Everybody wants to rule the world.
We’ve all had dreams about what we would do if we were loaded with money and in charge of the welfare of this planet we call Earth – and most of us have good intentions when we do so.
Aside from a few bottom-fedders who are hellbent on causing mayhem, inciting war, and creating European Super Leagues, I choose to beleif that the human race is fundamentally good until proven otherwise. Call me an idealist, but it’s this baseline faith in humanity that helps keep me sane.
Of course, it goes without saying that I were in charge of the planet I’d end world hunger, stop war, and provide free healthcare (sorry, America) to everyone who needs it. Those are the obvious things. Ask somebody what they would do if they were in charge and pretty much everybody will agree with those.
Therefore, I thought I’d change things up a bit and include three smaller, more down-to-Earth things that I would do if I was in charge of our green and blue sphere.
- Teach Kids About Money, Relationships, and How to Deal With Success/Failure
A lot of what they teach us in school is just kinda…well, useless.
I realise I’m not the first person to say this but it’s true nonetheless. Instead of teaching our kids about personal finance, money management, healthy friendships,relationships, imposter syndrome, and establishing priorities we have them memorising the name of every British monarch or Genghis Khan’s favorite hat.
I’m not saying history doesn’t have its place in the school curriculum. History teaches us important lessons and helps us avoid mishaps in the future. Besides, it’s fascinating to look at worlds gone by and learn about the lives of our ancestors. Whilst history is great, you can’t tell me that instead of learning about how to manage your money and avoid getting into massive debt is less important than learning, in the words of Henry Hill, about pledging allegiance to the flag and sitting through good government-bullshit.
We don’t teach our kids how to cultivate, develop and grow relationships, either. Consdering how important relationships of all forms are to our quality of life this boggles the mind. Teach kids about networking. Teach them how to develop proper friendships. Let them figure out why bullying is bad rather than just slapping them on the wrist for doing so.
None this is the teachers’ fault, granted. It’s not their fault they’re serving up the same curriculum today that I had in the mid-to-late 2000s, and the same one that my parents would have had in the mid-1970s. There are more than a few amazing, talented, passionate teachers out there who would probably love to teach our kids about the property ladder or how to deal with the ups and downs of professional life. Teachers should definitely have their boundaries, and let parents deal with life’s more personal subjects. Teach children not to take success granted. Teach them about the realities of the business world when they’re old enough. Maybe young people wouldn’t seem so ‘entitled’ if they grew up realising that life isn’t all sunshine, rainbows, and learning about the Aztects?
Just a thought.
2. Legalise Marijuana and End the War on Drugs
”Prohibition has not only failed in its promises but actually created additional serious and disturbing social problems throughout society. ”H.L. Mencken on Prohibition, 1925.
The War on Drugs was set up to fail.
Rather than an attempt to protect the health of the nation and help recovering addicts get back on track with their lives, the War on Drugs is nothing more than a thinly-vieled excuse to practice racial profiling and exercise Jim Crow-esque stereotypes on people of color. Former President and professional liar Richard Nixon pretty much admitted this to his Chief of Staff during his reign of terror.
The U.S. government has spent upwards of one trillion dollars on the War on Drugs program since its inception in the early-1970s.
Not only is a War on Drugs expensive and riddled with racial bias, it’s also pointless. You can’t cure addiction by turning it into an act of criminality. Look at Saudi Arabia for example; drug possession over there is punishable by death and yet they still have problems with addiction. Of course they do – because guess what? Addiction is part of the human condition. It’s hardwired into our DNA and all the legislation in the world won’t make a bit of damn difference.
3. Make WiFi A Basic Need
I’ve never sounded so Millennial in my life.
Whilst it’s true that my generation has grown up with the Internet and, thus, has developed a relationship with it that is unparallelled with any other, I still think WiFi is an essential need – especially in this day and age.
Speak to any university student and they’ll tell you about the utter ballache that is remote, online learning. As COVID continues to keep students out of university, courses have gone entirely virtual and students are graded solely on the work they produce from their homes. Sound unfair? That’s because it is.
Believe it or not, there are still plenty of people in even the Western world who do not have, or do not want, regular Internet access. Factor in developing nations, and you have 3.5 billion people who do not have access to the Internet. One in ten EU citizens have no digital skills whatsoever. To put it bluntly, the majority of the world still isn’t online at all, or only has a very rudimental understanding of the virtual realm.
The end result is a population that is disproportionately under-educated, unskilled, and unable to challenge their worldview or biases in any meaningful way. Of course, the Internet is an imperfect place with a surplus of misinformation, illegal images, and dangerous subcultures, but it’s also the biggest learning resource that humans have ever created.
It’s simply impossible to succeed in a 2021 world without Internet access. Call me a snowflake, but that’s just the reality.
So there you have it – what small things would you do if you were given the keys to planet Earth?