Five interesting problems waiting to be solved

Climate Change. The evidence is clear, our atmosphere has cancer resulting in the rise and fall of temperatures and precipitation, droughts and heat waves, ice caps melting, seal levels rising, etc. But first, we have to find a way to reverse the narrative on Climate Change. There are still too many skeptics and too much doubt surrounding the issue. Crony capitalism has played a significant role in this—the people were duped. This is the worst example of short-term profit grabbing in exchange for long-term prosperity. The economic damage, human cost will continue to rise over the century before it gets better. It is time to look in the mirror (looking at you ExxonMobil).

Wealth inequality. The middle class is fading. The world’s eight richest have as much wealth as the bottom half. The rich are getting richer, the poor are staying the same, eliminating the middle class. The same middle class wage in the 1960’s is not paying for the same lifestyle today. It is estimated that by 2030, the top 1% will own 2/3 of the world’s wealth.

From production to consumption. In the 1950’s, people didn’t spend more than they had putting marketers in a pinch. How could they get Americans to spend more money? In comes the Credit Card. The paradox: We buy a car to get to work and we work to pay for a car…around and around we go. In 2016, banks spent over 17 billion dollars in their marketing. We have never seen a product so heavily marketed.

Opium epidemic. One in seven Americans are struggling with some sort of addiction. Only 10% are receiving treatment of any sorts. The economic impact of drug and alcohol misuse and addiction amounts to $442 billion each year.

Pornography. The heroin addict can attend rehab, move out-of-town, start a new life and can mostly stay away from areas where temptations are too great. This is totally different from someone addicted to pornography, where temptation is always one click away. It is difficult to build a life without the internet. It is embedded in our culture.

There are plenty of problems waiting to be solved. We can’t do it alone but maybe we can do it together.

It starts with people like us asking questions like this:

How do we help someone rehabilitate from a life of crime?

What can we do to help generations of families break the cycle of poverty?

Where can I go to help others receive essential resources?

How do we change a culture that doesn’t know how to?

Fight for whatever it is you’re called to do.