Just finished watching the documentary "Waiting for Superman."
It exposes problems with the public school system, but more importantly, it focuses on the effects of these problems on individual children.
A lot of the time, it is much easier to focus on the millions of people being affected by something. But once it gets down to the individual, people turn away. Because all of a sudden, they can actually relate to the issue.
It is soooo easy to read an article that states only 40 percent of low income children will graduate from college, and shake your head at the statistic. But imagine, seeing a child who so desperately desires to go to school, who so desperately desires an education that I, personally, have taken for granted. That's when it becomes real.
Even passed the actual message that the documentary intends to send out, there's an even more important underlying message: The voice of one person in a room of people who are actually listening, is louder than the voice of a crowd with no audience.
Think of this... If we wanted to see the true results of the rising unemployment rates in America, there is more to be learned from the single father trying to make ends meet, versus some New York Times article written in attempt to shed light on the issue.
In order to genuinely shed light on an issue, you cannot be dettached from the effects of that issue. When you're able to empathize or even relate, that is when you see the truth. That is when people see the truth, and that is when people can start change.
Lesson Learned: I cannot forget that every number, every statistic, every fact, there is a human being behind that evidence.