It seems everybody wants to save the world, these days. I say, save yourself, first. When you’re on an airplane, they always tell you, should that little plastic oxygen mask drop down, you should put yours on, first, then help your kids or gramma sitting next to you. This applies to the broader scope of the world, too. Don’t get me wrong, I think the world could use some saving, too. Look around and it’s clearly a pretty fucked up place…and getting more fucked up by the day. You can scream and shout that it’s society’s fault, or oppression, or “the elites”, or even reptilian aliens (ok…maybe not the reptilian aliens…but, hey! All things are possible, am I right?). And it might very well be true that some or all of those things are truly part of the problem. But, if you want to see the main cause of why the world looks so fucked up, right now, go find a mirror and look deeply into the eyes of the person staring back at you. We’re all pretty fucked up. You. Me. Everybody. If we all run off and try to solve the world’s problems, all the while, ignoring our own, we’re just pissing into the wind. No matter how many things you fix out there, if you’re completely broken inside, the world is still going to be a shit place for you. It would be like fixing up your back yard with new flowers and trees and lawn ornaments, in an effort to improve the view through your broken window. No matter how nice things look on the outside, the view is still going to be distorted through that broken, dirty window. If you just fix the window, first, you might find that the view isn’t nearly as bad as you thought. You’ll still want to remove the old Chevy up on cinder blocks and that pile of beer cans, but aside from that, things look pretty good through a clean new window.