We can - and should - imagine a better world, and it helps if we know what is possible.
A brief story about Denmark: A few years back my partner and I were visiting in Denmark 🇩🇰. We met friends in a small restaurant in Copenhagen for dinner and after a delicious meal prepared to leave. In the street just outside we recognized the chef/owner of the restaurant and approached him to tell him how much we had enjoyed his food and ambience of his establishment.
We fell into a twenty minute conversation with him which eventually made it way to what we found so outstanding about Denmark. He ventured a summation that has stayed with me ever since. “What is most important about Danish society,” he ventured, “is that we live with so much less fear. If my little restaurant fails, I know the state will help me make the transition to a new job, including interim income support. I feel this social support every day and have so much less anxiety because of it.”