What are ways, gathered from the world's brightest and most talented in their fields, to make our world better? I agree with some of them (starting the day with a hymn, for instance, or making sure all children are educated). Some are clearly above my paygrade: fixing the Mexican drug wars would be an example.
I am not the world's brightest, but the article made me think. What can I do to make the world a better place? Clearly, I'm not in a position to change public policy or affect global politics. But I'm also not the type of person to sit back and say, "This is too big a problem. I can't do anything." (Cue my mother's voice in my head: "Do SOMETHING.)
So here is my modest proposal for making the world a better place in 2011: I am going to be a better ME. I will give it my all: be more patient, a better listener, a better wife and mother. I will put others first. I will be kind to people that are not necessarily kind to me. I will go out of my way to help another. Less TV, more reading. Less sitting, more moving. I will return all phone calls and messages, and keep up with old friends.
I can't fix the economy or sign treaties. I can't build schools or shelters. I can't offer medical services in Haiti or help plant crops in Africa. I can make the world a better place though. I can do SOMETHING.