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The Lied Center at the University of Kansas recently offered weekend showings of the new Kevin Wilmot film, "The Jayhawkers." It is not clear where this critically acclaimed movie about Wilt Chamberlain's arrival at KU in the 50s can be viewed next, but it's more than a mere story about basketball. It's a wake-up call that we can and should make a difference, just like Wilt did in Lawrence, KS.

There is also a current TV show entitled, "What Would You Do?" It sets up a scenario ripe for intervention, and then explores why or why not observers accepted the opportunity and responsibility to intervene. In many cases, people may want to right an injustice that is unfolding before their eyes, but they are either too timid or complacent. And some are apathetic and just don't want to get involved.

Many people might argue that discrimination is still well and thriving. It can occur with a separation of the "haves" and "have nots," gender, age, race, religion, culture, disability, sexual orientation, etc. It seems we humans can find many ways to alienate each other, forgetting our commonality.

While we can stand idly by and let life play out its scenarios, the question is: What can and should we do? If our goal is to make this world a better place, we might want to do the following:

  • Let elected officials know how you feel on controversial matters, and vote
  • Provide support financially or in person to the groups that feel as you do
  • Be an advocate for anyone who needs your assistance
  • Be a positive example and create likewise expectations for others
  • Don't be afraid to interfere

Life is full of surprises and challenges. How we respond to them corresponds directly to how contentedly we all live on this earth. So go ahead - make a difference!