Change is many things. It's guaranteed, inevitable, and easy. Change will occur no matter what - our universe and our species are sprinting through spacetime, gaining speed with every second, becoming more entropic with each millenia, falling further into disarray with every eon. Because of change. Change is guaranteed. Change is inevitable. Change. Is. Easy. Progress - now progress requires sacrifice and intent. Progress is not guaranteed. Progress is not inevitable. Progress is not easy.
The universe exists and persists without us, without humans. Or does it? It can be argued that the universe only really "exists" because we are here to observe it, but who cares if we can't realize that we need to deserve it. Deserve the chance to take what we've been given and turn it into progress, but instead many of us give into our entropic human nature and destroy the nature around us. We are complex beings, getting more complex by the second because change is guaranteed. Change is inevitable. Change is easy.
Too many of us don't realize that change does not equate progress. It never has and it never will. Those who realize this, the ones who work tirelessly to carry the rest of our species on their shoulders, the Atlases of our generation, they have realized that it is their duty to defy our entropic human nature. They serve us so we can deserve this universe instead of destroy it. Progress is not guaranteed. Progress is not inevitable. Progress is not easy.
The number of Atlases grows with each generation. I think there are more now today because unobstructed reporting of global issues and events is available to the public. Our scope of the world is so much greater than our parents, and from this disparity arises issues, namely balancing selfishness and selflessness. It's fine to enter a field for our individual progress, it's great to enter any field really, but we need to shift our focus from individual progress to global progress. Everyone carries the burden of achieving their own definition of success in one lifetime but the Atlases of our generation realize that we also carry the burden of leaving the world a better place. It's not about satisfying our parents by entering their career of choice, it's about ensuring our children will live a better life than we did even if it means rejecting our parents' definition of success and implementing our own. We are the ones who need to carry the world into a better era. Progress is not easy - but it is our duty to do everything we can, to synthesize our talents with our motives to make sure that progress surrounds us.
Be an Atlas.
Change the world.