a better world…

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© photo by michelle bryant

~ written at age 18- but STILL a decent message even for today


i am sure you have heard of the old song by bert bacharach and hal david which, i think, has one of the greatest, truest lines ever written, printed, or thought up. “what the world needs now is love, sweet love – that’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”although i hate to say it and have not been all over the world, i still think the world would be a better place to live if we all loved one another. if everyone loved (or even respected and was honest to) everyone else we would have very few- if any, problems. love makes the world go around, so get out and start pushing. right now, or so it seems, everyone is so involved in and with himself that he takes little or no time to notice, let alone love, his neighbor. our world has come to a screeching halt.

“we don’t need another mountain,” or a new president – all we need is love. if “love can turn a dreary day into a warm and cheery day” why can’t it turn a dreary world into a warm and cheery world? it can, but first we must acquire love.

the greatest commandment, proudly stated by Jesus, says, “love one another as I have loved you and love your neighbor as yourself.” of course, if you do not know that Jesus loves you, you could use that as an excuse to not love at all. or you could say, “i do not love myself” therefore, i guess i can not love my neighbor.” wrong!

you are not only lying to yourself but to your neighbor as well. for one who is so wrapped, so involved, so worried with himself, is not trying to love outside of his selfishness.

by loving your world, and as part of your world (your neighbor), you are showing the world you care. i don’t mean an overly passionate love but a platonic, honest, open “respectful” love. we, as people, are so worried about making our own living that inside we are saying to ourselves, “can i get away with raising gas to a dollar? yes.” “can i sneak or bribe this out of or off of so and so? yes.” we are so selfishly involved in ourselves that we do not take time to notice we are not the only person in the world. our world (or so it’s called) is caving in on us.

what our world needs now is love – that’s the only thing we don’t have enough of. we have plenty of bribing, crime, inflation, war and pollution. now let’s try something optimistic. i think the world has tried everything except what the world needs now… and that’s love. c’mon everybody, get out and push!!!

© michelle bryant

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