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What are You Prepared to Do?

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Years ago, Kevin Costner and Sean Connery starred in a movie directed by Brian De Palma called The Untouchables, which depicted Elliot Ness and his team. The film had its good and bad moments, like most Hollywood productions. However, there was one small phrase that stuck with me. Connery's character, a gruff street cop, posed a simple yet profound question to his naive boss when figuring out how to bring down Al Capone's organized bootlegging industry: "What are you prepared to do?


The question moves to a central life issue that we too often are unwilling to ask. The vision of what we want is far easier to “own” than the answer to the unasked question, “What are you prepared to do?” It implies that the situation requires action and infers the need to be ready and willing to do what is necessary to achieve a desired overcome. It is also a call to action, encouraging people to think carefully about their priorities and take the steps required to achieve their desired outcome.


Why is this important? Non-involvement can have a significant impact on communities. When individuals or groups choose not to participate in community activities or decision-making processes, it can lead to a lack of representation and a feeling of disconnect. This can result in a lack of trust in local institutions and leaders and contribute to a sense of apathy or disengagement among community members. Additionally, when certain voices are not heard or represented, it can lead to policies and decisions that do not reflect the needs or desires of the entire community. Overall, non-involvement can negatively affect community cohesiveness, engagement, and well-being.


If that is not enough, lack of involvement can significantly impact communities and national society. It can result in a lack of representation, trust, diversity, and inclusivity. When citizens do not participate in national governance by voting or engaging in civic activities, it can lead to a lack of accountability among elected officials. This can create disappointment and distrust in the political system because people feel that their opinions are not heard or that their votes do not matter. This can lead to a cycle of disinterest, as people become more indifferent and lose trust in their involvement.


Ultimately, this can cause a decline in the quality of governance and a lack of faith in democratic institutions, which can have severe consequences for society. Therefore, individuals should actively engage in their communities and society to ensure their voices are heard and that their communities and nations are inclusive and justly governed.

Anyone can get involved by taking an active role in your community. Getting involved helps develop new skills, develop meaningful relationships, and make a positive impact. It will help you make better decisions and have greater purpose and fulfillment.



The Transition Team, Tansey


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6 days ago

Good movie; I can hear Connery saying it. Now the challenge is how to motivate my employees into action.

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7 days ago

This was very good and insightful!


Patricia

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