Although an Atheist I find Jesus' teachings very rewarding. Most adherents to religion don't practice what they preach. I belief most Atheists know the bible better than the religious.
What Gives Me Hope
That we will eventually learn to get along and look after Mother Earth as our only hope to survive. The Native peoples of the Americas have the best view of what's important in live.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
What/who changed my life and why
The movie The Pawnbroker in 1966. It showed the cruelty of humankind and the complexities of life. I have watched it a dozen times. It should have won the Oscar for best Movie but it was out shadowed by the Sound of Music, great music but a lousy movie.