"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." -Frederick Douglass. When it gets down to it, most human problems are sociocultural/economic, the result of destructive cultural values, which start in the individual. Even in a lousy culture, we can try to raise our kids right, and be good to the other children we encounter. Then hopefully they'll grow up and not be as shitty as us.
"PAIN is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year; but eventually it will subside, and something else will take it's place. If I quit however, it will last forever. At the end of PAIN is success. You're not gonna die because you're feeling a little pain." - Eric Thomas