Friday, May 10, 2013

Why not?

"I hear you say 'Why?' Always 'Why?' You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?'" - George Bernard Shaw (often paraphrased by Robert F. Kennedy).

I was thinking about this quote today when I saw the ABC News story above. A few kids took on "tradition" which, in their case, was a tradition that aided and abetted bigotry and racism, and they did something. People in their community rallied around them and helped them create change.

In the scope of the country or the world, maybe this story seems small and insignificant, maybe even superficial. Some may ask why it took so long to happen. Others will note the kids and their supporters faced resistance. But the point is, these people DID SOMETHING; how many of us can say the same?

To be honest, stories about young people like this, and the community that helped them create change, make my heart sing, and give me hope (for one more day…) that we all may yet live in a better world, after all.

Why not?

I originally published a different version of this post on Facebook.


Roger Green said...

Teddy Kennedy quotes RFK at RFK's funeral with that Shaw paraphrase. The crack in Ted's voice always make me a little weepy.

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

Me, too, especially when Teddy's voice cracks.