PEOPLE WHO HAVE CHANGED OUR VIEW OF THE WORLD FOR THE GOOD

This world of altering hope and hopelessnes

In the 'Local web of life' Time Flannery speaks of his modest home near the water and bush where he spends most of the year outside.
In the 'Local web of life' Time Flannery speaks of his modest home near the water and bush where he spends most of the year outside.
'You feel the weather on your skin, and the birds and animals - you watch the rhythms of birds and animals come and go and it does something profound to you.'
'You feel the weather on your skin, and the birds and animals - you watch the rhythms of birds and animals come and go and it does something profound to you.'
It roots you in a particular environment in a way that is very hard to articulate. Suddenly you feel the interconnection of lives building a whole from many parts.
It roots you in a particular environment in a way that is very hard to articulate. Suddenly you feel the interconnection of lives building a whole from many parts.
Watching 'Home' a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand I was taken on a sensational journey above planet Earth.
Watching 'Home' a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand I was taken on a sensational journey above planet Earth.
Seeing breathtaking images of over 50 countries from the sky I shared his wonder and also his worry. In 200,000 years, humans have disrupted the fragile balance...
Seeing breathtaking images of over 50 countries from the sky I shared his wonder and also his worry. In 200,000 years, humans have disrupted the fragile balance...
on which Earth was living for 4 billion years. Global warming, shortage of resources, endangered species, humans are jeopardising their own living conditions.
on which Earth was living for 4 billion years. Global warming, shortage of resources, endangered species, humans are jeopardising their own living conditions.
"But it is too late to be pessimistic," as he said in the movie: "We have barely 10 years left to reverse the trend...
"But it is too late to be pessimistic," as he said in the movie: "We have barely 10 years left to reverse the trend...
We need to become aware of our abusive exploitation of Earth's gifts and change our way of life."
We need to become aware of our abusive exploitation of Earth's gifts and change our way of life."
Walking along the winter beach that conveys the message of isolation and melancholic mood, the message from the movie sends shivers up my spine...
Walking along the winter beach that conveys the message of isolation and melancholic mood, the message from the movie sends shivers up my spine...
This is my place in Western Australia, there was a beginning of my new migrant's life, but also it felt like a rebirth for me...I can't imagine it as the end of something...
This is my place in Western Australia, there was a beginning of my new migrant's life, but also it felt like a rebirth for me...I can't imagine it as the end of something...
I climbed up to the nearby hill and looked down at the beautiful picture of an untouched beach, a nature at its best, subtle, shadowy and sparingly defined by touches of light...
I climbed up to the nearby hill and looked down at the beautiful picture of an untouched beach, a nature at its best, subtle, shadowy and sparingly defined by touches of light...
I looked back at our arrival in Australia, going up the road, soon to abandon the formal European dress to become more tanned and casual....
I looked back at our arrival in Australia, going up the road, soon to abandon the formal European dress to become more tanned and casual....
more modern and well fed and yet lost somewhere in midway...there is no way back. Australia represents the modern world in its pure form for me.
more modern and well fed and yet lost somewhere in midway...there is no way back. Australia represents the modern world in its pure form for me.
Europe has always been and remains the homeland of memory, to leave the past behind. Amnesia was a way of abolishing regrets and nostalgia, and opening oneself to a new beginning.
Europe has always been and remains the homeland of memory, to leave the past behind. Amnesia was a way of abolishing regrets and nostalgia, and opening oneself to a new beginning.
It is a place with no memories for the new arrivals, a place of aspiration and endless possibilities so diametrically opposed to European assumptions of traditions and well planned continuity.
It is a place with no memories for the new arrivals, a place of aspiration and endless possibilities so diametrically opposed to European assumptions of traditions and well planned continuity.
And yet a glimpse of a desert bleached of life, a glimpse into the abyss of an almost unliveable existence reminds me that if things go wrong everything could vanish without a trace.
And yet a glimpse of a desert bleached of life, a glimpse into the abyss of an almost unliveable existence reminds me that if things go wrong everything could vanish without a trace.
I was content and something has gone wrong and my life has slipped into free fall. Once again it is as through my own memory and those of others concerning me have been erased and I am no one.
I was content and something has gone wrong and my life has slipped into free fall. Once again it is as through my own memory and those of others concerning me have been erased and I am no one.
If there is a beyond in the Australian imagination, it is the introspection and anxiety to be lost in endless expanses of arid land traversed by few highways.
If there is a beyond in the Australian imagination, it is the introspection and anxiety to be lost in endless expanses of arid land traversed by few highways.
The melancholy of a land on which nothing has ever been built to withstand the time. The vastness of the natural environment although now in the sense of emptiness seem timeless and untouchable. Hopefully it will stay the same long I am gone....
The melancholy of a land on which nothing has ever been built to withstand the time. The vastness of the natural environment although now in the sense of emptiness seem timeless and untouchable. Hopefully it will stay the same long I am gone....

Not to be afraid to do what is right


One day the arms dealer,

we all know,

find his name in a newspaper

'a merchant of death'.

The author of the article

called him,

holding up a mirror

to his beliefs,

to him,

and has demanded

to look at what makes him believes

what he believes in.

The arm dealer

looked at himself,

really hard

and didn't like what he saw,

he changed his life

all around

to dedicate

it to peace

and prosperity.

The merchant of death

changed to

someone, who knew

beliefs could change

and we should

always

honour

the people

who shape

our view of the world

for good.

Alfred Nobel's name is on everyone's lips,

but the author of the famous article

remain anonymous

just like many others.

Who are those PEOPLE...

who know what does it mean to be saved.

We don't know their names,

nor their pictures look at us

from piles of glossy magazines

nor their achievements pop up

on our screens.

They are neither extreme

nor unreasonable,

unafraid to speak out,

against the crushing human crisis we face,

not to be afraid to do what is right,

making the hard decisions,

so our children will inherit

a place

at least as great as our planet Earth.

Some of us want to be somebody great,

some of us want to do something great,

some of us

just want to go with flow

and wait where it takes them.

It is not easy to be an everyday hero,

beyond the honour it signifies,

there are still prejudices

and stereotypes to confront,

every time you turn around.

The term 'racism'

encompasses much more

than just skin colour

and anti-Muslim sentiment.

It is also your belief

there is a superior and inferior race.

Are you upset by a racist insult

at a party

where you are the only one

who thinks otherwise?

80 per cent of us

remain passive

and let the ugly moment pass,

we are even less troubled

if the racist in question

is the person we like.

Bystanders are powerful

in feeding racists' strength,

giving insight

into the herd

behaviour

spiralling into violence

against powerless.

If there is a big discrepancy

between

what you say

and think about racism,

think hard,

would you be able

to defend those

who can not fight for themselves,

if you are not able to voice your outrage

to the racist in question mentioned above?

Do you have the courage

it takes

to stand up to

religious,

racist

or other

supremacy resistance

we still encounter every day?

IT IS NOT EASY TO FOLLOW

THOSE PEOPLE

ON THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED:

THE ROAD OF ACCEPTANCE

THAT WE ARE FAR FROM PERFECT

AND YET

WE HAVE A POWER

TO MAKE A RIGHT DECISION,

THE ONE

WE WILL NEVER REGRET.

Nor it easy to give to other people

the light of hope

at the end of tunnel,

the enthusiastic surge

quickly changes

to disappointment

with challenges

and people's demands

ever increasing.

It is not easy

not to be afraid

to do what is right.

Not to be fooled by

what most people

define

as success

have courage,

intuition

and faith

to forge your

own unique path

intent

on bettering the world

along the way.

It is not easy and yet there is no other way.

Look at those nameless and faceless PEOPLE,

who give us an opportunity to change lives forever,

to pursue things that seem unreasonable

and unreachable

until the very moment they become reality,

while living ordinary lives,

filled with hard work and fair play,

hope and resilience,

a willingness to listen,

a determination to do their best in a busy world,

as hard a battle as each of us fights every day.

Once we choose to honour

THOSE PEOPLE,

who really matter,

those who put us at ease

with their honesty

because we are always ready

to respond to truth.

Once we strive hard

to be one of THEM,

we can say

we live

in a better

and

more advanced

world

that is worthwhile

to leave behind

for our children to share.

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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Excellent, thought-provoking hub. Yes, we are all responsible to speak up when we see injustice and racism, yet it continues to be such a hard thing to do. The fact that it IS hard to stand up for these things lets us know that as a society we still have a long way to go.

I love what you did with the photo spread in this hub. It was moving and powerful.


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Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

I loved photo 19. It reminds me of S California, where I grew up.


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ameliejan 5 years ago from Alicante, Spain

This was great - nice poem and nice photos. Voted up.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks my dear fellow hubbers for your nice comments, again I felt the urge to spill my heart out and I am happy I didn't bore you to death:)...have a great day wherever you are, Larry, hopefully I will see once South California and you will come and see our parts...all the best from Beata


THAT Mary Ann 5 years ago

Good inspiration here...thanks for it.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Beautiful - as always Beata, this is so touching!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear followers to come and see my new reflection, I am very happy it was worthwhile for you:)


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Beata,

You take the cake for mixing inspirational thoughts with the most mesmerizing pictures that I truly get lost in. I am always delighted to see your work when it arrives, and this was profoundly moving.

Voted UP & UAB- have a peaceful evening, mar.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear Mar, thank you so much for your kind words, just find out this is the best way how I can express myself:)


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loua 5 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet

You have my vote, your argument is pretty much what my position is on the human condition; its refreshing to hear the echo of my thoughts from a different perspective with the same perception... Thank you for sharing your thoughts... Enjoyed the opportunity to experience your insight...


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my fellow hubber for stopping by and leaving your kind comment, happy that we share the same point of view on the future of our humanity:)


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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

Hi,

Thoughtful and moving poem, keep up the wonderful work. Thanks


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

Insightful and thought provoking hub. My mother was in Australia during WWII and I have always had a fondness for that beautiful land. The pictures were a delight


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

While I was in university the leader of a branch of a white supremist group wanted to move into my community. We made it perfectly clear that he was not welcome. He moved away.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

This subject is very close to my heart as you can see:) and I am happy to get warm and positive responses. It makes me feel very good to know that they are many people thinking similar way like me:) Dear Jackie I am not sure what happened to your comment, I have not deleted anything, I apologise for my longer absence from hubpages, I have been travelling around Europe, hopefully you can add your comment again:)


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

A thought provoking hub. I share your sentiment and believe that equality is everybody's right. Bless you


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my new HP friend, it is great to know that so many of us feel the same way...maybe the world is not so unequal and unfriendly place after all:)


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makusr 4 years ago from India

Beata,

Greetings from MAKUSR. In Hindi we have famous poem which if translated means,

Fight has not ended still

Accused is not only who kill,

Those who remain mum and quiet,

History will not show them respite.

Good one!

Lots of Love,

MAKUSR


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Love that poem, 'makusr'...it summons beautifully what I wanted to say:)...thank you my HP friend, lots of love and all the best....keep translating, I admire the wisdom of your countrymen so much:)


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Went through some of your hubs, you got talent, have to find a sponsor and publish your writings. like this composition and the pictures. rated beautiful!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my fellow hubber for your encouraging comment, I love writing but I am not good in 'offering my work for sale'....if you have someone in mind, who would like to publish my work, just let me know:)


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EyesStraightAhead 4 years ago from Florida, USA

Wonderful hub, Beata. Your poetry is beautiful and thoughts provoking. I am someone who will say something and it ends up making for awkward moments, usually more for those around us than for me. I think if we want to change the world for the better, we have to not be afraid to stand up for what we believe in a positive, non-violent manner. No one should be subject to any negative remark based upon someone else's fears. And it is up to us to make the changes required when we realize we are not living as we should be.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for your insightful and wise comment, you don't look like someone who doesn't know what to say:) Or maybe you are just like me, who prefer writing to talking:) Nice to meet you my new HP friend and looking forward to hear from you soon..again:)


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hamzah3 4 years ago from Secret

Very interesting and thought provoking article Beata.You have really forced me to think the role of bystanders in any incident of Violence and now I believe that as a bystander we also play a part in violence because most of the time you can save the weak if bystanders speak up against the injustice.Please keep writing because there are very few people who write on these sensitive topics.Most of the people are busy writing on how to make money.Writers with a human touch like you are a necessity .Thanks for this wonderful article.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, dear 'hamzah', the genuine comments just like yours make me realize that I have chosen the right path of earning my daily crust by teaching and toiling on farm and letting my spirit sour freely at night without demands and pre-requisites of money hungry publishers...I have dreamt to be a writer from the time I was a little girl, but I never fitted the mainstream requirements: I refused to commemorate the communist achievements in my native land and now I refuse to praise the capitalist ideals, that are in my opinion outdated as well....thank you again and all the best with you hubbing...looking forward to hear from you again:)


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This is a beautiful poem that can be understood on so many different levels. Thank you for your ode to those who aren't afraid to do what's right! Voted up and beautiful


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear fellow hubber, it is not easy to be a hero, not today and it was not before...I encourage my son to have a courage and be yourself in teh face of peer pressure. People want to connect with others, we want to be loved and to love ano another, we want to be part of the group. We all exist in relationship and have a great desire for acceptance from our fellow human beings. So to go against the grain of the group means we can end up isolated and shunned, something we humans fear. This is why prejudice and inequality still exist today....


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Wanting to be liked is a natural desire and there's nothing wrong with it. But if we have to compromise our principles to be accepted then the problems begin. We need to have a strong sense of identity to stand up for what's right in this world.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

So right, my fellow hubber, so right, but it is not easy especially for young people who are just shaping their identity:)...and sometimes it is not easy even for us, older and more experienced...therefore it is good to be reminded of those, who managed and say to ourselves: "If they can do it, I can do it too:"


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

No, it's not easy for anyone, young or old. : )


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loua 4 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet

The root cause for the lack of change can be found in our genealogy, yes our heritage dictates our capacity, ability and potential for dealing with our human condition; how to solve our lingering self governance malaise. It's not as if this condition has not existed, it is endemic in the public at large, it is the result of the me virus...

People since time in memorial have been controlled by their bad thought process because their ego's self esteem has been conditioned by tyrants and engineered by their ancestries' DNA, now we are at this point in time and can not fathom how it all came about...

The root cause of the human condition is, "the lack of critical thought;" this simply means all human's have issue with repetition, routine and habit... People fail to look beyond their immediate wants, they fail to project a lifestyle that incorporates all that is needed to make one's life successful now not just for their immediate desires but for their future needs which will be Now in the future...

The conundrum is how do you make choices, reasoned and decided based on future outcomes? Its like exercising, dieting, buying a house, having kids, or any of the human activities, deeds and endeavors, why do we haphazardly plunge into the life without a goal, objective and plan for future results? The answer is humans what to be irresponsible for their fate, they have been conditioned to believe it is a destiny based on some witchery, when it is simply a self hypnotic trance produced by one's ego and imbedded in the subconscious that tells the self they are a mechanical robot and not a

life force that is responsible for the outcome of all of existence not just their puny physical existence... This is the matrix of the repetition, routine and habit that keeps people on one tract an separate from a common objective for changing the present to a better human condition, it is always relegated the future that will never come because we are NOW we are not in the future and the future will be the NOW when it arrives and thus nothing ever changes due to our programing...

The solution is to change the program and tell the self we are NOW and all change is to be NOW... Might as well move along with the program if we are ever going to have a SOLUTION...

POSITIVE CHANGE comes from positive critical thought. Positive critical thought is thought balance where the positive and negative polarity of thought is brought into an equilibrium logic that produces positive change. Positive change is a function of inclusive, selfless civility as negative change is the result of exclusive, selfish evil... Simple yet so hard to implement, because of the persistent conditioning that takes place all about us...


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you dear 'Ioua' for your thorough and insightful explanation...it is easier to positively change ourselves and also demand this positive change around us if we understand why we behave the way we do:)....


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Makes me want to be a better person!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Angela, that is a honour to hear the response like yours...it makes me want to be a better writer:)


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Gamerelated 4 years ago from California

This is a great Hub that promotes deep self reflection. This something that we all need to do more of. Good work on this hub, Beata Stasak. Voted up and shared.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you, Gamerelated, love to reflect from time to time, so I am happy it is useful for someone else as well:)


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Admiral Murrah 4 years ago from Texas

I enjoyed the hub, the photos added a lot to it. It is VERY good.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you 'Admiral Murrah' for stopping by and leaving your kind comment, happy you enjoyed it:)


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Johan Smulders 3 years ago from East London, South Africa

A challenging article making good use of words and photos. Keep it up!


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Johan for your kind words, all the best from Beata

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