Doing the right thing often has a cost associated with it and, more often than not, that cost tends to skew high. Maybe what we need is more competition to do the right thing.
Election season is here (and, with it, political ads insulting audiences' intelligence everywhere).
In a few weeks, the makeup of local, state and national governing bodies will change. Newly elected officials will introduce themselves to reelected officials and the messy order of democracy will have another go at serving the people—at least that's the hope of the people.
Elected officials caught on camera building metaphorical bridges is a good start. Problem solving, though, is everyone's problem. You, me, the person in front of you at the cafe deciding between the pumpkin-spice latte and the dirty matcha latte (add honey if you go this route). We're all problem solvers. Ninety-nine point nine-nine percent of us aren't running for office in 2014 but, on November 5, we'll all be public servants. Just like we are the other 364 days of the year.
In the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy, Quill asks his friends: "What should we do next? Something good? Something bad? A bit of both...? A bit of both!"
Remember to vote, or register to vote. Attend public hearings or town hall meetings. Speak up. Start a Meetup group about a cause close to your heart. It's okay to kvetch. It's more okay to kvetch and serve.