In my experience there is a huge sense of ‘this cannot be different’ among people when they once in a while are stopped and forced to think about the world. All the crime, poverty, violence and war out there (and sometimes close by).
That sense of powerlessness is paralyzing and usually leads to people, well, thinking about something else rather quickly. That is my experience anyway and I do understand it.
When I was younger and a student (of course!) I loved to discuss more social justice and how to bring it about.
Now I am older, with more obligations and probably also more disillusioned, although I definitely believe in a better society still. But I do tend to not allow myself many moments wondering about it.
There is another task for me to be sure. If I – idealistic as I consider myself – have also become prone to ‘not thinking too much about a better world’ … then what hope is there? How can I ask people are busier than I am and even less idealistic … to think more about what we could do to change the world?
I don’t have an answer. It is something about striving to be a better example, perhaps. And starting small.
Perhaps it is easier to show other people that you are into organic foods and let that be an example. It is certainly easier than discussing world food policy.
Who can do something about that?
Yes, who indeed?