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
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.
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.