I want to save the world…but I can’t. Not alone.

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I think I have a savior complex. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not delusional. I don’t think I’m Jesus Christ or anything like that (the whole being crucified thing honestly kind of freaks me out). However, in my mind I have this ridiculous idea that I have to save the world. Sometimes I think it is because I am overly sensitive (a bittersweet gift from my Asperger’s Syndrome). It could also be because I grew up in a generation where we were constantly told “you can change the world!” Or maybe it is the fault of a stranger who came up to me at a truck stop when I was around 12. The guy walked right up to me, handed me a $20 bill and told me “God has a very important plan for you. Make sure you fulfill it.” Weird encounters like that leave a mark.

Regardless of the reason behind it, I can’t just look away when I see children starving, animals abused, the earth destroyed or people being cruel to one another…regardless of where it takes place in the world. There is this driving voice in my head that continually tells me that things have to change and that I need to be actively working on changing them. I feel a sense of urgency, like more is at stake than I even realize. Sometimes this drives me crazy. I feel like I should always be doing more. I should be feeding the poor. I should be saving the animals. I should be fighting against the mere appearance of injustice and prejudice. It is almost like a compulsion, with the voice in my head always shouting, “Do more! Do more! Do more!”

Sometimes I wonder if other people feel this. I like to think they do, but when I look around I don’t see that. Instead, it seems like most people are caught up in their daily lives and in being entertained or distracted from reality. Maybe that is why I feel so heavily that I need to do more all the time, that it all “depends on me”. Because many others just don’t seem to care. Perhaps I feel like I have to do enough for me and all of them too in order to really make this world better.

However, I know that I can’t do it all. I am just one person in a sea of humanity. I have few material or physical assets. I have health problems that limit what I can do. I can’t drive more than about 20 minutes away from home without getting lost. I am a woman, and as such, often seen as some kind of “inferior” being. Doesn’t seem like I have much of a chance of saving the world, huh? However, I keep doing what little I can do. Speaking out about things that matter to me. Looking for little opportunities to lend a hand or show kindness. Drawing attention to things that many people would rather not see. Trying to shine my little bit of light on this often dark world. Hoping that others will join me and shine their light as well. Alone, I am little more than a spark, but together, we could brighten the world tremendously.

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3 thoughts on “I want to save the world…but I can’t. Not alone.

  1. very well written. I applaud you for your courage and relentless desire to save the world, even though you realize it is not possible to do all alone, yet each person’s contribution is invaluable to the whole. Thanks.

  2. Yes there is poverty, starvation, war and such. But if your going to change anything you need to realize that these are merely products of the real problem. The problem is “ways”. Ways people live their lives is what needs to change. With the decline of religion humanity is dying. We are being enslaved by lusts of this world, educations, jobs, entertainment. Selfishness has taken their hearts and has caused them to feel nothing toward their fellow men. All of these problems stem from religion. In order to do good you must first know what is good. In order to do right you must first know what right is. Otherwise you will fall into the trap of relativism. Where whats right or wrong is just your own personal opinion, which is foolishness. There is salvation through the “teachings” of yeshua. And the torah. But do your research, these people realised the problem with humanity and were trying to fix it. All the best.

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