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Is There an Idea that Will Change the World?


Here's my question: What is the most important idea that if people took seriously would change the world for the better? It has to be an...

Here's my question: What is the most important idea that if people took seriously would change the world for the better? It has to be an idea that can be communicated in a book and is something ordinary people will latch on to.

The most obvious ideas are ideas that do not work. Love, respect, empathy, and other such things do not seem to make much of a difference. I suppose they have help more than it seems, but yet the world remains a violent place. It's interesting that religion, after thousands of years, has not change this. I think the reason is that these ideas actually require a lot of work. Love seems like an easy thing, but it does require work. If you're going commit to love then you have to become helpful to others and even be willing to sacrifice your own desires. So I suppose there is a certain logic in denying love to all but a few.

What about believing in human worthiness? I believe in my own worth and I enhance my worth by believing in the worth of others. Okay, that also has a certain logic to it, but learning to strengthen your own worth is actually hard work. It takes a lot of practice. I continue to believe in this strategy but I do see the limits.

"Every person always does their best." I'm exploring the possibility that this might be an idea that can change people and the world. It would produce a new way of seeing the world we live in. I think it might produce more empathy. I also think that it is easier to love people and care about them if you think they are doing their best. It is harder to hate and dismiss people if you believe they are doing their best.

I actually think one reason the ideas of love, respect, and empathy do not do better is because people believe other people are not giving their best effort.

I'm going to try this out. I'm going to view all the people who ignore me for whatever reason, and make an effort to see them as people who are doing their best. For example, Republicans and fundamentalist are stupid people, in my opinion. But perhaps they are doing their best. Maybe I will try watching Fox news and see if I can keep that attitude.



The Evolving Monkey : Is There an Idea that Will Change the World?
Is There an Idea that Will Change the World?
The Evolving Monkey
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