Thursday, February 19, 2009

February 2009 - WANT: Does want change history?

In fact, "want" may be the only thing that does change history!

Women wanted the right to vote.
Gandhi wanted civil rights for people.
Colonial Americans wanted independence from Britain.
US civil rights leaders wanted equality for their people.

Leaders across the ages have wanted to rule the entire world.
Others wanted to cleanse the earth of those they thought inferior.

All these and many more wants, both good and evil, have changed history.

Some people may say that civil rights are not wants, but rather basic needs.
I would agree. But I would also propose, in a world where so many still to not have those needs fulfilled, it is the people who turn those issues into a wants that make things to happen.

In the 2008 United States presidential election, a collective want was moved to the forefront. The want for change was great enough that history was made.

I tried to think of other history making moments to determine if all of them were generated in some way by "want". I could not find one case where want wasn't involved.

So, from my small unscientific study, I must say that all human history happens because of WANT.

What do you think?


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