Define Change While Thinking About the World as a Whole
With people in Middle Eastern countries revolting against their dictators and trying to end decades of oppression; you can only wonder, what does change mean for those willing to risk their lives to obtain it?
There could be lots of answers to this question. A short definition for the word change could be as simple as making something different from what it is.
On the other hand, someone may argue that change could even mean life. Since without the state transitions, or changes, between energy and matter that any organism requires to sustain itself, there would be no life. And a universe reaching a state of equilibrium and maximum entropy would leave no possibility for any change becoming a postcard of a giant dead-frozen bubble.
To a country and to those people who had suffered dictatorships, change would probably just mean to become a democracy. To them this meaning would be self-evident, as it usually is for those who need it the most.
Throughout history a need sometimes added to the growing realization of the possibility of a change for the better, sparkled revolutions. In other countries, living under other realities, where we may enjoy democracy and better conditions of living, we sometimes fail to see how much others may need a change. Even for example when we know there are those who suffer poverty or other problems. Gandhi once said that poverty is the worst kind of violence. The need to change the conditions under which his people lived, to stop that intrinsic violence, must have been self-evident to him and his followers.
Sometimes it seems, when people enforce their power to vote in any democracy, that all the options that they may end up choosing from are either some government that leans to the right or some other that leans to the left. But if history, and never ending cycles of booms and busts, had anything to teach us, is that it doesn't matter much which way you chose, in the end you will probably suffer the same problems again.
Is that what we really want?. Couldn't it be possible to find better alternatives?Continued on the next page