Your splendid torch… But what can I do?
Almost daily I hear these words uttered in some form of despair. “But what can I do?” Our world today seems small, yet its problems overwhelm us. This place where global problems meet personal passions is where we discover who we are and why we’re here.
IMHO, George Bernard Shaw has always described it best.
“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose, recognized by yourself as a mighty one;
The being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and that as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work, the more I live.
I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is the splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment. And I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
So take that torch and make it burn, baby, burn. We need you!