When I decided to start this blog, I really only had one objective: to inspire and empower members of the Millennial Generation to build a better future. Throughout the last five years, this website has been a labor of love. Many times I have faltered in my dedication to it, but I’ve never completely abandoned it.
You might surmise that my periods of apathy were because I felt that there was no hope for the future. With all the terrible things happening in the world today, and with the declining state of our country, there is a pervading attitude of doom and gloom. But the tough times that we live in are actually what motivate me, and are a big part of the reason why I have always gravitated back to my modest little blog.
I just cannot sit on my hands and do nothing as my country and the world continue down a path of destruction, especially because I know that humanity is capable of so much more than this. A better world is possible, if we believe that it is. However, I do understand why so many people are discouraged and cynical. All you ever hear about is the bad stuff — the “news” hardly ever covers the good stuff.
Nonetheless, while I understand the cynicism, I do not agree with that mindset, as it is only holding us back from trying to make things better — from evolving and awakening to our true potential as a species. We need to change our attitude from one of fear and despair to one of hope and resolve.
Truthfully, there are many good reasons to feel hopeful for the future. I could write a 50,000 word blog post on it. But in the interest of time, below I’ve outlined three simple yet powerful reasons why we shouldn’t let fear and cynicism get the better of us.
(1) While there is some substantial negativity in the world, there is far more goodness. It is so important that we don’t lose sight of this. Think about it: there are over seven billion people on this planet, and probably about 90% of us are decent people with good intentions and generous hearts. Very few people are downright cruel and immoral, and even though some people make bad decisions, most of them are not inherently bad people.
Because of the age of the internet, social media and twenty-four hour news channels, we have constant exposure to negative news. It really grinds my gears how much the media focuses on the negative, because in truth there is more good happening in the world than there is bad. So we cannot allow the lopsided nature of the news to skew our outlook on the world.
Think about the kind, everyday gestures of regular people: paying for someone’s meal when they don’t have enough money, giving a stranger a hug when they see that they are sad and crying, assisting someone who is in physical pain, volunteering their time to help the homeless or sick patients and their families in local hospitals, walking dogs at a local animal shelter, planting trees and cleaning up public parks, volunteering as free tutors for local school children. These are common things that the vast majority of us do (at least every once in a while), and we do it because we genuinely care about one another and have an innate desire to make the world a better place — whether we realize that is a main motivator or not.
And even when horrific things do happen, focus on how the majority of the world responds. Take the recent terrorist attacks, for example. The overwhelming consensus afterwards is always that we must rise above the fear and hate and come together as one. Millions of people donate to funds and charities that help the victims, and billions of us share kind, loving words of support and solidarity on social media. Yes, some people use these events for the purposes of fear-mongering and generating more intolerance and hate (like certain presidential candidates), but the vast majority of us choose to do the opposite. We choose love, compassion and empathy. Remember this. Focus on this. Engage in this.
Fear, not hate, is the real reason why there are bad people in the world. The fear manifests as hate, intolerance and cruelty. Some people are afraid of anyone who doesn’t look them, think like them or act like them. Instead of embracing and celebrating humanity’s diversity, they are scared of it. And sometimes their fear is so great that they will go to extreme lengths to eliminate those that they falsely believe threaten them and their way of life.
Fear controls our ego, and our egos (aka our minds) have controlled humans since the “dawn of humanity”. But finally people are starting to awaken and become conscious of the fact that the labels we give ourselves — like those based on religion or nationality — are meaningless in the grand scheme of things. We are recognizing that fear, hate, intolerance and ignorance is a recipe for extinction.
Know that humanity is inherently good. That is why during our evolution of consciousness we have become more loving, peaceful, compassionate and empathetic. And when we choose to embrace these positive qualities, we are putting that positive energy out into the universe, intensifying and strengthening it. Positive energy has a much higher and stronger vibration than negative energy. So the more compassionate we are, the more we raise our vibration, both individually and collectively.
When we respond to acts of terror, or any act of cruelty and violence, with corresponding fear, intolerance and hate we are only giving more negative energy to the actions of those very few people who genuinely wish to do harm to others. We are, in effect, fueling their fire. But if we choose love and compassion, thoughtfulness and peace then we are shining a bright light of positivity on the darkness of their hearts. Darkness cannot live where light shines. So shine on my friends! Open your hearts to light and love — it’s the only way to overcome fear and hate.
(2) The problems we face are numerous and, in some cases, quite dire, but they aren’t insurmountable. Keep in mind that humanity has overcome tough times before (e.g. both World Wars). And in its short history our nation has faced many periods of crisis. We didn’t give up then and we sure as hell shouldn’t now.
The one thing we must never do is give up hope. When hope is lost, all is lost. For example, if you faced an obstacle that was extremely difficult, but you believed you could succeed, you would still try. In the end you may not overcome the obstacle, but dang-it you would give it your all! However, if you didn’t think you could succeed (thus, you were hopeless) then you most likely wouldn’t even try — because what’s the point, right? As Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
When the founding generation of Americans waged war against the British Empire, they knew that their chances of victory weren’t great. It was a huge risk, but they believed in themselves and their cause, and even though they had little money, a mostly untrained army, were constantly short on military supplies, clothing and food, and had suffered massive defeats early on in the war, they persevered and ultimately won. They had hope — no matter how badly the war was going — and that is what fueled their resolve. If at any time they had lost hope then our great country wouldn’t exist.
The issues we face today are pretty extreme, but they are also mostly of our doing. If we got ourselves into this mess then we can certainly find ways to get out of this mess! But first and foremost we must believe that we can, because without hope, we won’t even try. So stop being a Negative Nancy!
It sounds so simple and cliche but hope is what keeps us driving forward. This one little thing packs a powerful punch. It fuels our faith in ourselves and our cause(s). Without it, we wouldn’t have progressed this much as a species. Hope is what gave us electricity, automobiles, modern medicine, space exploration, and most of all has guided humanity towards more peace, love and empathy.
The energy behind hope is unrelentingly positive. That is why it is so powerful! When you truly believe that you can accomplish something, you will do whatever it takes to make it happen. So have hope in the goodness and inventiveness of humanity. Believe that we can overcome the obstacles we face. Believe that we will change this world for the better. As long as we still have hope, there is nothing we can’t do.
(3) We have a choice — always, because of free will — and the future of our country and the world depends on how we choose. Will we choose hope or despair? All in all, everything boils down to these two choices. If we choose hope we give ourselves a fighting chance for a better future, not just for us but for forthcoming generations (i.e. your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. — and don’t you think we owe it to them to at least try?).
If we choose despair then the world will continue to spiral into pandemonium. The problems we face today will worsen to the point of no return. We will have wasted an incredible opportunity to push humanity into a new era of peace, prosperity and sustainability. We will have chosen to let fear and cynicism win.
Truly, the consequences of our choice are massive. One choice leads to a better world, a better country and a better future; the other leads to total chaos. And remember, the problems we face can still be fixed. It will take a lot of hard work (and teamwork), dedication and fortitude, but we can do it.
I know it’s tempting to give into cynicism, but please, please don’t. Cynicism is a nasty disease that invades and rots our soul. It has incredibly negative energy that makes it like a blackhole, sucking up everything around it and not letting any light through. At the root of cynicism is deep, profound fear. In other words, cynicism is our ego on steroids. So do yourself, our country and the future of the world a favor and check your cynicism. Choose hope and love instead.
I have no idea how many people will read this post — maybe a few hundred, maybe a few million. I do hope it’s the latter, and I hope that those who read it will be more conscious of the goodness of humanity, of the power of hope and of the fact that we can choose to make the world a better place.
I know that the Millennial Generation is capable of changing the United States and the world in a profoundly positive way. I believe that with every fiber of my being, and I want to do whatever I can to reach as many Millennials as possible, helping them to believe this too. I will never stop trying to inspire and empower Millennials to build a better future. That is my passion, which is why I know it’s my soul’s purpose. And that is the ultimate reason why I’ve never given up on this website — because my soul just won’t let me.
I won’t give up on this website just like I won’t give up on the Millennial Generation. We all have a soul’s purpose that is unique to each individual, but it is also true that every generation has a collective destiny of its own. For Millennials, our destiny is to change the world. A daunting task, yes, but an incredibly rewarding one. And our generational legacy depends on whether we fulfill our destiny or not.
So please, choose hope over cynicism and love over fear. One day, when all of us have made this choice, the world will be at peace.