When problems are systemic

When problems are systemic they are difficult to see because they are woven into the fabric of the way-things-are.

Yet there are symptoms that reveal them. (It is the way we know there is a problem.)

It is easy to throw up our hands when a systemic problem presents itself and believe we can't change things slipping into apathy or simply ignoring what seems too big to fix.

But the thing is that all change comes about by people.

Our personal response to systemic problems is to become the type of person who exemplifies "what could be." We need the abolitionists, mystics, outliers and heroes.

The thing is that they will not come riding out of stage left to save us.


We have to become them.

That oft quoted phrase by Margaret Mead is repeated because it is true: “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”

And artist Cori Berg adds: The good news about systemic issues? One positive action creates ripples!

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