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Brooke Branson

intern, Ashland Center for Nonviolence

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Re-engineering how we see each other.

The world is shaping up to be a place where human capital is valued less than monetary gain. Why not change that through the systematic teaching of the value of humans and their infinite potential. Start small like coins when we teaching children the worth of money, then slowly grow bigger to philosophies that promote the respect of human welfare and human dignity. It's a simple idea, but it could revolutionize the way a generation looks at one another. How would you carve the path to making this idea a reality or better yet what are you (are someone else) doing to achieve this?

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    Apr 6 2012: I love the idea! But like everything idealistic – I think it's impossible to complete in real life. I like to think of idealism as physics - In physics you can calculate an assignment as for example an object dropping without air resistance. That's the ideal, the theoretical situation – But reality is that there'll always be resistance. This goes for everything in life, if something sounds good in theory, always consider how it works in reality. I mean this is a brilliant idea! If it could work, it would be a step closer to the ideal world! Buuut... Just like communism might be the best theoretical government form, it does not work for a second in the real world, because human psyche must be put in consideration.

    What I'm trying to say is: Way to go with thinking! Now figure out how the hell we get this to work with the human psyche as resistance ^^