How long will you wait for the experts to fix the world?

I remember a time as a young man working under the bonnet of my pride and joy, a Ford Anglia which I picked up for a whopping $360. It was one of those cars where for every hour I spent driving it, I spent 2 hours fixing it, but I loved it just the same.

I am the furthest thing from a mechanic or handyman (just ask my wife), but it was a time where everything was figure-out-able. Nothing was so complicated that with some elbow grease and some common sense, you could work out most things.

Today, we live in a very different world. When I lift up my bonnet now, I shrug my shoulders and think to myself, “maybe I’ll leave it for the experts”.

Many of us are technology rich and time poor, so it’s easier to just leave our problems up to someone who knows what they are doing. This works well when the dishwasher packs up or the roof starts leaking. We just call in the experts… but how dangerous is it when this becomes everyone’s default way of thinking?

We find ourselves living in a world where we feel powerless as an individual to do anything of any real significance, and trust that the “experts” will fix everything eventually. I ask you, how does that seem to be working out?

I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

― Margaret Mead

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