If you ever thought that as one person you couldn’t make a difference then just look at what has happened in Auckland now. Because of one person, Auckland now faces another forced lockdown. How this could have gone so terribly wrong, beats me. While English as a Second Language may be a contributing factor, how does Get a test and self-isolate translate to get a test and go to the gym beats me. Let this be a lesson to us all.
Apathy is not unusual. I have heard many people say things like, “I cant do anything to change something” or “what is the point of voting, they don’t listen to me anyway”. Well take note, you can change something and your vote does count. One person has just locked down a whole city of 1.7 million people and restricted and disadvantaged yet another 3.5 million other people around the country.
Let this be a lesson to us all. As a single person, we can make a difference. While it may take a little longer to make that difference, and your motivation may be quite different (not that I am suggesting there was any motivation behind our latest community case not following the rules), and it might take a little longer to make a change, you as one person can and do make a difference. Still skeptical? Then check out this webpage.
So, what are some examples where one person has had a significant impact – and I’m not singling out good impact from bad. I’m just giving you some examples.
Maurice Hilleman has been claimed the greatest microbiologist of all times. From humble beginnings, he went on to develop over 40 vaccines. Where would we today, without his ground breaking science. He used to say, every one should make a contribution in their lifetime, no matter how small. Check out “The man behind the Science”.
Alexander Fleming who discovered the power of penicillin. He wasn’t able to bring it market on his own, because it was very unstable. But with two others, Howard Florey, an Australian Pharmacologist and Pathologist and Ernest Chain, a German- born biochemist. They managed to make this unstable product, stable. Just look at how many lives have been saved by them. Yes, we now are seeing the downside of over-use of antibiotics, we must not forget the good they do and the countless lives that have been saved. See more here.
And what abut Nils Bohlin, a Swedish mechanical engineer who invented the three-point seat belt. Look how many lives he has saved. Now all cars have to have seatbelts, which have been improved over time, and are now compulsory to be worn. View more.
While the above are a sample of the good people have done, let’s not forget that not everyone uses their power and influence for good. Just take Adolf Hitler. He was able to convince a whole country on his doctrine. He used his power and influence that caused the destruction of Jewish people and killing over 6 million people in World War 2. We all know how devastating that was. For more on Adolf Hitler. So, if you ever thought you couldn’t make a difference on your own, think again. The above are just a small sample of how people can change a world for good or bad.