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We must become the change we want to see in the world

A glass that is only half-filled with water can either be perceived as
half-empty or half-full, depending on the mindset of the person who is
viewing it. Unfortunately, most human beings have a marked tendency to see
the glass as half-empty and do nothing more than perhaps wish that someone
would come along and fill it to the brim. And so, the glass stays half-
filled with water and a volume of space with unrealized potential. At this
point, I must confess that till recently, I belonged to the group of people
who tended to take the half-empty view and to that extent was a person
dissatisfied with some aspects of her world.
One such area of marked dissatisfaction was a rather decrepit
neighborhood near my place of residence. As a lover of beauty and a person
who one day hopes to be an architect, the neighborhood constantly disturbed
my equilibrium each time that I had occasion to pass through. I used to
wonder and lament over the fact that no one seemed to care about the filth
on the streets, the dingy exteriors of the buildings, the graffiti on the
walls, or the total lack of any greenery. To add to the list, I was also
horrified to discover the degree of gloom within the interiors of the
buildings during the one time that I had reason to visit some of the
tenants. I understood that the neighborhood comprised of low-income
families who simply did not have the resources to upgrade their
neighborhood. Yet, I continued to wish that it could change and the
constant refrain in my mind was that either the government or some rich
philanthropist should invest in bringing about improvements so that the
neighborhood could look as pleasing as some of the more well-kept areas in
the city.
I continued to feel disgruntled about the lack of change and continued
deterioration of the neighborhood in question till one day, when I read
about an eleven-year-old girl's efforts to bring about a change in
environ...

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