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Social Issues: I Am Responsible!

Updated on September 19, 2012

A SET OF PRINCIPLES TO LIVE BY

“Whenever anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA to always be there, and for that, I am responsible.” AA Preamble

As I have stumbled along on my journey, I have often repeated that preamble. I would not be here today if it were not for a small handful of people who refused to give up on me. The last six years would have never happened if it were not for them. I think about all the people I have met in those six years; all of the laughter I have shared; all of the love given and received. All of it may never have happened if someone hadn’t reached out a hand of help when I desperately needed it.

I was raised by loving parents who insisted that I follow certain principles. Those principles were non-negotiable as far as my parents were concerned. There was no gray area, no wiggle room; according to my parents, a human being must rise to a higher standard of morality, or their growth would be curtailed.

I understood their words and agreed with them when I was young. I understand their words and believe in them today. I was taught that compassion is one of our finest defining qualities, and to live without compassion is to live an empty life. I was taught that empathy allows us to connect with other human beings on the most basic of levels. I was taught that our highest calling as a human being is to love, and I was taught that one earns respect through actions and deeds.

I write all this now as a way of explaining why I speak out against injustice in this world. I would love to write nothing but comedy, but comedy does not erase wrongs that are occurring daily in this world. I would love to write nothing but carefree fluff for the entertainment of millions, but carefree fluff does not feed the souls of those who are suffering in this world.

I may not be able to end misery in this world, but I can most definitely raise awareness through my writing, and for that, I am responsible.

My family passed on certain principles
My family passed on certain principles | Source

ABUSE

I am responsible!

Whenever I hear of child abuse, I am responsible! Who is going to protect children if we do not? Who is going to speak out against the sex-slave trade and the producers of child porn if we do not? Who is going to demand that child prostitution end if we do not?

As a former teacher I have seen child abuse. Those memories still haunt me to this day, and I will not let them fade. I have seen child abuse in the grocery store and on playgrounds, and when I see it happen I cannot stand by and hope someone else takes the initiative because you see, I am responsible!

When women are abused I cannot turn my head and pretend I do not see. Who will help them if we all turn our heads? For far too long citizens of this nation have chosen to ignore abuse, or stand by patiently while government takes its sweet time in dealing with these ugly matters. Unfortunately, women die while the wheels of justice bog down in legal matters, and that is unacceptable.

POVERTY

I am responsible!

No, I cannot give money to every poor person in this country, but I can insist, through my writing, that people acknowledge the problem as a nationwide epidemic that affects us all, rather than an isolated problem that is someone else’s concern. I do not do this in hopes that the economy will improve; rather, I do it in hopes that our species will improve.

How many among you have lived in poverty? How many among you have wondered where your next meal will come from, or lost sleep worrying about making the next rent payment. Have your children gone to bed hungry? Have you cried because of knowing the misery associated with hopelessness?

I have the power to be the thorn in the paw of government. I have the power to affect social change! I have the power to make a difference, but it will only happen if I am willing to help.

Wherever I See Injustice, I am Responsible
Wherever I See Injustice, I am Responsible | Source

BIGOTRY

I am responsible!

I am not allowed to stand blithely by while others ridicule people because of their race, color, or creed. By silently allowing it I am, in fact, a perpetuator of the problem. In the United States of America, I have been taught from an early age that we are all, as citizens, free. We all have unalienable rights, but if those rights are threatened by the bigots and haters of this nation, is it not up to every citizen to step up and confront that threat? Am I correct?

What happens to one in this country, with regards to those unalienable rights, happens to all of us. If I see hatred I must face it, and call it out for what it is. If I witness bigotry or prejudice, I must be willing to voice my disapproval. Otherwise, in my mind, I have given up the right to call myself a citizen of this country, and worse yet, I have forfeited my membership in the human race.

INEQUALITY

I am responsible!

We are told from an early age that we are all equal in the United States. We are told that when we were born we were born on a level playing field, and we all have the same opportunities to succeed in life, however you measure success. However, to any rational human being, the reality is much different, is it not?

This is a case where statistics do not lie! Certain ethnic populations in this country are at a severe disadvantage in today’s world, and always have been. In many ways women are at a severe disadvantage in this country. It should not be so, but it is!

Simply because I am a white male of good health and mind does not mean that I can ignore when others are not given the advantages my genes gave to me. No socially-conscious individual can do that!

HATRED

I am responsible!

Every time someone speaks out in hatred, it is my responsibility to speak out in love. I have the power to negate hatred in the world. I can do it in my daily actions and I can do it through my words. If I hear words of hatred I must combat them with compassion. If I see acts of hatred I must confront them, for to do nothing is to condone them, and I am a better person than that.

I do not know if hatred can be eradicated from this country, but I do know that those who hate can be called out for their behavior. Silence is not golden in this instance; to stay silent is to validate the hatred and I will not do that either.

A Video on Injustice at Spirit Lake

INJUSTICE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE….EVER!

So you see, I am responsible! I was raised to be so. My parents are both gone now, but the lessons they taught me live on….in me….and in my son. It is a legacy that I am proud of, and a responsibility I take very seriously.

It wasn’t just my parents who taught me, though; some great statesmen and humans came before me, and they all declared the same thing:

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”
Frederick Douglass

This country was founded on the belief in justice for all. Our founding fathers were willing to die for that belief. Our founding fathers understood that to quietly acquiesce to injustice is to declare a willingness to be treated unjustly as well. I am not willing to declare my willingness to be treated unjustly, and so I speak out, and I speak out for all of those who have lost their voice. How can I not speak out and declare myself a member of society.

For that, I am responsible!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Ann! I have been as guilty as everyone else in this respect. Now I can at least write about the problems and raise awareness. I appreciate your kindness and compassion.

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      Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      If only we could all take responsibility, billybuc! Not taking responsibility for our actions is what got us into the mess we're in now. It's always someone else's fault. Like blaming that ridiculous film for the death of all those people in Libya or the riots in Egypt. Or blaming the existence of the homeless on the economy, or the vacating of mental institutions. It's high time we just stop all the blaming and do something. I totally agree.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Keith.....it's a big world and we are not isolated....everything we do matters.....and we have to own up to that fact.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer....I am reminded of John Lennon's "Imagine".....yes, the world would be much better.

      Thank you!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Another awe-inspiring and thoughtful hub, Bill! We are responsible for who we are and who we make others to be; it's the circle of life on a social context. Great job, my friend!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      If more people followed these principles the world would be a better place! Awesome hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! Do you think anyone is listening? I hope so!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yeehaw, Sha!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      What a powerful statement! Once again your message inspires us to evaluate our beliefs. We must stand for what is right and promote what is good. Thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Giddyup, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you sweetheart, thank you! Can I see my purpose? Yes, I do see it my friend, and I'm going to ride this horse until it can't gallop any longer. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      My friend, you need to go to the mountaintops and go to the state monuments and shout your message. Those who need to hear you probably cannot afford internet access. You need to speak to the people as did Martin Luther King.

      Shout and shout so all can hear! Your purpose is growing, Bill. Do you see it?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, bravo! Yes, sometimes you have to say something.....I have done the same thing in public, and I'm always yelled at....but like you, I hope I planted a seed, and that person will think twice before striking out in anger again.

      Thank you for being who you are!

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill -

      Kind of ironic! Two days ago, I was in a grocery store in the check out line (since I hate scanning things myself). The mother in front of me screamed at her child, and then jerked him up and smacked his tail twice for picking up a candy bar. She looked up at me, shaking my head, and said, "Sometimes they just don't mind." I replied, "It's the examples they see. When a parent can't control their emotions, they can't figure out why they're supposed to control theirs!" She then heatedly said, "Oh, so I'm a bad example for spanking my child?" I replied, "No, you're a bad example for doing it out of anger. Does your husband hit you out of anger?" She just looked at me as second and turned back to the cashier, paid and left without another word. Who knows? Maybe I planted a seed. Or, maybe I'm just another to be cussed out when she tells her husband about it at dinner. Sometimes, you just have to say something. Great Hub, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, thank you for trying. I had abused students when I was teaching, and there was very little I could do about it....and it broke my heart....but at least I tried to do what I could do....that's all we can do, is try.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SG, thank you so much. I'm not sure when we are going to wake up as a nation, but I have concerns that things will get much worse before they get better.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Arb, I have heard that quote, and your comment is most eloquent and oh so true. Indifference and complacency are the twin cancers that plague this nation right now. I'm just trying to wake a few people up to that fact. Thank you for the perfect comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur! I just want to raise awareness....if I can do that then change will happen eventually.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathleen, we seem to be a nation waiting for someone else to take care of the problems....I , for one, am tired of waiting.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, it was my pleasure, and thank you for being caring enough to read it and comment so well. Bless you my dear and have a wonderful afternoon.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wendy, that is the frightening thing that most people don't realize.....how quickly one can have their life fall apart. Thank you for a wonderful comment and hooray for that youth group.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I am aware and I agree....this is going to be a long road. Thank you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have had a very frustrating life trying to get help for abused children. If they are not bruised and battered they are really out of luck for getting help. Going unfed, undiapered, locked out and unloved is OK. Not having a normal childhood and parents is OK. I haven't succeeded once but at least I did try.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love your statement about voting for the lesser of two evils. We do need to seek out better options. Such thought provoking hub and I am on my cell as currently am away from Internet. Awesome hub as always Bill!

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      There are so many quotes regarding social and individual responsibility, however as a high school student I remember one which has shaped my thinking and impressed itself in my secret place and has never departed

      "First they came for the communist, but I was not a communist, so I said nothing. Then they came for the socialist and the trade unionist and I was neither, so I said nothing. Then they came for the jew, but, I was not a jew, so I said nothing. Then they came for me, but, there was no one left to speak out for me." Martin Niemoller. His quote stood in opposition to the silence during Hittler's rise to power.

      Silence is the greatest oppressor of injustice anywhere. It florishes today with the same indifference that has marked every generation since the dawn of time. Those who have refused its cowardly protection are the evidence that the nobility of the human race lies in the hands of the few who preserve it for the many. To do so, does not make us heroic, it simply makes looking in the mirror, bearable.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      You are doing excellent work, by speaking up and letting people know what is happening through your writings. Great work and voted up.

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      It is so easy to wait for someone else to change things. You are so right: it starts with each one of us or we are responsible when nothing improves.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      We are all responsible. I have nothing more to add. By writing this hub, Bill, you remind many of us what we should do and how we should behave. I think we don't always remember to do something good even if we are aware of the problems. Thank you for writing this hub.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Bill, you nailed it. This is what we need to teach our children. We need to be other focused and not me focused. We took our youth group tonight (that our two older kids attend and our 6 year old tags along with) to a food pantry to fill bags, sort food, label, etc. They were told that about 1230 people would benefit from the work that was done (we had 38 people attend). Most important though was lessons learned about how people can fall into poverty. The family who loses a job, bad economy, increase in costs without increase in funds, elderly, and so much more. Labeling, namecalling, etc can be so far from the truth. Thanks for speaking out once again.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this. I am certain you are aware that any effort to raise awareness is a step in the positive direction. We are living in a when "justice" is being challenged.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, that is all you need to say! Thank you my dear friend, and peace to you always.

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, I AM, indeed!!! Enough said, except awesome billybuc. Voted Up In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! It would take a man of compassion to admire my spirit. :) You are, indeed, a man of compassion.

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

      Bill, raising one's voice against injustice is the least that one can and should do. This is the only way to bring about public awareness and bring about change. It may take a while but as more people join in, the wheels of change will start picking up speed.

      Wonderful hub as always. I've always admired this spirit in you.

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing this hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I could not have said it better myself....no surprise there, eh? :) Thank you for a great insight; you are appreciated by me!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      "Love thy neighbor"....so much more than just a platitude in the Bible. We who believe in the Bible believe in that quote. Loving they neighbor means taking responsibility for that neighbor. Teaching love and living it. There is no place for bigotry or slavery in this world!

      If each one of us does our part to eradicate the ills man causes to his fellow man sooner rather than later those ills will start to disappear.

      Voted this hub up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hell Georgie, you grew up and woke up long before I did! :) Once I did wake up, though, it was Katie bar the door, because I'm on a mission to wake up as many people as possible. You are right....when did we stop holding hands? When did we stop caring unless the bad stuff happens to us? This has to end or we are all going down.

      The Occupy Movement was a start; yes, it was poorly organized, but it was the first concerted effort to stand in defiance that I have seen since the 60's....fifty years of silence from the citizens...that is amazing!

      Thank you my dear friend! I happen to think you are pretty damn cool as well!

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      Bill E Buck,

      A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I used to think that every bad thing that ever happened to me was someone else's fault. If I got fired from a job it was because my boss was a jerk - not because I took too many days off and too many half hour smoke breaks.

      I grew up a little somewhere between years 35 and 40. I started to take responsibility for the consequences of the decisions I made and, when that happened, I started to see some real outrage directed at people who stood around and did nothing. I used to be one of those people and it made me feel empty.

      The Occupy Movement, though understood by few and badly organized by many, woke something up in me that I was surprised I had. When did we stop holding hands? How long has it been since we were actually affected by the always-dire evening news? How come we only stand together as a country when a bunch of crazy people blow up buildings in New York?

      Somewhere along the line, it has to stop being somebody else's problem. And you are right - I am responsible.

      Mad love for you, my friend, for having the nerve to say these things that so many people SHOULD be thinking. I feel honored to e-know you. :D

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellie, I couldn't agree more; if this country ever stops thinking about the "me" and starts thinking about the "us" we just might weather this storm. Thank you my friend!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thumbs UP, Billy! If everyone would do that, it would work miracles! But 'everyone' never operates as a unit (unless it's in a mindless mob!). Otherwise,- it's always, 'you', 'I', 'he' & 'she' - individually, with each mind aware and alert.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Avian, I have been saying those words since the 60's, so evidently it is that hard. :) I don't get it, but I keep hoping.

      Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, you are responsible, and so are we all. I wish that we could all just get along and be kind to each other as we were all meant to be. It really is not that hard.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vix, oh if that were so! The message is clear, but how many can I reach....that's what I struggle with....but we keep trying, don't we?

      Thanks my friend; have a wonderful evening in Texas! I have some friends moving there shortly; I'll have them yell howdy in your direction. :)

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Would that we were all as caring and responsible as you. You should be writing the character development books for our nation's youth. They need it as do many of us adults. The signs of wrong you speak out against surround us everywhere. God bless you! From your mouth to the ears of America.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks lil' Sis! You do a pretty good job of inspiring me, too! :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Well said, BB. Keep on inspiring. You inspire me. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hard to argue with that, Audrey! Thank you for the visit and the great comment.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Amen--if we were all our brothers' keepers, the world would be a happier and more just place

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellie, thank you for an outstanding comment, and of course I agree. The political system is our doing, and the politicians do reflect us....that is a sobering thought but a true fact. I am going to keep pushing forward with the message of individual change and the power of one.....we'll see what happens. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Linda! Work it is!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mpropp, thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I have very little faith in our political leaders, but I do have faith in individuals.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Your folks taught you well, Billy. As always, your hub is uplifting.

      You used a word in one of your replies to comments: "decency"; which it what seems most glaringly lacking in all the wrongs you listed as needing each of us to take responsibility for combating with our opposite attitudes and treatments toward people. An overall sense of active decency is a major attitude and step in combatting negative 'social' things.

      One bright candle can light a significant amount of darkness. We must never think our contribution doesn't count.

      I agree that politicians would benefit from reading this hub, but we mustn't forget that it's always the bottom line that the only persons "I" can affect, influence significantly and control in any measure is "me". And all real social change must be the responsibility of each of its citizens. If each "I" would do his/her part, think what a change it would make!! And when the 'social' or 'people' issues are running smoothly, it has vast effects in 'bigger' issues. Can't build a good house with crumbly bricks and flaccid mortar. Our politicians, in the final account, reflect ourselves.

      Your reminder is so valuable. Sometimes people get discouraged, thinking "what can I do?" or "what difference can I make?" - You remind us all that each of us is the ONLY REAL point of change starting and growing.

      I'll be back to listen to the video, which I know will be worthwhile. Hugs.

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Your family would be so happy with the man you have become. No more tears. You have work to do. Hug!

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for sharing this very thought-provoking and interesting hub. It seems that every 4 years we hear a lot more about fixing our social inequalities, but we need to remind ourselves that we PERSONALLY are responsible. We can't just expect our government or our leaders to address the issues for us. Thank you for the reminder.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I am such a big boob sometimes...I read your words and I have tears in my eyes. Thank you my friend; I will gladly walk this walk with you.

      As for your piece, it's funny, but there are some hubs that just mean more to us. Oh sure, we occasionally roll out the evergreen hubs, because money would be nice, right? But then there are those hubs, like that one of yours, and this one of mine, that just feed our soul and really define who we are as writers and as humans.

      If I am a voice for many, then I am grateful, and I have accomplished, in a small part, what I want to accomplish with my writings. I will keep fighting the fight; there are far too many out there who need a voice, and maybe you and I can be that voice and give them strength.

      Thank you Linda; you have warmed my heart today.

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, let me get the trivia out of the way first - thank you for the plug. When I wrote that piece, I knew that it had come from a higher place. Of all my writing, I am most soulfully connected to that one - because of it's global impact. Thank you for linking to it. I hope it lives long here on HP.

      Now, this hub .... you are living today for just such a higher purpose. You have a way of touching people in ways you cannot imagine. And, you are more than carrying your share of the social responsibility. You have enormous compassion and empathy for the disenfranchised. You have become a voice for them and because of you, others are more aware. You may never be fully aware of the impact you are having but I can assure you, the world is a better place for your being here.

      I am acutely aware that we are all just one split second away from being homeless, persecuted, wrongfully convicted, oporessed, diseased, scarred, or worse. But I am not afraid because you have proven that there is voice in the darkness. You are a warrior Bill, a peaceful warrior, and I am honored to call you my friend. For whatever time I am given on this earth, I commit to you that I will walk beside you (here in cyberspace) and add my voice to the fight.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sasha, I am encouraged when someone as young as you feels deeply about important issues that affect us all. Thank you for caring; my fire will keep burning!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, thank you! If this is my best then I am pleased, because it is important to me.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, that had me laughing. Maybe you will be that president, yes? I'll proudly stand on the podium with you.

      Thank you Joseph, for being the person that you are.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I always feel better knowing you agree...there are times I think I'm screaming in a vacuum and can't be heard. This is going to change one person at a time, at the community level.....thanks buddy! Keep the faith!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, I feel like a broken record, but I'm going to keep playing the same song. We need to stand up....not wait for someone else...this country is in trouble, and ignoring the issues and hoping they go away is not working. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy my dear, I always try to enjoy my day; I have so much to be grateful for. Thank you and I'm sending hubs across the Pond to you!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      There would only be a small fraction of injustices in this world if we as a people didn't let them happen. Which sickens me... if only a slightly different view on things and they could save lives instead of hurting or killing them. Fantastic thought provoking hub Bill. Your fire just keeps growing! Voting and sharing all over!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Wow, Bill. This is your best yet.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      "January 2oth, 2021. Our new president of the United States, --------, has proudly elected to read a speech written by William Holland back in 2012. 71 years old "Billybuc" was invited for the ceremony along with his partner and son. His 19,768 followers on HP were glad to hear this announcement in the news..."

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

      I couldn't agree with you more Bill, this country is headed for disaster led by the perverted criminals that call themselves politicians. The sad part as has been said many times, is that society just goes along with this in an attempt to hide from reality. It is far beyond time for each one of us to stand up and take back responsibility for ourselves and for the "Community" of this country!

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      the words "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" shout at me as I read this hub. You betcha, WE are responsible and must be responsible for nothing more than to do what is right, based upon the sound principals our forefathers believed in.

      It is up to us, to stand firm and act out as we know we should.

      very, very excellent hub.

      Chris

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great hub Billy and thanks for sharing.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, you got that right....we all bleed the same color....we all laugh, we all cry, we all love.....and we all need to help one another. Thank you for being the caring, compassionate person that you are!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Billy, You made many relevant points in this hub and it would be amazing if each person just tried to help a little bit in the area where they live. It is not so hard to help another person, share some food, smile and offer your hand or pick someone up off the ground. Together we can be a great force. I think it is up to us, not the stupid politicians as they don't get it. We are going to have to change the world and care about the other person always as an equal. I mean we all bleed the same color, right? Great hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, I will keep writing; I don't think I could stop now....I am concerned about our country. For the first time in my life I feel hopelessness in this country...I see it daily...the empty stares in the eyes of strangers....it bothers me greatly, and I need to keep speaking out until someone listens. Thank you for listening!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, most teachers know what I'm talking about. There is a great deal of pain all around us, and what does it say about us as humans if we ignore it? I can't do it....and I won't do it....so I'll keep writing, and gaining strength from people like you. Thank you my dear!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, thank you very much! I feel strongly about the power of one person; we all have a say in our future, and we cannot hide from that responsibility. I appreciate your kind words and caring spirit.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula my dear friend, you said it as well as I could ever hope to....this is an epidemic lack of humanity we are seeing, and I am fed up with it. I will keep screaming this message in hopes that someone hears and steps up to the plate, without fear and with compassion. Thank you Paula! I feel better knowing there are people like you who truly do care!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Miz, thank you so much! I agree, elections are important, but so are we individually! We can make a difference, one person at a time, if we are only willing to do so.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Dr. Pooja; greatly appreciated!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rema, thank you so much! I don't know why our society today has drifted away from community; we are all in this together, no matter our race or creed. We are all responsible for what happens around us. Thank you for the share.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Daisy! I feel pretty strongly about this issue; we have to think "community" instead of "me" if we are going to make it as a society.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Very thought provoking indeed and can tell you as a former teacher I too saw my fair of what you described above and tried my best to do all I could for the former students. One young girl was so troubled and would not talk to most (she was only a freshmen in high school), I worked hard at gaining her trust and spent many a day when finally having broken through the wall having her stay late in my classroom sometimes just because she just wanted to have a a quiet place to stay. So I do agree we are all responsible and it starts with us. Thank you Bill for always being the voice of reason. Have voted, shared and tweeted as always!!

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wow Bill, I can really feel your passion coming through on this piece! Excellent writing. If we want a free and democratic country we are responsible for fighting injustice and all the rest as you say. I have tried to do that all my life. Someday I will write the story, but it is not finished yet. It is a shame our country has become so apathetic. I see us loosing freedoms and rights everyday and most people don't care. I fear that someday we will wake up in a very different U.S. Try sending this piece into the newspapers as an editorial. This piece needs a high readership. Just a stunningly great piece, Bill. Your parent's lessons are reverberating through you and they would be proud. Keep writing!

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      Johnkadu123 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Almost all politicians would benefit from reading this great hub. It is a thoughtful template on what we can do to help others in times of distress as well as our personal responsibility for our actions. I also love the responses. It seems this hub has touched other people in the same way that it has touched me. Well done. A really great piece of writing.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      A useful, awesome, beautiful & interesting CONSTITUTION...to be read, slowly and intently...if not memorized by every living being. All are presented clearly and for ease of comprehension.

      These realizations and vows are not rocket science, agreed? So, in fact, only those who refuse to see or hear or FEEL, can possibly reject or ignore your words.

      If it is only when pain hits one directly, that their attention peaks....let every man experience that pain. We are faced with epidemic lack of humanity. And it IS in our hands. Period. The end.......UP++++

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      MizBejabbers 5 years ago

      billybuc, I think you have a great overall grasp of the situation, and I like some of the comments very much. I know that there are a lot of good people working to try to make a difference, but they are overwhelmed by the needs of the needy. I think one of the ways we can make a difference it to vote. Sometimes we feel like we are voting for the lesser of two evils, so why bother. We need to seek out better people for office and change the way elections are financed so these people can be elected. In the meantime, we can help by giving everyone we meet a smile and saying a small "bless you" under our breath. Thanks for a caring hub. You got my vote!

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      Dr Pooja 5 years ago

      Voted up !

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Bill,

      Great hub as always. I am so happy you have written about how responsible we humans are for everything that is happening right in front of our eyes. Great read Bill.

      I get a lot of satisfaction on reading such hubs. Thought-provoking. The world would be a much better place to live in if only people followed in your footsteps. Sharing and tweeting as always.

      Cheers, Rema.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Wow that is one pretty powerful piece BillyBuc. And of course very true, and I agree with Tammy too. Too many people only ever put number 1 first, they never think outside of their immediate lives, or their impact on others. Very well written!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy....I don't think people want to hear what you just wrote, about destroying the U.S., but it is true, and we are heading for much bigger problems. I hope we can wake up some people before it is truly too late. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silver, thank you! I have nothing better to do....I think I'll start a movement....one of compassion and social responsibility....see if we can't stir up the pot a bit.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle; I have seen bigotry for six decades now, and I, for one, am tired of it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, thank you for a wonderful comment.....the time for waiting is over! This is a community problem and each member of the community has to step up.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I think they problem lies in the fact that so many people just think they are on this planet to look out for number one. Very few people have the collective idea that they too are responsible for the well being of society. This apathy for fellow man destroyed the Roman Empire much as it is destroying the US today. Excellent plea to action.

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      It's so important to start somewhere. Issues can feel overwhelming and we often find ourselves asking what one person can do but you are right. Together we are strong. Yes, we are all responsible for our lives and also for our neighbours' lives. The Internet is a very powerful tool and gives all people a voice for the first time in history. I will continue to share your hubs and thank you for speaking out!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Agree with these, my pet peeve being bigotry.Cannot really stomach it when people assume they are better than others for misplaced reasons. A great write!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I certainly agree with everything you said in this Hub. We just sit back and wait for "someone else" to take action on social problems. In our own lives we need to accept responsibility for our actions.

      I voted this UP, shared, Pinned and Tweeted.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, there is no doubt that I was lucky. My hope is that there is enough decency in most people that they will step up when they see injustice. That's my hope anyway! Thank you!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      As always thought provoking. No we cannot cure the ills of the world..but we can take some small steps in the right direction. A kind word and helping hand do not cost money. I think people need to take as much responsibility for their lives as possible. Not everyone has the tools to do so. You were brought up by parents who enforced the right principles..not everyone has had that benefit. Many learn on their own and others take the path of least resistance. Great hu and a wonderful message as always Bill...