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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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