Martin Luther King, Jr., drew thousands of people to his rallies and talks. He did not go around telling people what to do or listen to me.” I have the answers,” or “I hope we can do this.” No, he just told people what he believed.
He gave his inspiring “I have a Dream” speech, not the “I have a plan” speech, or “I have a hope” speech or “I have a good idea” speech. He inspired people because of what he believed.
I am not anywhere close to being a Martin Luther King Jr., But, anyone can have a dream and anyone can tell others what they believe. Yours and my dreams do count.
I do have a dream. Among other more personal dreams, I dream of a time when everyone across the United States, and other countries as well, has access to clean, safe drinking water. Will that time come?
Well, I don’t know, but I do know that when there are incidents that take place anywhere in the U.S., like those recently in Flint, Michigan, Central California and many other towns and cities in this and other countries, people suffer.
After hearing Dr. King speak, thousands of people realized they believe as he does. His dream and his message, that was the dream of so many others, went forth and lives were changed.
In my dream, lives are also changed. People across this and other countries who notice what is happening, are doing what they need to so they can protect their families from contaminated drinking water.
What is your dream? We all have a dream or several dreams. We all want our children and grandchildren to grow up healthy and strong. We say we will do anything possible to keep them so.
It’s really not that hard unless there is some congenital issue or traumatic incident that complicates their health situation, over which we have little or no control.
But, we have control over more than we may realize.
We now know that the effects of lead poisoning are irreversible. The EPA and CDC tell us there is no safe level of lead exposure.
We now know that hundreds, maybe thousands of children have been exposed to lead poisoning, not just in Flint, Michigan but other locations throughout the U.S.
We can’t go back and make it right for those children. We can just hope and pray their exposure will not cause any lasting serious health complications. Then as we dream, let’s do something. Make some changes. Investigated the water that comes into your home. Is it safe and clean? Or are there contaminants that may adversely affect the health of your family?
What we can do right now is:
- Check our home’s water safety
- Regardless what we find out, we can stop lead and many other serious contaminants by filtering our water at the point of use (usually, our kitchen sink).
DO IT TODAY! It will give you peace of mind.
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Aldous Huxley said: “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”