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Social Issues, Beyond Awareness Toward Action
The Invisible Man
There on that corner, stands a man, an older, frail gentleman in the tattered clothing that fails to protect him from the bitter cold. His face weathered and worn, with both calloused hands wrapped round a paper cup, he sips through blistered lips. Despite the torment in his eyes as people pass him by, he studies their faces and watches their movements. Within his heart, he accepts he is invisible to them. The clinking sound of coins tossed by these strangers assure him he will eat one more day. He is grateful. He is humbly thankful for the coins from the fellow-Americans he fought for, creeping low beneath the bullets from enemy assault rifles. For now, his country has failed him egregiously but he holds no bitterness. We must be his protectors and defenders now.
Ideal Example of what WE can do.
The Heart of H.O.W.....Humanity One World
Here in all his prolific and literary glory is another man. Bill Holland of Olympia Washington, known as well to his fellow writers on HubPages, as billybuc. Other than the fact that Bill is the force behind the birth of H.O.W, the movement toward creating cures for social ills, you need only know he asked a single question, "Will you join me?"
Many of us, his fellow-writers with like-beliefs and goals, have taken up arms to do precisely this. To lend our hearts and minds, our time and efforts into spreading the goals of this mission. We have chosen to reach out with our voices, to give life to the profound need for cures.....cures to all that is unjust, unacceptable and inhumane in this country we love so much, but in which we have become disillusioned. This time has come. Not for one more day, may we allow ourselves to walk on by, close our eyes or merely fill the air with empty cries and helplessness. We are responsible. We can and must make a difference. The way to begin is to go forward in unity to awaken the hearts and minds of each and every human being. We must offer the tools and strengths that will carry our mission to every ear, from those who hold the highest powers in Washington, to each man and woman who continues to struggle in our streets and neighborhoods..
Look around you. Don't turn away, but stare into the faces of the poor and hungry, feel the pain of the abused and battered child. A child whose innocence has been stolen, whose life has been shattered. We search for answers....who will save these babies? There is no more time to wait. No sense to continual questioning. Here we are, one people, one world, intertwined, sharing this one world. We must help the children. To bring our plight to our leaders, this is where our questions belong......placed in front of them with an insistence for solutions. "Please Sirs, you must justify your spending of billions of our American dollars on countries from afar, when here, our own are suffering? Are you not able to see where our needs must be met before those of others? We demand that you take heed of the severe lack in the country you have been positioned to protect."
We will reach the desks and minds of every man and woman with our questions and outrage, our demands for the cures needed to repair our ills. We will do our part and reach beyond any limitations to continue on this mission, never relenting nor giving up the hope we hold so strongly.
We will write. We will call and pound the pavements if we must, in a peaceful and ardent quest to build strength and health, stamp out hunger and homelessness in this country of enormous wealth. Our compassion and assistance must match our wealth. We are bound by unity to see this to the realization of cures to these unacceptable ills.
Are you inspired? Do you feel the momentum of our movement stirring you to act? Join us and lend your passion, your support and your love of country. You may contact any of us here on our HP writing sites and we will welcome you. Together we'll keep moving on. Let's take our movement boldly to the gates and pound on those gates until they open......until they hear us and respond. Let nothing stop us.
H.O.W............Humanity One World.....is here. We are driven, we are strong and we are armed. We are armed complete with the realities of all the social ills we choose to strike down. We are armed with love, determination, compassion and our powerful sense of justice for all Americans, as we are committed to our rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The shames of our nation can be erased. Social injustice can be nearly wiped out. Wrongs can and must be made right. Hunger must no longer exist and crimes against the weakest of us must cease. We are the society we speak of and must save. It is our right to seek justice and cures. It is our responsibility to take up the causes and fight for the needs to live fully productive and proud lives. All things are possible when people join forces and use the gifts we've been given to seek our solutions and end our woes.
Come along. Let us join hands to create the reality we foresee. The authentic and necessary change is about to emerge. Let us be that change.
Can you feel the pull within and see the need for simple heroes? There is no time to wait for miracles from places or people unknown. We are the ones with heart and strength, for our eyes have seen the tears and we have asked the question, "Why?" Unified, the answers come, just as when our country was born and each one had a purpose and the will. Somehow we got lost in self-indulgence, moving quickly past those left behind. Best we stand before one another, admitting we must change and take a vow to make amends from now until the day, our children carry on.