Maybe we need a physicist to solve our social issues…

“If you have one hour to save the world, how would you spend that hour?” He replied, “I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and then five minutes solving it.”

This quote has been attributed to Einstein and, assuming it was him who said it, he makes a very valid point – one we should be applying to social issues just as much as it’s applied to science.

Community organisations are great at meeting immediate needs such as providing food parcels. They then try to alleviate the issue longer term with education and support. We know education levels, employment, housing etc are contributing factors but do we really know why these issues continue?

Mental health issues seem to be increasing. Our health system provides drugs and intensive support while community groups are out there supporting at the coal face. Are these issues really increasing (as opposed to being more known) and if so why?

The answers that get trotted out are often ‘easy’, trendy and not really fully to the root cause. Again an Einstein quote is apt “What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right”.

We seem to be a species of problem reactors not problem analysts. Perhaps the answers really lie in science…

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