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Is the best way to improve the world through politics?
When we think of "changing the world," it's often political action that comes to mind. But are there more effective ways to spend our time and effort? For example, how about donating to local charities, volunteering with community programs, using responsible business practices, etc? Creative ideas are encouraged.
How 'bout just setting aside the pipedream of changing the world? People have been trying to do that from the dawn of history. It always ends badly, often with such fine humanitarian incidents as Napoleon's destruction of much of Europe and Mao's slaughter of tens of millions.
The world is so much bigger than anyone it doesn't much care that a few misguided people are always trying to change it. They sure can make life miserable for other humans while they're trying, though. Why don't we just make our own little corners of it better as best each of us can, and let the world take care of itself? Both it and we would be better off for that.
Political action shouldn't be used as the only tool for change. Your other suggestions have equal merit. In the end, we as individuals have very limited power to make change, but we can multiply that power by modifying our behavior to enact the change we seek in the world.
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