If I Ruled the World

by Jermaine

     I vaguely remember my pre-kindergarten days. During this period my world was shaped by cartoons, my parents, and my big brother, Ralph. It was a glorious part of my life because my imagination was at an all-time high and my responsibility level was at an all-time low.

     One of my favorite things to do during this period was to pull out some clean sheets and use them to totally cover everything in my room: dressers, bunk beds, television, etc. Once this was completed, I would always come up with some unique name to call it. On one particular instance I claimed I was the ruler of the free world. My loyal subjects included a few Transformers, some characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Iron Sheik from the WWF, and some Hot Wheels. All things considered, I was a fairly decent leader. I constructed a few roads using Hot Wheel tracks for travel. I even tried to make peace for a day between The Shredder and the Turtles so we could all watch TV together. It was a noble effort.

     Left to my brother and I this could go on for days, however, my mother was wise enough to give us a little time to stew in our creative juices before she made us pull all of the covers and sheets down and clean up our room. Yes, the self-proclaimed leader of the free world was still subject to the wishes of his mother.

Oh, how times have changed.

    Fast-forward to this current week alone and I am blown away by the complex issues we face. We have a twenty-billion-dollar fund created by BP to try to help all of the animals, workers, and areas that have been damaged by this massive oil spill.  Throw in the flooding deaths, South Korea’s latest rebellious efforts, and sanctions being set for Iran and I quickly realize there are no easy fixes. Why can’t I just smile at everybody and sit them in front of a television and say, “Watch the NBA Finals!” I know, I know. This is a little childish but yelling at a television screen to encourage your favorite team to victory is a great stress reliever. What’s that? Oh, everybody doesn’t like basketball. You’re right. Maybe I can say, “Watch the World Cup!” This should help us get along. I’m not even a soccer fan and the results so far have been surprising interesting!

     My point to all of this is I don’t think one man or one woman could really enjoy all of the responsibility that goes along with trying to steer a country, let alone the world. Even before I was in kindergarten I knew that my feeble attempts were still being monitored by someone greater than me. I wish more leaders around the globe consulted with a higher power before making decisions.