The Age of Heroes
Every person alive today has the capacity to be a hero.
And when every person can be a hero, then we should understand and realize that we live in a true Age of Heroes.
Heroism has nothing to do with special or magical powers.
Rather, heroism has to do with using the tools at our disposal to meet increasingly difficult challenges on planet Earth.
Technology has provided remarkable and powerful tools. Today, any person with a laptop can, with hard work and dedication, very literally change the world.
But technology is not the only tool at our disposal. Our ability to be hardworking, compassionate, resourceful, ambitious and kind are even greater tools. These are the tools that are the rocket fuel for lasting global change.
As I write this, there is a 50% chance that climate change will cross a "dangerous threshold" within three decades and a 5% chance that climate change will produce an "existential" threat that will wipe out humanity.
Those are difficult odds to cope with, and a difficult thing to grasp: that our lives thirty years from now will be substantially more difficult that they are today.
There is no other choice but to arise and face the growing obviousness of the looming planetary crises that await us. There is no choice but for each of us to meet these challenges, and to do so with the courage, tenacity, and intelligence that can be the most defining traits of our species.
We do this by asking ourselves why it is we are here at this time, and what we are meant to do -- our Life's Work -- and then going out and building and creating that work. The engineer, the writer, the painter, the parent, the diplomat, the warrior and the scholar all have their role to play, and all can be Heroes.
It is only in a time of troubles that Heroes can emerge.
And it is only through darkness that the light can understand how brightly it can shine.