The following is a speech presented by Alleah Caleese Alazar on January 5, 2011. It has been reprinted with her permission.
Have you ever been presented with a question that has touched you to your very core? One that was as entertaining as it was baffling of challenging? The kind of question that makes you THINK?
And I don’t mean that arbitrary thinking that many of do when presented with the choices that are a part of daily life. I am afraid that in many cases, we think we are thinking but crafty advertisers are actually doing our thinking for us.
Have you ever wanted to make a difference in the world? I mean really be a contribution towards the eradication of some injustice such as poverty, homelessness, hopelessness, famine or war?
And has the flame of your desire ever been dimmed or put out by the complexity, enormity and impossibility of such problems?
What if the solution to the most pressing problems that face mankind depends not on finding the right solution to these challenges – but in asking the right questions?
Compassionate and charismatic thinkers of all times have labored with and debated about the ills that have crippled, stymied and halted social and individual progress. Many have approached the myriad of issues that affect and inflict society. With zeal and a fervor they have sought to find or to be the solution that will launch society and even humanity into a perpetual state of progress and sustainability.
Yet in spite of the work put in by these great minds -our communities and those that populate them seem to be languishing in a downward spiral vs. the upward mobility that elevates nations and their inhabitants.
What if the solution doesn’t lie in the answering of certain questions but in the asking of the right questions? What if we began to look for solutions from the inside out? What if we positioned ourselves the midst of our individual and collective concerns and asked….right questions?
Perhaps these questions- may be the panacea that we have sought and the thing that will bring forth solutions and healings for all to grasp and pull up on.
Now, what kind of question or questions does one imagine could possibly have that kind of power? What nature of question would have the fortitude to jolt you and me from our comfortable laurels and engage us in a dialogue that could change the world?
Such questions would be answers within themselves. This is what I think that we must do. ASK and ask and ask until the solutions arise from within the question. AND we must think- truly think and work out our own salvation so that we can produce strong and sustainable progress.
I am providing a document that I would like each of us to take, debate about, wrestle with and come up with 3 questions of your own- that if answered could possibly be a contribution towards making the world the kind of place that we all imagine it could be.
In our next conversation I will submit 3 questions that I think are dynamic enough to be considered and I admonish each of us- who care to be agents of change and transformation to do the same.
- Thank you for listening as I greet you with a Sanskrit word that means “I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One.”
- “That which is of God in me greets that which is of God in you.”
- “The Divinity within me perceives and adores the Divinity within you.”[
- “I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me.” — attributed to but not claimed by author Deepak Chopra
Ask a Question Change the World
This document is being provided as a template for people who are interested in causing transformation within themselves and the world.
It is completely up to you how you ask or structure your questions. We just ask that you truly think about them and them submit your question in the space provided below or email them to Thezhar@gmail.com . Please send them by Wednesday January 12, 2011 so that I can share some of the questions during my next speech.
These questions are intended to create and promote open dialogue that could lead to a radical transformation of how we think, talk about and support the world we live in.
With that in mind…
What 3 questions, do you think, that if answered could cause lasting and sustainable change and transformation within our world?
Thank you for your participation. Together we cause the world that works for everyone.