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- Change the World, Empathically
from a competitive world
to an empathic world
- More than at any time before, a combination of factors have made it possible for a leaderless, self-guided human revolution.
- These factors include widespread communication and exchange of information; awareness of personal energy flows (such as, ability for empathy, individual autonomy [free to self-express, self-direction], to be meaningful [feelings of dignity, self-esteem], the need and want to connect with others [social-emotional energy]); factors directly in our hands include growing organic food near us, capturing water from the air, and making clothes, housing, tools, and devices (3D printing and by hand); also, knowing how we’re emotionally manipulated by being constantly bombarded with news, ads, and commercials; and an overall understanding and realization of social and economic patterns.
- The patterns are showing us that our social and economic systems don’t work. They work very well for the few, but not for everyone.
- These factors, especially with empathy, make it possible to empower ourselves towards self-determination, self-direction, and self-regulation.
- Moreover, with empathy as the heart towards our next society, it can be a mostly peaceful and swift transition. It has begun.
The very many build and operate society.
The very few prosper massively
and own much of everything.
One day, the very many decided to stop using
any and all means of exchange,
but continued to operate society until better ways take over.
The very few would then no longer
have the means to pay to keep their power.
Power would revert to each of us.
Money does not grow on trees,
but edible fruits and nuts do, freely.
- The Competitive World
- Where we always need an opponent, an enemy.
- Out of all the root causes of our current society, competition is the most pernicious in perpetuating the want to fight, from the tiniest of conflicts (relationships) to war. Competitiveness won't disappear, but our current world is toxically competitive.
- Where empathy needs to be turned off or muted especially in order to compete against others without holding back.
- Where empathy is considered a weakness--we don’t teach empathy, so it’s woefully undeveloped and, too often, dysfunctional.
- Where winning (victory, profit, power, control) becomes the most important thing at the expense of all else, particularly empathy.
- Where resources, people, life, and nature are all the subject of conquering, subjugation, ownership, and control.
- Regardless of what economic system or reform we come up with, as long as the four root causes of the competitive world are maintained, we will continue to have human misery among the masses.
- The 1st step to change: build empathy.
The next steps are already spreading: growing organic food locally; recycling food waste back to the soil; capturing water from the air; as well as, new energy technologies and automation; all while building empathy.
- An Empathic World
- Where the essentials for life are freely accessible, which include empathy, knowledge, know-how, healthy food, water, air, soil, nature, clothing, shelter, tools, energy, communication, and transportation.
- Where neither collectivism nor individualism dominates at the expense of the other. While there may be a wide variety of community types, some more collectivistic, others more individualistic, the interrelationships with self, with others, and all else (land, resources, nature, and all life) would be empathic--an empathic world. Empathy allows for the greatest possible individual freedom, as well as, great collective endeavors, organically.
- Empathy is the ability to feel what others feel.
Psychopathy is the inability for such feelings. We all fall somewhere in between psychopathic and empathic.
- Healthy empathy is the basis for compassion, love, understanding, care, kindness, forgiveness, gratefulness, appreciation, acceptance, benevolence, goodwill, genuineness, authenticity, sincerity, trust, respect, considerateness, letting self and others be and do, openness, transparency, and cultivating diversity.
- Empathic behaviors include letting be, letting go, allowing mistakes, coordinating in considerateness of others, volunteering, coexisting, co-prospering, being open/receptive, collaborative, freely cooperative, openly contributive, co-creative, synergistic, symbiotic, in sync with nature, while in empathy for self, others, and all else.
You don't have to do much of anything on this.
The 1st step is build empathy.
Just 3.5% of the population can make a peaceful change succeed.
The 2nd step is already spreading:
- Growing organic food locally (everywhere from home, reinforced rooftops, within walking/bicycling distance)
- Recycling/composting food waste locally back to rebuilding and enriching the soil.
- Water capturing (rain barrels, condensation/from air, rain gardens) & water recycling, combining all kinds of low-tech and hi-tech capturing, recycling and filtering methods, but in sync with nature, that is, empathically.
When our essential needs, especially food and water, are no longer centralized,
the 3rd step becomes more of a natural transition:
away from means-of-exchange and towards the
free flow of personal energy (natural flow of empathic energy).
- Various short descriptions of the Empathic World.
- Expositions and explanations of each topic area.
- External information and references.
- Old and out-of-date versions of text, files and diagrams.
Not A Utopia
- An empathic world will not be a utopia.
Humanity, by our very nature, cannot have a perfect society--where things don't have to change and improve--that's stagnation for us, meaning putrefaction.
- Empathy also means allowing others to be and do things which will not make things perfect: murders will still happen (hopefully less, so the police will still be necessary for this); high risk taking (exploring, venturing, thrill seeking) resulting in injuries and death; catastrophic accidents, errors and mistakes; abuses; our curiosity; inventing and pushing advancements beyond limits (going into unknown and potentially very challenging situations); allowing people to have the greatest possible individual freedom which includes allowing ourselves to be open to making mistakes, to learn (including learning the hard way), to experience; and so on. However, with empathy as the focus of society (helping everyone to develop and build their empathy), the really bad consequences may hopefully be less.