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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 widespread leaderless, self-guided human revolution.
These factors include the Internet—widespread communication and exchange of information with everyone; awareness and development of empathy, to be meaningful [that feeling of pride, dignity, self-esteem], the necessity for individual autonomy and to connect with others; factors directly in our hands include growing organic foods right near us, composting to replenish the soil, capturing water from the air, making clothes, tools, devices, housing (3D printing, automation, and handmade); and having cooperative storehouses, work shops, work benches, tooling shops, and libraries of tools, materials, seeds, and equipment; the more critical factors involve using various thinking skills (divergent thinking, lateral thinking), a mindset to purposely and repeatedly cycle through dependent-independent-interdependent states of learning-doing-teaching, and collaborative skills for doing projects from the very small to global; also, knowing how we’re emotionally manipulated by being constantly bombarded with news, ads, and commercials; and more and more, 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 transformation. It has begun.
- From a Competitive World
- Where we always need an opponent, an enemy, an other side to go against.
- 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 subject to 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: stop using any and all means of exchange (bartering, trading, currency, money, credit, debt, and labor).
The next steps are already spreading: growing food locally; composting food waste; capturing water; diverse energy technologies and automation; and multiple independent efforts focusing on empathy.
- To an Empathic World
- Where the essentials for life are freely accessible, including empathy skills, know-how, healthy food, water, air, soil, nature, clothing, a home, tools, energy, communication, and transportation.
- Where neither individuals nor collectives dominate at the expense of the other. While there may be a wide variety of community types, some more collectivistic, others more individualism-based, the interrelationships with self, with others, and all else (land, resources, nature, and all life) would be empathic. Empathy allows for the greatest possible individual autonomy, as well as, great collective endeavors, to occur organically.
- Empathy is the ability to feel what others feel.
We all fall somewhere in between empathy and non-empathy (thick-skinned, medium to low empathy, undeveloped empathy, dysfunctional empathy, apathy, sociopathy, psychopathy, and pseudo-psychopathy).
- 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, being open, receptive, collaborative, freely cooperative, openly contributive, volunteering, coordinating in considerateness of others, coexisting, symbiotic, in sync with nature, more therapeutic/less punitive, while in empathy for self, others, and all else.
- 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.