^^^I seem to have something of a masochistic streak when it comes to junebug. I don't really get it myself, but the evidence is all over the place.
I'm willing to have a reasonable discussion about any number of "what can be done by concerned people who want to take action to make the world a little better" topics. I'm considering where to direct my energies for at least a meaningful portion of my remaining working years, and discussions like that help me sort through the many options that I could pursue and narrow my focus to the issues that ultimately matter the most to me.
If the problems facing any given sector of humanity were easy to solve, they wouldn't still be problems, they'd be solved already. The issues challenging humanity are complex and interwoven with other issues of culture, location, technology (and access to it), education (and access to it), resources and the means to process resources with end products available to citizens of the countries of origin, deeply entrenched biases and assumptions of worth and value measured against cultural norms that are by no means universal (I could no more survive in a desert than a nomad could function in my office), political will, unequal power distribution based on qualities that may or may not be of merit to the circumstances. None of these factors can be dismissed or ignored in discussion of large scale effort at solutions, and all are beyond the reach of a group of loosely affiliated members of an internet discussion forum.
But I also think that small things matter. Example: I can't stop the massive amounts of waste going into landfills, but I can try to limit my participation. There are any number of ways I'm willing to, and interested in, talking about what can be done by individuals to limit the harm we inflict, how we can be aware of the consequences of our choices, what various organizations are doing already - and who is doing something awesome particularly well is of real interest to me - I'm all on board to have that
I'm even willing to discuss these issues on a larger scale - theoreticals I suppose, but say .... discussing government enforced population limits versus mass starvation? What other options are there to address the consequences of the trajectory of the current population growth? Food, water, habitable space, basic sanitation and medical care? We can't do it for the number of people on the planet right now - what happens in 50 years when that number is roughly double what it is today? That's a defined issue with a clear idea of what I'm interested in talking about.
Hope springs eternal? Masochist? Masochist with a streak of chirpy optimism