Is It Your Responsibility to Save Planet Earth?
Children ask brilliant questions because they have yet to form limitations for possible answers. They question our so called truths by asking questions that often even puzzle adults. “What happens after life?” “Can I move to another planet when I grow up?” Sadly, adults are often the ones to answer and maybe unintentionally start forming a conservative idea of what is and isn’t possible.
But then whose job is it to come up with a solution for our water quality issues if not that little girl in Budapest or the little boy in Seoul?
I have never idolized anyone more than Elon Musk (except for maybe Britney Spears at the age of 10!). It’s unbelievable and almost inhumane to have the ability to completely destroy any set limitations and build pieces of the future so determinately. The internet startup world was just shaping up in 2002 when Musk was already creating a whole new industry for an individual to disrupt. What it takes to want to build your own rockets with the mission to colonize Mars is not only extraordinary talent and skill, but also an advertent ability to break any set conventions or limitations.
It’s difficult to wrap your mind around it, but when you think about it, all our great inventions have been built by humans. To me, SpaceX and Musk’s other ventures are the ultimate example of there being absolutely no limits to innovation and possibilities.
I am a global fellow of The Kairos Society and a huge fan of Singularity University. Both organizations are on an ambitious mission to gather together people solving the world’s grand challenges through new innovations. I was inspired to become an advocate of exponential technology when I started working for a creative technology education company called Mehackit last year. Mehackit’s founder Pia Henrietta K relentlessly spoke on behalf of the possibilities behind technology when you choose to become a builder rather than a consumer. She opened my eyes to the idea of creating something sustainable and helping solve problems through my perspective. And that really changed my idea of my future.
The question I wanted to raise with this was whether you feel it is your responsibility to be a part of saving our planet? I believe many of us are much more capable in this regard than we may realize. If there were only world-class physicians tackling our issues, I don’t think we’d get too far. It takes many pieces to build a puzzle, and I think that is the beauty in it. The chances of you being able to use your personal, unique way of thinking and seeing to contribute in pushing our species forward is pretty great, if you ask me. After all, no one’s genetic makeup is the same as yours, it’s only up to you to take advantage of it.
I am not a scientist or an engineer. And to be quite frank, I’m not even totally sure of what my contribution will be yet. But I do know that I am a definite optimist. And to a definite optimist the future will be better than the present if she plans and works to make it better.