The solution isn’t a one way quick fix

Posted on April 13, 2013

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To really make a big change in society you can’t just aim for one solution and think that it will do the trick. It’s not just about technology or spiritual enlightenment or education or politics or philosophy or freedom or feeding the world or science or health or peace love and understanding. it’s about all of them at the same time. We can’t create a society that only cares about technological advances and where everyone has to become a scientist and religions are banned or any kind of spiritual life. We can’t create a society which relays only on God saving our souls. We can’t think that as long as the right political party gets into government it will all be okay. We can’t think that as long as we solve the climate crisis we’ll be safe. We can’t think that as long as we fix the educational system the world will be a better place. We need to look at all of these areas as parts of the same system and should be worked on as whole. We need to make big technological advances for sure, but we also need to question when or where they should be used and not. All things around us doesn’t have to be high tech. Some things can be made in a very low tech way and it will be healthier for us. We need to restore the balance in the ecosystem that we have disrupted. We have to become a positive part of it again. We have to look over all of our production systems and infrastructures and question them drastically from an environmental, technical, philosophical, moral and need perspective. We have to ask our selfs what the purpose of education should be.
What should be the outcome of being educated?

We have to discuss how we can make it easy for anybody to go on spiritual journeys and find their own way through life. I’m not a fan of religions per say and this is a hot topic for sure. I think they teaches us to use blind faith instead of asking questions and investigating the world around us, but hey, this is for sure an assumption from my part since I haven’t actively taken part of any religious practice myself really. I think though that it is very dangerous to have a big population of people who are trained to follow blindly, if someone claiming to hear Gods voice obeys it of them. But I think that all humans have some need for an inner spiritual life and everybody that believes in a God or two aren’t crazy fundamentalists. There are a lot of priests and spiritual leaders that help people get through hard parts of their life and they don’t try to force any religious dogmas onto them. There’s nothing wrong with aiming towards living a more rich life on the inside than a rich one on the outside. At some point in our life we feel compelled to start asking the big questions in life. Why am I here? What is my purpose in life? What happens when I die? What do I want in life? Who am I? Am I apart of something bigger out there? Is there a god? Do I have a soul?
These questions are important and I think every human being is allowed to try and find that out for themselves. You can find these answers by looking into them for several perspectives, both spiritually, philosophically and scientifically and you will find some part of the answer from all of them and it’s important that you get answers from all perspectives I think. We have to understand that we have a need for an inner spiritual life as well as a more extroverted everyday functional life. I have to feed my “soul” just as well as my body. We can’t have a society that forbids people to, on their own time and/or with others that are also searching, to engage in some sort of practice for enlightenment. We can’t banish all munks and nuns out of their monasteries. Militant atheism, such as the one Richard Dawkins is advocating is just as dangerous as extremist religious groups. We have to educate people to use their critical thinking and to be aware of how our mind works, how manipulation works, how behaviors are conditioned and how throughout history religions have controlled the masses. If we educate our kids and ourselves about how to search for answers and which method is appropriate for the questions we’re asking (the scientific model, creative exploration, philosophical exploration or a spiritual journey) them they can at least make conscious choice about it.

Education is a huge area to be further developed. I personally think that we have to take a closer look at the whole purpose for education. What is it that you’re suppose to achieve at the end of the line?
What are we being educated for?
As of now I would say we are educating kids, teenagers and grownups for the purpose of advancing within the system itself, creating workers with specific skill sets to perform specific tasks, teaching us that academic subjects are the most important to understand, indoctrinating the idea that there are leaders and there are followers, teaching us that a lot of facts are very important to memorize and that there’s a right way and a wrong way to to something and that authorities have monopoly on what is right. When we come out of the educational system, we are prepared to be a part of the systems in society, we accept that there are leaders that we should follow, there are people who are experts that we should listen to for answers and we are indoctrinated into believing that we need to find a job, make a career, enjoy or spare time with entertainment and jump on the hamster wheel. When it comes to morals, ethics, empathy, philosophy and any kind of choices regarding ones inner life, we are on our own. Obviously there are specific college and University programs that dig into these things a lot and where you really get to learn how to develop your critical and creative thinking, but it is not a part of the mandatory first years of education and it is not all higher educations that touch on this.
First of all I think education should embrace the fact that learning is a life long process and the system itself should be adjusted to that fact.
I think the goal of education should be this:

  1. Learn to use our critical thinking. We should be able to question things and read between the lines.
  2. Nourish our creativity and help us to use it to solve problems, get new perspective and develop anything.
  3. Learn how to search for answers and proof of things existence and functions (scientific model with physical tests and observations etc).
  4. Learn to build, construct, grow and create different things that we need and use in our society.
  5. Use the world around us (including our society and ecosystem) as a topic to practice and master the above processes. We need to understand how the world works, how to find that out and improve on parts that need improvement.
  6. A second topic to study is our selfs. We need to learn about how we work and what our potentials are, physically, mentally and spiritually and how to find that out.
  7. Learn about cause and reaction on several levels. How do we act around others and what reaction does that result in? How do we want to be treated and how should we treat others? What causes can we find in the world around us to describe certain reactions we’re observing? It is important to understand that everything that happens will result in a reaction and that every reaction you see has a source some where that caused it. We need to understand that what we do affects our surrounding and the people in it so we have to make conscious and responsible choice about how we act.
  8. Learn how to communicate with others through written and spoken language, body language and what energy we’re sending out and are picking up.
  9. Understand our empathic ability and learn to use it. Through this we should also learn about compassion, understanding and  helping others. We should discuss morals and ethics and how we should behave towards others and our environment.
  10. Learn about how to search within yourself for answers to your most important questions. Learn meditation, listen to yourself, being present, being more aware about yourself and the things around you, learn acceptance and also your possibility to grow.

We should aim towards enabling people to be wiser, curious, critical, use their creative, be compassionate, driven, active and capable of thinking for them selves. People should be allowed and encouraged to direct themselves towards their element where their potential can really come out and flourish. We should also be allowed to take things in our own tempo.

Technology is of great importance. There’s still so much more we could do to improve our lives. A lot of production systems should be automatized. no human being should be treated as a machine. We are capable of so much more than that and machines are capable of so much more than we are in that department. Robotic development should be pushed a lot further. There are several situations when we need a robot to do the job and I think it’s a great idea for private people to have their own robot if they need to, to do chores around the house, help you with difficult tasks or more specifically if you have some sort of handicap and can’t take care of yourself. We should have highly advanced transportations systems that can take anyone or anything anywhere around the planet in very short time frames without creating any strain on the ecosystem what so ever. We should create cities that are completely integrated in nature and that does no harm to it what so ever, but rather invites it to be a part of the city. We should have mega cities just as well as small simple villages. We should create the best possible system for energy that is completely renewable and that makes no strain what so ever on the ecosystem. Some solutions we have today with trying to eat local food for example comes from the fact that food transportation and production on certain places is such a big problem. But what if our transportation system could be a self sustained system?
Some crops can only be grown in certain areas on this planet so we will have to have a transportation system that doesn’t strain our environment or the system itself.
We should also develop highly technological solutions to protecting our cities and habitats from natural catastrophes and threats from outer space (such as meteors, solar storms etc). We should develop systems and products that can enable us to explore deep space. We should also give some thought to areas of our life that doesn’t have to be high tech. There are lots of activities that we find great pleasure in when doing it by hand. And when it comes to housing we should definitely try and make them more a part of nature than not.

Politics is another thing to question. What is it’s purpose and what do politicians really do?
Should politicians really make important decisions about areas that are actually outside of their expertise?
And what about our legal system?
Laws are only one way of trying to solve a problem. And we have law –enforcement, that makes sure we don’t break the law. We should give a lot of laws a careful look. Why do we have them, what problem are they trying to prevent and could that be prevented in another way?
In the type of society that I’m suggesting there would be no need for money because you would get everything you need for free by default. This would completely eradicate A LOT of laws around stealing, bribery, embezzlement, identity theft, money laundering, forgery and many more. There might still be situations when someone might take something that isn’t theirs and without asking for permission. For example, a house guest at a party takes someones necklaces without asking for permission. The woman that owns is gets upset and tries to find out who took it and manages to confront the thief about it and get it back. These types of actions will never be prohibited by a law, in fact they happen all the time despite the current law. The solution to the problems lies somewhere else. Why did that person feel they had to steal it in the first place?
There’s psychological problems such as kleptomania which is solved by therapy for instance. Then there’s the problem of attitude. People feeling that they should be able to take what they want and don’t care what anybody else thinks. This  problem can be cause by a lot of things and should be managed by continuously have an open debate in society and our educational system about moral, ethics and behaviors we want to encourage and those we want to be rid of.

There’s a lot more areas and problems that need to be addressed and I will write about all of them over time on this blog. What I wanted to make clear here was that a Utopian society can’t be created by focusing on only one parameter of life. We are complex and the world around us is complex and we shouldn’t try to simplify something that can’t be simple.

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