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The Voice Of The Silent Majority: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on May 10, 2013

A MISSION STATEMENT FOR THE AGES

“Whenever anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of H.O.W. (Humanity One World) to always be there, and for that, I am responsible.”

I believe in the goodness of my fellow man and woman. Despite the horrors that I have seen and despite the continued reminders of the existence of a dark side, I believe in the goodness that is in all of us. Call me a fool. Call me a doddering old codger who has lost his grasp on reality. What you cannot call me, however, is a hypocrite.

I am not one to talk the talk and then take a detour when the going gets rough. I was not raised that way and quite frankly, most of you were not raised that way either. We were raised to value commitment. We were raised with a certain set of principles that are timeless and will never go out of style. Principles like compassion and empathy, honor and honesty, those are steadfast foundations if one is to live a life of value.

Those of us who believe in those principles and who live by them are, for lack of a better term, the silent majority. We go about our daily lives without fanfare. We help others when needed and we do so with humility and no need for thanks. Our actions are drowned out by the headline grabbers of the day, the shootings, the name-calling and the outrageous atrocities that have become so common place.

Because we do not trumpet our lives we go unnoticed by the news agencies. Let’s face it….nice does not sell papers. That is a fact of life and it will always be true, but that does not diminish the importance of these silent crusaders. Imagine, for a moment, a world without them. Where would we be as a society if the millions upon millions of do-gooders were not doing their collective thing, quietly making a difference by their daily actions?

Who are these people who comprise the silent majority?

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A ROLL CALL

They are the shopkeeper in St. Louis who does not over-charge and who offers a smile and a kind word to every customer he sees. They are the housewife in Minneapolis who always has extra treats for the neighborhood children. They are the social worker in Buffalo who lives and breathes her job and they are the Peace Corps volunteer doing her two-year stint in Kenya.

They are the loving single mother in Eugene who demands that her children grow up respecting others. They are the farmer in Cedar Rapids who always has enough crops for the Food Bank and they are the millworker in Virginia Beach who volunteers his spare time to the local library.

They are millions strong in the United States and growing rapidly. They believe that change is possible but it must start with each individual. They have lost faith in the political system but gained faith in the community system. They are the social activists who refuse to settle for the status quo and they are the aging rebels who demand to know why more isn’t being done to help others.

They span the entire societal spectrum, from black to white, yellow to brown, male, female and in-between. They live in single-wide trailers and they live in 6,000 square foot homes, and they understand that their family tree is the same tree shared by seven billion people worldwide.

Together they are the membership of H.O.W. They may not know they are members but they have paid their dues in full and their membership cards are in the proverbial mail.

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WHAT DO THEY BELIEVE

They believe that change must begin with individuals. They believe that drastic alterations to society are possible but they will only happen if every single one of us gets off our lazy butts and does something positive.

They believe in one race and class, namely humanity. They have seen the fallacy of nationalism and they believe now that our salvation is dependent upon all of us working together for a common good.

They believe that, as a society, we are only as healthy as our sickest member, and if we do not reach out for those who are down and out, we will all experience that fate in the future.

They believe that our problems cannot be solved by more taxes, less taxes, or any other political agenda being brandished about in Congress, and they believe that until we start acting like the brothers and sisters that we are, we are doomed to fail.

Finally, they believe that there is surely hope, but hope without action is meaningless.

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Wait just a minute! Not so fast my friends! There are certain qualifications you must meet in order to belong to H.O.W.

What are those qualifications you ask? Well, first and foremost, love must be the most important thing in your life. This is a deal-breaker and if you can’t check that on the list you need to move on and don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. We are never going to turn things around in this world without love. Period!

If you can agree with that then we can move on. You must be willing to show compassion to your fellow citizens of the world. You must be willing to look beyond geographical boundaries and you must be willing to look beyond political rhetoric. There are no political parties in H.O.W. This is a movement based solely on the size of your heart and not the size of your treasure chest.

Understand that we carry no one. There are no free rides on this movement. You give and you take here at H.O.W., and kismet is alive and well. What goes around comes around and each member is guaranteed feelings of good will when participating in our movement.

If you care about your fellow citizens of the world then sign on the dotted line. If you believe that a small group of determined people can change the world then sign on.

A warning to all: this is not a decision that should be entered into lightly. You will be called upon to act in accordance with our mission statement each and every day of your life. There are no days off for good behavior and you do not have the luxury of calling in sick. You see, this is a commitment, one that should be entered into with the utmost sincerity. This is a commitment to help make this world a better place.

Are you made of the right stuff? Do you have what it takes to overcome the divisions and differences in today’s world and work towards our commonalities?

We hope so. Humanity needs people just like you.

Humanity One World…..the dream continues!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Bill: Wonderful, wonderful article and group! You are so right in everything you say in this article and I wholeheartedly support you. It is only with love that we can make any change in this world. And, we have to look at the world as made up of people, not special interest groups. Special interest groups have harmed and are destroying this country and the world at large. We are one big humanity. You are so right and so good to start a movement like this. Yes, I want to be a part of your humanity movement!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, we saved a spot in the group just for you. Join us on Facebook and you can find more like-minded people who care about this world. We'll leave the light on for you. :)

      Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      No funnies today when the subject is serious and exactly the way I feel about life, people and the important values.

      Helping and sharing is the way forward as it always has been and the good life values haven't changed in generations.

      It always baffles me why a lot of people don't seem to want to be responsible for their own actions and always have an excuse or it is always someone else's fault.

      Hard times abound at present and I'm always ready willing and able to help anyone who is nice and holds good life values.

      There are types that I will not help and I make no apology for this. They are the kind of people that any society can well do without.

      Voted and shared. Good job my friend.

      Hoping you and Bev have a great weekend.

      MJ.

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      Bill, what you describe in this hub is really just the way it used to be. We didn't think about helping others, we just did it. For example, anything extra from the garden was willing shared with those who had no garden. Neighbors helped neighbors and friends helped friends.

      Community service was not a penalty imposed by a judge in a courtroom, it was a way to be a part of the communities where we lived.

      How and when this changed I have no idea. Perhaps it started when cities grew in size and neighbors no longer even knew the folks living next door to them.

      Most of us are concerned over the rapidly growing "Entitlement Programs," and the costs associated with providing assistance to those in need.

      Perhaps if we could return to the old ways where we cared about those living around us, we could lessen the dependence on government programs for basic survival?

      I love the way you think.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Awesome points as always Bill. If only the world would open it's eyes.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Bill this is the first thing I read this morning and, quite honestly, it brought tears to my eyes. People like you keep my hope alive. I am so glad you are so popular as I know this will be read and shared by many. You inspire me and I am sure, many others. Bless you and keep on sharing. I really do believe that we can change the world, one smile, one kindness, one shining beacon of hope at a time. You are not a fool....fools give in to fear.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, you caught me by surprise. I don't know how to handle a serious comment from you. :)

      Seriously, though, there are people I will not help too.....they are poison and have no interest in becoming part of a community....but any good person who reaches out for help, well, Bev and I are there.

      I appreciate your comment greatly my friend. Just one more reason why one day we will fly east and visit you and Suzie.

      Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

      bill

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      What? There are decoder rings? Oh, well, they probably just tell you to drink your Ovaltine, anyway.

      Thank you for always sharing an uplifting message whenever something crazy happens. It's easy to let fear take over, which makes us think the whole world is a hopeless mess. Then we fail to see all of the good in others, and even in ourselves, and downplay every act of kindness.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, that one comment is a classic....Community service was not a penalty imposed by a judge....very true words my friend. Like you, I have no idea how we strayed away from that kind of action, but I do know we have to return to it or society will never stop this tailspin.

      Thank you my friend. It starts today with me. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, I'm going to hold out hope that they will do exactly that. Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, I'm as concerned as anyone about the madness we call society, but I refuse to give up hope. As long as there are people like you out there then I know we have a foundation of hope.

      Bless you my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy....shhhh....we don't tell non-members about the decorder rings and secret handshakes. :)

      Yes, there is good....in you, in me, and in many like us. We just have to keep doing our thing, Lizzy, and hope like hell.

      Thank you my Dunedin friend. Enjoy your weekend and start planning on that move out west.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Bill, your poem is moving. Crying real tears, yes. Your hub speaks loudly and clearly. Yes. Each individual carrying a candle to light the darkness, yes. My lifetime certainty.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      You always give us food for thought! The term Silent Majority always makes me wonder why they are silent, and whether they're really the majority. And there's been a paradigm shift over the years as to who is silent, and who is the majority. Then there are the other factors and demographics, such as whether there's a culture of being silent in particular groups. Okay - off to scratch my head and pray for inspiration of where I can make a difference!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, the majority of the people who comprise the enthusiastic audience receiving your very loving and compassionate message are good, decent folk who have always pulled their weight, done their share, paid their taxes, passed along good values to their children and grandchildren, and respected the age-old traditions of this great country. I am a card-carrying liberal shifting to the center of the aisle as I grow increasingly conservative with the passing years.

      That said, I want to also be a small voice for those on the fringe of our society who may not, for one reason or another, be able to articulate how emotionally and spiritually hungry they are for the hope they find and cling to in the HOW movement. I say this, Bill, with great empathy for the social lepers who are still misunderstood and ostracized by the most well-meaning members of the first group I addressed above yet may be the very ones whose lives can be dramatically transformed by the vision and reach of HOW.

      I say this with the utmost conviction, my dear friend and brother, because my life has straddled both worlds. In my youth, I made such terrible choices and behaved so despicably that I was truly worthy of condemnation. But no matter how incredibly black my darkness was, the one thing I clung to was that there was still a vestige of hope for the likes of me, even when the fingers of condemnation pointing at me were those of the "good and decent folk."

      I'm scared to say these things because a lot of people are uncomfortable with and so very intolerant of radical differences from what they know and how they live, but what gives me confidence is knowing that you come from a warm and idealistic place.

      In short, my point is simply this...in reiterating and yet presenting a slight variation of what you said about our society being only as healthy as its sickest member...HOW will only end up serving its mirrored reflection IF well-meaning people shy away from helping the scorned pariah. Otherwise, what's the point? It's not only good people who reach out for help; more often than we realize, bad people are also reaching out for help, and if we're not open to that, we may very well be reinforcing more bad people.

      I know for a fact that bad people can change for the better, just as we read headlines about allegedly good people shocking us with outrageous behavior. Truth be told, every single one of us fallible human beings has the potential to be bad or good at any given second. The more we rehearse and reinforce one set of choices, the more we drift towards that ultimate end. But human beings are capable of switching directions.

      Finally, what is the greater reward for me? To help someone who is decent and kind continue to be decent and kind? Or to be a measure of positive influence for someone who is despicable and undesirable and watch them turn his or her life around?

      Thank you, Bill, for being open and receptive. Aloha, my friend!

      Joe

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. As is usual I echo your heartfelt sentiments. I seem to remember that a famous American politician once said 'nice guys come last' This attitude has to be changed, as I have said before the points you make are relevant in the uk as well. As usual a first class hub.

      Voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      Renee Abbott 4 years ago from Arizona

      Wow! Wow! This is how I have been living, and blogging on. This resonnates with Bruce Lipton's, biologist and quantum mechanics speaker, especially his book Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future (and a Way to Get There from Here). Yes, Bill there is a silent Majority and it is wonderful to be meeting more and more.

      Thank you for this, it is inspiring, and just wonderful to read others ideas who are walking this road silently beside me.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, you are so right! Back in the day, community was the only support and helping hand there was. What goes around comes around I guess. We've tried it with so-called people in charge (Congress, etc.), but it has not worked out well at all; certainly not the way the founding fathers envisioned. Coming together to help one another is still the best approach. Voted this Way UP++++

      You are truly an inspiration, my friend ;) Pearl

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, I love it...each of us carrying a candle...beautifully put my friend.

      Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marcy, you had me laughing with that reflection...gets a bit confusing, doesn't it? :) All I can do is make a difference and hope that others are doing the same thing.

      Thank you for stopping by this Friday. I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, I wonder if that is true. I don't want to think it is, but as I read the news I wonder if the nice guys will ever be noticed and followed. I keep hoping my friend, and trying to do my little bit to change things.

      Thank you Sir! It's always nice to see you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Renee, there are quite a few of us. Join us on Facebook and you will find many more who think as we do. We can change things but it's going to require a lot of work and determination.

      Blessings to you my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pearl and I believe that with my whole being....coming together to help one another...it begins with us my friend and then it will spread outward.

      Thank you, Pearl, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, what an incredibly honest reflection. Listen, buddy, I'll match you dark side for dark side. LOL There were twenty years that represented just about the worst that I could muster. Hedonistic and selfish to the extreme, and I have no excuses for it....it was...I learned...I made amends....and now I live the life I should have lived for so many years.

      If it were not for some very loving people willing to take a chance on me, I hate to think of where I would be today.

      We must reach out to the scorned and "bottom feeders" of society; otherwise, what good do we do as a humanity? Where is the virtue in helping those who need no help. It's easy to talk that talk, but the walk is something completely different.

      Thank you for reminding me of what HOW is all about.

      Aloha my friend.

      bill

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That was a great hub, and really reflects what goes on in our society.

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      "The silent majority." I like that. I think it's true, too. We hear so much about the bad, we forget we walk among the good daily. They just don't get any airtime. Good deeds don't boost the ratings regularly like sensationalized violence does. From your keyboard, to the eyes and ears of a hurting world, I hope this becomes the next viral craze to sweep up humanity.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok...I hope it does reflect most of society.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vix, I would love to see more people concentrate on the good around us. Maybe we could start a "positive" movement. :)

      Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Peggy Salvatore 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic States US

      Yes to this: They believe that, as a society, we are only as healthy as our sickest member, and if we do not reach out for those who are down and out, we will all experience that fate in the future. Thanks for another great post, Billybuc!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      That is the way I was brought up and I don't see any reason to change. You just put it very eloquently into words. Thank you Billybuc, you are a wise and caring man. Thank you for sharing.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is beautiful, Bill. I think you have really taken a part in being the voice of this movement, and I am completely with you!

      Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peggy Lou! May we always be willing to help those who cannot help themselves. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sallybea, thank you for the compliment. Like you, I was raised this way and I don't see it as being special...it's just the way it should be. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, thank you. I never feel alone when I know that people like you are standing next to me. We can make a difference!

      Have a wonderful weekend yourself my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Awesome, Bill. H.O.W. needed to get out there again and out loud. A couple of weeks ago I accidentally had a conversation with a woman who lives in Texas. We had both been accepted as writers for examiner.com and logged in for training. We discovered training had been postponed but we continued to talk for about 30 minutes. We told each other about ourselves and ended up in a philosophical conversation. I told her all about H.O.W.

      The point is, we touch lives every day. How we touch them determines the kind of people we are and the mark we make on life.

      I'm pleased to see we have some new members since you posted this hub.

      BTW, where's my decoder ring? Oh - wait - I don't need one. I get the message behind H.O.W. No decoding necessary!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, your HOW movement is right on. I believe in what you're doing. I want to stand with you and add my bit of service.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you are one of the original charter members of H.O.W. You live and breathe the movement. No need for a decoder ring for you my dear.

      Have a great weekend.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ms. Dora, find us on Facebook and I'll sign you up. Thank you so much for caring about the world.

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Both the elementary and high schools I went to graded us on conduct, deportment, and courtesy. High school went one step further in having us write courtesy letters home to our parents once a week - enclosed was a courtesy card that let them know how well we were behaving toward our fellows. To this day, I am so glad we had that training. I don't care if 'nice' is considered a trait to be laughed at. I'd rather be nice ... and it makes me feel good!

      I am reminded that, despite all the hardship and horror she witnessed and endured, Anne Frank wrote, 'In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.'

      Wonderful Hub, Bill. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I liked the message about giving to others and not making a broadcast about it.. Another inspiring piece Bill. Thank you..

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Bill

      One person at a time, quietly moving through our lives, giving and sharing and loving...you said it well my Friend.

      Everyone really can be a part of this movement because everyone can do at least one meaningful thing for another. It is not so much about economics in my view. It is about the will to believe in the ultimate good and to make the best of the worst situation and still being willing to reach out to another.

      Having been on the fringe, lived on the edge, homeless and walking everywhere, one thing that never happened is that we never gave up hope. Hope is a fire burning within each of us that keeps us getting up every day and allows us to keep on keeping on.

      Thanks for sharing your words so well once again.

      Angels and hugs are on the way to you this evening, ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I see no reason to broadcast acts of goodwill....the reward is in the act itself. :)

      Thank you my friend and enjoy your weekend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annie, what a wonderful comment, and quoting Ann Frank was perfect. I will always believe in the goodness of mankind. We may have gotten sidetracked along the way, and taken a detour, but people are still good. If we can find a way to end the fear and distrust we can get back to a better way of life.

      Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, there are so many good people out there still, and we just don't hear about them as we do the bad daily. They are out there doing their part in love. And that is they key to change . . . love!

      Thanks for the great recruitment hub here for those who know what it means to love, as that is exactly what this world needs more of, just as the song says.

      Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      Gee, Decoder rings and secret handshakes... I must've missed the memo :-)

      Kidding, unlike your message! It's great Billy, truly great. It doesn't seem that hard to understand and it doesn't have to be something big every day. Just simply being conscious, each day and lending a hand when we have one free, right? So many sit around the world, crying the blues and griping, we must redirect our attention! Well Billy, I'll scream your message as loud as I can, hopefully the world will hear us! Keep up the good work my friend, you're always an inspiration!

      Cat

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      How cool can you be, brother mentor? I loved the hub and video! That beatnik poem was cool, man! It was very powerful, as well; telling it like it is!

      You are standing up for what you believe and putting it out into the universe. I know it makes a difference!

      Have you ever heard of the 100 monkeys theory?

      Thanks you for doing what you do and have a great day with sister Bev!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You are an eloquent writer and speaker, Bill, and your message is vitally important. Thank you for continuing to share it.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Hearing you loud and clear. I agree one person at a time until we have built up a whole community helping one another. Takes a lot of love and understanding for everyone. Hope you and Bev are having a great weekend. Passing this on.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm afraid my time is over. But feel free to use my footsteps.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Thank you for reminding me of my mission. H.O.W. must keep growing. I'll do something nice for someone today, too. :)

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      I'm a friend of Bill too. I am responsible to HOW and my fellow man. Love is a necessary qualification.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc you have accomplished an interesting hub The Voice Of The Silent Majority: A Moment With Bill Reflection, such a great thought here.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      No free rides! Get off your butt and show you care about the world you live in, THEN you are a card varying member of H.O.W.....all we need is love, love is all you need...but what good is love if we don't show it and share it! That family down the street that doesn't have a car---offer them a ride, the food drive at your local grocery store---throw in a can....your way of helping doesn't have to be earth shattering (though that would be nice) it just has to show you care and no one has to know. LONG LIVE H.O.W. and generosity and compassion and love.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Just made my request on FB to join in. I'm with you all the way. You continue to inspire us with your message to make this world a better place. Well done. Voted up and shared to help spread the word. Have a great weekend.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, I really loved this. This is the kind of thing we need to keep in mind as we try to make lives better, one at a time if need be. I truly admire you for your consistent H.O.W campaign. I have always been a great believer in this, and it is good to know that so many others care about others too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, the message of hope, along with a message of love, is the burning fire behind H.O.W. With people like you in our midst, how can we fail?

      Thank you dear friend. Have a wonderful weekend and never lose hope.

      blessings and hugs this Saturday morning

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I believe in this movement and I believe in mankind. We just have to give a little nudge to those out there who don't understand the power of love.

      Thank you my dear and love to you this fine morning.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, I can hear you screaming across the country. Keep doing your thing and you will be doing our thing....I love those, like you, who care so deeply for this world.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Insightful, I have not heard of that theory but I'm going to do a search for it right now.

      Thank you for caring and being who you are. You are making a difference my friend.

      blessings to you

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I don't think I have ever been called eloquent before, so I thank you for those kind words. You are appreciated my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma! Bev and I are having a wonderful, peaceful weekend, and I wish you the same my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I will gladly follow in your footsteps of service to others. Thank you for the noble work that you have done.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, you are a kind person and I feel better knowing there are those out there, like you, who care about others. Thank you my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sligobay, nicely stated my friend and yes, love is a necessity.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! It is a call to action for all of us...the time is now to change this world. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I like that....LONG LIVE H.O.W.....indeed, my friend, if we can keep the spirit of H.O.W. alive each and every day then we will have done great things.

      Thank you for being you, Mary!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, your request was proudly accepted, buddy. See you on Facebook and thank you for caring.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, because I am an impatient sort, I never think that H.O.W. is growing fast enough....then I read the words of members and I am inspired to try harder. We can, and must, make a difference.

      Thank you for being a living example of H.O.W.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      Thank you! You ever find yourself getting carried away with life and lost in the moment? Temporarily we forget about the "important things"... you are the person who reminds so many of us every day! Thank you, for doing what you do!

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, I appreciate your kindness. I'm just kicking over stones and watching what crawls out. LOL

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Apparently that is even a talent which you've managed to perfect... you ought see what I find when I kick over stones :-)

      I have yet to see someone who you haven't inspired with your words.

      Have an awesome weekend... I've got gardening to attend to! :-)

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Cat. Bev is out weeding as we speak, and I'm heading there shortly. :) Have fun in your garden.

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      Larry Kitzmann 4 years ago

      WOW--where to begin. "I Cry Real Tears" fantastic, I half expected to see Ginsberg, Snyder, or Burroughs looking over your shoulder. Well done my friend totally awesome. Quick thoughts, to paraphrase Carl Sagan. The sooner we realize we are but a small blue dot in an infinite cosmic ocean the better off we shall be. As I have told my own children though it maybe a U.S. issued passport, never the less you are citizens of the world. It's often best to think globally and to act locally, also more effective. Finally how would we be seen by the rest of the world if we were to convert say half of our aircraft carries into hospital ships and deploy them around the world. Just a crazy thought. Enough of my ramblings. All my best and trusting you and Bev shall enjoy a most welcomed Mothers Day with peace and love always.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Lucky you... my garden is to the point where I can't tell what is a weed and what is the beginning of something real... a few more days... in the meantime... I'll be learning about my composting. :-)

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      Renee Abbott 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hi Billy. Today I did open another FB account so I can have it open, and did sign on to yours under jasminecrystal corner. :) thanks

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, your thoughts are not crazy at all. This country needs to start thinking outside the box because what we are doing is not working. The sooner nations realize the benefits of working together, the sooner we can put this insanity behind us.

      We spent the day in the yard enjoying the beautiful weather. Rain returns tomorrow. :)

      Thank you my friend. Have a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, some weeds can be quite beautiful. LOL Good luck with the composting....very easy...dirt....water....compost materials....turn them over once a week and keep adding water and dirt. I swear it's that easy. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Renee, thank you for doing that. I didn't see it but I'll look right now. :)

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      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Another great read Bill. Every little step we make contributrs to a better whole. Bravo my friend!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Another great write. Great thoughts and a brilliant write. Hope without action is not going to help. Action speaks louder than words. Yes as you say hope with action will bring about great changes. Hope and faith. Great hub. Voted up.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Billy, I think the whole concept of this composit bin kills two birds with one stone? Great for the garden and keeps some yucky stuff out of the kitchen garbage. I'm trying to get over to that Compost hub of yours, despite how easy you make it sound and I'm sure it is... I don't know when the compost is available for use and other stuff... on my way! Thanks

      Cat

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      You know I am an ardent supporter of you and all who have committed to H.O.W and I have joined you in FB (thought I had before, actually! apologies) . People united CAN make a difference. Cheers Bill for the reminder, kick in the ass and shout!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Wonderful article that sums up what positive change does and how to make it happen. One person at a time is correct. Yes, we hold onto hope for mankind.

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      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

      A HOPE without ACTION is meaningless. So true.. thanks Bill for this really wonderful hub. Voted up.. Shared!

      sincerely yours,

      agapsikap

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Teresa and congratulations on your Hub of the Day!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, that is my hope for sure....we must do more to change this world. Thank you for the kind words my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, the compost is ready when it looks like rich dirt, when all the organic material has broken down. :) You will be able to tell by sight.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, for you it is always a very gentle kick in the ass:) Thank you my friend. I love our friendship and greatly appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna and Happy Mother's Day to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you agapsikap....I greatly appreciate you visiting me on this Sunday.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ah, Bill, I read this and once again, am reminded of your your beautiful, giving nature. I am also reminded that I have been slacking off recently, too caught up in my own changes and situation to do as much as I would normally be doing. Truth is, I feel a bit like I am treading water... This too shall pass and I will be back. Until then, I apologise for not contributing more to such a worthy cause. Thank you! This will be shared!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      Thanks... you're the best. I finally made it to your awesome Compost hub and I'm ready to go! Thanks again!

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, life has a way of getting in the way of our intentions. It happens to all of us. I got sidetracked for about a month until a follower of mine reminded me about H.O.W.....sheez, you would think I would remember H.O.W. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to help, Cat. Good luck!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      lol. Life is pretty crazy, sometimes!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      You are right, Bill. The do gooders are a silent majority and do not make headlines but their efforts are no mean achievements. We certainly need to do a good act each day without taking an off day and thanks for keeping us motivated to this end. And you show how even the most simple of acts can contribute to this movement.

      Voted up and beautiful. Sharing this.

      I had to read this before signing off for the day.

      It's 11.15 PM here. Goodnight and wish you have a great day ahead.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed, it is, Randi! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I appreciate you postponing sleep until you read my hub. LOL Thank you my friend and I hope you have a great week ahead.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Kindred, this is beautiful and I am so sorry to be so late arriving. I may never fully catch up with your incredible efforts to spread hope and inspiration but I will try. H.O.W. has such an important message and you are an amazing representative of it's mission. Hugs!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, it's always nice to have you stop by. I'll be by your new hub shortly....dinner for Bev coming up soon on this Mother's Day. Thank you my friend. We have to find a way to make this statement huge....still working on a plan. :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The voice of humanity began with those crazy hippies in the 1960's. Until the world realizes that they were really right in love one another, we will be beating our heads against the wall. It could take another decade, but I think we really are on the right track.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So do I, Deb. I was there in the 60's when the whole love thing started and I want to be here when it comes full circle fifty years later.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Awesome one Bill. Thank you for another hub that will help open the eyes and hearts of many. I am sharing this. Happy to be a part of this beautiful world H.O.W!!!

      Have a great day my friend :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, I am happy to have you with us. Thanks you for sharing and your kind words, and I hope you have a great week in the UK>

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      You too Bill. Have an awesome week :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dahlia!

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

      Bill you are truly blessed, always encouraging. Yes, you are right without love nothing is done, or will endure. I loved the option of: "I'm already a proud member".

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Bill,

      I believe President Nixon said it best about the “Silent Majority” but you have taken it to another level—at least the teacher in you did.

      When I have the time to read your hubs I am always inspired and honored just to know a person who reminds us what is going on around us. As we travel the daily trail of what is happening to me-me-me in life.

      I thank you for taking the time to care---and I know it is the goodness of the man and teacher who wrote this article.

      Your Hub Friend,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you are a proud member and I'm proud to stand beside you. Thank you dear lady.

      blessings always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, those are high words of praise and I am humbled by them. Thank you my friend and quite frankly I am honored to be your friend.

      bill

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      billybuc Bravo dear brother. Well done good and faithful servant. I am in. Love Ya.

      In Christ, your sista, Skye

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Skye, thank you and love is winging back to you my friend.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      There have always been and will always be gentle, honest, good people...and when they stand up for others, they can overcome violence and oppression. Thank you for being a shining light, Bill! :-)~Lurana

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, I believe your words with all that is in me, and I will continue to believe in the goodness of people...we just need to nudge them to make them stand up sometimes.

      Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      H.O.W. is an awesome concept, Bill, and you are an awesome person. Trust me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I do trust you and I thank you. Have a wonderful weekend.

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