James McNaughton

Project Manager/Founder, Homelessness And The Arts

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Your wish to change the World?

I've worked with alot of people who have many different ideas on how to change the World in the few years I've been working, and this, along with JR's TED Wish, had me thinking;

What is your ultimate wish to change the World?
How can your wish be fulfilled?
What needs to happen for your wish to be fulfilled?

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    Mar 16 2011: Kill your EGO, start SERVING to the "WORLD" around you.
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      Mar 30 2011: I agree, although I think thats It's possible (and necessary) to keep your ego (ones self)... I'm trying to good because it makes me feel good, if it were not so i would probably not do it...
      Now there is a huge difference between ego and egoism, if you meant the later I totally agree!
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      Mar 31 2011: Beautifully said Kristine :)
      0 ego state and infinite opportunities for happiness :D
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      Mar 15 2011: on one hand i am glad that i am convinced that its our expectations of the world that cause hardship in the relationship of us and the world (we often take for granted what we deserve -a better world )because that would give me enough reasons to believe if we change our thinking problems will not be problems any more . on the other hand i feel frustrated when it comes to the real life and solutions cause sometimes this perception--nothing wrong with the world dosent work perfectly (our perceptions are affected by the enviroment and behaviors ect and we are still yarning for a better world). p.s my very first step to change my own perception towards problems is to stop calling them problems but rather challenges.
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          Mar 17 2011: sounds like you are quite with cognitive theory,uh? i tend to believe in dynamic interactions of envrioment ,thinking ect .what you said make sense to me too.and i think that's very important for people.

          just out of curious ,is greed another form of "positve human motivation"?(as i call it-the desire for the better and how we define this nature is affected by our perceptions too).if no , then how do we make sure that our perceptions of this very human nature is not contaminated by our own" greed"?
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          Mar 26 2011: I agree Mark, that we cannot change the world. We can only change ourselves and our perception of the world. Change our thinking...we change our feelings...we change our lives:>)

          It's human to be frustrated at times Amily. Do you think our "perceptions are affected by the environment"? Or do you think/feel that at times, we have the opportunity to change the environment in our little space and thereby change our perception of the environment? If, as you say, that we are "yearning for a better world", which I agree with, do we have the opportunity to create the "better world" in our own little space? I get frustrated sometimes when I think about big changes in our world, but if we each take little steps and make little changes, it adds up to big changes:>)

          I like the word "challenges" to replace "problems". As one of my dear engineer friends says when faced with a challenge..."it's not a problem, it's a feature"! If we can face some challenges with joy, humor and love in our hearts, it often changes the character of the challenge:>) This idea is not so "difficult to maintin" Mark. What we focus on expands:>)

          I enjoy your perspectives Mark and Amily...good thread:>)
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          Mar 30 2011: Colleen;)
          Do you think our "perceptions are affected by the environment"? Or do you think/feel that at times, we have the opportunity to change the environment in our little space and thereby change our perception of the environment? ---you really see the point here. i meant both.
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          Mar 30 2011: Dear Amily,
          Yes, I think I see the point and was reinforcing it:>) I believe everything is interconnected, so, in my perception, if we change something in our lives, other things will naturally change as well:>)

          I also agree with your insightful idea that: "Our expectations of the world", sometimes "cause hardship in the relationship with us and the world", and we take many things for granted. With my belief that everything is interconnected, I have no expectations that the world is going to provide my contentment without effort on my part. I like to fully participate in all the life processes and I am responsible for my own perceptions of the world:>) Sounds like you feel the same way?
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          Mar 31 2011: you just read my mind ! Colleen, how did you do it !? beside what you said above i also believe that in oder to help ourselves we need to help others.in that way we are endowed with less power which we might abuse in someway(just in case) over the people we help and then be responsible for ourselves.

          p.s what Mark said is very true as well, thank you all for the inspirational conversations.
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          Mar 31 2011: I appreciate your views Mark :)
          Wish others should think the real way to enlight themselves.

          God bless
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          Mar 31 2011: I'm a "mind reader" Amily!!! LOL...just kidding:>)

          When we recognize the connections between all of us, I think it's easier to really listen to and understand others on many levels. I was simply listening to you:>) I also feel that when we recognize the connection, we help ourselves when we help others. When we are kind and respectful to others, we are giving ourselves that gift as well. When we hurt others, we are hurting ourselves. I believe that in hurting others, we abuse our power. The real power is in love:>) Are we still on the same page?
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          Mar 31 2011: Yes.we are on the same page ! its me that change topics very often .cause i got vey excited about ideas in my head.
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          Mar 31 2011: I'm excited about the ideas in your head too...great ideas:>)
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          Apr 4 2011: thank you Colleen. I would like to know your ideas as well.
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          Mar 30 2011: but I think it's only wise to do something if it doesn't seem like a sacrifice (keeping in mind what may be sacrificed when not doing it). ----- that's a good reminder when thinking about sacrifice.
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    Mar 18 2011: My wish for the world, is that people could interact with one another with an open heart and mind, while leaving their ego and personal agendas behind. My wish can be fulfilled by walking my talk...by being what I want to see:>)
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      Mar 31 2011: Indeed Colleen...we make things around us, the way we see and wish things to be :)

      Many regards
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    Mar 18 2011: Democratic education for a democratic society.

    Collaboration.

    Collaboration.
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    Apr 1 2011: We can't change the world, but ourselves.
    This partcular thing can influence the society, one lives in :)
    The more we interact with other people and cultures, the more positive influence we can be, to all those who come around us...


    Simple way yet a hard one to get grip on

    Cheers
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    Mar 30 2011: I have to say, there's some brilliant answers! Thanks everyone for commenting. It's gave me a lot to think about :)
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    Mar 18 2011: anarchy in its purist form.

    itll never be fufilled, as people time after time choose to be contoled, rather than live.
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    Mar 13 2011: My wish for the world is a pandemic24 hour virus that would destroy the greed centers of the brain with the only additional side effect of eliminating psychopathy. Although I am joking- I think that this would help a lot.
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        Mar 15 2011: Hi Mark!I am not sure that I am seeing a great deal of learning from greed. Most children learn to share early in life or they never learn. When the top 400 richest Americans own more than the bottom 50% of Americans combined, I can't see much progress. How does it make sense for future generations to say that those who got to the resources first get to keep them all even when others are starving to death? How does that provide for equally intelligent, capable and savvy children who are yet unborn? I do not really want to learn from cholera, polio, MRSA or C. Diff either. We just work at getting rid of those diseases that humanity has suffered and it's OK with most of us.