The World Is Getting Better (Despite What You Believe)

The world is getting better at an exponential rate.

Despite the crazy wealth disparity that exists, extreme poverty has radically declined in the last two centuries.
Despite all my qualms with the ineffectiveness of Western medicine, we are living longer.
Despite how many guns are in the hands of Americans, most don't actually shoot them at people.

Sure, many things aren't moving fast enough. Sure, things don't seem regressive or progressive enough for most of us. Sure, there is volatility in the American government and economy. Sure, people are stealing your data and evading your privacy. Sure, there is still rampant racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia in this world. Sure, there is evidence to suggest that depression and drug use are on the rise.

I'm not saying it's perfect. If it was perfect, we'd have nothing to talk about. We'd have nothing to do. We'd be bored out of our minds.

Nor am I saying don't be angry. We should hold our politicians, corporations, and governing entities accountable. We should care about our fellow Americans or global citizens and the injustices they face.

I'm not saying to ignore it. I'm saying ACTIVATE it. Do something with it. Don't get so discouraged or overwhelmed that you give up. The future of this world depends on people like you and me.

If you want to wake up in a better world tomorrow, you need to start creating it today. Pick a problem worth solving and start doing just that. Don't feed the media machine that puts you into a terrible emotional state before work. Instead, go to work and contribute something to society. Don't just stay informed, stay active. Vote. Have conversations with people. Train yourself to empathize. Build a skill that's going to impact the world. Read books. Fucking read books (I cannot overstate that).

Be a good parent, sibling, friend, boss, employee. Give a crap about people. Give a crap about something. Not as a bandwagon thing. Not as a way of easing your conscience.

Just give a crap about something that's real and makes you feel alive.

If you have the privilege of reading this, all the tools you need to make the world a drastically better place are right at your finger tips.

And given that privilege, as entrepreneur Tom Bilyeu might say, "how you spend your time is a spiritual consideration." While your time may be limited, your potential to do good is unlimited.

No one is coming to save us. These problems won't solve themselves. The future is up to us.

So, what kind of world do you want to live in? And what are you willing to sacrifice to create it?

Kate Ward