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Sartaj Anand

Founder, Egomonk , Melton Foundation

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Fill in the Blank - What the World needs now is __________ ?

The World is shaped by our common aspirations and it is through our everyday actions that we provide tacit approval to our reality.

Try to answer this question objectively and share your thoughts to help co-create our Future.

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    Jun 26 2012: A lot of people aim to change the world however in my most humble opinion the world doesn't need to change it just needs to be treated better.
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      Jun 26 2012: Hi Helena!!!
      Nice to see you:>)
      In my humble opinion....I agree...:>)
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      Jun 27 2012: Wow that is a good thought, Helena!
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      Jun 27 2012: Hi Helena,

      In addition to some rehabilitation and therapy, yes, the world should be treated better. =)
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      Jun 30 2012: Wow, nicely said, and very succinctly, too. That needs to be made in an advertising catch phrase. My first thought was to make it into a bumper sticker, but that seems too cheesy and rather counter productive.

      But still, well said!

      And to Derek: yes, Mither Earth could do with some long sessions on the couch, she's been through amiserable couple of millenia!
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    Jun 25 2012: To understand that we are all on the same side.
    • Jun 25 2012: Awsome answer...........I am impressed by your insight.
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        Jun 25 2012: Dear Terry,

        Thank you for your rewarding comment. Fritzie Reisner has put it in a more clear way in previous comments I see and I am not the only one with the that idea in mind.
        "less US and THEM thinking".
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    Jun 24 2012: emotional literacy and more empathy. Also, some therapy. =)
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    Jun 29 2012: common sense

    The more I hear from people, and people in power, the more shocked I become. Look at this excerpt from the texas republican platform 2012.

    "We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority"

    ...are you joking me??

    We need a healthy dose of common sense among voters.
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      Jun 29 2012: How much fun is this answer, S Greco!
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      Jun 30 2012: WOW ! That's frightening ! It's unbelievable such words can be written in 2012, it looks like an inquisition statement of the late 12th century! I may have lost all humor, but to me such thoughts, if applied, are a crime against humanity..

      I'd hate to know my government wants my daughter to be uneducated just because there is a risk she might prove I'm wrong..
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    Jun 29 2012: to slow down.
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      Jun 29 2012: Fortunately, it will !

      Because this speed is imaginary : in 2012, the value of time is linked to the value of some markers like "$ "or "gold".

      When the people of earth will realize how trivial the dept issue is, and how useless 99% of human paid activities are, this people will rest, and start to live again. It is time for us to make this place confortable, for we are enough to make it real, everywhere !

      Anyone knows how to, but is not allowed to, because he doesn't "own" the earth..

      What the world needs now is to un-own itself ! (that would free itself)
  • Jun 27 2012: a complete system re-format.

    It's not that democracy doesn't work, or capitalism doesn't work, or whatever else doesn't work. It's that ALL systems become inefficient and corrupt over time. Like any other machine they occasionally need to be taken apart, inspected, cleaned thoroughly, and have some of their parts replaced.
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      Jun 28 2012: Social systems, even if perfect working utopias and well intentioned from the start (a tall order in and of itself), breed around the controls keeping them utopias --just like diseases breed around antibiotics.

      Now what that says about mankind and utopias --and their 'controls' (which give utopias existence at all)-- is left for the reader.
      • Jun 29 2012: The original Utopia had slaves as a perfectly normal part of its society, because the author could not imagine a society which could function without them. What is possible that we are now failing to imagine?
    • Jul 14 2012: @Lee Miller.
      I agree. History shows how every system is overturned at some point. tribal leadership, city-kingdoms, states in one form or another. Fortunately it seems that each overturn gets less and less violent! Perhaps as a rule between reboots, we should construct the society to be as dynamic, modular and flexible as possible ?
  • Jun 24 2012: self awareness
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    Jun 24 2012: Less "them and us" thinking.
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    Jul 15 2012: What the world needs now is to realize that we are all connected.
  • W Chan

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    Jul 15 2012: Homemade Fish-Filet coated in cajun seasoning, and topped with tomatoes, spring leaves, jalapenos and a drop of Hoisin sauce
  • Jul 14 2012: .
    1. ..Education.

    The human brain are extremely faulty. We have 200+ biases at work all the time, we have numerous perception issues, and everybody is on autopilot 95% of our lives. This is imho the main reason we have trouble moving on. We all need to know when and why we loose rational thinking, and how to remedy that.

    2. ..No money.

    This sounds insane at first, but i cant find a single big problem that doesn't stem from, or are heavily influenced by our use of money or lack thereof. Money is nothing more than a basic tool to distribute what is necessary for us to have a good life. Money as is today doesn't seem to work anymore. With our current technological level, there are literally hundreds of different ways to distribute our basic nessesities, cooperate and contribute to this world. The need for money is all in our minds, ..and it must go..

    3. ..To accept and embrace difference.

    Laws of Chaos seem to apply to us. we are all different, will always be different, and nothing we say or do will change that. We need only a few common basic rules for how to communicate, prevent/resolve our conflicts and then lean back and marvel at the diversity. Tree-hugging thoughts? Not at all - this IS our future and it's coming to a theater near you ;-)

    How wonderful it could be.. ..thanks for asking the question.. i feel all fired up now :)
  • Jul 14 2012: What the World needs now is an awareness of an experiment we did in Biology class. The result of that experiment is the statement; "Any species in a closed environment with an unlimited supply of food will have a predictable exponential population growth and will cease to exist (mass extinction) as a result of pollution". I agree with a lot of the other world needs but for me this statement trumps everything. Japan's tragedy was and is causing extreme pollution in Japan and around the world. Contrast that with the Japanese invention of a new wind turbine that is more efficient than nuclear energy. The turbine structure is large, white and elegant. Humans are more natural than they are intelligent. Hope
  • Jul 13 2012: What the world needs now is a new political movement that is not influenced by big corporations. As long as there are political parties that are influenced by corporations that aim to make a profit by imposing their will on politicians there will be no hope, no peace, no openness and no unlimited innovation.

    So what the world needs is political reform. Reform and new ideas that suit this world and its needs better.
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      Jul 13 2012: I totaly agree with you, but I must add the fact that emerging corporations are one of the many causes, which are pulling people out of poverty throught developing nations of ASIA.
    • Jul 14 2012: Care to write it up for us? You're like the guy who says no to every place that is suggested to go to for dinner but doesn't offer any suggestions himself.
      • Jul 14 2012: Pirate party is a good start for instance :). Open policy, transparent government, reform of the patent and copyright system which are holding back innovation.

        Also why should I say "how" it should be done. The question was "what" does the world need right now. I answered his question.
        • Jul 16 2012: I must admit that that is a technicality that you got me on, good sir. But, I believe that with such an open-ended response that has to do with working and changing things, not just adding a certain element of humanity, I thought that a more in-depth answer was implied.
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    Jul 12 2012: Community spirit. Elderly die and are not found until months later. People are attacked and no one comes to there aid. People dont know there neighbours anymore. What happened ?
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      Jul 14 2012: hi Sarah, i am in favor of your point. as we all know, the rapid development of technology like the Internet seems make people get closer to each other than before.for example, people from all over the worldl like us are able to interact with each other easily at any time, which is totally beyond our imagenation in the past. but at the same time we intend to ignore the people just around us, our neighours and even our family. i believe the friendly communications with the guys in our daily life will make us feel more comfortable and more happy. so pay more attention to community spirit is really a good way to help us deal with the increasingly pressure we face.
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    Jul 9 2012: What the world needs is a history lesson. We need to look back at civilization, reflect, and advance forward.
  • Jul 8 2012: More economic equality. Let's not make our fortunes on the backs of the poor!
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    Jul 8 2012: Less religion and more science.
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    Jun 29 2012: To move away from Political correctness and rediscover old fashioned Community Respect Values and Ethics where neighbours looked out for each other, kids could play in the park or walk to school without fear either for the kids or parents. Where people helped each other with a smile and not walked past as if they did not exist.

    To be able to smile at stranger without thinking about it and hopefully ,without realising it make thier day
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      Jun 29 2012: Sending you a smile Morgan, not just because you mentioned it but because you deserve one for being a decent human being. It is harder work than it appears to be.
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    Jun 26 2012: More curious people. This alone can have profound effects on not only in the progression of science and other fields, but it will lead to the increment of society's interest in the unknown. Which over the history of mankind, people have held too close the illogical fear of the unknown.
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    Jun 26 2012: People who refuse to wear the false masks crafted by the society,genuine people who appreciate differences rather than reject them with blind prejudice...
    • Jun 26 2012: Instead of changing the people, why not change the society itself? What the World needs now is a much better society than the crap of a one we live in currently.
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        Jun 28 2012: Hyun,
        I agree about your opinions about the society today and how its run with the power of money.However as Colleen has said, the society is made up of people,whom I think we should not try to change but help become aware of their 'own' selves therefore gain more people who actually question the current society along with its norms and rules.By doing so,we will have more people who wont accept money as a weapon of enslavement,willing to change the world into a place where the top priority is the preservation and the evolution of the human race as you have expressed very truthfully in my opinion.
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      Jun 26 2012: Well said Beste:>)

      Hyun,
      What is the society made up of......people? How can the "society itself" change without people changing?
      By changing ourselves, we can change the "crap of a one we live in currently", to something more appealing for all of us. "BE" what we want to "SEE" in our world. The ability to change is not "out there" somewhere. It is in each and every one of us, and it is a choice in every moment...seize the moment:>)
      • Jun 26 2012: Society is made not of people, but money. We live in a monetary society today, where the most amount of money enslaves the several with small amounts of money. We are blind to what society doesn't show us, or tell us about. Since you were so apt to point out the incorrect point that I was trying to make, let me rephrase the question, so it fits yours better. What the world needs now is a society that doesn't use money, but uses resources, innovation, and everything that we currently have available to us as humans to make our lives as humans, and the world, a lot better than it currently is. What we need is a world where the top priority is the preservation and the evolution of the human race, not a world where humans are suppressed by the few at the top with the most amount of money.
        "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
        Watch this if you are openminded enough to try to see what could be http://www.thevenusproject.com/
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          Jun 27 2012: Hyun,
          I agree that money enslaves some people, and in some respects we are blind. I am all for a global society which incorporates people, nature and technology...everything that we have available to us...for the betterment of the whole world. I agree that what we need is a world where the top priority is the preservation and the evolution of people and our environment. I believe that it is people who have the ability to implement a plan such as you insightfully speak of.
  • Jun 26 2012: ...is for the poets and visionaries to be let loose.
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      Jun 26 2012: I think they need to be encouraged to jump the fences!
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    Jun 26 2012: Everyone should give someone a hug & that will make it around the world :)
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    Jun 26 2012: UBUNTU

    It's a philosophy " I am what I am because of who we all are"
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    Jun 25 2012: Trust
  • Jun 24 2012: Paradigm shift
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    Jun 24 2012: to wake up
  • Jul 17 2012: Understanding
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    Jul 17 2012: Truth.
    I was very disappointed when the US Supreme Court ruled that we have the right to lie.
    Lies are so important to every evil doer. Lies should be punished. Children need to learn that truth is a very rare and important factor in their lives. Without truth all sorts of mistakes and misjudgements will be made. When a child breaks something such as a vase, and says "I am sorry. I broke it." He should be noted as being truthful and even brave, if there could be a punishment. If he says "I didn't do it." He should be punished for breaking and punished again for lying. If he says "I didn't do it. She did!" He should be punished four times: For breaking, for lying, for false witnessing, and harming another person's reputation.

    So much of our world is based on lies. Big lies, bigger lies, and wholesale falsehoods.
    In war, the first casualty is the truth.
    The idea of incorporation, the creation of a legal body to take the responsibility, is a lie that is damaging the whole world. The people who damage the sustainability of life on the whole planet bear no personal responsibility for the damage they are doing. The politicians who say whatever it takes to get elected never take responsibility when they do not carry through with their promises.
    Truth is the key ingredient that is missing from the world today.
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      Jul 18 2012: Thank you Jon. You are right on. We cannot make good decisions when we don't have the facts. Logical reasoning will lead us to better decisions if we can get all the relevant verifiable facts.
  • Jul 16 2012: A 100% trustworthy media source that gets all the facts and leaves nothing out, broadcasting information and making all POVs on an issue and all details on an issue available to the public. Government and politics as well as big businesses and small ones having nothing to do with the media source, so that there's no way that the media can be influenced by companies or governments.