One Person’s Importance
It’s easy to think that we, as individuals, don’t matter much.
I’ll give you an example. Although no individual I know of thinks it would be a good idea to elect Mike Huckabee to a national political office, Iowa Republicans gave him a big first-place finish in yesterday’s caucuses. This is the man who says his religious beliefs aren’t a legitimate political issue, but who also has said he wanted to “take this nation back for Christ.” The Bible-thumper showed the ignorance inherent in a faith-centered approach to modern issues when he asserted that he relied on religion in part because scientists could not explain how a bee flies.
Sorry, sir—they can. And have.
Nobody I know supports this fringe candidate, yet he is the early leader in the 2008 run for the White House. So you can understand if I’ve been feeling like individuals can’t change things.
Thankfully, I was wrong. As this story from AFP shows, one man apparently can make a big difference when it comes to world oil markets.
It seems a trader—just one guy—wanted to make history. So he single-handedly brought the world price of oil to $100 a barrel by putting $100,000 up for 1,000 barrels on the New York market last week. Sure, he lost hundreds of dollars when he sold it back well beneath that price … but he made a point. Each of us matters.
So, in fact, there’s hope for us all in 2008:
No longer must we only buy products pushed on us by placements in movies and TV shows.
No more can superstition passed on from generation to generation continue to guide our individual choices.
No way will we only listen to what the studio executives and radio DJs force upon us.
And Mike Huckabee need not be our next leader. We can unite—as individuals—to support someone much less scary and much more in touch with reality.
My choice: Britney Spears.