I have a penchant for sticking up for people, voicing my opinion on causes, and sneaking into abandoned properties to photograph them. One of the last lucid things my father said to me before he died was, "Whatever you do, just don't get arrested."
We are a part of this world, not just in a spiritual sense, but a very real physical sense. Every bit of damage we do to ourselves is done to the world, and vice versa.
What Gives Me Hope
Honestly, what gives me hope is knowing we're just temporary specks in the universe. Life goes on with or without us. This doesn't absolve us of responsibility, but it reassures me that we can't do any permanent damage.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
What/who changed my life and why
The three off the top of my head are: Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick (1987), read as a teen when it first came out; The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton (2005), also read when it first came out and recommended to everyone since then; and The Moses Code. I'm an atheist so I simply dismiss any mention of god, but the message itself really touched me and gave me an entirely new perspective.
What Bugs Me
What Scares Me
"Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered I have fought my way here, to the castle beyond the Goblin City, to take back what you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours and my kingdom as great. You have no power over me!" - Labyrinth