ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Politics and Social Issues»
  • Social Issues

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.

Join me?
Join me? | Source
My teachers
My teachers | Source

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?

See results

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!

Will you join me?

You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/294777667307474/members/?order=default

We invite you to join us there, and share any articles that are related on that site.

We also have a website and you can find that here.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

A reading of my poem

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      f_hruz, you worded that perfectly. Thank you!

    • f_hruz profile image

      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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • profile image

      monica 3 years ago

      i want information on EDUCATION AN ANSWER TO ALL SOCIAL ILLS

      please post any answer

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • CraftytotheCore profile image

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • B. Leekley profile image

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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!

    • f_hruz profile image

      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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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

    • f_hruz profile image

      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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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

    • f_hruz profile image

      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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • Eiddwen profile image

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • sligobay profile image

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • remaniki profile image

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • justateacher profile image

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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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. :)

    • AliciaC profile image

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • Jennifer Stone profile image

      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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • James A Watkins profile image

      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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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. :)

    • HoneyBB profile image

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sligobay, a small world indeed! :)

    • fpherj48 profile image

      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.

    • sligobay profile image

      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      'tis a small, small world afterall billybuc.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • Cryter profile image

      Cryter 4 years ago from Midwest

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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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!

    • sligobay profile image

      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.

    • Life Iz Beautiful profile image

      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.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      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.)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • rebekahELLE profile image

      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!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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!

    • Imogen French profile image

      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!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • Thundermama profile image

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Will do!

    • peeples profile image

      Peeples 4 years ago from South Carolina

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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my goodness! Well thank you so much!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • mperrottet profile image

      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

    • Annsalo profile image

      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!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      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

    • Rosemay50 profile image

      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.

    • MelChi profile image

      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%!

    • btrbell profile image

      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!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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!

    • MartieCoetser profile image

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • Made profile image

      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. :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • Break of Dawn profile image

      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.

    • Made profile image

      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. :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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

    • Break of Dawn profile image

      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

    • CloudExplorer profile image

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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. :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • Made profile image

      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!

    • profile image

      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!!!

    • profile image

      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*

    • ALUR profile image

      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.

    • unknown spy profile image

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • debbiepinkston profile image

      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.

    • Froggy213 profile image

      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.

    • Lastheart profile image

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • teaches12345 profile image

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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!

    • profile image

      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

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

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      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!

    • profile image

      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.