My son and I have coffee on Saturdays and discuss different things. He is 21 and concerned with the ideals of social justice because he is a thinker. He sees how the world operates and how the levers of power are manipulated to favor the wealthy and influential and is dismayed.We have both agreed that we cannot repair the world but we can certainly conduct ourselves with respect for human dignity within our own immediate sphere of influence. We can try and make our own little slice of the world a better place and hope that everyone else does the same. For we cannot live in a permanent state of indignation for the abuses and the stupidity we witness on a daily basis.
I do not dare destroy his hope and optimism but I do offer a more cynical viewpoint that age and realism has brought me and perhaps we can meet somewhere in the middle.