What’s the plan?
“The devil’s in the details.”
How do we root out corruption in the world?
How do we fix problems before they even happen?
How do we proactively prepare and prevent possible tragedies from occurring?
We have a collective action problem.
We have a freerider problem.
So what’s the solution?
I think it’s through extrinsic and intrinsic motivation.
Incentivize desirable behavior. As an example, you could reduce the cost of school lunches based on what kids choose to eat (the healthier they eat, the less it costs).
Use choice architecture to structure and promote healthier choices. (Like placing salad bars as the first option people have to choose from)
Decentralize public services. (One of the greatest factors that contribute to poverty is a lack of access to essential healthcare services.)
Improve public transportation. (Bike/skateboard/walk/run more. Use public buses/trains/subways if possible.)
Encourage subsistence farming, be it through a home garden and/or a community garden. (Grow your own spices/herbs, fruits, and vegetables.)
Reduce the cost of fresh vegetables and fruit, both frozen and non-frozen.
Change meat production to respect animal rights. Consume less meat and more vegetables to improve your diet. (ie: “Meatless Mondays” or whatever)
Reveal corruption through investigative journalism.
Raise empathy for refugees by having them share their stories — stories of human strength and resilience in the face of adversity.
Change your own habits to become healthier, as sleep and eating habits form the foundation on which you build your life. This means roughly 7–10 hours of sleep a night, and at least 3 meals a day.
Treat your body as a temple — a temple your spirit/soul occupies.
When you’ve mastered these basics, you can be well on your way to becoming wholly autonomous.
No one person’s gonna be able to stay by your side during your entire lifetime, and you’ve only got one life to live.
So make yourself your best friend. Root for yourself in times of trouble and believe in your own better nature.
Shit happens sometimes, but you have to find the strength within you to continue on.
No man is an island, so don’t be afraid to reach out for help when necessary.
You can and will get through whatever challenges you face down the road.
Don’t ever give up.
Fight the good fight.
Fight your inner demons. Conquer them. And repeat.
Create more positive feedback loops in your mind, and you’ll produce more than you consume.
Stick to the essentials. Declutter your mind and your belongings. Give as much as you can (sustainably, of course).
That’s the most you can do.
And that’s more than enough.
Be the hero of your own story. Save yourself. You’ll have done more than what’s ever been expected of you.
And that’s how life becomes greater than your dreams.
Because it’s real.