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“Be the Change You Wish to See in the World”

24 July 2011 No Comment

By Aura’s House Summer Intern, Elise Cevetello

The Norway attacks, which took place this past weekend, have devastated the international community. Just when it seems as if there might be a light at the end of the tunnel for some peace, a terrible event such as this one occurs.

Image by Paul Souders

It is important to me that I keep myself informed about what is going on, outside of my personal life, in the rest of the world. I want to follow stories that I find most significant. The Norway tragedies are such stories. Watching things unfold on the news, or reading horrific details online, I feel restless and am faced with the question, what can I do to help the victims of this overwhelming event? Thinking of this, I remember a YouTube video that my long time friend Samantha, whom I went to high school with from my home city of Boston in the US, shared with me a while back.

This simple video was designed for people in my home country, The United States, but no matter what nationality you are or where you are living, the message is the same. In order to make this world a better place we need start with ourselves; by simply being informed, knowing what we stand for and supporting those causes.


Watching this video helps me to break down the problems before me that otherwise can seem enormous. It gives me a good place to start by “being the change that you want to see in the world.”

Norway, you are in our thoughts.

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