The prospect of changing the world seems like an overwhelming one; matter of fact, it IS an overwhelming one. How can one person change the world?
This is a question that has plagued me for so long. It may sound egotistical of me, but I really do want to make a difference in the world. I want to start a revolution, create a new model of whatever, make things happen. But how can I? I’m just a struggling Lawyer in Nigeria with a laptop, epileptic power supply and a faltering internet connection.
I think the desire to leave a mark on the earth is an indelible part of man. That is probably why people have children; you can say to posterity ‘I was here’.
This question has been on my mind for quite some time. I even complained to my fiancee (who is also my best friend) that if I fell off the edge of the world someday, I wasn’t sure many people would miss me. Yep, it bothers me lots.
With thoughts like that rummaging through my mind, you can imagine how consoled I became when I read the story of Jane Novak who is running a one-woman crusade from her living room.
Ms Novak is a stay-at-home-mom who is also a blogger, using her blog to fight for the freedom of a Yemeni journalist who is facing trial with a possible death sentence for writing about a rebellion in the north of Yemen. Journalists in Yemen have been experiencing serious human rights issues; issues bordering on freedom of speech.
There have been countless imprisonments and trials of people who have dared to speak the truth as they see it. It has been worse for those who have made the ‘mistake’ to speak in favour of democracy. These people have sometimes had to seek assylum, exiled from their homes for the cause of freedom.
Through Ms Novak’s persistence ans sheer doggedness, and through the help of the online movement for human rights, the sentencing of the Yemeni journalist, Karim Al-Khaiwani, which could have been a death sentence, has been ‘suddenly postponed’.
The amazing thing about this is Ms Novak does not speak Arabic; she has no background in Middle East Studies; in fact she is not even a journalist. She could have let all these curtail her effectiveness but she didn’t. Instead, she took the tools she had and is changing the world with them. Who says one person cannot change the world?
What excuse do I have? So maybe I will not discover a way to travel to Jupiter, or invent the new sliced bread… the question to ask myself is this:
Girl, what do you have in your hands?
With what I already have access to, I can begin my journey to changing the world.
Thank you Ms Novak!
To find out more about the Ms Novak’s Crusade, go to the following websites:
You can also sign the online petition here
The time to change the world is now!