This chapter is really where the rubber meets the road. It takes away our excuses one by one that generations before us have had and then asks, “Will you do anything about it?” It was the quotes of extremely bright men that really made me stop and think. Such as Albert Einstein:
More and more I come to value charity and love of one’s fellow above everything else… All our lauded technological progress – our very civilization – is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal.
Wow. I mean, really. Wow. Is it that we are doing nothing with the technological progress that we could to shape our world? Is the lack of something equal the crime? Could be. Can we get charged for knowing a child is being abused and doing nothing about it? Is this what is happening? Children, being abused by their circumstances, dying before the age of five because of the zip code they were born into?
Bono, another great. Who would have thought that a rock star could and would be the voice of reason? But he is.
We can be the generation that no longer accepts that an accident of latitude determines whether a child lives or dies – but will we be that generation? Will we in the West realize our potential or will we sleep in the comfort of our affluence with apathy and indifference murmuring softly in our ears? Fifteen thousand people dying needlessly every day from AIDS, TB, and malaria. Mothers, fathers, teachers, farmers, nurses, mechanics, children. This is Africa’s crisis. That it’s not on the nightly news, that we do not treat this as an emergency – that’s our crisis.
Future generations flipping through these pages will know whether we answered the key question. The evidence will be the world around them. History will be our judge, but what’s written is up to us. We can’t say our generation didn’t know how to do it. We can’t say our generation couldn’t afford it. and we can’t say our generation didn’t have reason to do it. It’s up to us.
I am big with this concept of leaving a legacy. It’s a big deal to me. I strive everyday to build that legacy in a variety of forms – my character, integrity, financial security, truth about things, a foundation of faith, etc. I want to build something that generations after me will be positively influenced by. Is it no different than doing this with the world?
We simply can NOT claim ignorance. That excuse was taken away long long ago, before the internet, international flights, CNN, etc. “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus was asked. And He answered. Now, what will we do about it?