2016 and Change

2016 and Change

Harry Wang

2016 is over at last, but the danger to humanity has not passed. Fortunately, there is hope for the future: you. Photo from pixabay.com

o, 2016 is finally coming to a close. And it sure was a terrible year. Nobody likes the election results, a ton of game releases ended in utter disappointment (looking at you No Man’s Sky), our phones exploded, and never forget – Harambe lives on in our hearts. Of course, this fails to mention Brexit, a slew of new surveillance laws, global warming, and so much more that I could write this whole article on it. But let’s just put away all the anger and general animosity for a minute.

Now we’re probably all breathing a collective sigh of relief as this accursed year finally draws to a close and a new year dawns. It’s a perfect time to set new goals for ourselves (and forget about it instantly) and for me to throw some unwarranted advice at you (and for you to forget it instantly).

We’ve been stuck here for way too long. Our planes are using the same tech as they were using back in the 1980s, our space program now can’t even get itself to the moon, let alone Mars, and instead of actually doing things that are fun like shooting people into space at really high velocities we’re stuck on our phones trying to catch that one rare Pokemon. While a bunch of alt-right are gaining power around the world, people are blowing each other to bits in Syria and Iraq, and everywhere — even in the US — people are starving to death. Surely someone will fix this!

You will.

Let me rephrase that. We will. We have to. Because if we don’t, who will?

But how can we do it when we’re stuck to our phones doing God knows what and neglecting the real world? How can we do it when all we care about is our GPA and how much it sucks compared to <insert you know who here>? How can we do it when we measure our success by how much we will achieve in life? We can’t. We have to change. And it will be hard, but we are strong enough to go through with it.

Imagine a world where war becomes a dusty artifact in the museums. Where everyone works to better society not because they have to, but because they want to. Where mankind takes to the stars. Where we can all live without stress, without starvation, without financial hardship, without hatred. Where all of us are united, together, and doing our best to advance mankind instead of ourselves. What a great world that would be!

And you can make that a reality. But to do that, we must all change. We can no longer stick to the mentality of “me” and rather switch to thinking for “us”. When you die, your power and wealth, no matter how great, becomes meaningless. Let’s be honest here, nobody really remembers that one rich guy living next door, no matter how big his parties are, after he dies. But we probably do remember that one guy who spoke out against slavery and helped people escape from it.

So, why not be the one that people remember? Wealth and security is the reason why the world is in such bad shape right now. So reject it, for the good of everyone. Step up, and say, “I will make change”. Don’t let the world define who you are. Define the future by your actions today.

On a totally unrelated note, I’m trying to start a school chapter of the Youth Democratic Socialists of America. Want to join?

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