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I have endless faith in things turning out for the best if you keep trying.
I believe in the good in people.
Some say an optimist is just naive, and that might as well be true. But they don’t see that only people with a bit of blue in their eyes can change the world for the better - and for good.
No designer (all the people working on products, technologies, social structures, the ways we learn and see things and interact..) can keep going on with their work if they don’t believe a change is possible. Every truly great leader talks about dreams. Every scientist about to break through knows they must be right.
But most of us rather listen to people criticizing the government policies, the decisions politicians make, the lack of progress, than to people who are working to change things around. Caring too much or trying too hard is not sexy. We like to point out problems without offering solutions or setting out questions to solve together. We should be helping our communities move forward, not sharing ironical blog posts of how someone failed.
Being a pessimist is so much more easy. You can justify every mistake, every unfair or misfortunate thing that happens to people, by thinking that’s just the way the world works. You can stop trying altogether, as it wouldn’t change a thing anyways. You can throw your hands up in the air and blame the situation, the government, the society. What you don’t realize is that you are the society.
What is a city but a sum of it’s people? What is a country but it’s local communities?
Who has the power to start a change but you and me?
Believing that everything will be okay doesn’t mean I wouldn’t know there are terrible things happening to some of us. It doesn’t mean it wouldn’t break my heart to hear of people being mistreated and abused, killed and tortured. What especially hurts, is seeing people who have given up hope. I know that things really don’t end up alright for all of us. But I believe that we could change that, if we really tried.
For every person tyrannizing others, there are dozens to stand up against them.
For every tragedy caused by someone who couldn’t see another way out, there’s a million acts of kindness realized every day.
There could be more. You could be more.
But this is not the message most people want to hear. People want answers that say: ‘There’s a system that will magically take care of this country.’, and they want to find someone else to take responsibility. Some say the society should be taking care of it’s weakest, yet they don’t want to be paying taxes on their own income for that. Then again, the government funding is often spent on feeding the machine instead of feeding the people in the streets. Some say that it should be every man for their own, and yet they would never be where they are if it wasn’t for someone else as well. Somebody show me a system that saves lives - there is none. It’s always a person somewhere in there, usually someone who still hasn’t lost their faith in humanity.
Working with technology, I’m a firm believer in that there are better ways we can enable people to take control of their lives. We can come up with amazing technologies to help people living in rough economic, natural or political environments. We can connect people from all over the world to solve global problems, and we can provide tools for neighborhoods to solve their own.
But I don’t believe that any invention can replace the power of hope, of optimism, of people tirelessly working to make the world a better place. And you feel so much lighter getting out of bed every morning, believing that everything will be good.