Change

To say that there are no secrets left today would mean that we live in a society with no hidden injustices. – Peter Thiel

When I look around at all the suffering and injustice in the world, it’s easy to let my inner pessimist take over and conclude that all hope is lost, that I’d be better off retreating to a Galt’s Gulch. I get discouraged and start to think that change isn’t possible.

Then when I look at history and see just how far we’ve come, hope returns. We’ve come a long way from a time when children were meant to be seen and not heard, women had to stay in the home, and blacks were segregated. And while some of the social changes may have been propelled by great innovators and influencers, the majority resulted from broad groups of individuals who decided to stand up for what they believe.

People call me idealistic when I paint a picture of what I believe the world could be. They tell me that a world without coercive governments, artificial borders, and socially acceptable child abuse will never exist. Had they applied that same framework 200 years ago, they would have been dead wrong. When you look back, you can see the power of individuals in aggregate.

What that means is that it starts with you. You have more power than you realize. Because it’s not the people in high positions who are going to change the world. It’s a bunch of ordinary people, all of whom are just like you. When you discover your personal truth and make it heard, you are adding to that force.

Raise your voice in harmony with the chorus of truth so that it echoes across the world.

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