Trying the Good

It’s easy to get discouraged these days.  Is real change really possible?  Isn’t there enough red tape and zoning issues and ordinances large and small to prevent people from really making meaningful, positive change in their communities?  I suspect that one inevitable function of bureaucracy is to facilitate exactly that impression.  Legislating everything is tedious and time consuming, so the fewer people doing things, the less need for bureaucracy.  For the pessimist, there is always the possibility that the goal of bureaucracy is to completely remove self-initiative from the population, so that the bureaucracy itself is the source of all things.

But good things can happen, even in the midst of bureaucracy.  Articles like this are encouraging reminders that individuals can at least attempt to make positive changes.  Sometimes they succeed.


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