I find it wonderful to talk to people about something that they are passionate about. When they get that glint in their eye and the speed at which they talk starts to get faster and faster and their hands start to gesticulate wildly as though they are fighting the invisible manifestations of whatever it is that is preventing them from reaching their desired goal.
More often than not I find that the topics that people are most passionate about are ones where they want to see more action being taken by others, or by governments. They want less people to eat meat or more regulations to be placed on the meat industry. They want better government support of affordable housing. They want to save the snow leopard, or the rhino, or the elephant. They want businesses to pay better, or for governments to change the minimum wage requirements. They want more people to buy local, and for better aid to be given to countries in trouble. They want the legal system to be tougher on bankers and easier on drug users. They want better education and cheaper education. They want people to treat each other fairly, no matter the colour of their skin. They want better distribution of taxation and better use of the money collected. They want to be safe from terrorism, and to stop atrocities happening abroad.
I, too, want the majority of these things, and I will actively engage with people who are trying to enact change. But at the moment I feel entirely overwhelmed. Continue reading