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10 Things Our Grandchildren Could Be Thankful For In 2040

Nov 22, 2023 | Arts, Children, Democracy, Economy, Education, Future, Government, Income, Nature, North Carolina, Political Parties, Voters | 0 comments

Conditional optimism is the feeling of a child who is thinking about building a treehouse. “If I get some wood and nails and persuade some other kids to help do the work, we can end up with something really cool.”

Paul Romer

It is easy to be discouraged about the state of the world when we listen to the news, but many things could turn out OK for our children and grandchildren in the future – if we believe in conditional optimism and act on it. Here are 10 things that could go right for them in North Carolina if enough of us make an effort:

  1. Our state leaders could stop giving out money to multi-national corporations and instead invest it in the brainpower of our kids.
  2. Our kids could be leaders in the creative economy of the 2040s because we invested in high quality arts programs in our schools.
  3. The voters in North Carolina could finally exercise grassroots democracy — like voters in many other states — through initiatives and referendums.
  4. North Carolina K-12 schools could be providing the best educations in the country.
  5. Our kids could vote in elections with fair district maps so the proportion of each party’s representatives in the General Assembly and Congress accurately reflects the proportion of votes each party receives.
  6. In the 2040s, our kids’ incomes could grow at the same rate as the North Carolina economy so they do not feel they are continually falling behind.
  7. By 2040, Republicans and Democrats could find solutions both parties can live with to stem the epidemic of gun violence.
  8. Trust in state government could be restored by adopting a strong set of guardrails against corruption.
  9. North Carolina could become nature positive  in the 2040s by reversing the loss of forests and wetlands.
  10. Through our efforts, we could leave a legacy of freedom for our children and grandchildren.

Will they have these things to be thankful for when Thanksgiving rolls around in 2040? As a conditional optimist, I believe it can happen.

Thanks to all of you for reading my posts this last year, and for your encouragement!




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