I’m sure most people see things in our world that are in need of a major overhaul. I know I see lots of them. In my youth, I wasted a lot of energy trying to convince other people that my plan had long term benefits that would outweigh the short term costs. I eventually learned that my life was the only one over which I held significant sway, and so I had to lead by example. I conserve energy, pick up trash, and treat others the way I think we should treat one-another. I just hope the people around me see that doing the right thing can have significant, long term benefits.
I still wish I had a megaphone that would let me shout at the world and say, “What are you thinking?!”, but I know even that would have a very limited effect. The reality is that this world is one of our own making. It is a product of who we are as a collective. Sadly, it is a reflection on our entire species and our biological roots. It reflects our incredible abilities, and our limitations. As we evolve, so will our world. Unfortunately, I don’t think we will be ready to make the big changes that need to happen to avoid calamity.
We face so many hazards, it’s difficult to even speculate on what sort of cataclysmic event is going to strike first. It could be war, crop failures/famine, pandemic, sea level rise, economic collapse, a meteor strike, or something I haven’t even considered. I just hope people get their priorities straight and learn to care about one-another before we go off a cliff.
In the mean time, I don’t have the time or resources to change the world. I can only live my life the best way I know how and advocate for a cleaner, more peaceful world with less waste and more people who take the time to think about what they are doing and how it will impact our future.
We all need to deeply consider our choices. Someone will have to live in the mess we leave behind, and that someone will be just like us. My goal is to leave my little corner of the world a little better than I found it. I hope that is my legacy.