The endeavour for global change towards a better future has never been an easy task; it’s as if you’re driving a car through a crowded road; you can’t get through the other vehicles merely by honking at them; you will have to wait for red lights, people passing by, or any other external circumstances. Internally, you may experience obstacles along the journey such as flat tire, overheating, or even a breakdown.
Striving for change is a long, continuous, consistent and ambitious agenda; one that every single person should share the same spirit as the programme itself. Anyhow, is it unrealistic or optimistic to achieve the 17 global goals by 2030? There are several answers to that query. The sceptics would definitely doubt it straight away but intrigued by the idea; the realists would say it’s not a period-based goal and it needs consistent maintenance; the pessimists would downright retort that it’s not possible; the optimists would eagerly reply that it’s absolutely possible.
So, which one are you?
We’re not going to say that being solely optimistic is better than those of the sceptics, realists and pessimists. This world is a synthesis of the infinite and the finite. The optimists may take one step ahead, but it needs doubt of the sceptics, rational thinking of the realists, even denial of the pessimists.
When you hear such a word, the first thing that came across your mind is probably “negativity”. Is it always true? We doubt that. Again, everything in this world is a synthesis; lexically, doubt means a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction. However, there lies a more profound meaning of doubt, a good doubt. Good doubt is questioning which emerges from a positive spirit; a constructive scepticism that wonder about risks and things out of a wish for the desire to succeed. Use this constructive doubt to help find the solutions for hindrances to realizing 17 global goals!
The optimists may share a massive spirit to achieve Sustainable Development Goals’ agenda, but the realists have their own objection; achieving this movement by 2030, which we only have 12 years to go, is apparently pretty hard to do. The realists may give their contribution to help, but they wouldn’t dare agree with such way too optimistic tagline of the SDGs. Use this rational thinking to plan on what you are going to do to help realise the 17 Global Goals according to your capabilities! Not everyone got the prospect of joining UNICEF and help children from across the globe; nevertheless, you can help kids of your own country before going out there. Build your foundation of help, don’t rush it!
This last aspect is actually the hardest part to look for a positive light to it. As a matter of fact, you can’t turn denial into something positive like the two things we have mentioned above. However, you can use this negative spirit of the pessimists to strengthen your belief that achieving 17 global goals is possible!
In conclusion, it’s not about optimistic or unrealistic. We may not know that by the year 2030 we would excel all targets of the 17 global goals, but we can make sure that everyone is aware of the existence of Sustainable Development Goals and try to turn this movement into reality; not by 2030, but today.
Realisation starts young. Act now!