In July, I penned a post about the virtue of Liberality or generosity. I mentioned the work of Heather Huffman, who donates her royalties to WorldVision in an effort to aid women and children who have been bought and sold through human trafficking.
Even the smallest amount of research into human trafficking produced statistics that shocked me. Children barely school-aged are bought and sold like animals. Young women are taken from their families and sold into brothels. They need help and they need a voice. Heather has dedicated her writing to both. Her idea has power.
At the moment, I'm reading Claire Diaz-Ortiz's book "Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time. In this work, the author presents concrete examples of how Twitter has been used to effect social change, to raise awareness of various crises and issues, and to focus the world's attention on particular needs. She also provides helpful tips for non-profit organizations. In harnessing the power of social media for good, her idea has power.
Like many people, I've listened to recent news reports about individuals who, when faced with human suffering or a crime, walked away. My idea is that we should do something to help those in need, to protect the weak and the abused, and to stop crime. I'm hoping this idea has power.
As the holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year approach, I ask you to join me in supporting ideas that have power for good. I ask you to do something, not nothing, when you witness human suffering.
I welcome your reflections below.
All the best and thanks for reading,