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
             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 ch...

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