Reflection on Change

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world” (Zinn 86). This statement could not be more accurate. After reading the essays by Zinn, Mandela, West, and Loeb, I noticed one huge connection. The idea that we all have the power to make a change no matter how big or small our actions are. It isn’t about starting a huge revolution or performing some big act, it’s about the little things. Things like speaking out when we see injustices or just helping somebody when they need it. A good example of this is when Rosa Parks refused to leave her spot at the front of the bus. Although it may have turned out to be one of the most crucial moments in history, it was her small act, along with the small acts of thousands of others, that started it.

We have to remember that if we want a change, we cannot just sit back and expect it to happen. In order for this to happen, we have to speak up and do it on our own. Working with others who share the same goals and who want to see a change can influence us to truly make a difference. Ever since I was younger, this has always been something that my parents taught me. They told me that I could do anything that I set my mind to and worked for and I think this is the point of what the authors are talking about in their essays. They all mentioned how even though some of these acts are not recognized in the news or social media as much as some of the acts of people in power, the small acts are just as important.

“We supported each other and gained strength from each other” (Mandela 97). In Mandela’s essay he mostly focused on his time spent in prison and how he wanted everybody to receive the same treatment. Although he didn’t talk much about making a change in society, I made several connections while reading. Not only is it important to work together with others to make a change, but working towards what Mandela talked about, equality for all, is one change that could potentially be made.

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