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“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
Several years 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”. People from all over the world come to melting pot of the
United States of America. It is amazing how we have so 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 worked 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
talking nationally instead of globally in today’s world. 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 take 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 replaced 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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