"If the people will lead, the leaders will follow."

H. C. Covington at I CAN America (icanamerica@email.msn.com)
Thu, 3 Jun 1999 12:08:44 -0500


"If the people will lead, the leaders will follow."

     "But what can just a few people do?" "Most people ignore what's going on,
how can I really make a difference?" are common responses to frightening future
projections. I said those very words for years. As a parent however, I recognize
that my child can't afford for me to surrender to denial, helplessness, and
passivity. The needs of our children are greater than they have ever been
before. They not only must depend upon us to feed, love, educate and clothe
them, we may very well be the only thing that stands between them and a dying
world haunted by wars, famine, chaos, desperation, homelessness and despair of
greater magnitude than ever experienced in the history of the planet.

     I'm not as optimistic as I am hopeful. I believe in the tremendous power of
natural processes, in the incredible resourcefulness of humankind, and above
all, the love of parents for their children in every part of the world. More
than a growing awareness, hard work, sacrifice, technological advances, or fear,
I'm counting on our love to motivate us to do what must be done.

     Looking back on the history of the United States alone, how many people
believed that slavery would ever be abolished? When my grandmother was a child,
women weren't allowed to vote. How many people believed that the suffragette
movement (which took seventy years to succeed) was futile? At what about recent
global events? Within a few remarkable years the world has witnessed the end of
the cold war, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the end of Apartheid in South
Africa, as well as the end of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall.  At the same
time, Homelessness has doubled and hunger in the wealthiest country in the world
has grown out of control.

How many truly believed that so much could possibly change as rapidly as it did
in such a short time?

Before any major transformation, there are those who say, "it's always been this
way, it's not going to change, it's hopeless" And yet it has changed again and
again.

     According to Duane Elgin, author of "Voluntary Simplicity," it's been
conservatively estimated that in the United States alone, 25 million Americans
are consciously exploring new and more responsible ways of living. While that
translates into only 10% of the US population, and many would say that that's
not nearly enough, I maintain that it's a powerful beginning.

Major societal change has always began with a small ripple, a small committed
number of people.

Anthropologist, Margaret Mead, once said, "never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing
that ever has."

For the sake of brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and our children, we can no
longer afford to wait for government to save us.  It's critical that we  join
the group of "thoughtful committed citizens" who are leading the way.

"If the people will lead, the leaders will follow."  It is now up to us, will
you walk with me?


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H. C. Sonny Covington
Apostle to the Hopeless
icanamerica@msn.com
Voice 1-318-781-0216