It Starts with One

David - Clive, Iowa
Entered on February 23, 2011
Themes: change
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Back in the easy days of childhood I used to build the tallest and most complicated block buildings out of anyone in my family. The towns, cities, and villages that I created were my world. No matter how bad my day was, I could always go build with my blocks and enter my own world again. This worked well, day to day, until my older brother decided it was no longer fun to play with blocks; it was more fun to destroy mine. I would sit back in horror as my brother would tear down every tower I had built, block by block. Slowly but forcefully he was wrecking the world I had worked hard to preserve. Eventually I stopped trying to build the tallest and most complicated towers because I knew they would be knocked over in the end. My brother had completely changed not only my block world, but my life as well.

My brother had shown me that no matter how big or small of an impact it seems, one person can change the world. Although my brother wasn’t doing anything monumental or challenging he was still changing the world as I saw it. Even the most major historical events have been caused by someone doing something simple. For example the unknown person who stopped the tanks at Tiananmen Square was a normal 19 year-old student until he decided to take the fate of his country in his own hands and to stand up to those tanks. This took courage but at the same time was a simple task that resulted in climatic change. We can see throughout history that the people who have taken on these great problems have come out successful. Martin Luther King led the Blacks out of segregation with his “I have a dream” speech. Did he know that this would be successful? Of course not but he took it on and proved that one person can change the world.

I believe that one person can change the world. In this belief I believe that because one person can change the world it is our duty to try to change the world for the better. Unlike my brother who would carelessly rip down my towers we must rebuild and reunite the world to make it a better place. We all know the struggles that face us and it’s our job to fix them. But it starts with one.