When you are in your teens ( or at least when I was ) you think the world revolves around you.
You very rarely think of what others are doing elsewhere never mind the politics of the world.
Then in your mid twenties ( once again I am speaking from my experience ) you start to see a bit more.
I once read that baby kittens do not begin to open their eyes for six weeks after birth. Men generally take about 26 years. - That was certainly me.
Then you start to strip away that naivety of the world and of people. In some respects you want to change the world and all the " bad " and then you realize that you can certainly change things but it takes time.
As you get older you realize ( I realize ) that you can make changes and help others one person at a time and if you do not allow your failures to stop you or slow you down.
When they say all politics is local that means that you need to look at your neighborhoods and your community and help where you can- one person or one project at a time.
You also realize that it always comes back to you..ten fold.
It grows and festers and blossoms. You help someone who helps someone who help someone else.
Before you know it there is a buzz and people wanting to get involved.
It is pretty cool to watch and to be a part of.
There is a song that says " I may not change the world, but the world will not change me ".
It is easy to get negative and pessimistic..do not allow it, do not let the world change you or those crazy naïve ideas that you once may have had.
People ARE good , they all have their own stories and some may harden up because of things done to them in the past but overall they all good and want to do good.
Be a part of something bigger than yourself and allow yourself the rewards that come with it.