“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are but in what direction we are moving.”-Oliver Wendell Holmes


Sometimes it’s interesting to take a historical context for the line into account – and then test whether or not the principle held therein still holds water. In this case, Holmes wrote these words in a book from c1858, at a time when the Industrial Revolution was well underway in many parts of the world.

Fast-forward over 150 years into the future and it could be said that the modern context differs from the original, in that we appear to be paying a heavy price for the most harmful excesses of industrialisation. So, how can we best apply this line given the times in which we find ourselves living? Some might say – not unreasonably – that, overall, we are heading in a negative direction……

This column is about positivity and motivation – therefore the focus could be placed fairly and reasonably on the growing movement amongst the planet’s youth when it comes to open and transparent attitudes towards matters like energy production and preservation of the planet’s precious resources. We are heading towards a majority of the world’s population taking a much more proactive and positive direction on that front.

When you consider that something like 65% to 70% of the world’s two most populous nations are under the age of 35, this is the ideal time for a more positive direction for the world to be headed in, as more and more members of those younger generations wake up to the increasing urgency of issues like global climate change and waste mismanagement.

There are many encouraging examples of innovation and imagination, from new generations of engineers and activists, that already see us preserving resources, with the focus on renewables and reversing the trend of resource depletion that started with the Industrial Revolution all those years ago. And you don’t have to be a Millennial to get this and join in! 

We all have a role in this new, positive direction……what’s yours? What difference can you make, what change can you adopt, that feeds into a progressive movement giving more hope and encouragement to the future of our planet?

Love and light,

Jim Sharman


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