Aside from Sounds of Silence, Sgt. Peppers, Blue (Joni Mitchell) and most any song by Eric Clapton, Ten Years After’s “I’d Love to Change the World” from their 1971 album is probably one of my favorite songs (and lyrics) of all time. It’s easy to listen to, it’s haunting words (and chorus). It does a good job to capture the protest and rumination of our age. It seems fresh and entirely appropriate for today, 48 years after its original release. It covers the continued corruption, warring, racism and economic inequality.
“ Tax the rich …. Feed the poor …. Til there are no ….. Rich no more
I’d love to change the world ….But I don’t know what to do ….So I’ll leave it up to you
Population Keeps on breeding …. Nation bleeding …Still more feeding, economy
Life is funny ….Skies are sunny ….Bees make honey ….Who needs money? No, not poor me
I’d love to change the world …But I don’t know what to do …So I’ll leave it up to you
World pollution …is no solution …Execution …Electrocution …It’s black and white ….Rich or poor …. Them and us ….Stop the war
“Ten Years After” inspires me to do something good before I leave this Earth. Help the afflicted, help mitigate the climate crisis (and one’s own carbon footprint), feed the poor, help the homeless, the addicted, the people who are born into the wrong environment, the wrong country, the wrong city, the wrong social class.
So when a friend asked me to be her “Kidney Coach” a few weeks back, I jumped at the opportunity to help her find a kidney so she could get off three-days a week dialysis, and live with a good kidney for a few more decades. (We’re born with two kidneys, and only need one to function. A live donor is preferable to a cadaver, but organs are not plentiful, so any outreach seeking a donor works in one’s benefit).
Having been interested in providing research services to employment agencies, helping candidates find employment, I’m now going to be a kidney hunter rather than a headhunter. In this case, I’m going to help save the life of someone rather than just find that person a new job.
A new organ is needed by someone every 12 minutes. Tens of thousands of people needing organs don’t find them, but I’m not going to let this get in my way. I truly believe that one person can change the world, and there are a number of living donors who have recognized the need and been altruistic. There are donors out there who will decide to give a kidney if motivated by a compelling story to do so.
We’re not waiting for a kidney. We’re on a mission to find someone who wants to give life to another human being. It’s like hitchhiking on a lonely road. We only need one driver to pick us up.
I’m going to make a little study to determine the profile of the “typical donor”. So far I’ve learned some exhibit altruistic or giving behavior in other medical activities. Some give blood, some give bone marrow. They may have been touched by a personal family member or friend who has benefited from acts of kindness. Some see it as their duty. How do I reach these people?
You may be interested yourself or know someone who has done it already. There are five kinds of kidney donations:
1. Direct donation. Generally knows the recipient.
2. Paired exchange donation. One donates to a recipient in exchange for a compatible kidney for their loved one.
3. Good Samaritan donation. A donation is made to a stranger, and starts a chain of transplants.
4. Advance donation. Same as “paired exchange”, but separated by time.
5. Remote donation. Able to receive a donation without travel to a distant city.
We’re just getting started. A lengthy human interest video that tells her story is in the works.
If you’d like to learn more about kidney donations and/or are interested in helping me spread the word, or maybe you’re interested in being a donor yourself, please contact me at email@example.com