Marietta, GA – While Bryan is away, today’s article is written by a special contributor, Kasey Eister.
“The only thing that is constant is change.” -Heraclitus
Our world is constantly changing. This has been a known fact for thousands of years and it has been taught that to survive in a changing world, one must adapt to the new standard. While some of this rings true, it is not always the case.
With LGBTQ+ rights rising more strongly in the past decade, the Black Lives Matter movement once more taking the front stage, and a controversial president at the head of America, things couldn’t be controversial. In order to “stay with the times” numerous people have disregarded their personal beliefs and morals in order to fit into a societal stigma in our changing world.
While those were just a few examples, they fit onto a larger scale. Most times it is personal, community based bias that convinces groups of people to disregard their personal morals to be on top of the change. It is important to remember one’s beliefs and morals so that despite change, one can still remain firm in what they know is right. There are always opportunities to learn, and perhaps one’s beliefs were not what was thought, but proper education and research is needed before following what the world dictates as correct.
Marrietta, GA – Our sphere of influence and BLM
We influence others in many different ways. Some have broad spheres and others have small personal interactions within their reach. As we witness the actions of the Black Lives Matter influencers, remember that their choices will have an impact on society. There will be positive influence and negative influence that will affect the lives of a generation at least.
I think of humble men who have achieved great influence such as Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi. Actions and accomplishments affect our sphere of influence today. Our leaders today have an opportunity to have a positive impact on our world and encourage meaningful change providing hope and deliberate action.
But even our children have their own spheres of influence. From the moment of birth, children affect the lives of parents, teachers and caregivers. We, as parents and adults have a responsibility to teach civility, and encourage equality while teaching discernment and bias. Yes, we all have bias built into our DNA from thousands of years of human development but race should not be a bias to be embraced or encouraged.
We are God’s children. We are all unique, and we all have our own sphere of influence. Use your choices and biases wisely, and affect positive change on others.