It was just last weekend when I sent a close friend of mine a song she used to love back in the day. She told me that my simple gesture had made her smile because it had been a while since she’d listened to it, and believe me, the thought that I’d made someone smile made my day even better.

Often times when we’re asked how would love to change the world, we rush to point out massive issues like wars, corruption, oppression, racism, climate change, etc. Now, don’t get me wrong, these are very crucial issues that need to be dealt with in order to make the world a more bearable place but how do you want to put an end to racism when in your family it’s still taboo to marry from another tribe, which you, by the way so religiously follow because you never date anyone from a different part of the country? How do you want to make the world a place where both men and women have equal opportunities when you’re still cheering on everytime one of your boys catcalls a girl?!

What I’m saying is that charity begins at home! When it comes to changing the world, every little thing, even a mere greeting or an unexpected acquaintance is just as significant as any other step to your goal. The little things that make us human are just as crucial as ‘the not little’ things that make us inhuman. So start from where you are.

Mother Theresa said, “If you want to change the world,  go home and love your family. ” You don’t need to wait till you have  a PhD from Oxford or Nobel Prize medal hanging off your neck to change the world, because believe it or not, everyday is a day to change the world.

So hop in, it’s a train ride to change the world, a train ride where we all become better parents, better brothers, better sisters, better friends, better spouses, better ‘anything that we are’. A train ride where before anything,  we’re human first. Being human in our judgement towards others regardless of race, nationality, tribe,religion, status,sexuality, age,literacy career,personality. In order to attain this level of harmony, we’d all need to observe the core virtues of humanity;justice, sincerity,  respect, benevolence,discipline, mercy,humility, honesty,patience,empathy, generosity, among others. Now, believe me, with these in place,this would be an already changed world, a world of stable relationships and connections filled with love and fairness, a world where instead of suppressing each other,  we all uplift each other. This is a world with no room for war, malice, corruption, or any kind of oppression based on our differences. A world where no one would let the other starve, a world where no child will ever have to suffer the fate of being left homeless, and maybe no one else would ever have to end their life to survive the pain of living in a ruthless world. It would be a world where we’re all each other’s keeper.

“We think too much and feel too little, more than machinery, we need humanity, more than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. “- Charlie Chaplin.

By Leon InkSmitten