You'd have to meet me and then it'd depend on the day!
What Gives Me Hope
My animals and nature.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
Give out birth control to everyone (if it ain't endangered or threatened, it doesn't need to be breeding) and require all to be vegetarian (hell, probably vegan) as a major health, enironmental measure.
What/who changed my life and why
Siddhartha, any Aldous Huxley, Sartre, existentialist philosophy....it taught me about the importance of personal responsibility