“I only speak when necessary. Now is one of those moments.”

2016 left people believing that it was the worst year ever.

It’s quite a time to be alive if you think about it. On one hand, we live in the wealthiest, safest, comfortable, most technologically advanced society in human history.

And yet…

Yet, optimism wanes.

The world is closer than ever before to destroying itself. Democracy, climate change, nuclear stockpiling continue to be the most pressing problems.

Compounding it, we live in an era of fake news, AI algorithm bias, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, businesses that are too big to fail…

But then you have, Greta Thunberg, the leading voice on climate change. She’s 15 years-old with Aspergers, OCD and selective mutism.

There’s Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking up against injustice.

And Yash Gupta, who started SightLearning, a non-profit that collects used glasses and redistributes them to the 12 million children that do not have access to corrective eyewear.

Tell me again, what do these young people have that you don’t?

It’s worth asking the question:

Why were there so many painters during the Renaissance movement?

How does one city produce so many rock groups in the ’60s?

Why were so many great poets born in the 19th century?

It’s because revolutions make heroes just as much as heroes make revolutions.

That when the time comes to change things, people gather and show up to tip the balance of what is to what could be.

We see it with our youth.

Our future is in good hands.