Working Together
Matthew Nalls, Division 2, 12th grade

To improve the world, one must begin with a simple starting concept: working together. The former President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo illustrated the benefits of mankind working together, stating, “The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.” While one individual may have the ambition to change the world, that one individual can only make true impact if they work with others. Otherwise, it would only be one individual against the world, consisting of 7.4 billion other people he could have worked together with.

There is always a team working together behind any effort to achieve great things. One individual never accomplishes anything great alone. Boxing is a prime example of this. At first glance, it seems that a boxer trains, fights and wins alone. No other boxer is in the ring helping him. However, behind the scenes, a boxer is constantly trained and hardened by others. A boxer does not grasp victory from their opponent alone. A boxer is coached daily, spars against other boxers a number of times during the typical week and is humbled by those greater than he. Those whom he trains with are those whom he works together with. Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino professional boxer who recently challenged the famed Floyd Mayweather Jr, humbly attested to this fact when describing his relationship with his trainer Freddie Roach. Pacquiao stated, “He gave me the foundation to become the person I am today and if not for Freddie perhaps I would not be able to accomplish the things I have. I am successful and independent because of the years of guidance Freddie has given to me.” As he stated himself, Manny Pacquiao became a division champion and a well-liked professional boxer thanks to the help he received from working with others, especially his coach. This concept of working together works in more areas other than sports as well.

Further evidence which illustrates the fruit of working with others is the Declaration of Independence and support for George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Although both inspiring and esteemed, George Washington did not act alone to bring about independence. While Washington led his armies to decisive victory against the British with the assistance of the French, he had no part in the creation of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence was originally drafted by five notable political figures of the time: Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston and John Adams. The Declaration of Independence was not instituted until it was signed by fifty-six delegates of Congress. Not only did a group work to institute the foundation of a new country; but, this same group was the foundation that supported Washington’s fight against Great Britain. Without the support of the Second Continental Congress, the forging of the Declaration of Independence, the bravery of his own armies and the assistance of French Lieutenant-General Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington could not have repelled the might of Great Britain. A country founded upon liberty and freedom would have died in its infancy. Yet, thanks to men working together, an entire country was founded. The United States itself is a testament to the fruit of working together.

Thus, Gloria Arroyo is correct. More can be accomplished when man works together. Man will never improve the current condition of the world on a global scale unless man works with man. I will improve the world by doing exactly this. I plan to run for President of the United States as I pursue a career in the field of government. As President, I hope to improve both the country and the world by working with others and inspiring others to do likewise. I will do this through leadership by example. Whether it be simply recycling, working with legislators across the aisle, supporting organizations focused on relief, personally flying out to assist disaster victims, protecting the freedoms America was founded upon or getting involved in any way possible, I will work with others despite differences in order to make the world a better place. Seeing the leader of the free world working hand in hand with rescue volunteers to assist during devastating disaster is a sight which brings impassioned emotions of joy and hope to those who need it most. Taking initiative and leading a cooperative effort through working with others will repeat this trend.

Through my work, I hope to inspire others to do likewise in any way they can. Observing anyone stepping up to the plate to work with others, especially the President of the United States, also causes poignant emotions of inspiration among onlookers. This inspiration usually leads to some form of involvement. As the saying goes, “the more, the merrier.” With more people inspired to work with others, improving the world will become a significantly easier task. With more people inspired, more improvement will be spread across the world. With more people inspired, even more people can become inspired as well. Although noble, the power of one is substantially amplified when one works together with others. Through working with others in any way I can and thus inspiring others to do likewise, I will make the world a better place.
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