Solving the world’s problems from the future

We live, we die. That is all that is certain in the universe.

If you asked anyone about the problems in the world, you would get a different set of answers. Ranging from personal to very large, such as the tsunami that has destroyed their village. As nice as it is to help each and every person with their problems as they experience them, as we know every problem passes, more often than not, whether or not it is dealt with. Not because the problem is gone, but our problem with the problem is gone.

All problems however, if the root is not pulled out, will keep coming back. They are transient, but persistent. The starving populations in africa, the cyclones that hit vulnerable villages year after year. The enourmous disparity in wealth between individuals and their communities. Health is very poor across the board. Many are addicted and abuse drugs. Civilization is lazy as a whole.

The main problem is in the way we solve problems. Because problems are inherently transient, and relief from them is all we really want, and need, we never get our eyes on the big picture and we solve them with temporary fixes.

Maybe we can’t solve every problem everyone has totally and completely, right now. That’s impossible, no matter how optimistic you want to be about it. But what we can do is solve the problems retroactively, so by the time they would come around for the next generation, the situations that made the problems arise before, no longer exist.

We live, we die. We have to cut our losses and look at the big picture, we can make the world a little bit better now and make ourselves and the current generation feel good, or plan ahead, and start pulling out the roots. Maybe we don’t get a fresh juicy apple today, but 10 years from now there will be an orchard that sustains the entire region.

When you get to the day to see the fruits of your labour, you will realise that the problem you had then didn’t matter. It would come and it would go, some days it would stay around a little longer. But despite it, you kept on working, with your hands behind your back, and then suddenly one day you finished; and like magic the problem vanished, never to be seen again.

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