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Social Problems: A Call To Arms

Updated on February 3, 2013

CAN YOU HEAR IT?

If a voice screams in the wilderness and nobody is there, does it make a sound?

That is the question I asked myself when I woke up this morning. Am I being heard? Am I making a difference with my rants and philosophical discussions about life? Is there any point in my continuing?

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.” Henry David Thoreau

We are seven billion strong on this planet, each with our own needs, concerns, desires, dreams, defeats and victories. Such a disparate group and yet so similar. There are days I want to know each and every one of my fellow inhabitants; there are also days when I want to roll the stone across the opening of my personal cave and have nothing to do with most.

I am in awe of mankind! I despise our inhumanity! I love our possibilities! I hate our self-imposed restrictions! I walk down the street and smile at another person and feel the warmth of our commonalities, then read in the paper about our greed, our selfishness, and our lack of compassion and empathy.

What do I do about it all? How do I find a happy balance? How do I reach out to the millions and teach them to live as one? How do I make others see the insanity of our current lifestyle? What can I say that will finally shed light on a universal truth, that only through humility and love can we find happiness and accord as a civilization?

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GREED RUNS RAMPANT IN THIS WORLD

You have all heard the statistics. The top one percent of this nation controls 40% of the wealth. We are no longer a country with a poverty class, lower class, middle class, upper-middle class, and wealthy. Nearly 47 million Americans are living at poverty level, or roughly one in every seven. We are well on our way to being a two-class system, the poor and the rich, and although millions of people realize this fact, nothing is being done.

We pass the poor on the streets daily and turn our heads in an attempt to block out a reality that resides all too close to home. The unions have been slowly disappearing in this country for decades, jobs are being outsourced in the name of profit, and our government is now of the rich, for the rich and by the rich.

We turn our heads, for as long as it isn’t happening to us, let’s not acknowledge it and maybe it will go away. There was a song by Garth Brooks several years ago called “Wolves.” A haunting song, it spoke of a farmer and his family who had to leave their farm because of foreclosure. It is the last line of the song that I remember best: “Lord keep me from being, the one the wolves pull down.”

Well folks, there are more and more of our fellow citizens being pulled down by the wolves, but these wolves dress in three-piece suits and dangle American Dream carrots in front of us, hoping to keep us in line. The truly frightening thing….it is working.

GOD BLESS THE PUSHER

Say hello to one of the leading industries in America: drugs! This is a $400 billion industry that shows no signs of diminishing. As could be expected, areas where there is heavy drug marketing also have higher percentages of violent crime. Do not be deceived in thinking that this is unique only to the poor among us. Illegal drug use spans the entire spectrum of our society. Evidently, “just say no” didn’t work!

Our response as a society is to live in gated communities, lock up tight at night, jail the offenders and hope the boogie man goes away by morning. Unfortunately, the boogie man looks just like you and me.

So we turn our heads, stare off in the other direction, and pray that we’re not the one the wolves pull down.

RACISM? WHAT RACISM?

Oh, how sneaky thou art! Gone are the white, hooded robes of hatred. No longer do we see burning crosses and “Whites Only” signs on businesses, but still….racism is alive and well, lurking in the shadows, whispering the vileness spawned by ignorance and fear.

If you can’t see it then it must not exist, right? Oh how silly you are if you believe that! Racism is no longer in your face, demanding attention, for that would not be politically correct, and in today’s society we are all about PC, right? No, racism is covert, slinking just under the surface like some mythical creature that can’t be killed. It is embedded in the very fabric of our culture, allowed to fester because, once again, we turn our heads, stare off in the other direction, and pray that some day we are not singled out by the wolves as being different, and pulled down.

WHO WILL SAVE THE CHILDREN?

Who will save the children of Spirit Lake Nation? Who will save the children who are forced into sex slavery and prostitution? Who will save the children who are abused daily, no matter the nature of the abuse, be it physical, mental, sexual, or emotional? Who will save them?

The numbers are staggering! 1.25 million children are abused each year in the United States. Four die each day from abuse. Human sex trafficking is a $32 billion industry and in the United States between 100,000-300,000 children are sold as sex slaves each year. Child pornography is a $3 billion business in the United States and there are 100,000 pornographic websites for viewing pleasure, 55% of which involve children.

Still, we turn our heads, stare off in the other directions, and pray it isn’t our child who the wolves pull down.

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THE GREATEST ENEMY TODAY

No, it is not big business nor is it the banking system. It is not the drug pushers or the porno kings. It is not the racist, it is not the government and it is not the Islamic Nation.

Our greatest enemy, our primary foe in this fight for humanity, is complacency! As a society we have allowed it all to happen. We welcomed the wolves by turning our heads. We stood by as our government sold out America in favor of globalization. We stood by as children were abused and drugs held court in our neighborhoods. We heard the racial slurs, witnessed the de-humanization, read the reports, and did nothing.

THE VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS CRIES OUT

Thoreau had it right! We must raise our level of humanness by conscious endeavor. I have a responsibility to speak out against these atrocities of modern civilization. I have been given the gift of the written word, and it is my calling to use those words to bring awareness to as many as possible.

A voice in the wilderness? Perhaps, but maybe another voice will join me, and then another, until one voice has the strength of many, and a chorus of voices, singing in harmony, will have an effect on the status quo.

Is it a worthwhile endeavor? I will let you answer that for yourselves. What is the value of one life? What is the value of one child’s happiness and well-being? What price tag do we attach to a life without bigotry, greed, sexual-exploitation or poverty?

Yes it is worthwhile! I could not live with myself if I did not speak out. I was not raised to snuggle under the covers, content in the knowledge that the wolves are in another part of town. It is beneath me as a human being to be complacent when others are suffering.

I am not a rich man, nor am I in a position of power so that I can affect outcomes in a board meeting or strategy session. I am a simple man with simple powers, but I am not helpless. As long as I have the ability to write, I will be heard. As long as I have a voice, I will be heard.

I owe it to the poor. I owe it to the children. I owe it to those who suffer racism.

And I owe it to myself!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great quote Kathleen, and oh, so true! In the absence of leadership, people will follow anyone; in a void of reasoning, people will accept any answer.

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      How am I just now reading this?!

      "In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing."--Edmund Burke

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Avian....it seems daunting at times, trying to wake people up to that which is truly important....but as you said, we just keep moving forward....always forward!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know it, Billy. That's why we are all here on HubPages, to be heard. We do it one story at a time. Let's keep on going forward...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie.....LOL....I am so sorry for your discomfort today. I seem to have hit an issue quite a few people understand......good point about the doctors (pushers)....and we are numb and dumb....and that needs to end before it is too late. Thank you my friend; you are one of the good ones.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, it does come down to the Golden Rule, does it not? Thank you my friend; I am very concerned with the young of today; I don't see any direction from them. Anyway, I appreciate you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Robert, I have no false expectations; if I can just make one person see then I've done my job as a writer. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, thank you my friend; yes, there is power in the written word, and if my voice is heard then I am thankful.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      god, by the time i scroll ALL the way down HERE - i'm exhausted..lol! Once again, the issues you bring up are critical and are at the heart of the matter! The biggest 'drug pushers' these days are our beloved, held-up-like-god - DOCTORS - and are responsible for the single sharpest rise in addicts - EVER! As far as complacency goes - BINGO, Billy! The world is coming at us sooo fast, via 24/7 media coverage - and the internet - that we're...numbed - as well as dumbed - down! The world needs to read your words, Bill - and WAKE UP! (sigh..now i have to scroll ALLL the way up again to vote...omg..lol)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Another powerful Hub. I, too, am concerned about this nation and the people who live here. My big concern is the young people (I wrote a Hub about that). I don't see much hope until the people of the world live by the Golden Rule.

      I voted this UP, etc.etc. and will share are Tweet. Mary

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      I agree completely that complacency is our number one problem. It has grown into all aspects of our lives and lead us to become comfortable with doing nothing. I appreciate the passion that you have for pointing this out and I am sure that you can make a difference. Even if it is just one read at a time. Keep writing!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A very powerful write, Bill. And write you must since you have the gift of the written word and a conscience that goads you on. Every effort counts and with the backing of like minded people your voice is going to roar one day. Here's wishing you more power to your pen, my friend.

      Voting this up, useful and awesome and yes sharing it on here and on G+1.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Polly it is discouraging at best, but I just need to keep yelling at the moon. If nothing else it makes me feel better. Thank you for the visit!

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      I preach along these lines myself. I sure did not know about child pornography online though! Geeee. Our judicial system is so corrupt many judges seem to want to protect these evil doers, it makes no sense except money talks maybe. Well I think we all know it won't get better, in this life. Still we owe all we can to doing our part. That is all we can do. If we get too powerful we will become president and do nothing. Haha that just leaked right out! I agree with de cross, we need another choice or two.

      Up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Express, thank you so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      To avoid repeating what others have said, all I can say is that I agree with much of what you stated in this hub, I enjoyed reading it, and good job.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosalinem, thank you very much! This one was important to me; I can always tell, reading back over my old hubs, which ones meant the most to me.

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      Rosalinem 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi billy, This hub is very convicting to take at least a small step to make a difference. it is usually sad when evil looks like its prevailing and fear contributes in not stepping forward. So well written that it has raised a challenge for me not to look the other way.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa, I know the song well and it speaks to both of us. Thank you my friend; if we don't stand up against injustice, who will?

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      Lisa Williams 5 years ago

      Wow, this is absolutely beautiful and I could not agree more. I know that if enough people stand up against injustice it will make a difference! There is another Garth Brooks song that I always think about when I get discouraged that I will never make a difference. The song is called The Change and the line that sticks in my head is "I do this so this world will know ,That it will not change me." Thank you for writing this! I voted up, beautiful, and awesome!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ricky, you bring up some excellent points, ones I have not tackled as of yet for a variety of reasons. The problems that run rampant in the veins of this nation, and in society in general, are so deep as to seem overwhelming. Poverty, lack of education, lack of good parenting, lack of good role models.....when we stomp out drugs in one neighborhood we are only putting a bandaid on Cancer. This is a societal cancer that is so deep-rooted as to seem invincible.

      Kids are not born wanting to be addicts, prostitutes, alcoholics.....kids are not born hoping for no chance in the world, and everyone will do whatever it takes to survive. When a kid joins a gang, many times it is because that is the only place they have found love and acceptance. Is that wrong???

      Anyway, before I go off the deep end, thank you my friend. You are a good man and I'm proud to call you my friend.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, it doesn't take long for a heap of comments on your articles, shows how popular and great the work is. This is yet another example of your caring heart and your wisdom on a serious matter. Wow, 47 million. Who would have ever thought that? Not in America they think. It is sad because we have all the resources for one to be successful. I have always tried to look at things from different perspectives. Being homeless really taught me about life, love for another person in many ways. Drugs are bad and they ruin lives, but in some sense, the blame can't go entirely on those who sell it. Until you break up that traditional path, how can someone expect changes? These kids grow up in poverty and many are selling crack by the age of 8. This is the only life they know. Changes have been made, but no where near what should be done. The numbers on the wealthy are mind blowing. Some do a little, but most nothing. Can you imagine the change you could make with a billion dollars? It is a lot but not for the man that has 47 billion in value. I would rather have my name remembered for changing lives instead of on billboards and in magazines. Another great article that makes you think Bill. Once again, we could all do more and you inspire for us too do so. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Shared on Twitter.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      wba....all excellent points my friend! I will definitely say that we have left core values in the dust....love they neighbor? it's hard to find evidence of that in today's society. Thank you for some excellent comments.

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      wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

      "Our greatest enemy, our primary foe in this fight for humanity, is complacency! "

      I think your on to something here but I believe an even deeper question is-Why are we complacent? I believe the answer is that we've exchanged our faith in God to faith in other things. On a political level I believe this means among other things that- we look to the government and not to God as our saviour. Social issues to me, reflect an even deeper problem of a nation that has left God for other things!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed, Sha, but I have no doubt you will figure it out. Go get 'em, girl!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Freelance writing certainly is a career and it's the career of my dreams! I so envy you, Bill. I'm sort of in a catch 22. I don't have enough time to generate the income I need to quit my day job. If I could quit my day job, I'd be able to generate more freelance income. Oh the perils of a creative mind stuck in a corporate world......

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tammy! I don't want to sound like I'm preaching because I am fully aware that I could do more...my writing is as much about my own deficiencies as anyone else's.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I was just being facetious about quitting your current job...some people get the impression that freelance writing isn't a career. Good for you; keep moving in the right direction so your dreams come true.

      love from afar

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I walk a tightrope at times with my writing. I don't want to appear angry all the time....but time is running out....and I feel a need to speak often and loudly about injustice. I also feel the need to entertain and try to be lighthearted at times. Torn between two worlds. I only know that as writes we have a powerful voice and we need to use it often to promote change in this world. I doubt you will be seeing recipes from this writer anytime soon. LOL

      thank you buddy; peace and happiness to you today and always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shruti, age and experience have their value. I was empathetic in my youth as well, and did my part to right wrongs, but I am much more passionate about it now that I am older. I think as a youth I had hope that the world would change; well, it changed alright. It got worse. :) So now I scream from mountaintops and hope someone hears me.

      Thank you my young friend. Blessings and peace to you today and all days.

      bill

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Well said. We all complain about the state of the world but we much each live up to our own share in the problem. Excellent message!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I'm still here. I've gotten back into my freelance endeavors, which are taking up all my spare time. Sure wish I could do what you do - write all day. My "paying" job is certainly getting in the way!

      Non-career move? What do you mean, my friend?

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Powerfully expressed Bill as usual, and I believe 100% of us hubbers here, will must agree with you, that the world is in turmoil, it always been under such chaos, and instability as your hub depicts here, but one thing I do know is that without writers like yourself most of it would go unheard of, unquestioned, unchanged, and unattested.

      More power to you Bill, I also know that many others are with you, on this fight to bring an end to all of the injustices that we all have faced, and currently forced to deal with unfortunately.

      A good example would be the occupy movements, which was actually in my city of New York, many people stood to protest, to lose their homes, their jobs, and all to bring real change to things in America, and its occurred all around the world as well, and so you aren't at all alone bro.

      Keep writing, and we'll keep the pressure on, I personally do it in differing, and many ways as well. You know how I am when I sense a good fight bro.

      Thumbs up and out!

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      shruti sheshadri 5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Beautiful, bill! I admire your ability to see the bigger picture and put it in your writing. I think it has come with age and experience, hasnt it? These are indeed areas where we all should ponder about and try to overcome the barriers!

      Voted up and shared :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, where have you been? I was thinking you dropped off the face of the Earth! Busy planning your next big non-career move?

      Love you dear one; have a great weekend and thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lesley, thank you! I hope others are listening as well.

      Greatly appreciated kind lady

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy my dear, I fear I'm starting to sound like a raving lunatic; I seem to be caught up in my crusades.....I need to lighten up a bit.

      Thank you my friend; so happy that you are back. Have a great Sunday....are your grandkids with you?

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I think I'll start on child abusers and move down the food chain from there. :)

      Thank you buddy!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, a great hub of yours; thank you again!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      What a powerful hub, Bill! The statistics regarding child abuse, exploitation and death are staggering. I had no idea! The information you've provided proves we are not moving forward at all. The world needs to stop concentrating on improving technology and work on improving relations, respect and honor of our fellow man.

      Keep speaking Bill. If the New York Times can hear you, certainly you are speaking loud and clear from your mountaintop!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a powerful write Billy, you spoke and we listened....

      The world is changing so quickly and drastically, the changes are quite frightening.

      Thank you and voted up, best wishes Lesley

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      Eddy Jones 5 years ago from Wales.

      Hi Billy another great and important message from you !!!

      Wales is so small in comparison to many places but all the issues you talk about are rife here too.

      We have to shout from the roof tops ;maybe at times no one listens but they sure won't if we stop shouting!!!

      Great to be reading your hubs once ore my friend.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      So, which beast do you want to take on?

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, billybuc, she is an awesome little girl and so very inspiring for sure that I wrote a hub on her. You should check her out, and the best thing is that she is getting coverage from the NY Times and she lives in Fairfax, CA and twitter and everywhere, so hope is not lost. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith....that is incredible! Thank you so much for telling me about her. I am going to go look her up right now and celebrate the human spirit. Someone so young doing what the grown-ups should do.

      Peace and happiness to you my friend and have a great weekend.

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Tell it all, billybuc, just let it all out in the wide open!!! Amen! We are each capable of doing our part in this world to better it a little at a time, and we all have a voice, and we are to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves and help those who cannot help themselves. The world is hurting so much right now. Here is something inspirational to think about today- have you heard of a little eight year old girl named Vivienne, she is fighting human trafficking!!! Her goal is for the non-profit to get $150,000 to hep with this nowadays slavery! She has already made well over $15,000 - and this is a little girl!!! That should wake the rest of us up on this planet. God bless you dear one for writing this message and I pray you will continue on. I am sorry for the late comment. Got home from work, then turned around and went to a women's prayer meeting at church, which is where I needed to be. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pstraubie, I can't imagine me stopping now; I have way too much to say and the years are running out.

      Thank you and enjoy a fabulous weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! This is who I am; I can't imagine stopping now. Enjoy your weekend dear lady!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, thank you! Fortunately I have a booming voice. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Neeles, I believe that my friend; large movements start with a single person. Thank you kind Sir and blessings to you this weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is sad, Julie, but my megaphone has a few more years left in it.

      thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      billybuc...I do so love this. One person at a time we can make a difference. And it is all of us who should care, should do, should raise our voices as you do.

      You keep right on being our mouthpiece, my Friend. voted +++++

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill you have listed all the things i hate, greed being the worst. Never stop writing about your beliefs. People will listen. GREAT hub..Cheers..

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      So many questions, the eternal search. Greed, complacency our worst enemies along with so many others. Great hub. Your voice is definitely heard.

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      neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

      since you CAN speak you MUST speak.You must speak till your lungs are ready to burst because YOU and only YOU can make a difference- and if you can get even ONE person to start believing this you have already doubled the believers.

      just keep at it friend.We all need to believe in the power of one which is immense.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Evil flourishes when the truth doesn't stand up for itself. You are standing Bill...and others will stand with you. Great job on this hub. As always...marvelous.

      It's sad that these things need to be blasted through a megaphone, but its true.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Genna! Anytime you need a dose of reality, stop by! :) I won't give up the fight; we can make a difference in this world.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Have to agree with TToom. Man’s greatest fault is indifference, from which all other sins can be referenced. I so admire this hub, Billy. I have often felt helpless, sad, and appalled at the state of humanity today, and where our own country is headed. Sometimes, I feel as though I’m this odd little woman out of the mainstream of thought until I read words such as these. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I'm that little pain in the butt in the back of the Political Science class who won't shut up and drives the teacher nuts. It's my calling. LOL Thank you my dear friend and have a great weekend. Me....I'll be stoking the fires.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly....LOL....it's working my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good afternoon Rolly! I believe firmly that the voice of the pen will be heard. This is my calling and I will continue to speak out for change. One person at a time, buddy; one person at a time.

      Peace and blessings to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, it's my pleasure. :) I need shaking up just like everyone else. There are times when the words I write ignite my own inner fire. Thank you for caring; your response fills me with hope.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, there is no forgiveness necessary....you are right...voting is a call to action....and what I can't abide by are people who complain but do nothing. I surround myself with action people, those who do what they can to change things. You are one of those people. Thank you for being who you are.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Bill, a man of many hats! John the Baptist would be proud of your voice crying out!!! You are the furthest thing from complacency....you inspire others and you fire them up!

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Testing....123....testing!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Good Morning Billy... have no fear my friend the voice of the pen can be heard. I have come from a background of having it all to having nothing a few times in life. It is but that single smile that hand that reaches out or that kind word of encouragement that truly makes a difference, especially when what is offered comes fro the heart. If I have learned anything in this life it is the smallest of kindness offered can and will change another life.

      Continue to call out, write what is on your heart and know that you are heard...

      Hugs and Blessing my friend

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      If only more people would follow these words (me included). We all get complacent in our lives and sometimes something or someone steps in to shake us up. Thanks for shaking me up.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      bill one of the things people can do to stand together ( please forgive me, I keep raving and ranting about this ) is to actually get up and vote. That right has not been taken away from us -Yet. We still have the right of free speech-For now. We need to take action now, there are so many people who complain but do nothing. Yes we have choices, but for how long?

      We will keep listening, but we still need to be active in our choices.

      Voted up my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, I will read your poem and thank you! I have found my writer's voice and I will not silence it. This is too important, and if I can ignite one other person then it is all worth it. Thank you for a great comment and I'm heading your way now. Have a wonderful weekend and bless you my friend.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      You are so right, billybuc, about complacency! I think it's one of the deadliest of sins because it spawns inaction. Looking the other way too many times rather than speaking out or trying to do something to make a difference is just as bad as actively committing a crime. In my opinion, it IS a crime to see something dreadful happening and look the other way.

      I feel this so strongly, and, though I know I've only one voice to be heard, I am constantly writing letters and emails, signing petitions, giving small donations (all I can afford) in an effort to make my one voice/one person count for something good in this world.

      When you have time, you might want to read a poem I published on HP entitled, "Uninvolvement--a poem about apathy." It touches on some of the issues of which you wrote in this excellent hub. (Please keep in mind that I'm not a "real" poet. I only try the medium occasionally, and usually reserve it to try and get across what I consider an important message or emotion.)

      Keep on writing, Bill. Keep on making your voice heard in our complacent society. It does matter. One person can be heard in the wilderness.

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello Sasha! You are so nice to always visit my site! Thank you! Sasha, I am just fed up with society and I'm going to keep writing and wake some people up. Racism will never be alright! Abuse will never be alright. And though everyone will agree with me, they allow it to happen by their complacency....until, of course, it happens to them, and then listen to them scream. No, this is not alright, and I need to do my part to end it.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      This is the most powerful and moving piece yet. Don't you dare stop writing my friend this world needs your words. Racism only shows it's ugly head on occasion for me. Most recently on a facebook picture of Michelle Obama. The comments for the picture made me sick. My poor husband on the other hand is Asian and manages a family business, he has to deal with it on a daily basis which breaks my heart. I fear how the world will treat my children. Don't even get me started on drugs.. they just ruin people's lives and those around them!

      Voted and shared, because this NEEDS to be heard!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, I saw the title of your new hub but haven't gotten there yet. I know you and I have many similarities; it's good to not be alone. :) Thank you and have a great weekend yourself.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I understand completely Mark; I am tired of crying; now I'm just getting angry. I have decided that this is my life's work; I have been given a gift and I'm going to use it to shout from every damn mountaintop...things are not okay in the world and we need to wake up as a society and change things.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Bill, I have days like you when I cry, I want to close the door and hide away, but I can not do that. It is a tough position being empathetic, feeling the pain of the world around us. I literally become ill when I allow the world's spirit to enter, but I would take the illness and the pain over complacency any day.

      I stand and fight, shout out to those that hear and hope that in some way I am heard.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill -

      This is so ironic. (You'll see what I mean when you visit around.)

      Another great hub! I'm definitely a fan of your thought pattern, my friend. I'm almost ready for Steppenwolf's "America/Suicide" offering. Have a good weekend, sir!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I loved your hub on racism and it was so right on! I am tired of people sticking their heads in the sand and pretending none of these problems exist. That is not what a community does. I am going to keep writing about this stuff and if it makes people uncomfortable then too bad; maybe they need to feel uncomfortable.

      Thank you my dear; I respect you more daily.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, I believe in those thought and yes, it was Ghandi...I have decided that the remainder of my life is going to be about changing things...I will be that voice....it feels right for me, my friend, and I am now driven to do it.

      Thank you Gail; wishing you a wonderful weekend, and hugs back atcha! :)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, another wonderful hub and what a great message. I completely agree that it is up to us to make the difference. Everyday when I taught I tried my best to make a difference for my students. You are very right about racism still existing and you hit the nail on the head about it being covert. I literally just wrote about that yesterday and I think that is why I admire you and very much see where you are coming from too, because we seem to have the same thoughts on the most important of issues. Yet again have shared, voted up and tweeted.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      This is another powerful hub, as well as a call to action.

      I agree with what Irc wrote as I have reached the same conclusions that she has: "I am slowly coming around to the conclusion that as long as we continue to reach out and, live our lives in a manner that sets an example, then we are making a difference."

      I also agree with her saying that, "You sir, are setting an example. You are making a difference."

      I think it was Ghandi who said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." That is truly our greatest strength as individuals and the best way to attract followers who also seek to change the world for the better.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will do my best Arshad; thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will Mismazda, and my name is Bill to my friends...please!

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      ARSHAD MAJID 5 years ago

      billybuc-- Please accept heartiest congrats on writing such an awesome hub. It was very informative and thought provoking indeed. I wish you succeed in spreading the noble message of peace and also expose the opportunist that make money at the cost of humanity.

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      mismazda 5 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      Yeap Mr.Billy Im 35..thanks for the compliment..you have a great weekend as well...:)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mismazda, you are 35? You look like you are 18! My, My, My indeed. Well my dear, things are worse than they were, and I'm tired of it. Time for this boy to get up off of the couch and spread the word.

      Thank you my dear; have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travel, your comment added greatly to the hub, as it always does. :) I won't give up this fight; I've been given a voice and I'm going to use it to the best of my ability. One voice....then two....then many. I saw movements start up from nothing in the 60's and affect great change.....let's see what we can do today.

      Thank you my dear and have a great weekend.

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      mismazda 5 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      My My My Billy, you have said a mouthfull..and I agree...I sit back and say to myself what has the world come to..I am only 35, but it has changed so much from my teenage years....it makes me wonder...well I know..that things seem not to be getting better but only worst. Voted up and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irc, your words bring me happiness today. Yes, I believe we all make a difference....each and every day....we are in contact with so many people.....I am proud to call you my friend. We will keep doing this work together and let's see what we can accomplish.

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      Katheryn 5 years ago from United States

      Billy...you have expressed all that I have felt for a long time probably better than I can express it myself. There are many days that I do pull the rock in front of my cave. I just don't have the emotional ability to deal with what I see and hear.

      I know there are many many people who do good, who think good and believe in humanity to do right most of the time. The sad fact of everything you talk about boils down to one simple fact; each person's individual behavoir and general moral compass. Drug pushers couldn't push if there were no buyers. Monsters that use children for profit couldn't profit if those without a moral compass didn't exist. Intead billions of dollars are spent to enjoy the torture of children. Our economy, housing market and potentially to come, many retirement and 401ks wouldn't have been stolen if all those bankers and wall steeeters had any moral compass. You see, it is, WE the people who are the problem and too many who have lost their way. That's right, Billy, just keep spreading the word and make people open their eyes and find the right direction, as so many are so very lost. As to the greed and corruption that has gone on, people need to just say, NO MORE, loud and clear. Voted up.

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Sir, you said a mouthful here. You are not alone. I BELIEVE there are many who feel as you do. It is the thing that binds me to hope. Deep inside me is this voice that constantly whispers..."I want to make a difference". It troubles me sometimes as I struggle with the manner in which I can fulfill that desire. I have thought about it, prayed about it, meditated on it, and stomped my foot sometimes too when the answer eludes me. I am slowly coming around to the conclusion that as long as we continue to reach out and, live our lives in a manner that sets an example, then we are making a difference. You sir, are setting an example. You are making a difference. Believe it! Thank you Billy, for another extraordinary piece of work that is so much more than words on a page.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Don, thank you! That's what I want....more people hearing the message. One small step at a time, right?

      Have a great weekend my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Spy! You can do your part by continuing to write beautiful poetry; this world needs it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Healthy, this is my calling. I'm going to keep pounding the message in hopes of picking up converts. This nation needs to turn around soon; we can't continue on this path.

      Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, I believe that as well. Funny you mentioned Rousseau....I have him in an upcoming hub! Great minds think alike my friend.

      You are a good man, an aware man, and a compassionate man. I'm proud to call you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, I do believe they are hearing the call; I'll leave others to the recipes; this is why I was meant to write.

      Thanks....I'll get to your latest soon.

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      I Hear You, My Man! I Hear You!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, you are very correct; I'm doing a follow up to Spirit Lake and if that does not inspire someone I don't know what will.

      Thank you!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Perfect hub sir bill. we have all the powers inside us to be heard. I will be sharing this to all.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      The top 1% controls at least 40% of the wealth and so many people are suffering. I have heard that if all the people in the top 1% donate a portion to the people in the rest of the country there would be almost no poverty but I can guarantee that will never happen. I admit to sometimes running away from the harsh realities because it can be so overwhelming. I believe even during a year where there is financial stress I can always donate small things and if everyone does a little to help it adds up. Also it's always free to donate time.Thanks for reminding people of those things that need to be improved in the world. Voted up and shared!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Billy, are you on time to run for President? Because, this hub took my votes. How sad to have only two choices: Republicans and the Dems. But who is going to represent the masses? Well, I have been exposed to the world. And actually been myself in different countries. Corruption is universal! And has been around since That T-rex pulled the mastodon... just to whisper some bloody good news through his ears. What you said was written in 1762 by Rousseau with different words. 27 years later, on July 14th, 1789, France changed forever. It takes time, but it will build up momentum. So help us God!