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Social Issues: How Do We Cure Social Ills? H.O.W.

Updated on July 22, 2014

The Harsh Reality

I don’t know what to do! There, I have said it; I do not feel better saying it, but at least I gave my demon a face, and that is the first step.

I have been so encouraged by the heartfelt comments I have received on recent articles about poverty and child trafficking, but I would expect nothing less from my friends and peers. Still, the problems exist, and I do not know what to do.

I have written about the 49.7 million Americans living in poverty, and I have tried to raise awareness, but still, I do not know what to do.

I have written about child neglect and abuse on Native American reservations, and I have tried to raise awareness, but still, I do not know what to do.

I have written about child trafficking and the plight of the veterans in this country, and I have tried to raise awareness, but still, I do not know what to do.

I have written about narcissism and greed in this country, and I have tried to raise awareness, but still, I do not know what to do.

You see, all I am doing is putting a bandage on cancer. I preach to the choir, and I howl at the moon, and for one brief moment I feel good about the efforts, but then reality hits and I do not know what to do.

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My Guiding Light

I was raised to believe that one man can make a difference, that the great movements in history began with one idea and one wayward pilgrim willing to advance that idea, until it became a cohesive movement of change.

I know it is possible; I have seen examples of it throughout my lifetime. I have seen brave men and women rise up against injustice and refuse to back down despite the odds. Our history books are filled with examples, and I know them to be true, and I am encouraged by them and temporarily motivated by them.

I was also raised to stand up for others who cannot stand on their own. I was raised to do everything in my power to protect the weak and right injustices, and to be a guiding light for those lost in darkness.

I have tried, but it is not enough, and I do not know what to do.

Tell Me, My Friends, What Should I Do?

I can give food to the poor until Hell freezes over, and it will not stamp out poverty, for I am just one man. I can stand atop my soapbox and decry abuse, but it will not stop atrocities towards children, for I am just one man. I can speak against selfishness and greed, and sing songs of brotherly love, but it will not stop the division of the classes or bring about global peace, for I am just one man.

I need to know what to do, because quite frankly I am growing weary of the fight. I am growing weary of chronicling man’s inhumanity towards man, and I am growing weary of my inability to change anything on a large scale.

I feel too strongly and that is my personal cross of empathy. I cry when I read about little children who are defenseless. I cry when I read about wounded soldiers who cannot find adequate care. I cry when I hear about abusive men and sex perverts, and politicians bought and paid for, and I am tired of hurting inside.

So what do I do?

The Insidiousness of Our Society

Four times I have written about child abuse, and four times I have had the advertising pulled on those articles because advertisers do not want their products associated with issues that are so depressing. Mind you, I care not about the advertising. What I do care about is the underlying message from the advertisers, namely that we are all about selling products, and ugly reality obstructs us from our goal.

I simply do not understand that kind of thinking, and I have degrees in Marketing and Economics. This seems to me to be the perfect metaphor for all that is wrong in our society today. Greed and narcissism rule our world today; if that seems a bit simplistic then you are not paying attention. How can there be such disparity in incomes if it is not greed fueling the economic world? How can people be exploited for the gains of others if it is not greed at the helm?

How can people turn a blind eye when they see injustice? How can we have an epidemic of “see no evil, hear no evil,” in a nation built upon the principles of freedom for all, and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all? How can we spend more money on weapons than we do on food for the hungry? How can we spend more money on downtown improvements than we do on education or the prevention of child abuse?

How can 250 million citizens ignore the plight of 50 million citizens who cannot provide for themselves?

How can 312 million citizens ignore the plight of 250,000 children being sold as slaves?

How can 287 million citizens salute our 25 million veterans and yet ignore their needs?

How can the needs of foreign countries be more important than the needs of our own country?

How can a politician be paid for inefficiency and a laborer be fired when budget cuts occur?

How can the neighborhoods of the poor be bulldozed to make room for the skyscrapers of the rich?

So what should I do?

Will you join me? Can you write one article on this subject?

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A New Reality

I can tell you what I want to happen, but I can’t do it alone. I can write articles, and they are read by a few hundred, but unfortunately those few hundred are not the ones I need to change. Isn’t that the way it always is? You preach to the choir, and they nod their heads, and pat you on the back, but nothing changes, because the choir didn’t need changing.

Yes, I can write articles, but I can’t do this alone. How do I reach more than a couple hundred people? What would happen if the couple hundred that read my article then, in turn, wrote a similar article, and by doing so reached ten or twenty thousand people. Now we would have some momentum, but what next?

What if we sent our articles to our local newspapers? What if we began a movement of good, a movement of compassion, a movement of empathy, and we asked people to join us?

Would you be willing to join me in this movement? Would you be willing to write an article about our movement and try to reach as many people as possible with your article? Put aside your daily obligations just long enough to write that article….would you be willing?

I don’t know what good it will do, but it has to do more good than doing nothing and shaking our heads in frustration. Among my followers I have people in practically every nation on Earth and certainly every state in the United States. Could you commit to this? One article and the effort to get it read? I am calling on my friends in South Africa, Wales, Australia and Kenya. I am calling on my friends in Florida, New York, Iowa and Oregon. One article from each of you; let’s see if we can make a difference together.

So what should we call our movement? What name reflects our goals? We have to have a common name that appears in each article title so that we increase our viewership on Google, right? We need to flood the internet with articles all carrying the same name. What shall it be?

May I propose a name? I suggest we call it H.O.W……Humanity One World!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Sure I will join Bill. Reality is reality, people is worried about their own family and their own finances. Trying to walk away from your own island and walk on thin ice to reach the poor on the other side of this pond of negative thoughts can be daunting for people that is used to stay in their confort zone. I will write my first H.O.W article, immediately.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Great Hub as usual Bill!!

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      I absolutely love reading your hubs. I gather that we share the same opinions on a lot of issues. Keep up the great work!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JThomp, thank you as usual! I hope you have a great weekend in Tennessee!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, I had no doubt that you would join. Thank you Sir! Sending warm wishes to New Jersey this Friday morning.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, thank you so much! You are a writing machine. I simply don't have the time to read all of your work; you seem to post two and three hubs a day. People call me prolific; they should try following you. :)

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bill - I am on board. We need to bring pressure to bear on politicians, both local and national, and the local media. A thought and a question -- I am always aware of duplication of efforts and of trying to leverage one's efforts.

      Is it possible that HOW could locate and promote other national and local organizations who are already working on one of the issues we care so much about -- provide that information to all the HOW members, as well as encourage them to make additional personal contacts.

      Don't know if I am making myself clear or not. Guess I am always looking for the biggest bang for the buck (or minutes spent writing) which can be achieved. :) Thank you for urging us to action. Sharing. ~~Theresa

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Of course the perfect world would be if everyone could or was able to take care of their lives. There are many people who fall to hardships and deserve help. What gets me a lot...people spending money on ipads, ipods, etc.. instead of either buying food, taking care of bills or helping others. I know how you feel about the impoverished and those without shelter and food. I read your list of the issues. I heard the Twinkie company paid its head honchos millions and didn't bother with the workers who make the company. Will be happy to write..help me with a topic...Lets do it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I think it's an awesome idea, Bill! I will do my part.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, for sure. HOW can be written anyway that you want, and I agree with that avenue of thought. Just try to put HOW in the title. :) Thank you for caring enough to do this my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I had not heard about the bonuses for Hostess execs...that makes me angry. Thank you for caring enough to come out of semi-writing retirement. Write about anything you think of....just make sure HOW is in the title.....seems like you have a good topic with Hostess.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, there is no surprise at all that you are willing to do your part. You do your part each and every day. Thank you my dear friend.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I have bit a moment this morning with Lily's birthday being today, but as usual a beautiful Hub article and message. I will stan with you and just tell me what I have to do. I very much see how much you believe in this cause and know it is a just and right fight at this point. So let me know and I will do whatever I can do. Have of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Dear Bill - We see that you have a sensitive heart to the plight of humanity. One person can make a difference to one other person. To make a difference on all humanity, we must imagine one person giving a helping hand only to one other person at a time. I don't think that, in general, one person can help the entire population. It becomes too overwhelming, by looking at the numbers. In addition, each person has their way to contribute to creating awareness and helping the world. Each day I receive a message from Care2 website about a petition and a cause. I can click to add my vote, another number tacked up. I can write a comment, link it to Twitter or FaceBook. I can write a blog about the cause and need. On Hubpages, I have written about many of humanities sufferings, including suicide, depression, grief, and a multitude of pains. I will join you in my continued radio and video shows to speak out about the condition of humankind. Blessings this Thanksgiving, Debby

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I always liked the quote "To know one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I think you start by changing one life at a time and helping in some small way. Of course if I win the lottery or all my hubs go viral I will help on a larger scale. I live in an area where people are focused on greed and status and your articles really make me think. I can't promise I will do as well as you but I will attempt one article on the topic and maybe inspire one person to help someone. Thanks as always for being a great writer and teacher.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, you already have my commitment. Now, some thoughts. I suggest some guidelines for the content of the article. If we are to appear unified, then should we not be singing from the same page? Second, aside from the obvious, what is the next goal? Is it to have newspapers print and article and then forget us? How do we direct potential activists to follow us? Do we need a central bank for hubs on social reform or, are we hoping to increase readership on a personal level?

      In other words, I write a hub. I send it to my local paper. Then, suppose someone is interested and wants to help. Are they to become my reader or, a reader for all of us who are concerned about the issues we care about. Does my article direct them to "me" or "us". Where will "us" be found?

      Should we ask HP to support us with athe creation of a new "group" or do we need a facebook page dedicated to social issues?

      I am at your beck and call Bill and think this is a fantastic idea. I toss you these questions out of desire to do the most good not to complicate the request.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, it is far too early for me to think that clearly. LOL

      I don't care about my readership; I would like to see links to other articles written by Hubbers. HP is not going to help us at all; I can start a Facebook page for this; that is an easy process and I'll do it this weekend. I'll have to think about the rest when I have some spare time this afternoon. I will post the Facebook page to my article as soon as i get it set up. :)

      I had no doubt you would be with me on this. :)

      Thank you my dear!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Beautiful thought, and it can be done..... You have a wonderful, and helping attitude! I am sure there are lot of us who want to help but don't know how to start. You are the pillar, Bill! Your hubs are inspiring, and I will be sharing it everywhere.

      Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Healthy, thank you for signing on! I will have a Facebook page set up shortly, and then we can post all of our articles to that page as well. I appreciate you caring enough to give this a try.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I know how busy you are, and I greatly appreciate you taking the time to write an article. That's all...write one hub about this topic...make sure HOW is in the title....I will set up a Facebook page where we can post articles continually. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzie, I'm just trying to give back to the community in some small way. One step at a time...one person at a time. :) Thank you; you are a kind and generous soul.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debby, I completely agree with you my friend. I feel better knowing you are in this fight. It does seem overwhelming, but it is worth the effort and I will keep on keeping on. Thank you for your commitment to helping others. You are greatly appreciated.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      *sigh* Really? You had to call on your friends from Florida? Don't you know we're busy down here?

      Sorry--you know I always have to balance your seriousness with a snarky comment.

      As for the assignment: I'm on it.

      Buddhists say that charity is more than material giving. When you write about the oppressed or even meditate while sending love out to those who are suffering, you're performing an act of charity that benefits people around the world. Is it true? I think so. You're doing a lot more good than you know.

      Rock on, Bill.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Bill, set up the page, we'll do what we can to support it. Kudos to your determination and if it helps many know about the problems in society, it should be done! Sharing.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, you have done so very much to shine your beautiful light into the dark places in this world. If you have only managed to help a single soul, you would have succeeded. Don't be discouraged, just keep doing what you do so well.

      If by writing a few words, we can effect some social change, then it well be well worth the effort.

      Keep me posted.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I love your snarky sense of humor. Keep smiling and bringing joy into the world.

      The Buddhists are right of course.

      Thank you for taking on this challenge; add it to the Facebook page that is listed at the end of this article.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, thank you as always, for caring, sharing, and being who you are. The Facebook page has been set up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo; I know your words are genuine and I am honored.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great idea, a unified voice of many people always helps. The more the better and we are willing to help. You will have to tell us how. Great work.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I'll tell you what you can do. Run for mayor when it is time. If you don't win, so what? If you do win, you are in the driver's seat. Then work your way up. You joked about running for President. Well, get started.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I was surprised during the election that just passed by the number of offices that only had one person running....it seems apathy has infected the political process. I'll give it some thought for next year. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, thank you! Just write an article about this topic and put H.O.W. in the title....Google will do the rest for us.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Bill, we all dream of having a beautiful world and you my friend, have shown me the path.

      Count me in, I will deliver an article soon. Lately, have been busy jotting down on my Nanowrimo thus, could not do much. Kindly bear with me, but there is light at the end of that tunnel and I will there next week.

      Man is enveloped with the social issues of the world but not realizing that he is the one who made them thus, he can put an end to it. LEt's ignite the path and do it jointly.

      Cheers!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Of course I am with you Bill. When I get home and get caught up I will get started, Mark

      (I have been away from home for the holiday).

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Did publish My first H.O.W. hub Billy!

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Yes Bill, my good friend, one voice can make a big difference. Your voice in the wilderness. is heard by many and will be passed on by each to their fellow readers and writers, to get this vital information out to the awaiting millions, who will receive it, and make great responses. It is never too late and too little, in the things that glorify our Lord and the acts that we may do to make Him proud.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Bill you write extremely. well.. Have you ever wrote for the examiner ? That reaches thousands ..I am told. I undetstand where you Are coming from on this subject .. God bless on this effort ... Debbie .

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, I will go into battle with you any day of the week. Thank you for caring so much about others. Blessings to you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I am glad you got away for the holidays. Take care buddy, and thank you for joining my cause....our cause!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, you have a heart a mile wide...thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Who, I agree with you, and if we barely raise awareness it is still a good thing. Bless you my friend and thank you.

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      Donna Kay Bryan 4 years ago

      Bill,

      This is a great idea! I am most definitely interested. I tried to go to the FB page, but I keep getting other groups and a FedEx number. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? (I was up for 19 hours yesterday, and got only 6 hours of sleep last night. That might actually be the problem! )

      Sharing this everywhere and voting up, up, up.

      Thanks for taking the lead to charge up this huge hill. We're all right behind you!

      -Donna

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, no, I have not written for the Examiner. HP keeps me quite busy. Thank you and God bless you for being who you are.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Bill, count me in. I want to start writing again on HP but was stuck about what to bring that might make a difference. You've just given me that clarity. Thank you. I know what you mean about the marketing and money base to everything we do in life. My background is television broadcasting and journalism but both industries have degenerated into something more closely resembling a travelling medicine show from the 19th century. On a more positive note, people power does make a difference. Most of the subjects needing attention are uncomfortable but finding solutions is exciting and positive. Let's do it!

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      HattieMattieMae 4 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      hmm...the power of one. You ever looked at a map where all your articles have gone all over the world. I have and it was amazing how many countries were filled in, now if you think about it when you look at a map and see how many countries you've been. One person can do wonders. I think I was proud of myself like you that I'm just one person, but I've reached that many people. Of course if you've watched pay it forward movie, you will understand just touching one person you affect three other people and those three keep sharing the message. Well you'd have to watch the movie and do some of the math, but think about how many people have read your stuff and pay it forward in some shape or form. That ends up being tons of people. So just maybe you're looking at from the wrong angle.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, thank you. I don't know what the problem is....here is the Facebook page

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/294777667307474/ I hope you get on, and thank you for caring.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, I am proud to have you with us. Write about something related to this, and put H.O.W. in the title so we can attract Google...thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hattie, I am blown away by the number of people I have touched; still, I want this message to touch more, and more, and more, and for that to happen the message needs to be spread by hundreds like me. Thank you for the message you delivered to me this morning.

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      Billy, you are truly a kindhearted man and a kindred spirit, and I am glad to call you friend. You are already doing so much more than you realize, and I salute you. I think we make a difference one person at a time, and when all those "one persons" are combined, it is like combining drops in the ocean. If you are not already familiar with Change.org, please look them up and get on their mailing list. They are trying to change the world one person at a time, and they are succeeding. They list petitions you can sign for justice and/or make a small contribution. I have been a subscriber for about a year now, and I have signed many a petition. It is very gratifying when they come back and thank you for the positive result the petition sometimes brings.

      Radcliff, I thank you for mentioning meditation for change. There are meditation groups that are working to bring love and light to the world. I have been in one of them for over 30 years, and I channel my energies this way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I'm just trying to do my part for humanity.....you are right of course. Most of us have no idea how much difference we make in this world. Thank you for the reminder. I will look up change.org and sign up.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill, Thanks for adding me to the group. You know I'm with you, my friend! I do my best to spread the word in different ways, both on my blog and in some of my hubs (especially the last two). The "Me" mentality and the "War On Complacency" are two areas of concentration, but I recently took on big businesses expecting support from us after they desert us. Maybe if enough of us work in this direction, someone will get the word. Great Job!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, that is the hope my friend. A small movement now, but who knows what it will grow up to be. :) Thank you my friend; your help is appreciated.

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      Trinity M 4 years ago

      I haven’t had a chance to read any of your amazing hubs lately my dear friend but as usual you do not disappoint. You raise such important points and generate such passion in all of us who read your work. Yes Bill, I will join you! Nothing more I can say. Love and hugs to you always :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity my dear, I am proud to stand beside you in making this world a better place. You have your personal plate full, and I'm so appreciate that you stopped by. Love always,

      bill

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      Highland Terrier 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      I shall certainly think about this and will even sit down and have a go at an article.

      The trouble with the choirs around the world is they really only get the moment . The rest of their time is taking up with the struggle not to become one of the forgotten.

      Regards

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Highland, thank you, and I tend to agree with your summation of choirs.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Billy, in reading this awesome hub, you are preaching to the choir. Something definitely must be done to cure social ills. As much as a lot of people hate to admit it, people are born essentially bad as the Chinese philosopher Xunzi said. For that reason, it is incumbent on first parents and then the schools to teach moral values to young people. Moral values like love, compassion, honesty, cooperation, and sharing. Until this is done, we won't be able to cure social ills. Giving money to the poor is great, but wouldn't it be better to teach them how to fish, so they can provide for themselves. I will connect with you on Facebook and put H.O.W. on one of my future hubs. Voted up as awesome and sharing with friends, on Facebook, and Pinning.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paul, I am in complete agreement. Social programs are nothing more than a short-term cure; we need to employ people, educate people, and yes, teach morals at an early age. Great points you made my friend, and thank you for sharing and joining the cause.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Bill, Gosh.. I really admire you! I thought to myself, heck yeah.. I will do this but then I immediately thought to myself, what would I say? I have this thing where I feel like no one would be interested in what I wrote but with many of us doing this, there is power in numbers. I'm going to give this some thought. GREAT hub :)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      On board? Hell, we ain't left port yet?? Got my little fingers in shape....pillow supporting my old back and cushion under my butt!

      3-2-1............I'm on my way to "Write a New Hub." Whenever I am done and able to publish.....you may post it anywhere and everywhere you like......any place it needs to be......and, why not every writer give permission for all articles to be e-mailed to every office of every politician...EVERYWHERE......just to announce our existence and state our cause??......I know that's" later," but my brain is busting with ideas.....have to let some out .....running out of space!.....I am IN!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, you are the greatest! I can hardly wait to see what you write....post it on HP for sure....then I'll post it on Facebook since you don't do that social medium stuff. Now, rest that back, limber up those fingers, and get 'er done!

      Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, you are highly respected on HP and I have no doubt elsewhere as well. I hope you do this; take any approach to it that you want.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Bill, this is an excellent idea and I'll definitely be checking out your facebook page and see if I can contribute in any way. As a side note, I

      just want you to know that you probably reach many more people than you realize. You might get responses from your followers, but you will never know how many people you inspired to do a charitable act, report a form of abuse, or help hire a veteran. You can only do the work of one man, but you are a catalyst for thousands. Each of the people that you inspire then in turn inspire another set of individuals, like a small creek that slowly turns into a raging river. The Mississippi river starts at the headwaters in Itasca state park in MN. I can jump across the stream, it is so small. But look what it turns into! Again, this is a great idea and an awesome challenge, I just hope you realize that you are making a difference--one person at a time.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      There is one good thing people do for each other. When there is a flood or some kind of emergency, people do help each other. They let people they do not even know into their house, share food. Things like that. I will also check out that website, but probably not until tomorrow.

      Have a good night.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, there is a great deal of good in people. I will always believe that. Thank you for the visit and comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, my impatient side rises up occasionally. I want things all better NOW! LOL Thank you my friend; I appreciate your words and I appreciate you.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I wish you the best of luck.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Great food for thought! I salute you for your determination in making a big difference by inviting many of us to take part in this important cause that helps in making our world more peaceful, happy and free from social ills!

      I am with you in this worthy cause and I assure you that one day the whole world will finally hear your voice. We keep working till we see the miraculous results. I and fellow-hubbers happily support you and contribute a lot to this cause. All the best. Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared both on HubPages & Facebook

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Thanks, billybuc, for this hub expressing your commendable ideals and requesting action in their support. I just joined the H.O.W. group on Facebook. My list of hub ideas has some that I think might fit into the series. I'm a slow writer but hope and expect to contribute one or more H.O.W. hubs in coming months.

      Besides agitating for a better country and world through our writings, let's look around at what organizations in our communities and counties are doing that's good and volunteer some of our time. Here in Kalamazoo, for instance, an interfaith group has task teams gathering ideas and getting them implemented to improve education, transportation, alternatives to teen and young adult drugs and violence, and so on. There are Stand On The Side of Love groups across the country. Food banks can use donations and volunteers. Civic activism is one of the duties of citizenship and part of living a balanced life. There are groups helping and advocating for veterans in need, neglected children, etc., etc. Ask at your local public library about the organizations in your community.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very insightful and with one voice this is absolutely do-able! I am no political animal and I guess I don't need to be one in order to join the cause. Besides, we're talking about social issues not of those political rumblings. So, I am with you.

      Great write and very encouraging. Good luck Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I think it's going to take a great deal more than luck, but I thank you. :)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill,

      I read this yesterday and had to fully digest. You are unbelievable and powerfully passionate in your writing and you put it all out there in an undisputed manner.

      I don't know of any other way to get things done than to work as a team. I want to be a member of HOW. Lord invited me and I am NOW thinking of HOW I want to structure my thoughts.

      Thank you, Bill. You and this idea are UP and UABI...and yes, dear, YOU are funny many times...never fear. Hugs, Maria

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ishwaryaa, what a lovely human being you are. So young and yet so wise and compassionate. It makes me feel better about the future knowing that there are those, like you, who care so deeply. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, bravo for your suggestions! Just yesterday I discovered a local publication called "Real Change" that advocates for low-income families and homelessness. I contacted them in hopes that they will let me write for them. Your ideas are great and I thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, I am not political either and don't plan on being. This is about human beings, and we don't need politics for us to join together. Thank you; I am honored to work alongside you in this cause.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I can't think of anyone I would rather have working with me than you. You are so passionate and compassionate....you have been down, you have fought your way back, and you know what it feels like and what it takes to climb back up. I'll stand beside you any day in this movement. Thank you my dear.

      hugs and love,

      bill

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Wrote my first H.O.W. article and hope it makes a difference. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I found yours and shared; thank you so much for being a part of this movement.

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Well done

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tim!

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      This is a wonderful idea - but we expect that from you, Bill! I will do my part, however small it may be. It seems you have a lot of support and with all of us doing our small parts, maybe some changes can be made...

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You know, as you said, you have many here on HP who believe in you and what you are trying to do. You know we are of one mine and support you and your efforts. "Humanity One World" certainly says it all! As all the others, I will be writing my H.O.W. article STAT!

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      Hi billybuc: I've been trying to spread the same message. If everyone just did one act of kindness a day we could change the world. I've been going through my own personal hell recently and I am beside myself. However, during this time I have been spreading the word about helping the homeless in everyone's local areas. Some take it seriously some don't. Thank you for taking this seriously as one person can't change the world but if everyone got together the world would change.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teacher, thank you, and I appreciate you doing your part. If viewed from one perspective, we all contribute a small part. From another perspective, each person we touch adds to a large contribution.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I look forward to your addition. You carry some serious weight when it comes to respect here on HP, and I know you will add some valuable insight to this cause. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sarra, I admire that, despite your own personal problems, you haven't lost sight of the bigger picture, which would be so easy to do. Thank you for caring and for your kind words.

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      Sondra 4 years ago from Neverland

      I'm in Bill - your cause speaks to my heart. I constantly hurt inside for all the less fortunate and the abused. It HAS to stop and we are just the people to make it stop. I choose to believe that there are more good people in the world than there are evil people. I believe the good people can do more together than we have previously. Let's do this!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ardie, there are times I fear I hurt too much, but I cannot turn my head when someone is suffering. I know you understand and I am proud to stand next to you. One person at a time....if we can make a difference one person at a time....that's something, right? :) Thank you Ardie!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I just read Mary's (tillsontitan) Hub on H.O.W. It is wonderful, just like this one. I felt bad eating our bountiful Thanksgiving dinner just knowing there are so many less fortunate than I who won't have a decent dinner and some won't even have a home in which to have the dinner.

      This is a wonderful movement, and one that I will take part in.

      I voted this UP, and will share.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Voted up useful & awesome

      Billy, this sends out a very strong message. much food for thought here. This is so true. you can donate canned goods to the poor, support various organizations to help feed hungry children in America, you can donate money to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, but that's still not going to do much because like you said, it's only one person. In order to raise awareness and make a difference, we must all work together as a team. I like the idea of the Facebook page. What if you contact the News & Public Relations Department for newspaper and magazine. Two good magazines would definitely be U.S News & World Report, Time and Newsweek. Just a suggestion. Count me in and let me know what you need me to do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I greatly appreciate you joining our little movement. Hopefully it will grow and become an instrument of change. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, great suggestions and thank you. If you want, you can write a hub about this movement, or anything related to social ills....just put H.O.W. in the title so it will be picked up by Google.

      Thank you for caring my friend.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Your welcome. sounds great. when do you need this by?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, I want this to keep going, so there is no time limit on it. Whenever you get the chance is great. I will be re-visiting it with another hub in a week or so. Thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Bill, I'm with you and support your movement. I am finishing the program with the next post and then will post a HOW hub. Can't wait to read more from others. This will make a difference.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I knew we could count on your to join...thank you so much!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Very good Billy. God's guidance, and people willing and available is what this world needs. This is fabulous!!! Blessings to all!!

      Voted up and the rest plus sharing.

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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      I just joined billy. I will commit to writing a H.O.W. hub too.

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Bill, I think it all boils down to loving others, giving of ourselves for the common good or to help those less fortunate. Again, back to love for others. Our culture has it turned around, thinking that we are supposed to look out for ourselves and our own people before caring or even thinking about others. Our greed fuels our indifference and our indifference allows millions of people to continue suffering.

      Recently I asked an international student what the most difficult thing was for her to adjust to in the U.S. She replied that the "individualism" observed here is the most difficult thing that she has had to adjust to. When I prompted her to explain herself, she said that everyone is only looking out for themselves and no one seems concerned about the common good. Where she comes from, the group or family or village is the most important thing and individual needs are secondary. I think this is the way God intended it to be and sometimes I don't understand how we can call ourselves Christians and yet have such and individualistic (selfish) mindset. It's in our culture and we don't even recognize it.

      If I could change anything at all, it would be to motivate others to shift their mindset from themselves to others, from self-absorption to selflessness, from taking to giving, from hoarding to sharing. It will look different to different people, but if we are all actively looking for ways to help others and to bless those who haven't been as blessed as we are, we WILL make a difference!

      Yesterday I gave a girl a coat. Today I listened to a friend. Tomorrow it will be something else- We can all do something everyday.

      Please keep us informed as your ideas for action take form...count me IN.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Froggy! It's good to have you with us.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lastheart, I am very grateful that you visited and thank you for your kind words.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      sir Bill, this is the best. I am thrilled to be part of this h.o.w community. Will be sharing this to my followers as well.

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      ALUR 4 years ago from USA

      Indeed you speak on many levels: humanity, love, spirituality and most of all awareness. It is far easier to be ignorant, I have realized in these times but my soul will not allow it. Thanks for being among the "light' workers sent to expel and bring forward a real empathy. That my friends, is indeed an action.

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      I feel like you, I want to help, but my efforts seemed so small when there is so much need. I now know where to start. Please count me in to be part of H.O.W. *Big Hug*

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      You are one man...with a really BIG heart! Take it all one day at a time. Your message is louder than you think and so many wonderful supporters of you and the cause are on board with you! I am proud of you!!! I came on board today :) Love ya Bill!!!

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Bill, this is a great idea. I hope I'll find some time to contribute. I want to do what I can. You are making this world a better place. Take care my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, thank you for a wonderful comment. There is something I can do each day for sure. As for individualism, you are right on.....if we could shift from ego to humility we would all be so much better off.

      Thank you my friend; keep posted to the Facebook page; there are some wonderful hubs being written about H.O.W.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Myz! Maybe you can write one of your wonderful poems about H.O.W.....I appreciate you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ALUR, those are kind words and I thank you. I guess I am a messenger....hoping someone will listen. This seems to be my path and it is lighted before me; all I have to do is follow it. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silvie, I will proudly walk along with you on this path. Thank you my friend, and I appreciate you becoming a part of this movement.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra, you warm my heart. Thank you dear lady. I will be reading your hub soon, and I greatly appreciate you and your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, I actually thought of you when I was setting up the Facebook page....I was hoping you would join us because I know how much you care about life and others. Thank you dear lady!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Bill I love your message here, Unfortunately I have far to many obligations of my own to work on at the moment, maybe some time in the future I can join in by writing such an article.

      You already know what I've been doing here on HP, and all along here since I've joined to try to raise awareness about real true effective changes we all can do for ourselves and for others, to open up minds, to help support fellow hubbers and then some as you very well know.

      The method I've decided to help you here I begun already is by trying my best to read up on all those who chosen to join in on this cool movement of yours that you got started on Hubpages. I hope it does what it was set out to do, and that you never give up hope for humanity to change as a whole.

      I have seen such a light many years back, and before I joined the US Navy, I was homeless as you know and grew up without anything luxurious pretty much, many of the holidays me and my family experienced years back were shy of what is known as the stuff that makes up the holiday, and only had each other.

      I definitely know first hand what its like to even starve, so yup this movement you started here I have also made the initiative on my own to try to start, I placed it in action here in words as the Art of being real series as you also know.

      Then I moved it onto Youtube, which it has yet to make any progress, but I to will never give up hope that such a thing can come to light of day just as your doing here with yours bro.

      I wish you much success on this move you made, and may others worldwide begin to awaken, to open up their hearts and minds to thinking of helping others besides themselves.

      Thumbs up and getting shared bro across the board, trying to help humanity is my specialty today as well and may we all triumph in the end for all of our collective efforts on and offline.

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      Break of Dawn 4 years ago

      This H.O.W. project is such a compassionate and beautiful cause, Bill. I am with you in this worthy cause and shall try to help in my small way. I know if everyone contribute in any way - small or big - the outcome will be huge. Bless your kind and compassionate soul and heart!

      Sannel

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sannel, thank you my dear! You are such a talented and beautiful writer; if you join us our cause will be much stronger. Blessings to you!

      bill

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Bill, thank you for sending me a thought. I have not been active on the facebook page - yet! Thank you for letting me be a part of this cause. It's an honor. Yeeehaaaw, my friend and big inspiration Break of Dawn is with us too. :)

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      Break of Dawn 4 years ago

      Thank you so much, Bill! Oh, Made, you are too precious and so very sweet! Hugs to both of you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, you have done as much as anyone I know to make this world a better place. Take care of your own obligations, and thank you for sharing, which is a huge help in this movement. The more people we reach the better....and, if in the future, you have time to add to this movement with your own hub, then that is great as well. I will not let the movement die; it will be here when you have time. Thank you bro; you are an inspiration to me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sannel....I truly am happy to have you back and among us once again. Thank you for the beauty that you bring into this world.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, I gravitate towards quality people, people who care and who are compassionate....you are one of those people, and you have a friend for life in me. :) Hugs to you my dear friend.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Thanks, hugs back to you Bill (and "kramar" to Sannel). I could do more to be a caring human being. I decided to start donating money to people in need when I started to make my own money. Now would be the right moment. Bill, thank you for kicking my butt by writing this hub, lol! I guess I needed it. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, if I kicked your butt, it was in a loving way. :) Thank you my dear friend.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Excellent, divine ideas well presented, billybuc. I would like to share a humble idea and practice, but, of course, the best way to make a difference is to get physically involved and to talk less and Do more - to PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH. Fortunately social welfare is the mission of hundreds of organizations - surely each and everyone of us will find at least one existing organization that will allow us to practice our natural talents. Overlooking the religious nature, I do agree with Paul's advice as stated in Romans 12 - As representatives of the Creator we must put our natural gifts into practice.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, you are oh so right, and I agree that talk is cheap unless followed by action. First awareness, then talk, then action. That's the goal. :) Thank you!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      How the heck did I miss this?!?! This is amazing and , BTW, I'm in! Thank you!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      It would take me an entire article and a half to tell you how I'm feeling about the movement you've started, Bill. Truly, my heart is soaring. Finally. Something is being done instead of people just wishing and hoping for things to change. I'll be updating my first of many H.O.W articles soon, because I believe it's that important to spread the word...to try and make this world a better place. Otherwise, what are we doing here? Way to go Bill!!! Behind you 100%!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I'm with you Bill. You have started a ball rolling here and it is going to roll and roll and grow and grow and won't that be just amazing. I have just been reading some of the other articles and there is so much that we can do both individually and collectively.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Hey Billy! First let me say what a beauitful caring soul you have. Whether it was your upbringing or the experiences in life, all that matters is you are here doing the important job for those less fortunate. One act of kindness goes a long way.

      I am proud to be a part of your wonderful idea.

      I would have written soon but we had a bit of an emergency this weekend. We are fine and no ones in the hospital or in the hereafter! LOL

      Love, Beckie XO

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, not sure how you missed this, because you wrote a H.O.W. article. LOL Thank you for being in with us.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, I love how passionate you are about this. Thank you so much; I believe strongly in this, and this is just one small step to keep us moving in the right direction.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, I agree totally....let's keep that ball rolling, and thank you for joining in the movement.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, I'm glad everyone is safe. Thank you for your kindness; I'm just a guy who wants life to be better for people....just doing my thing. :) Thank you for joining us my dear; you are great appreciated.

      love always,

      billy

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      Annsalo 4 years ago from Somewhere

      Billy, I follow you under my primary account and love what you do. I do not post hubs from that account anymore though so I decided I would use this account to post H.O.W hubs. I may go back to my other account and add the H.O.W. tag to some of my foster care hubs so people can become aware of the problems there. There are so many social issues and I am sure that all together we can help at least shed some light on the issues. Great Idea!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Bill - I started a forum with some suggestions on how we might tie this movement together. Check out this forum:

      http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/106580

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, what account was that? Were we friends on that account? In other words, do I know you by another Hub name? Anyway, thank you so much; I greatly appreciate anyone who cares enough to step up and do something about these social ills....we are all in this together.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mperrottet, I will indeed; thank you for doing this!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my goodness! Well thank you so much!

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      Peeples 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Now delete that name post before too many see it! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Will do!

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      bb, you can always count me in. Something has got to change and I still believe one person can make a difference, but together we are all stronger. Thank you for calling us to action.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, I will gladly count you in on this journey. Thank you so much!

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      Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

      What a wonderful message. I had to come back and read this as I have been seeing a ripple of related articles flowing through hubpages in recent days, and really think you have started a wave of goodwill here that I hope will reach all corners of the Earth. Keep up the good work billybuc!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Imogen, that's a good description....a ripple for mankind. I hope it grows...we need it. :) Thank you!

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      rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay

      I really love this idea, Billy. I don't think we've ever communicated, but I've read some of your hubs and respect your talent for reaching people.

      I haven't published anything on HP for a while, but I like this concept very much of bringing more awareness to these issues and creating a ripple globally. I do agree with Sarra who posted in the forums that action needs to be taken and written about. One person can make a difference, as you are already seeing. I'm going to give some thought to what I want to write about, but I'm definitely going to contribute to this worthy cause. It may be the weekend before I can publish. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rebekah, thank you so much. No, we have not communicated, but I am now following you so our friendship begins. Did you see me on Facebook? Your avatar looks familiar to another one on a writers' page on FB.

      Anyway, thank you, in advance, for contributing to our movement. I am very encouraged by the outpouring of love so far.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      My Dear Friend Bill!!!

      First off, thank you so much for the refreshingly honest comments here and asking yourself that question, that we have all pondered.

      This subject is very close to my heart.

      One person can truly make a difference, as just last night, I was watching 60 minutes and they were interviewing Craig Kielburger who is the founder of "Children Helping Children" It just blew me away, as Craig asked the very question you have asked when he was about nine years old, as he happened to see a little boy shot in Pakistan, who was a slave, this child. It struck him to his core, and then he asked that very question. He was a little boy then, and he is grown now of course, but back then he gathered a couple of his friends in his basement and they all started with him, and he asked them, are you with me? They all said yes, but they had not one red cent to their names, but they were passionate about saving other children. What happened next is just about a miracle, as he just spread the word about what he saw. This little boy, now a man, is making a huge difference with all volunteers around this whole world, feeding hungry children and attempting to stop child slavery. He said that the key to our future is our children to be inspired about this very issue and start at a very young age. They all brought their little piggy banks maybe with $1 to $5 in them, but times a million or so around the world, hey, he said they now have $30 million dollars and every cent goes to distributing food and helping to end slavery. He said all children really do want to help, but they must be inspired, and it is up to us to do the inspiring just as he did and does. Children are our future!!! Each year they have "We Day" and you would be amazed at the thousands upon thousands of children who gather to support this cause, "Children Helping Children." Here is a link: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50135632n What he said about children is that we (adults) dismiss them as if what good can a child do, just like a penny we see on the street, we think it is insignificant, but when added with other pennies it grows to make a huge difference. So, yes, one person can make a huge difference in this world. I suggest Mr. Kielburger be contacted as to any questions the legalities of a non-profit and all that goes along with a charitable organization - just thinking from my legal background experience, so that any donations do actually go to those in need and suffering, etc. I am sure Mr. Kielburger knows exactly what bumps in the road he had to go through to set up something of this nature, and he is so very inspiring and has not stopped since the age of nine years old. Other great organizations are Compassion International and another one I follow on Twitter @OutofDarknessGA http://fb.me/2mQ48Jnqi which deals with child trafficking. These may be helpful in getting organized and getting off the ground, as they are very successful in their endeavors, which I have no doubt you and all here will be, when we do pull together and can actually make a difference. One can!!!

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

      (Since my comment is so long, no hub necessary on my part.)

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      Salini 4 years ago from India

      I don't think anything is left for me to say about your hub. This hub comments cover more length than your hub in itself! lol. that is a big compliment and the fact that your thoughts and actions are in the right direction. voting up

      Have a nice day.

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      Hello Billybuc. Silvergenes' article got my attention to the movement. I have been a member of a fellowship for 27 years H.O.W. it works means: Honesty, Openmindedness and Willingness in the fellowship. Humanity One World is a great acronym for HOW it works. I am on board and will write my article.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Life, I agree, the comments are truly a huge compliment and I am grateful. Thank you for taking the time to visit and leave me a comment. Much appreciated!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sligobay, I belong to the same fellowship and have for 20 years now. Thank you my friend, and I appreciate you writing an article.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I truly don't have the time to give your comment the justice it deserves. Thank you so much for caring enough to help us with this movement. Your suggestions are wonderful and I will check out the sites you recommended and go from there. God bless you for caring so deeply. May peace and happiness be your constant companion my friend.

      bill

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      Cryter 4 years ago from Midwest

      I heard. I weep. I come. Your cause has become mine.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cryter, thank you for joining us. I appreciate it greatly.

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      'tis a small, small world afterall billybuc.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill....I just stopped back here to check out H.O.W all is coming along.....am sitting here, not knowing whether I am going to scream with joy or just cry.

      Spent the morning doing some research about writing to members of Congress. The most effective way, what to include, addresses, etc. Also began checking other groups throughout the country....their mission and results.........

      Working on next hub.......I am filled with hope. Think: Ripple effect.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sligobay, a small world indeed! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I am filled with hope too, and that is somewhat against my nature. LOL I'm trying to hold onto that cynicism, but it is slipping fast.

      Thank you for caring, and for being who you are!

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      I shared this article on my facebook page and hope that many more people will read it and understand that they are not alone in their feelings of not know what to do about all the injustices in the world and hopefully they will read articles and become aware of things they can do to make this a better world for all.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honey, you perfectly summarized what this group is all about. Thank you for sharing and thank you for caring. :)

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      The problem with man is a problem in his heart, a spiritual problem. If all men starting tomorrow lived according to Godly principles society would be perfect. Think about it.

      James

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      James, it takes very little thought for me; you are absolutely correct.

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      I love this idea Bill, you are an inspiration to so many, and one man really can make a difference, not just in the U.S. but all over the world! By getting people to join you and fight for what's right, the difference has already started! Voted up and sharing all over the place... Jen

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, those are very kind words and I appreciate them. I have to believe one person can make a difference; otherwise, there is very little hope.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I don't know that these problems will ever end. But I do know that we all have to work toward their end and toward the humane treatment of all people, So, to that end, I am will to what I can--I will look at the page--let me know where all this takes you

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, I agree, I don't think these problems will ever end. Still, I can't ignore them. If I can just make things a tiny bit better, I will have done my part. Thank you for taking a look at the website; I appreciate you caring about this.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a wonderful project, Bill, and has the potential to be very effective. It could lead to amazing things in the future! Thank you so much for being the catalyst. I agree with Deb's comment - you should consider entering politics in some way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Alicia, thank you, but politics and I would be very strange bedfellows. I'm afraid politicians aren't ready for my kind of honesty. :)

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teacher, I just read it and commented. Thank you!

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Bill,

      Good to be back again to read one of your most inspiring hubs. What a wonderful idea! We can, as a large community, make a visible change in the world. Thank you for this great idea. It is a wonderful beginning of good things to come. I am with you in this Bill. Cheers, Rema.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rema, it is so good to see you again. I hope you are well, and thank you for being a part of this movement. You are greatly needed.

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      Hello BillyBuc. Great Movements begin with humble words like these.

      I have written a few articles and highlighted the articles of others who have responded to this article. Take a look and leave a comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sligo, thank you, and I will do that. I appreciate you weighing in on the subject.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      The birth of H.O.W. and as always I share all around.

      A great cause Billy which will grow and blossom!!!!

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I do believe it will. Thank you dear friend; here's hoping that 2013 is the year that H.O.W. makes a significant impact.

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      f_hruz 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      I had to come and read your own hub after I posted a reply to healthylife2 on her hub ... and I must say, you are very poetic.

      The issues you are clearly focused on require however a call to a list of more practical organized actions so as to become a bit more than a writing contest or a positive thinking exercise.

      A review of international organizations which provide local training workshops for social change activists would be a great start ... the person who made a video and put it on YouTube of a fellow homeless with a PhD and other degrees he met at a shelter, is quite a creative idea ... I'd like to see some sites where I can learn more about practical skills how to mobilize the poor so they can see the potential people power they can gain by forming an active part of a broader, more coordinated social change movement ... writing a basic manual about how to turn your local library into a community centre for drastic social and political change drawing on various resources to advance the understanding of people who have become helpless and disillusioned from living their entire life in a careless consumer society where human solidarity doesn't seam to exist anymore!

      This is my hub on that very subject ...

      https://hubpages.com/politics/Hade-enough-by-now

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      f_hruz, thank you Sir! I agree, there is so much more to do. My initial goal was to push people out of their comfort level and see if I couldn't awaken a few people from their social slumber. I am so tired of the apathy and complacency. I'm just warming up and I've got a lot of articles to go...provided I can live long enough to get them written.

      I will read your hub when this weekend ends. I have had to force myself to take weekends off, as I tend to get a bit obsessed with writing to the exclusion of having a life. :)

      bill

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      f_hruz 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for your reply, Bill!

      It's nice to link up with good people like yourself through a hub and then take it to the next level ...

      Some people, like this guy with his hub about smiling, can't be really looking for a practical way to create some serious change, I don't think.

      All the best,

      Franto

      PS: Here is one highly remarkable american making a statement with his great voice in a song ...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiJx1Hbn_KM

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Franto, in truth, I am frustrated. I was a teen during the late 60's. I took part in some serious protests, and it felt like things were being accomplished. If there was apathy then I sure didn't see it. Today, I think it would take a cattle prod to awaken the spirit in most people. I have no patience with complacency and apathy, and quite frankly I'm afraid if I write what I am feeling about the apathy I'll lose my entire audience. I have to be patient but I'm in short supply of patience right now. :)

      It's a pleasure meeting you my friend!

      bill

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      f_hruz 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Na, you can patiently organize your fan list based on all the comments, suggestions and ideas you get from all the people who read your hubs, then just design a special cattle prod for each group so they can start using it on themselves and take orders for others from your catalog .. :)

      You'll have a real business up and running getting the revolution in full swing in no time - lol

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      f_hruz....LOL....great suggestion! I'll get that cattle prod charged up and start working on those lists. Thank you!

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      billybuc, at the end of my recent hub 7 Creative Writing Rules _ Rule 7 I have a Links capsule of writing examples by hubbers who I think are good writers, and I included this hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, that was kind of you. Thank you Sir!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I wish I had an amazing button to push Billy! Bravewarrior wrote a blog about this and if I hadn't read hers, I might have missed it. Although I have seen your logo before on your articles, I don't believe I've ever read how HOW came to be. Thank you for being pro-active. I've tried it in my community and it was put to rest fast by town officials. It never ceases to amaze me how one door shuts and another door opens.

      Although I did hear yesterday the town gave away free food to people willing to stand in line. No payroll check. Nothing Nada Zip. I also noticed when I was driving down the main road, there were these really fancy cars. Mercedez, Lincolns, etc...I thought they were officials going to a meeting. And then last night my husband informed me that it was the town giving away bags of free food. Hmm... Food for thought. When I raised money for the food basket program a few years ago, baking for a week straight, standing in the freezing cold, where I begged the local store owner to stand so that I could plea to the residents that there were going to be people going without that Thanksgiving. .... And learned afterward that there were calls made to the town asking who I was so they could start an organization with me to help the residents of this town. And I was told, sorry, we aren't entitled to share with you who called you. Despite, afterward, the town receiving $10,000 in a donation from a lady who was touched by my efforts.

      So, I am truly a supporter of what you are doing and I wish you much success! There needs to be more Billys.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, you touched me deeply with this comment. One person reaching out to another...and another....soon there will be a wonderful epidemic of kindness. That is my dream. Foolish perhaps, but it's better than many other dreams I have had in the past and this one I can do something about. One person at a time we can make a difference. I know you do. :) Thank you my friend.

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      monica 3 years ago

      i want information on EDUCATION AN ANSWER TO ALL SOCIAL ILLS

      please post any answer

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sorry Monica. I don't understand your question.

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      f_hruz 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      We have to be willing and ready to be serious and end our extended infancy in order to grasp the real causes of the social evil in society ...

      http://youtu.be/uVfUTdOr6yQ

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      f_hruz, you worded that perfectly. Thank you!

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