The only difference between humans and a chimpanzee is that we have an imagination. An imagination that mimics things and creates ideas for others to see. Collectively our ideas become our culture. Culture guides us and is the most powerful force we have to change the world.
If a culture thinks it’s doomed than it will be. If a culture believes it can be restored it will be.
Henry Ford once said: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.
It is easy to pretend that one person can’t make a difference. But the truth is, individuals change their world over and over, individuals make the future, and they do it by imagining that things can be better.
Also published on Medium.