We live in strange times, what is right is no longer apparent. The values of our society are misdirected and rewarding the worst rather than the best. We live in times where a crazy man on TV can rise to the highest power in the world, with empty words and subtle hate.

We Messed Up

What else can we expect, what other options are there? As a culture, we’ve lost sight of what is right. Even worse, we’ve stopped rewarding good, ensuring it doesn’t grow. The misalignment isn’t something we can blame on anyone, and we can’t point a finger and expect change. The problems of today are systematic and for everyone.

What if this is where we are supposed to be? What if, instead of this being a fluke, this is where we have been directing our arrow? There’s no crazy man with a gun, instead, it is a culture aiming at destructive goals. We wanted this to happen, we all asked to be wealthy, famous and loud. This absurdity isn’t random, in fact, it is what we have been asking for all along.

From this perspective, as a cultural phenomenon of bad goals and poor judgment, the only solution is to change. We can’t expect our leaders to do it, they’ve already proven that they are unable or unwilling to do what is right. No change can come from them, they’re fixed in their ways.

Being Amazing Is Easy

Being amazing is doing right, making wise choices and doing what is necessary for a better life. By shopping local and making better food choices you are creating a better environment. With smart purchases, you help yourself and the economy by avoiding debt. When you skip the things you don’t need, you create less waste. When you read books, you learn about the world and can make better choices.

The best part about being amazing is that it is contagious. When people see you setting a good example, they follow your lead. Your goal is to help the people around you be more astonishing. By doing the right thing, you reward doing the right thing. When we work to make ourselves better, people follow, and they set an example for everyone else around them.

Then It All Changed

We are at a tipping point, the world is tipping, and it is ready to slip onto the other side. When things are ‘bad’ people prepare for things to get better. Sometimes we need nudging or inspiration from those around us. The more amazing people we see, the more willing we are to be amazing ourselves.

Don’t be tricked, there isn’t a quick fix. It is a slow process, one that starts with you. Change isn’t something our world leaders will make happen, that isn’t how they operate. Instead, they follow our lead, so we must be the change we want to see.

To make the world more amazing, you need to start with yourself, then the world will follow.