1949 – present
we stopped carrying guns into the saloon.
we stopped littering our highways.
we started protecting our air and water.
we stopped drinking martinis at lunch.
we stopped smoking in offices and restaurants.
we stopped demonizing gay people.
we eliminated the death penalty.
we started saying NO! to using more plastic.
we started yelling NO! to sexual misconduct.
we started yelling NO! to workplace discrimination.
we started yelling NO! to unsustainable extraction.
religious persecution, and
science denial, and
sexual deviance, and
continue to plague us, however,
eventually we can and do change for the better.
Further reading: forums: commonwealthclub, City Club | commentary: Last Week Tonight | solutions: My Plan to Fix The World’s Biggest Problems Gates | change: The Tipping Point Gladwell, What Have You Changed Your Mind About? Brockman | racism: How to Fight Anti-Semitism by Bari Weiss