On the way to work in the car this morning I was singing along to If Everyone Cared by Nickelback, and was reminded about how a simple idea can have such imense power. The song explores the idea of everyone joining together to make the world better.
The chorus (as I sing it, and apologies to Nickelback for any inaccuracies) goes like this:
If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we’d see the day when nobody died
The message of the song is simple. Care a little bit more for each other and provide comfort for anyone in distress. Love a little bit more and be honest with yourself and others. Share what you have and expect nothing in return, you will be amazed at the rewards. Swallow your pride and be a better person. To paraphrase C.S. Lewis “A proud person is always looking down on things and people; and as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.”
When we can all do that, then the world will be a better place.