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This comic nails the power of one.

Yes, one person can make a difference.

Making the world a better place isn’t impossible.

In fact, cartoonist Gavin Aung Than has figured out how we can do it. He believes that if we could just figure out how to remove apathy (a lack of interest, enthusiasm, and concern), improving the world would be a lot easier.

In Than’s comic, he addresses what he calls “the power of one” — something that happens when we remove apathy. In Than’s futuristic comic, we get an idea of what the power of one truly means, told through the words of anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall.






Comic via Zen Pencils, used with permission.

With a mix of heart, engagement, and determination, we can overcome apathy and make the world a brighter place for future generations.

I live in Washington, the state with the first official outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. While my family lives several hours from Seattle, it was alarming to be near the epicenter—especially early in the pandemic when we knew even less about the coronavirus than we know now.

As tracking websites went up and statistics started pouring in, things looked hairy for Washington. But not for long. We could have and should have shut everything down faster than we did, but Governor Inslee took the necessary steps to keep the virus from flying completely out of control. He's consistently gotten heat from all sides, but in general he listened to the infectious disease experts and followed the lead of public health officials—which is exactly what government needs to do in a pandemic.

As a result, we've spent the past several months watching Washington state drop from the #1 hotspot down to 23rd in the nation (as of today) for total coronavirus cases. In cases per million population, we're faring even better at number 38. We have a few counties where outbreaks are pretty bad, and cases have slowly started to rise as the state has reopened—which was to be expected—but I've felt quite satisfied with how it's been handled at the state level. The combination of strong state leadership and county-by-county reopenings has born statistically impressive results—especially considering the fact that we didn't have the lead time that other states did to prepare for the outbreak.

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