There are millions constantly trying very hard to make the world a better place and not give in to the cheap cynicism and despair our press and politicians try to get us to buy into.
That's one of the things that I find very depressing. i.e. If people behaved decently, we wouldn't need people trying to fix the problem.
Like how hard is it to go out to a bar, have a few drinks, and NOT get into a fight and kill someone?
How hard is it to instead of taking extra time and effort to engineer a product to be worse, to just accept that it's ok to produce products that last a long time and are environmentally friendly even though they might make less money for you?
How hard is it for politicians to cooperate and do their job for the betterment of the people they represent, rather than fight in an attempt to make themselves look good and others look bad?
How hard is it to not spray paint the neighborhood?
Those are the kinds of things that drive me nuts.
The people trying to make the world a better place because of things like natural disasters, natural diseases (as opposed to those caused by humans), poverty, illiteracy, etc. etc -- I like that. Those nasty things that really aren't preventable will always need to be addressed, and that's fine. That's a good thing.
It's the things that "we" inflict on ourselves that need to be corrected -- those things are sickening.
I try to bury myself in other concerns. I can do a small amount to help fix things, but I can't "solve" the problem. I'm better off trying to keep to my own little world a lot of the time. e.g. We don't buy anything off the shelf (canned/packaged) in the grocery market (or very very little), and instead we buy only fresh food (vegetables, fruit, milk, meat, etc.). It's a small thing, but there's no way I can possibly address the issues of indentured servitude/slavery in the sugar industry. Still, the impact we have on the problem is negligible. So back to burying my head in the sand it is... Or in this case, back to burying my head in a proposal for a mobile component manufacturer... Sigh...