By James Wadman
One of my first posts ever on this website was entitled The Redemptive Generation, and it summarized the impact that one person can have on the world, negative or positive. It came to my attention recently that this post was nearly three years old, so I asked what progress have we made?
There is one thing that has not changed about my mindset in these three years. I think it is possible—no, I think it is essential, that I continue with my goal of making the world a better place. It starts with examples of people who do what ever is necessary to fulfill their destiny, and that inspiration shines down upon everyone else waking up to self-discovery. We live in a world in which the transfer of our words is facilitated and thus so easily heard, but we forget that our actions will always be what is remembered in the end. Therefore, the difference between today and three years ago is that I don’t want to try to inspire anyone with words. I want to inspire you with a commitment, my commitment, to change the world in a significant and beneficent way.
I call this generation the Redemptive Generation, because we learning to fulfill the debt we owe to our world, ourselves, and our future. We are learning to regard how our actions will impact the quality of life for our children. We are forgiving the way humanity has treated the planet through our actions to make the world a better place. We have the right to see every problem as an opportunity so that we need not condemn the sins of the human race; we must only pass on gracefully into the pursuit of a brilliant future. That is why we are the Redemptive Generation. May we seek redemption in honor of the bond that can exist between the natural world, technological innovation, and human consciousness.
I want to leave you with my favorite sentence from three years ago:
Anyone who reads this can change the world.
I rarely ask my readers directly to share my work, but today I ask that you share in some way this sentiment, whether it is in conversation with a stranger, a tweet, or a photograph. I want everyone today to know, if you are alive and willing to leave the world as a better place, you can change the world.