The SuperkidCARE Manifesto
I’ve always had the unique sense that the world is worse off than most of us can tell. My favorite scene in Moby Dick is one where Ishmael notes that “two-thirds” of the world is bad. Perhaps it was my deeply ingrained sense of empathy, the place where I grew up, in the poor rural united states, or some other structural reason; I’m not sure, but it doesn’t really matter. I believe the world is messed up. Wars, pestilence, poverty, starvation, racism, and a lack of opportunity are more common than they should be. I’m not here to say the world is all terrible-the world is definitely better off than it used to be-but we still have a long way to go.
Mighty Molly Goes To The Hospital Version 1.0
We have this weird phenomenon in the West. We call our countries “developed.” My critique is not the one most make (that the term implies “developing” countries are morally inferior to “developed” countries), but rather that it implies that we, in the “West” are somehow static. That we have made it to the pinnacle of human existence. This scares me. The way we talk about things has a clear effect on outcomes, and I don’t like where the word “developed” points us.
It’s not all dark, however. I am a believer in the power of the human individual to make change in the world. I believe in free-will. I am incredibly optimistic, but balanced by a sense of realism. Although it is not easy, we can change the world. The combination of realism about our current state, and my optimism about our ability to build the future, imbues me with a sense of hustle. We need solutions to our problems, and the best way to find them is through technology, which I define as “doing more with less” (I get this definition from the Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel).
Mighty Molly Goes To The Hospital Version 2.0
“Comic books as technology?” you may ask. Under my definition, they fit. SuperkidCARE is one of the ways I contribute to the world. We are a nonprofit that creates entertaining, informative comic books for kids in the hospital. By providing our books for free, we strive to positively impact qualitative measures of a kid’s experience in the hospital, while contributing to better patient outcomes by improving patient tolerance of procedures. Our comics feature Mighty Molly, a superhero whose superpower, bravery, is activated by holding her parent’s hand. You can check out our comic books here at http://www.superkidcare.org/download-book.html.