G.K. Chesterton is said to have responded to the inquiry “What’s wrong with the world today?” with two simple words. “I am.”
This must be where we both start and end. I am what is wrong with the world. My faults contribute to the brokenness we see. My actions, outright or inadvertent, cause pain and confusion on a daily basis. The inner dialogue of my mind is often not filled with grace and love but pride and selfishness.
As much brokenness as we see in the world, we must first address the problem of ourselves, for that and that alone is our responsibility.