With war, torture, political corruption, environmental destruction and economic turmoil, the situation seems hopeless and "impossible," to many people, but it's not.
I'm nearly 70 and I've seen incredible changes that at first seemed "impossible." Here are 10 of those "impossible" changes:
1) The Integration of America. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's overcame powerful political interests, bigotry and violence to succeed.
2) Auto Safety. Despite "The Big 3" U.S. auto giants vigorously fighting it with big political campaign contributions, safety belts and other safety features came into being. U.S. auto giants didn't want to pay for those safety features nor for cleaner emissions but the public demanded them and got them.
3) The Women's Liberation Movement that took hold in the 1970's. Until then women were not allowed to compete for most jobs. Of those jobs available to them, promotions were few and pay was low. "A woman's place is in the home" was a common phrase.
4) The Environmental Movement and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). American corporate giants still fight the EPA with big campaign contributions and the threat of job elimination, but the situation is far better today than in the 1970's. At one time there was so little regard for the environment that one of the Great Lakes caught fire because it was filled with oil and other pollutants.
5) The Vietnam War Ended. The American people stopped it, overcoming powerful political and economic interests.
6) The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and German reunification. That Wall, built in 1961 was a physical manifestation of the power of the Soviet Union.
7) The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. When World War ll ended in 1945, the Cold War began and the Soviets and the U.S. at times came to the brink of a nuclear holocaust.
8) The non-violent fall of the apartheid government in South Africa and the first free elections in that nation's history in 1994.
9) The election of the first Black U.S. President in 2008.
10) Gay Rights. Gay people were beaten and shamed and were considered to be "sick," even by the psychiatric profession. Because of the Gay Rights Movement, now they can marry and can also serve in the U.S. military, and receive equal treatment under the law as they receive widespread public acceptance.
In Summary: This is but a sampling of the "impossible" changes I've witnessed, and I'm sure you could easily add to this list.
So as bad as today's situation may appear, it will change. You and I can make a difference by picking a cause we believe in and acting on it, for change always begins with just a few people, and then despite all the "impossible" obstacles, it eventually prevails.