Patron Un-Saint of Nostalgia.
-Ideas for a Better World-
Exactly what it says on the tin.
I'd like to hear your ideas for how we could make this planet a more decent place to live. This includes everything except politics; new infrastructure, new technology, new planning, new ways of doing things.
Tell us how we can make a tomorrow that we, as a SPECIES, can be proud of.
As I'm sure many of you do as well, I've been meditating on how our history sucks so hard. Sure, we have had a few great things here and there, but look back! Look at ALL the incredible missed opportunities and tragedies that we have faced. For as long as we have been on this planet, Humans have dreamed of good things yet to come. We have tried to build the future so many times, but what has happened? What happens that topples those dreams, that blunts their cutting edge to the point of irrelevance? And why do we marginalize so many good ideas that come to fruition, or outright forget them?
This is not a question of the WAY these things happen, history can show us the how and the why. But why do we allow such things to continue? We are a brilliant, creative, compassionate species, and our potential is literally beyond measure. We need not be bound by apathy, or greed, or the status quo. We are the only intelligent life that we know of, and that certainly gives us a responsibility to be all that we can possibly be.
I remember the millennium. I watched as Humanity, across the globe, came together for an instant and said "This is it, this is the beginning of a NEW ERA, we will stand united and go boldly into it!"
But what we got was more of the same, and worse. We live in an era that is slowly, SLOWLY beginning to realize its potential, but I do believe it will get worse before it gets better.
Unless we do something drastic about it.
You who are reading this are the only ones who can make this happen. You are going to build the future; whether you like it or not, and indeed, whether you KNOW it or not, the responsibility is yours. Age does not matter. Generation does not matter. Political viewpoint does not matter. Social and/or financial status does not matter. The only things that matter are your willingness to listen, and to contribute your ideas.
You shape the future merely by existing. But if you choose, you guide it even further.
We all want to be part of something. We want to have done something important in our lives, something to which we can say "YES! I was there! I did that! I helped build the future!"
Do that thing. Make that contribution. There has never been a better time than right now.
So please, tell us! What ideas do you have to make the future a better place for us to live in?
Nothing can happen if it is not first proposed.
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