Real Change. This post has been simmering inside of me for quite some time now but has been forced to the surface by the awesome thread started by Biker. Thanks Biker, we may not always agree but you sure as hell have my undivided attention. Real Change, what the hell does it mean? We live in a world where the majority of people go hungry, have little or no medical care and where half the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call. We have almost grown immune to corrupt governments, torture, genocide, famine and plague so that we can discuss who got what for Christmas or whether fooling around on your wife and lying about it should be an impeachable offense. Enough of that. With the gift of nearly immeasurable resources and wealth comes the responsibility of doing the "right thing" with it. My Italian grandmother used to call it "making good". This meant a person had to come from little, work hard and become successful toward the end of <i>doing something</i>. Somewhere along the line, we forgot about the part of doing something positive. We still have many people who will use their wealth in whatever ways they feel applicable to improve the world however they feel is best. We need to adopt this as our mandate. We need to change the world NOW. Too many have died and too many continue to suffer. We have the ability to make huge changes in this world. If the largest industrialized nations banded together with serious motivation, we could effectively change the world for the better in a very short time. Let's look. At the end of WWII, we all know Europe and most of the Far East was decimated. There were very few cities left standing. Farms were destroyed and the manufacturing base was nonexistent. The bulk of the workforce had also been buried. We are talking about a huge piece of real estate as this map shows. In roughly a ten-year period the US managed to rebuild and reinvigorate an area, which might, as well been a desert. We were much smaller then with perhaps 50% of our current population and certainly less of a GDP, yet we managed to have a monumental effect on a huge piece of the world. We are bigger, more capable and we now have the aid of a couple of dozen allies who would be able to assist us. If we could start from rubble and build a new civilization in Europe, we should now be able to fix the rest of the world. Unfortunately, we would need a leader unlike any we have seen in this world for most of my lifetime. The real problem as I see it is our inability to see that this is not charity, it is the "right thing" to do, in fact, it is our duty. During the late 1940s and 1950s this country went through a period of economic expansion where there was good paying jobs, new cars and homes all being provided on a one paycheck income. How can this be, if we were giving all this "charity" away? Because the areas we were "country-forming" were buying products from us and the demand was enormous. It is a win/win situation. Now, the flip side brings up the question of Karma, which we as of late have discussed. What Karma would we as individuals (or as a country) have if we allow food to rot or be thrown out while people starve? The cry of "we give so much to the poor" seems completely hollow when we throw out enough food as a nation each week to feed a country at least as large as ours. We allow grain to rot in silos rather than let even our own poor have it for free. Something about depressing market prices. I find it depressing all on its own. The unfortunate thing is I believe time is running out. Whether or not we wish to admit it, this can't go on. Somewhere deep inside us we all know this to be true. As Copzilla rightly said, (I'm paraphrasing) "If an individual, group, organization or country intentionally harms another, they should lose all right to exist." This should be the law for one and all. We can make this happen. We should make this happen. We have to make this happen. The choice of not doing so will destroy us all. <small>Sorry Copzilla, I couldn't find the exact quote (I did look) and if I misrepresented your position, please correct me. The quote of yours struck me a near brilliant.