The future of the world hangs upon the initiative of the individual. As with our physical bodies, individuals cluster and coordinate into groups of individuals and groups of individuals organize into larger systems, but the health of the body of humanity depends upon the health of its individual members, just as the health of a man depends upon the health of the cells which combine to form his body.
Every individual counts. Just as leukemia, a cancer of the blood, is characterized by a proliferation of abnormal white blood cells, an errant individual has an effect on the body of humanity to the degree that his influence disturbs other balances. Health is a delicate balance, the result of an incredibly complex array of processes and interactions. It is easy to upset that balance, but fortunately for us the human body and the human race have both proven to be remarkably resilient.
Nature has a way of restoring balance, but her ways are impartial to a fault. If we allow balance to be set by default, we as a race may eventually find ourselves holding the short stick. If, on the contrary, we employ our individual initiative to care for the body of which we are a a part, we have the opportunity to rise above the default outcome and to live as responsible stewards of the world that is so clearly in our hands.
Individual initiative allows us to raise the bar, to operate well above the lowest common denominator. Individual initiative got us into this mess. Individual initiative is strong enough to get us out of it.
If we don’t, something else will. And the answer may not be to our liking.