be an American it feels strange to me in today’s

world talking nationally instead of globally. This is what I know about America we have

always taken great pride in being one of the world leaders and I believe it is time to

lead with a better example by holding on to what works and letting go of what doesn’t.

Where should we start? I believe it would be a simple tweak from the melting pot into

the meshing pot.

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How do we tweak the melting pot?

First, I would like to define the origin of the melting pot. Melting pot came from pot

in which metals or other substances are melted or fused. Maybe this is why America

is having trouble adapting to a changing world. Perhaps some of our ideas of old are

fused or stuck. Let face it, when is the last time you used a melting pot? I am sure they

were replace with something better. I believe that our forefathers really anticipated this

because they knew that absolute power corrupts absolutely when they created and

signed the declaration of independence.

Second, I believe that as a nation and a world we should let go of some of our

sensitivities and differences knowing that it is okay to have a different opinion. I believe

that one of the cornerstones of freedom is freedom of speech. Yes, freedom of speech

can get out of hand at times but I also believe we can learn more about each other by

laying these sensitivities to rest. I also believe that Corporate Social Media is going to

play a big part in this. Lastly, I believe that due to the 2 degrees of separation that is

happening on the internet, we are collectively more powerful than any one government.

I believe the days of putting pressure on the government to change is a loss cause and I

believe to get more freedom we need to appreciate the freedom that we already have.

I hear a lot of people say that “no one is free until everyone is free.” Yes, I do believe this

is true and I also believe we are taking this too literal. In order to have the freedom to

evolve we need to see more and more examples of people that are free and are willing

to be free.

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