Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 5, 2013 - 12:59am PT
I always have admired most climbers I meet regardless of their political leanings because they are at first glance: driven, smart, diverse, strong, happy, educated, cultured and seem to be LEADERS!!!
so who is gonna make changes to our society and world???
should it not START with people like US??
If we aren't willing to take a risk (financially, socially, culturally) to make a difference in our changing world WHO will??
Are we to procrastinate and let someone else take THE SHARP END??
Who will be willing to make the hard choices for the common good...politicians (who can't be trusted) or climbers who seem to emulate the people who fought for the masses in past encounters that threatened the masses of weak, feeble, disadvantaged people...
now is the time to ACT!!!
DR. F said he would protest in the streets for change and asked who would join him...regardless of political leanings we should be protesting for the betterment of our country and world...the strong should stand up and fight for the weak...
Do you look at a crying (infant--truly a newborn) and try to talk politics or do you just try to do something to quiet the baby??
Strong people don't care about spotting the problem...they care about solving it!!!
By the way... 90 percent of what is wrong with the world can be solved by turning off TV, radio, and print news sources.
Ha! That's probably the best way to look at it. Too many people are absolutely sickened by things they can't do anything about. And they spread their ill content like a cloud when they should probably just focus on what's immediately at hand: their own lives.
Think globally, act locally.....sounds trite but it can be self fulfilling. A lot of people feel lost in a country of 300 million. How, they say, can anything I do mean anything? The more local (micro) you make something, the more personal and empowering your contribution becomes.
You can take the micro concept and extend it to the grand stage. In August I and three other Amerian climbers will be conducting three weeks of climbing camps in the Pamirs area of Tajikistan. It will be very micro (around 30 Tajiks will be involved) but we will see tangible results and perhaps some of the seeds we plant will germinate.
The goal is to help establish a guide class in the Pamirs and pull some people out of poverty (Tajikistan is the poorest country in the area). Less poverty means more education which, hopefully, leads to more understanding of how interconnected people are Worldwide.