Last Monday, I asked the question: “What keeps us from making a difference in the world?” Here’s the first part of the answer…
As some of you know, we (my family and I) have been traveling a lot lately. For some that means hours in airports. But not for us! We are driving by choice! I love driving across the country. I love seeing new places that I’ve never seen before. Even when that means driving through three states of corn (thanks Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois). If you want to experience those states, find a local cornfield and drive circles around it for 12 hours. (No offense my Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois friends)
I asked one of the teenagers I spoke to in Iowa, “What do you do for fun?”
“Watch corn grow,” he replied.
I thought he was joking until the next day when we drove the rest of the way to Chicago.
“Oh! You watch corn grow. Now I get it.”
Although I love to drive, my kiddos are not as excited about spending multiple days in the car. Lucky for us, the car we bought off of Craigslist last summer has a built-in DVD player. Unfortunately for us, my kids have only wanted to watch one movie– Wreck It Ralph. I’ve heard that movie four times now. I haven’t watched it. I’ve heard it.
One of the funniest characters in the movie is Felix, also known as Fix It Felix. Felix has a magic hammer that his daddy gave him. That hammer allows him to fix any- and everything. The antagonist of the story (who ironically, is the protagonist in the movie) is Ralph or Wreck It Ralph for long. Ralph wrecks. Felix fixes. And that’s all you really need to know.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed it lately, but there’s been a big push toward “awareness.” If you ask certain people from certain non-profit organizations, “What do you do?” or “What does your organization do?” They will say, “We raise awareness.” I’m not against awareness. If you are going to make a difference in the world, you need to know about the problems in the world. You can’t know about the problems without being made aware of the problems. So yes, awareness is important.
Unfortunately, most people never move past being aware. They know about the evil and suffering that happens around the world, and yet they go about their daily lives without doing anything to fix it. Awareness by itself means nothing! It’s not enough to know about the problems in the world. It’s not enough to feel bad about the problems in the world. We have to do something about them. We have to be like Felix (minus his magic hammer, unless of course you find a magic hammer), and be known for fixing. That doesn’t mean we will be able to fix the problems on our own–I would suggest that you can’t fix the problems by yourself. But it means we need to be working toward a solution.
Don’t get caught up in the awareness trap. Don’t think you are making a difference in the world because you know about evil and suffering and want to help. Awareness by itself means nothing. We need to move passed awareness to doing something. We all need a little more Felix in our lives.
Why is it so hard to move passed knowing about a problem to fixing it? Comment below and continue the discussion…