I went through a bunch of quotes about making a difference and this one seemed as good as any of them:
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Most of the quotes focused on the ability of an individual to make a difference. There is another quote that wasn't in the list that says something to the effect that the only way that change has ever occurred is by the efforts of an individual.
We have some intelligent people in this forum who have provided comments on this topic. I think there is general agreement that the current economic (and political) system in North America and Europe is pretty badly broken. It is easy to imagine everything getting worse and worse as the impact of the debt load in these countries really hits home. We don't see great political leadership. Instead we see political "leaders" spending us into bankruptcy.
So my question is: If we as individuals can make a difference, what kind of difference should we make and how should we go about it? It's easy to get on the gloom and doom track and that is what we naturally tend to do. If we actually want to look forward to these major issues getting addressed and resolved, how can we be that change?