If I Were King…
With the arrogance of youth, I am determined to do no less than to transform the world with Beauty. If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one small corner of the world, amongst the men and women I love, then I shall count myself blessed, and blessed, and blessed, and the work goes on.
—William Morris (March 24, 1834 – October 03, 1896)
Did you ever want to change the world?
Maybe as a small child you muttered the words, “If I were king of the world, I’d…”
In those days my world was very small. All the changes I would have made were localized. I would have made it so my mother didn’t have to work so many hours and could spend more time at home. My grandmother would have had more money to take my brother and me to baseball games between her favorite teams, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Simple wants for a child who wanted to be king of the world.
Today, however, the scope of my edicts would widen to include my ever expanding knowledge of our expanding universe. As king of the world, I could end hunger, put an end to needless bloodshed, and erase all borders between nations.
Yet, if I were king of the world, I would make only one proclamation and that would be to end man’s inhumanity to man. There would be one rule, a very simple one! Treat every living organism, including our planet, as an extension of yourself. What you do to any living organism is directly and proportionally done to one’s self.
When scientists examined a single cell under an electron microscope, they determined that it looked most like the universe as seen the the Hubble telescope. The only difference is in magnitude, nothing more. I don’t believe mankind will understand and accept the interconnectedness of all living things during my lifetime and I will never be king of the world. But, for any and all future would be kings out there, please take my words to heart.
From nothing came everything. From a single cell comes life as we know it today. This universe gives life to you and every other living organism. An apple tree provides apples. The earth peoples.
We each have a role in creating the world we want to live in. We alone are responsible for how long life will exist. It is so clear and yet it is hard to see!
You do not have to be king of the world to change the world. You do not even have to be a king.