A Note on Human Potential
a short essay | winter 2018
“900 million people world wide are illiterate. Two thirds of that population are girls and women. Change takes time; years, decades and sometimes longer, but knowledge comes first.”
As I lay in bed last night, sinking my mental teeth into one of my beautiful books, it dawned on me, how deeply grateful I am for the simple-or perhaps not so simple, ability to read.
There I was, being intellectually, creatively and spiritually stimulated by the pleasure of interpreting and understanding the written English language. I was immediately impacted at the thought of someone living an entire life void of not only a wonderful experience but the infinite potential that can be actualized as a result of this skill. After some research, I learned that currently, 900 million people world wide are illiterate. Two thirds of that population are girls and women. Change takes time; years, decades and sometimes longer, but knowledge comes first.
There has been a radical movement brewing among us, slowly gaining more traction, more sound. A movement powered by knowledge, connection, community, diversity and courage. Technology has played a large role, having completely transformed how we connect and interact with, as well as perceive the world and our lives within it. We have evolved to become a body of people who are more open and accepting than we have ever been as a human race. There’s pride in that, but we’re not done. There will always be pain and suffering, our humanity demands it, but how we come together in response to and support one another, illuminates far beyond the height of any pain or suffering. It starts in our communities and in our small or not so small sphere of influence. Our generation is powerful, the ones to follow, even more so.
As you move through your lives today, call to mind all there is to be grateful for, regardless of circumstance. For the simple fact that you are breathing and reading this essay is reason for gratitude. Stay aware and stay connected to yourself and those around you. Change happens in our every thought, word, movement and interaction. Awareness is our best chance.