Henry Woeltjen

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Does society have an ultimate goal?

Are we all trying to reach the same goals?

What are our goals as a society?

How should we plan for the future?

I argue that without a goal we are all running in separate directions. In order to facilitate rapid change humans would have to focus their energy.

Energy in this context is meant to mean brain power.

Should we be trying to focus as a planet...or retain our goals as individuals?

  • Sep 24 2012: I think our goal should be to create, somewhere on this planet, three self reliant, sustainable and vibrant communities, to serve as paradigms for future communities. i.e. One village, one town and one city. Ultimately nearly all of us live out our lives in one of these three so I can't imagine a nobler goal for mankind.
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    Sep 24 2012: The most important goals of humanity should be the preservation of the sanctity of human life; and the preservation of the dignity of the human being; and not forgetting the pursuit of knowledge for the general good of humanity and of the environment.

    Some people have individual goals and personal ambition which when pursued would not be contrary to societal/general good. But some people have goals/ideas that make them enemies of common good.

    Knowledge, energy and inventions should focus on achieving goals that are benefitial to individuals and humanity as a whole.
  • Sep 24 2012: The ultimate goal of any society is primarily - Liberty, which is creating social institutions which enable individuals to express and attain their potential so that they are able in turn to enhance those institutions. In other words the first and foremost goal of society is to maximize freedom of the individual. The primary institutions are those of Justice, law and order so that the liberty so granted is not abused by an individual. The secondary goals are those of Fraternity and Equality - but these are unattainable without the primary goal.
    The most important relationship in a social setup, therefore, is that between the individual and the social system or construct, that is, to what extent does the social system as an institution support individual creativity and empowerment to further enhance the quality and efficiency of the institutions of the system. Therefore, the individual entity versus the social institutions as the counter entity is the crucial relationship that enhances and also inhibits each other's development. And without a balanced system that is led by creative individuals, a social structure cannot sustain and once it starts slipping, there is no knowing where it ends up. Leadership is thus the key. Redefined this way, the ultimate challenge of a society is to recognize and promote leaders that have vision.
    "In social institutions, the whole is always less than the sum of its parts. There will never be a state as good as its people, or a church worthy of its congregation, or a university equal to its faculty and students."
    ............Edward Abbey
    "The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first and deadly afterwards."......Walter Bagehot
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    Gail .

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    Sep 24 2012: There is no difference. To change the outside, CHANGE THE INSIDE. We cannot get to where we want to go by remaining who we are. We cannot become more by trying to make our fellow man become less. A world without equality is doomed to failure.

    Only when we understand how POWERFUL the individual is - that what we focus on manifests AS our reality - will we be able to focus on that which will lift humankind from the horrors that they face. Only when we refused to be fodder for the few, who keep us like cattle - feeding off us - can we begin to see the value of the individual and the unity of humanity.

    The separation that you see is an illusion.