Things I want for this world

I realize these are what most would refer to as ‘pipe dreams’ and that when I speak of these, most people tell me ‘Stop wishing for it because it ain’t gonna happen’… or something of the sort. I can’t help it though. I have high hopes for this world, and I refuse to let those hopes go.

I want to live in a world where education is a right for everyone and not a privilege for the lucky few. Whether you live in Boston, Riyadh, Bloemfontein or Sydney I think knowledge should be afforded to you. An educated world is an empowered world, and I want to live in a world where everyone is empowered.

I want to live in a world where no one has to go hungry for lack of food, or lack of access (geographic or monetarily) to food. In my dream scenario, no food would go wasted… what we buy from the grocery store, we’d eat. And we wouldn’t judge others for what they do or do not eat. Also, when sports teams have leftover food from games, whether it popcorn or hot dogs or burgers or WHATEVER it is that’s edible, they’d donate it to the homeless shelters in their cities rather than throwing it in the trash. Because there is ALWAYS food left over after the hockey, basketball, football and soccer games, and people just… throw it away, while tens of thousands of people go hungry.

I want to live in a world where health care is free for all. Or, if not free, at the very least, affordable and attainable – whether you live in Canada, the USA, Denmark or Sub-Saharan Africa. There should be no reason that a mother from Michigan needs to come to Canada to get insulin for her child. Insulin is ten times the price in the USA as it is in Canada. I mean… excuse my language but what the fuck for? To take advantage of someone suffering from a disease that’ll effect them the rest of their life? No one should have to decide between medication and paying rent. No one should have to question whether or not they can afford a surgery that’ll save their life, or what the consequences of said surgery will be (paying off bills for the rest of their lives).

I want to live in a world where no one claims the moral high-ground, regardless of their job, their wealth, their religion or any of the other stupid reasons people use as a means to believe they’re better than everyone else. In my ideal world, we’d all understand that we’re all just human. We do good. We make mistakes. We forget. We fumble. No one is perfect and no one is better than anyone else whether you’re the Prince of Whales or the man under the bridge.

I want to live in a world where people can disagree with one another and still show each other respect.

I want to live in a world where equality is a reality. Where you get the job based on your intelligence, experience and skills, not on what you look like. Where women aren’t told what they have to wear and how to act and where men aren’t treated as superior solely for being born a man.

I want to live in a world where… if you can dream it you can do it. I hate thinking about all of the unmet potential in graveyards across the globe because of lack of confidence, lack of money, lack of resources, lack of anything that kept them from being who they could have become. If you want to be President, do it. If you don’t want to be President, then don’t.

I want to live in a world where no one is judged, shamed for or embarrassed about mental illness. The stigma is so real. And, as far as we might have come, there’s still so much more to do. See, point one about education.

I want to live in a world where they remove all pineapple from pizza.

And, I’d really like to live in a world where people choose kindness over anything else. Keyboard warriors, assholes and outright nasty people could just have a change of heart, realize that their nastiness doesn’t get them anywhere and do some good. The world needs a lot more good in it.

62 thoughts on “Things I want for this world

    1. Politicians and people in power are humans like us. And we choose whom to elect, whom to support. We have our voices, and it’s totally in our ability to make them loud and clear.

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      1. Indeed. I love using my voice & my vote. But we know it happens, that not everything that people in power say they will do to get your vote, actually happens once in power.
        I said if only ‘every’ politician or person in power worked towards these things for every person – as I know some do, but I’m certainly not blind to the ones that don’t.

        But yes, let’s keep using our human voices, esp for making life wishes such as these. 🙂

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      2. I definitely think that you’re both right. I think that we should hope for an expect more from our leaders, but that we also should make the changes we can with the individual powers that we have. I’ve never been someone to sit back and say ‘It’s not my problem’ because… I kind of think it is my problem. I also think that sometimes you might not even realize the single power you have as your own person. Everyone has the power to make change!

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  1. Hear, hear! I also agree with every single “wish”. What I fail to understand is why every living human being doesn’t feel the same way. Too many of the world’s leadership these days are morally bankrupt, or at least moral cowards. Greed and self-interest are far too prevalent. I weep for the world.

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    1. It sucks that these people find themselves in power, but because they are in positions of power, I think it’s up to each of us to do what we can to stand up for what’s right and to remind them their behaviours and actions should not be tolerated. Every little bit counts!

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  2. Those are my goals as well. But since you know me well by now:) – I believe that each individual should do their best to help to achieve these goals. The more people want to live in such a world, the closer we are to that future. I’ve lived long enough to witness many crazy and unpopular ideas becoming mainstream. And it happens where more and more people start to accept these crazy and unpopular ideas.

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree. You’re absolutely right.

      After all, Greta Thunberg is a regular every day 16 year old kid who chased her passion of protecting the planet and she changed the minds of millions around the globe.

      I think it’s up to us, individually, to learn the potential we have for change to and to seek it out.

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  3. Whie I agree with you on most of these things, if you choose to live in a world where pineapple isn’t part of a Hawaiian Pizza, then you’re going to be there without me. Afterall, ham and pineapple goes so well together, it was almost as if it was ordained by the Gods!

    Now, if you have an issue with excessive fruit on pizza, then I am with you. Come to China, go to a pizza place and you will come across some exceptionally strange fruit combinations on pizza. You’ll also get sugar sprinkled tomatoes, sugary bread, sugarless cakes (though that is improving at some bakeries now).

    But the one thing you’ll notice more than anything, is how friendsly people are, that you’re never rushed to leave a restaurant, that you can bring in food from other places without issue and—depending on where you are—people who happily come over and ask to take a photo with you.

    It’s good to dream, ignore those who say otherwise as they most likely have no imagination, and live life the way you want to.

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    1. For some reason, I think you could survive just fine without pineapple on your pizza. Or on anything for that matter. lol!

      Before I went gluten free I had some pretty weird concoctions from Asia. My boyfriend is Vietnamese (born and lived there until he was 12) and his mom is Chinese (she lived there until she met her husband and moved to Vietnam to have kids) so I’ve become well versed in some interesting Chinese cuisine. What he has taught me is that nothing in Canada labeled ‘Chinese Food’ is in fact, something you could get in China and that actual Chinese food is way better. I’m not sure why I’m rambling on about this, I’m sorry! lol

      I’ve heard lots of stories and would, for myself, love to go and see China. You’ll have to give me some insights if i ever make the trip.

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  4. All of these are 100% and are on the way….expect removing pineapple from a pizza, such wild dreams like that would get people killed, hell, it’ll start a world war, be careful what you wish for 😋

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  5. Love your sentiment Vee!
    Fact: in the Scandinavian countries everything is free even universities. The reason, they tax the resource companies heavily, such as oil, gas, mining.
    Maybe, more countries should follow their example. Just a thought in passing…lol

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    1. My brother moved to Denmark after he finished his Bachelor’s Degree and he completed a Master’s in Denmark for free. And he’s not even a citizen! So I totally know what you mean.

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      1. While I love the sentiment, there are a few premier’s in this country – Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario… who would hault that from ever happening.

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  6. Darling…. pineapple makes pizza tasty 😋

    I agree though. I wish our world leaders were motivated by building a better world, improving the environment, health care, education etc instead of money, power and ego. In Australia, we have public schools that only cost around $200 a year. University or higher education isn’t free though. Would be nice if it was. I think I would just get uni degrees for life lol

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    1. Firstly – Pineapple doesn’t belong on anything.

      Secondly – I thin it’s important to note that we, in our own rights, have the ability to make change from where we stand. Yes, I’d love for the Donald Trumps of the world to make serious change instead of just golfing, but fact it, I know who he is, and I know what he’s capable of.

      Remember that Greta Thunberg is a 16 year old kid who set the motivation of the world into high-drive just with her passions and a desire to do some good. We can all do good, from where we stand.

      I’ve heard from a friend of mind in recent days that the Australian government is in shambles right now and that a lot of shit is happening there. While it’s tragic, perhaps every day Australian’s can make the changes their government isn’t doing?

      I also feel ya, if Post Secondary was free here, I’d have my Doctorate by now…

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      1. We will have to agree to disagree about the 🍍 😝

        Yes the leadership here during the fires has been disappointing. The Australian people are banding together to raise funds and donations for the people who have been affected. I hope in the next elections that the Australian people demand more from the politicians and vote differently.

        I actually went to the last climate strike here and we also have been holding fight for the bight protests as well which is asking Norway not to drill for oil in our bight. It is one of the roughest seas, and is home to so many unique sea creatures.

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  7. A former colleague used to ask “how do you eat an elephant?” to which the expected response was “one bite at a time.” My point being that just because your wishes are so massive as to appear unattainable that’s no reason for abandoning them or giving up hope. Attitudinal and behavioural changes on the scale you advocate will take generations, but won’t ever happen unless we all start doing our bit NOW.
    Of course, the other way to eat an elephant is as a topping on pizza (😊). Personally I’d prefer a couple of chunks of pineapple, but being a Brit I am in any case beyond redemption!

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  8. A lot of this is just about people being shitty, but you can try to make a difference. You can fight for universal health care, or to save the polar bears or feeding the hungry. I watched the Golden Globes last night and celebrities really seem to care about Australia burning, but what are any of them doing about it? I think if everybody just picked the cause they were most passionate about and worked on it instead of telling others what a horrible thing it is, we’d get so much more done in the world. I think at that point, all the dickheads who hide are nasty hiding behind their keyboards would probably change as people. After all, they weren’t born that way. We have to show them a better way.

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    1. Exactly, we have to show people how to be better, how to make smarter decisions and how they can make a difference. I think celebrities will always sit on their high-horse, so to speak. But that doesn’t mean the rest of us cannot make changes.

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  9. Wow! This is true creativity. That’s what we call someone is genius! And, if all these things are rectified with everyone given a chance to act accordingly, the world would be a better place.
    Thank you, keep it up!
    Warmest regards
    Justice Author/ poet/ script writer/ radio TV presenter +263775999466

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  10. This sounds like an amazing world. And sadly, an unlikely one. Although even if a few of these things happened, that would still be pretty amazing. I suggest starting with removing the pineapple, sounds like an easier one to implement x

    Sophie

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    1. I’m a firm believer that you should dream big or not bother dreaming at all. If you don’t think you can accomplish what you want in life then why bother wanting at all?

      I’ll make it happen.

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  11. I agree with your points, except for pineapple on pizza cause I don’t mind with it haha sorry 😁
    I think the world would be a better place if there’re more people who have these kind of thoughts.

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  12. I totally agree about pineapple on pizza……ewwww!
    I’d also like to add that intelligence, experience and skills doesn’t mean you need a college degree. I was a stay at home mama for a good 20 years, I have no degree but am skilled in so much. Jase has a few degrees, we talk all the time about him applying for remote jobs and then I’ll do the work lol 😉 There’s so much I can’t even apply for because of not having a degree.

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  13. Education is the most important thing out of all the other things you have mentioned because education makes people aware and made them to think. Education helps in making people a good citizen of a country. In my opinion, education must be free so that no children have to remain without education because of lack of money.

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  14. OMG , Pineapple on Pizza , I am so with you …NO NO NO NO NO ..And even worse in Japan , they put Mayonnaise on Pizza ….
    But that Kindness thing …..I have stories I will never tell about the cruelty people can do .

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