Ukrainians cross an improvised path under a destroyed bridge while fleeing Irpin, some 16 miles northwest of Kyiv, Friday, March 11, 2022. Credit: Efrem Lukatsky / AP

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Belief is a very powerful distinctive characteristic in any person. Belief motivates change and action. Belief can change a comedic person on public media into a glimmering national leader during times of conflict and struggle. Belief has synonyms of confidence, certainty, and trust.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary  defines belief as “conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence.” I believed in the power of education to elevate Black people, so I pursued both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. I believed in my country, so I joined the United States Marine Corps, even during peacetime. I believed in my need for a personal savior, so I asked Jesus Christ into my life. What do other people believe in? What motivates them to action?

Today, belief calls for the advanced citizenry of the U.S. to require more of our elected officials. The Constitution says if we do not like the form of government in office, “We the people” must act civilly to effect change. Even the Holy Bible says we change our world, one person at a time, to effect change in our world. I believe therefore I act. As I turn 65 years old, I invite us all, as Americans, as believers in God, and inhabitants of Earth, to act and effect change for the good of life. As we believe, therefore let us act. “Slava Ukraini.” Pax (Peace).

James Weathersby