Who is your hero? John Muir? Gandhi? Dr. Martin Luther King? Mother Theresa? Mandela? Ben Franklin? Thomas Jefferson? Barbara Jordan? Your parents?
America and the world face a sobering future as to the “End of the Age of Oil”. We face water shortages caused by overpopulation. We face horrendous species extinction. Climate change looms while humans hyper-populate the planet.
In many ways, it appears grim, depressing and even futile.
Several months ago, one of the leaders of the transition movement said that they were afraid that anyone would compare themselves to Gandhi, King or Eleanor Roosevelt.
I asked what caused that fear.
Wouldn’t you want new leaders in the 21st century to stand up, speak out and take action? Wouldn’t you want new Gandhi’s, Muir’s, King’s and Jefferson’s to emerge to lead and inspire? Why would anyone close down on the new leaders taking the reins in 2009? Why would anyone disparage such leaders?
Would we rather that a Barack Obama didn’t arise out of the nightmare created by George Bush? Would we actually like to suffer another George Bush in the form of John McCain?
Certainly not! Therefore, I invite anyone to rise up and become the next Thomas Jefferson, Betsy Ross, Amelia Earhart, Condi Rice, Teddy Roosevelt or Hillary Clinton in the United States. Anyone of us can become the needed leader of the 21st century. They don’t just pop-up out of nowhere! They think, they create ideas and they take action.
In that ‘action’, they bring needed change. They inspire! They promote a plausible future!
My father told me, when I faced grave challenges as a kid, “Son, you can do that!” He placed his hand on my shoulder, “Another thing…when you feel strongly enough about something and maintain your integrity, stand up and speak out! When you do, you will be speaking for countless others behind you afraid to stand up and speak out. You will find that will be inspired by your courage to make needed changes.”
Because he did, I have traveled to the far reaches of the planet from the Arctic to the South Pole and six continents because of my father’s wisdom. I stand up and speak out when I see social wrongs or something that needs to be changed for the better in our civilization.
Therefore, I invite you to become a hero. Become the next Barbara Jordan, Amelia Earhart, Dr. Clarence Gamble, Dr. Martin Luther King and others. In the process, you may not become nationally recognized or even a hero, but you will be a hero to your loved ones and you will bring your finest creative energy to humanity’s most challenging hour in the early years of the 21st century.
As my dad said, “You can do that!”
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents “The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it” to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com