Tuesday, January 28, 2020

20/20 re/Vision

I stopped writing around the time of the last election. It was 2016, and I was at Emory's Goizueta Business School studying Strategy & Management Consulting. At the time, I had become exceedingly cynical about the future, depressed even. I had this sinking feeling about the direction we were heading in as a country, and perhaps more importantly, as a global community. Everybody kept telling me not to worry—Hillary would win—everything would be just fine.

Well, we all know what happened next.

Four years later, I've seen a lot. I sat in silence as a new regime reshaped our nation. Just as I feared in the spring of 2016, our country has grown more divided than ever. Each side holds so much disdain for the other, that compromise seems wholly impossible for virtually any issue. I can't speak for everyone, but it feels like neither side is prepared to engage the other in meaningful discussion, debate, or growth.

For a long time, I was convinced that the fate of America and the world at large was beyond saving—how could we possibly recover from the relentless onslaught of hate and heartbreak? I've since come to the realization that while our issues may appear impossible to resolve right now, they are no different in nature than the challenges humans have faced throughout our history.

So, I've decided it's time to stop sitting on the sideline. If we're going to build a future that all of us can be proud of, we'd best start now. All hands on deck.

Are you in?

1 comment:

  1. Yes, Jake, we all have to be the changemakers, not just the bystanders. Ready to go!