How different can we be? If self-help books could do it, they would have done it by now. If we were capable of the kind of change it would take to make the world even a little more like it ought to be than it is, we would have done it by now. For all the talk about religion and enlightenment, there is no evidence that any of it has brought transformation and revolution to the human condition. The world isn't remarkably better because of Joel Osteen and mega churches. We can't figure out helpful responses to homelessness and hunger in our country, much less throughout the world. I think we had better settle for a good night's sleep and enjoyable companionship through the days that are ours upon the earth. Changing the world isn't in the cards.