It has to start somewhere.
It has to start sometime.
What better place than here?
What better time than now?
-Guerilla Radio, Rage Against The Machine
We have this bizarre sense that the rest of the world is working on things, fixing our problems, curing our cancer, making sure global warming or nuclear warfare won’t actually kill us all. It’s the sense that “there are problems, but they’ll all work out, because others will find solutions”.
This is passivity via false comfort. I think we tend to feel this way because there are 7+ billion other people on Earth and the issues we want solved are overwhelmingly massive. Someone else will figure it out – they have to, right?
But when most of the world has this mentality, you have to wonder – who is that someone?
We make a lot of excuses for why we aren’t the right people to solve problems, or why it isn’t the right time in our lives. I get it. We’re all busy people with crazy lives, and “it’s late and I’m tired, and I have so much to do”.
Others will solve it. Others who know more than me.
We give up on a lot of problems that feel too big for us to tackle. We accept problems too easily, and let bad things happen to us because it’s easier not to fight. With this passive mentality, problems won’t ever be solved, or they’ll drag on for years until someone else steps up to the plate. We need to stop relying on others to fix the world, take ownership, and be the pioneers of our future.
We need to change our mentality to: “If I don’t do this, no one will”.
Time goes by really quickly. It’s difficult to feel the seconds pass by but they do. We need to wake up. We are aging, our skin is slowly sagging, and we are quickly tumbling forward with time to our deaths. It’s absolutely frightening.
What do you care about? Cancer? Fossil fuels? Alzheimer’s? Clean water? Your dreadful email inbox? If you feel strongly about a problem in the world then now is the time to just fucking do it. Make time. Dive into the problem and generate 100 solutions to solving it. I don’t care if you don’t have the right background. Read as much as you possibly can. Find people who know more than you to help you problem-solve and validate some of your solutions. Be a leader and rally your troops. Find a way to light a fire up people’s asses and push them as hard as you possibly can. You might not solve the problem, but you could push a problem in the right direction, and that’s massive. Because if you don’t do it, no one will.