With all of the problems that my country is facing, I am still optimistic, if:
Parents do their job and turn off the TV after dinner. When I was in high school I did 2 to 3 hours a night of homework on week nights - that should, I think, be the norm for the new young generation.
Young people do their job and squeeze every bit of value from the educational opportunities that they have at their disposal.
Adults do their job and realize that education and job skills are something that they need to develop continually throughout their working lives. Be productive and prosper.
Congress and our president: suck it up, stop being bought off, and do what is right. Look out for your karma, try not not be total assholes.
Financial elite: realize that no matter how much money you accrue, your children and grandchildren need to live in this world so you should not ruin the world that they will need to live in. Suck it up and try doing the right thing for change. Look out for your karma, try not not be total assholes.
As a country, we need to work together and everyone do their part.