There is so much bad news being reported lately, and so many of us need a break. Please add your own What Ifs in Comments. My list is certainly not complete, so feel free to pile on. Take a moment to fantasize. What if...?
The news media reported accurately, objectively, and without bias?
People were rewarded for their competence, but not for incompetence?
People in positions of authority refused to succumb to desire for power and instead made fairness, compassion, kindness, objectivity, and good judgment their goals?
Everyone simply acted nice to each other?
People smiled and laughed more?
The color of your skin didn't matter at all? Ever again?
Your sexual orientation didn't matter at all?
Scared white people who will inevitably become a minority didn't care about that at all?
Religious groups didn't try to impose their beliefs on others?
Atheists were embraced by those of faith? What if an atheist became our next president?
Lethal weapons ceased to exist?
Lies were obsolete?
Blame were placed only on those who truly deserved it?
Baseless smear campaigns ceased to exist?
Women were treated/paid as equals?
Women were allowed to make their own decisions without men imposing their will on them?
Rapists ceased to exist?
Children were always loved and never abused or mistreated?
People stopped using and discarding other people?
There were less greed and more altruism?
Businesses cared about their customers enough to keep air and water clean and make the health and welfare of others a priority?
Terrorist groups looked at themselves in the mirror, did a double take, and started laughing? And then morphed into philanthropic and human rights groups?
Everyone old enough to vote could, and did?
Hunger was a thing of the past, food and water were plentiful?
All food was good for us and we could eat/drink as much of anything as we wanted without any negative consequences?
There were no diseases or extreme physical pain? What if everyone passed away peacefully when their time came?
Fear was rare?
Drugs (and drug ads!) were unnecessary?
Mental illness were as easily recognized and as easily treated as the common cold is?
All violence stopped immediately? Would all those angry people with guns and knives suddenly look sheepish and start cracking up? And then become reasonable, mentally stable, and friendly? What if that happened?
Opposing parties came together to work out the nation's problems instead of resisting or ignoring obvious solutions?
Everyone followed the most important rules of improvisational comedy and listened carefully to one another, then defaulted to the premise "Yes, and..." instead of, "No"?
Communicating were a priority? And people were good at it?
Animals were never mistreated or abused?
Everyone had a sense of humor?
People stopped using the words "folks" and "gentleman" inappropriately? Criminals are not gentlemen. Folks is a friendly word; use it that way.
People were hired to do what they loved, and then they were paid well to do it?
People habitually made other people feel important and accepted?
Computers worked properly?
There was no small print?
Old people were made to feel important and beautiful?
What if any of these questions could be answered without being prefaced by, "Yeah, right..."?