Mark Twain liked to say there were three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Let’s look at three well-cited statistics…

These statistics are paradoxically important and meaningless.  Important because there is a staggering breadth, depth, and inter-connectivity between these issues.

Meaningless because we do not solve problems, or change lives, by the millions and billions.

Eradicating polio happened one inoculation at a time.  It was, however, sped along by organized and well funded campaigns to wipe out the disease for good.

It can be done. It happens one person at a time. And when thousands work together in concert–they will heal and help millions.

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