Unity in Numbers: Can We Really Make a Change?
There is a saying ‘united we stand, divided we fall’. But how true is this statement? It is often quoted in times of collaboration and used to inspire people to band together towards a common cause. Can we really be united when there are so many factors working against us such as labels and class. And if we are able to unite, does it bring about real change or are we pacified?
With the introduction of the internet and the growth of social media, it is easier than ever to connect to people. Gone are the days of writing letters or faxes and waiting hours or days for a response. We are just a click away from another person. This has made it so easy to create groups and meet like-minded people. You only need to type in the phrase ‘people’ into Google to see how many groups and bodies of people there are.
Sometimes, in this political climate, words are not enough. As people, we have to stand together to bring about change. In history, we see how groups of people joined together, with one common cause to get what they want. A great example of how unity can bring about change can be seen in the Suffragettes. In the 19th century, women had little to no power. A woman’s place in society was to be a home maker, women could not get involved in politics or vote. Thanks to the unity of a group of women, the Suffragettes, by 1920 women could vote. Fast forward to the modern day, where America has women running in the presidential campaign. Currently, Britain has a female prime minister, Theresa May.
When the Suffragettes began, they would not have anticipated the magnitude of their decision to unite. Through their fight for women, today women can be powerful, can have degrees and become CEOs, they are seen as more than just a wife and mother. Women have choices. That is just one example in a pool of many. For example, the civil rights movement, Anonymous or charity groups such as Amnesty International.
Thanks to many individuals and groups that came before us, we enjoy the lives that we live today and the freedom that we have. How can we unite to make a difference? We can donate to charity causes that we believe in, we can sign petitions on issues that matter to us, we can spend time with loved ones or volunteer at places like animal shelters or choose professions that help people such as nursing or becoming a philanthropist. Together, we can make a difference and make the world a better place.
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