We live in difficult times. Economies are failing. Nations are increasingly ungovernable. Many seek even to destroy one another. Yet citizens of the world are hopeful. Many will try to decide what can be done to change the world for the better.
Changing the world is not just a matter to be considered by the young. When you are young, you have not yet tested yourself against the world. Even so, you have the advantage of youthful exuberance. You lack the wisdom only experience can teach. You are likely to be impatient, and you may not really understand that things take time. None of that should stop you.
What if you are not young? Does it matter? Probably not. But world changing inventions do take time to develop. So what! Work them out, bring in younger collaborators, let them develop the final phases of the new discoveries.
The story of Steve Jobs is well known. He looked around and decided why not try to change the world. He didn’t let anything hold him back. Maybe there were others out there in the world just as smart as he was, and they could do what he did as well, but would they even try? Maybe not. He was clearly right. At the very least, you need some good ideas, and you need to show up every day and work them out. Maybe you will change the world maybe you don’t.
Times are difficult. Governments are failing and may have to be massively reorganized over the next several years. Economies are failing as well. Individual initiative may lag as many will be discouraged by the state of a radically disorganized society. However, this is not a time to lose heart if you have good ideas and you can look ahead to see what the state of the world may be when the dust settles.
Many aspects of how we interact with one another, how we build and rebuild our social capital, and how we ought to act toward one another are the keys to moving forward. In spite of the fact that economies around the world have been disrupted and that this will certainly lead to many additional changes, we’ll need to readjust and recommit ourselves to rebuilding a society that functions well in a new order, whatever else may come.
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Richard A. Hudson is a writer, reader and blogger committed to exercise, proper nutrition and health. He’s interested in politics, economics, alternative energy, gardening and sustainability and has written brief essays on many of these topics on his bloghttp://richlynne.wordpress.com. Despite his generally positive and optimistic views about globalization, he wonders whether we will survive current destructive forces that increasingly promote warfare among political and social classes. He is also beginning to think about the declining influence of the know-it-all baby boomer generation just as the next generation born in the 60s begins to slowly stumble into a dominant position in the U.S.
He received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Chicago (1966) and subsequently spent 42 years in academics, gradually developing all sorts of interests well beyond his basic training. He ended his academic career in 2008, having published about 100 scientific papers, reviews and commentaries. In his last several years in the academy, his role as Dean of the Graduate School afforded him many opportunities to interact with students from all over the world seeking graduate degrees.