Sunday, October 16, 2016

Solve Those Big Problems


Are you ever tempted to major in the minors? Do you ever find yourself working diligently on things that barely matter? It's happened to me -- a whole day spent answering and reading email. A whole day perseverating over one slide or one learning activity. A night in a new city spent revising the 50th draft of a program I'm already doing.

Instead, let's focus on making things better. Let's tackle the big problems, before they make all the little cares obsolete. Big problems need not be ignored. We dare only to tackle them before they bury us.

Reform banking.

Stabilize climate change.

Feed the hungry.

House the poor.

Eliminate exploitation and inequality.

Which problem concerns you the most? What ideas do you have about solving that problem?

-- Doug Smith