Paul Moreno

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What are some ways for any single individual to actively change the world for the better? Also, who defines the "better"?

what can one really do to actually make a difference? For example, on May 1st there is an OWS event to not go to school, work, and also to refrain from spending. But will not spending, not going to school, and not going to work Really impact those, whom they're trying to impact, enough to really matter?

This brings me to the 2nd part of my question. Is something like no spending on may 1st really going to help the situation? Is my absence from class going to be note worthy and make change happen? I'm all for making a difference and trying to make the world a better place, but will any of this really make things "Better"? who's deciding that?

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    Apr 24 2012: I guess work out what you think better is and try and live according to this in everyday life.
    Reflect on this regularly. Discuss it with friends etc. Next step might be to put some time and energy into special causes you feel passionately about.

    As to what makes life better, there are plenty of opinions and books out there.
    I quite like Character Counts (charactercounts@jiethics.org) although it gets a bit religious at time for a non theist like me.
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    Apr 24 2012: I think there's raising awareness/spreading the word. These are largely focussed on grandiose gestures (hair peace) designed to raise consciousness and little else. They are flashy and sometimes fun to get behind.

    The real, nitty-gritty, actually-instil-change stuff is probably far more mundane and difficult to maintain. It is also much less about public statement and recognition and more about (largely) thankless habit.

    Still, any excuse to have a day off school or work is welcome. We try and stay too busy and serious these days..
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    Apr 24 2012: Advertising and writing are two most powerful ways to change the world for better. You can do it individually and within your resource.

    When something which applies to bigger mass and when it is positive in terms of effect, it become "Better".