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Ever spend time on those comparison images that tell you to find the 7 differences in the two pix that are almost identical? Well, I want to play that game with you, slightly modified. In this picture, spot the 4 details which if altered would deem the situation OK rather than the horror image it is! Time yourself to calculate your perception strength.
I don't have an email.
I don't have a PC nor laptop.
I don't have an internet connection.
I don't have a cellphone.
I've never been on an airplane.
I've never been to Petra.
I've never been to Amman.
I've never been to Aqaba.
I've never been to a library.
I've never been to the cinema.
I've never left Jordan.
I don't have a heater.
I don't have a roof that doesn't leak.
I don't have health insurance.
And the list grows on. Just a handful of I 'don'ts' and 'I've nevers' recently said by young beautiful Jordanian minds and hearts.
So I'm thinking that they see these as problems, challenges, obstacles. There's no dial-an-immediate-solution service. A mindset is created that accepts the status quo, impeding progressive thinking. A stiffling condition comes into being and the most painless way out is to accept no way out. Loss of faith.
If we agree that the key to closing the gap of inequality towards a better life is access, then the such lists must be a domestic priority. And the solutions to providing access to every Jordanian is not about an initiative - as there are many and very few are effective- just look around and do the math!
So maybe the solution is the one-on-one model. Where every Jordanian who is able to give away a laptop, gives one to another needy. Only one. Where every Jordanian who is able to give away an annual internet access subscription does so. Only one year. Where every Jordanian who is able to send another on a two day visit to Petra does so. Only once. Where every Jordanian who is able to take a kid to the cinema for the first time, goes out and does so. Only once. Where every able Jordanian built a solid, leak proof roof for a needy home did so. Only one. And so on. Where we all just get up and get active in one single area, one time, we will be able to look back and immediately begin to witness a monstrous people impact and a wave of energy that will transform attitudes and connect us like never before.
Action that comes from citizens and the street directly delivered to other citizens on the street! No mandates. No temp laws. No pomp and circumstance. No 'first of it's kind' initiative. No foreign funded 5-year plan. No aid. No CSR strategy.... just plain goodness, one-on-one, within individual means. Once.. or however many times each person decides.
And what if the way we communicate this out is simply virally. One person tells another. We get jazzed up about it. At each's own time and financial capabilities, we take that one action, we pay it forward, and we tell one other person to do so.