Posted by: Bin VFA | September 30, 2012

Making a difference

“Don’t do nothing because you can’t do everything.  Do something.  Anything.” ~ Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

The above is one of my favourite quotes.  Sometimes life is overwhelming and the bad stuff just seems way too big to really make a difference.  Animals are abused and tortured on levels that you can’t even imagine on a daily basis for food, clothing and entertainment.  It seems that everywhere you turn there are people like Alan Jones making misogynistic comments, politicians continually voting against marriage equality despite it being what the majority of the voters want.  A woman was raped and murdered after simply choosing to walk the 5 minutes home in the early hours of the morning in one of my favourite parts of the city.  We as a country are once again sending our asylum seekers to Nauru, as if it’s not bad enough already that we lock people up in detention centres indefinitely who have not broken any laws.  And people seem to just be okay with this.  There is so much more of course but I think that’s enough for this post.

On the other hand, I am by nature an optimist and I can’t help but believe that all is not lost.  Despite the fact that I am mostly busy with day to day life of working full time, studying and bringing up my child, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s words above keep ringing in my ears.

Also, I was listening to the Skeptics Guide to the Universe yesterday, another podcast I enjoy that I’ll get around to properly reviewing one day.  They were talking to Pamela Gay, an astronomer and podcaster.  Pamela was talking along the same lines as the above quote.  Rather than whinge and complain, what we should do is just do one little thing to help.  Anything.   And similar messages came from Surly Amy on twitter today, especially:

Use your time and skills for good.

So those things get me thinking.   Then there are people standing up to Alan Jones and writing to his sponsors and asking them to stop sponsoring his radio show.  And it’s working.  And people continuing to stand up for marriage equality.  And thousands of men, women and children taking to the streets of Brunswick in the name of peace and harmony.  And so many people caring and wanting the world to be a better place and believing that everyone is equal and that everyone should be treated with respect and dignity.

I look at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and see all the wonderful work they do for so many people, purely on donations as they receive nothing from the government.  And I know that all the little things have to be making a difference.

So what am I doing?

Well committing to any kind of serious volunteer time is not really an option at the moment, but hey, being fit and healthy is just part of coping with life, and I can run.  So on October 14 I am running 10km in the Melbourne Marathon to raise money for asylum seekers.  So while it doesn’t seem like much, it’s something.  And as the quote above says, something, anything is better than nothing.   If you agree with me that the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is a great place to support, feel free to sponsor me.  Otherwise, look around you and find something you can do to make a difference.  Something, anything, no matter how small.

~ B

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