*The wise man changes himself to better fit the world
The foolish man strive to change the world to better suit himself.
therefore, all progress is made by foolish men.*
That's a saying I once heard. I'm not sure who said it, but I've always liked it, and I think there's a lot of truth to it. We're each very small...just one tiny segment of billions of people. When we vote, our vote really isn't likely to matter. When we strive to influence others, our influence really isn't likely to matter. We're, at best, little ants screaming into a hurricane.
For the most part, trends of culture and societal changes are designed through cultural evolution that we have no power over. Societies change because something in the world has already mandated that human psychology will, for the most part, respond in a certain way.
So, if we're reasonable...of we our actions to be cost-effective in terms of how much energy we want to spend achieving change, we'll likely ignore the world and focus on our own lives and the lives of those close to us.
And that's why so few people vote in local elections...which are, arguably, more important than the national elections far more people vote in...because in local elections your vote is more likely to matter.
So...let's be a little stubborn, unreasonable, and arrogant, together. Let's be a little narcissistic. Let's be little ants, howling into a a hurricane, to all the gods and giants above us, "I WILL BE HEARD!" Let's delude ourselves in believing we can change the world a little...and let's be intelligent when we do so. Let's howl into the storm, because the dumber little ants are already howling into the hurricane...and without those wiser ants howling alongside them...the wiser little ants who know little they do will matter anyway, the stupid ants will be the only ones anyone ever hears.