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What problems do you believe can or will be solved in your lifetime?

Three parts. What problems do you believe can or will be solved in your lifetime? Will you be partially responsible for the solutions? What can or will you do today to progress towards those solutions?

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    Feb 20 2013: Illiteracy is a problem that can be solved in my lifetime.
    I think technology is making it easier to educate people worldwide.

    Another problem that I feel can be eliminated is childhood obesity.
    I can do my part by educating those around me, and helping to promote a healthy lifestyle through my example and my words.

    It would be something wonderful if some of the major problems humans face on earth would be done away with in our lifetime........we will have to wait and see......and in the meantime do our share whenever possible.
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    Feb 20 2013: Hi Mark:>)
    I would like to see us (humans) discontinue being bogged down with the perceptiion of "problems", because the word seems to have taken on primarily the meaning of PART of the definition....."a source of perplexity, distress, or vexation".

    It seems like we (humans) spend more time and energy with the distress and vexation, rather than finding solutions to the challenges we face in this life experience.

    The definition of "problem", also includes..."a question raised for inquiry, consideration, or solution".

    I like to move toward solutions sooner, rather than later, so I often feel like there is more time than necessary spent with distress and vexation.

    Yes, I believe this perspective CAN be changed in my lifetime
    Yes, I AM partially responsible for the solution.....what we focus on expands:>)
    I am writing a proposal here and now to progress towards the solution:>)

    Proposal:
    Let us face life challenges with more inquiry, consideration, and solutions... less distress and vexation.
    • Mark B

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      Feb 20 2013: Although I like your proposal, must we change ones vocabulary before attempting to solve ones "problems"? If a person came to you for help but, did not present the challenge using an acceptable vocabulary (although comprehendible) , would you deny them help?
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        Feb 20 2013: Nowhere in my comment did I say we "must" do anything Mark.

        You asked questions...
        "What problems do you believe can or will be solved in your lifetime? Will you be partially responsible for the solutions? What can or will you do today to progress towards those solutions?"

        I answered your questions with an idea....."I would like......"

        No, I would not deny a person help because of the way s/he may ask for help. I do not think/feel that my comment suggests that in any way, shape or form.

        I clearly stated...
        "I like to move toward solutions sooner, rather than later, so I often feel like there is more time than necessary spent with distress and vexation."
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        "It seems like we (humans) spend more time and energy with the distress and vexation, rather than finding solutions to the challenges we face in this life experience."

        I would do my best to support a person asking for help, to move through his/her challenge, as I often do:>)
        • Mark B

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          Feb 20 2013: Colleen, I apologize if my comment appeared as an attack on you personally. It was not my intent. I was hoping to gain a better understanding of why this particular "problem" is worth mentioning above all others.
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        Feb 20 2013: Thanks Mark. I don't feel attacked. I'm just wondering if you are aware of your own questions? And if you are reading people's responses carefully?

        I did not say it was "worth mentioning above all others". Lots of people on this thread have offered some very good ideas about issues in our world that definitely need to be addressed. Would you feel better if I simply repeated some of those?

        I believe that what I focus on expands, and I like to focus on solutions:>)
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          Feb 20 2013: I understand. Thank you for your comments.
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    Feb 20 2013: 1. Cancer.
    2. Child labor.
    3. Cross border terrorism.
    These are almost within reach. We should keep pressing our Governments not to dilute these with vote politics.
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      Feb 20 2013: Would you elaborate on why you believe each of these are within reach?
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    Feb 20 2013: None. Every human attempt to solve a problem creates new problems; and on and on and on.
    We are in life to find life. There will always be those things that would battle against life and living. Finding life is the only true solution that can be found; and it is personal.
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      Feb 20 2013: If we find our own personal solution to life, are we obligated or should we attempt to help others find theirs?
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        Feb 20 2013: Yes; we should help. But we cant be at the driver's seat of another person's life.
  • Feb 20 2013: Many can be solved. None of the big ones will be. Perhaps that is why we can find no intelligent life in the Universe except maybe ourselves (?) in our search.
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      Feb 20 2013: I'm not certain I understand the connection. How does the possible lack of other intelligent life preclude us from solving our problems?
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    Feb 20 2013: Cheers to everyone !
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    Feb 20 2013: I believe that the collapse of our fiscal structure will trigger questions. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening until after yet another major war is initiated in order to prop up the economy (though that will not be the stated reason).

    When it all falls like Humpty Dumpty, I believe that there will be enough like me (having met so many on-line) who will help direct mankind to a better understanding of who and WHAT they are, and how to use their immense powers. They will do this more by example than by taking ownership of leadership positions. The power hierarchy is antithetical to how life works.

    I see a much better, kinder, gentler, cooperative, and sane culture replacing this one - and yes, in my lifetime.
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    Feb 20 2013: Cancer:
    http://www.biospectrumasia.com/biospectrum/news/121717/bacterial-protein-azurin-anti-cancer-potential#.USTjzPJhgVU
    Child Labor:
    India contributes ina very substantial way in world Child labor statistics. It's a 1.2 billion people country and it can change the scenario very effectively. Gigantic education projects are under way in India (a huge budget spending on that too - each Indian citizen pays an additional 3% cess on Income Tax for education). A child works when the utility from working today is greater than the utility associated with not working. So, if return of education is properly appreciated, and I am hopeful about it, there is no reason why Child Labor will not be eradicated in another 3 decades from now (which I hope to live).
    Cross Border Terrorism:
    We all know the geography of the nursery of cross border terrorism. I believe declaring war against terrorism without trying to understand why it starts at the first place can only produce short term results. But a general wave of people's revolution in the middle east to form democracies more aligned with modern values of the world will see the end of this menace, again hopefully in my lifetime.
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    Feb 20 2013: The problem: morbid obesity epidemic.
    At 5’-10” and 218lb with high blood pressure (140/95), I realized that I needed to change my life.
    Now I’m 175lb and have healthy blood pressure (120/80) with no longer taking PB meds.

    So I have taken responsibility for my health, and help others by leading by example and offering tips on how to have a healthy diet that taste good.

    I’m starting to garden vegetables, herbs and spices. And I will share and thus be part of the solution.
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      Feb 20 2013: Don, I need a specific advice. I drink tea, both Darjeeling variety leaf and green. I heard contradictory claims about its health effects like on BP and triglycerides. I know it's anti-oxidant. What is your suggestion? I am 52 years old active Indian male, 5'7" tall and weigh 70 Kgs.
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        Feb 20 2013: I strongly believe that everyone needs to create their own custom diet based on their unique health needs and taste.
        As far as I know tea has little effect on BP, unless it is sweeten. Then I would replace sugar/sweeteners with spices.
        For BP I recommend fish and the supplement CoQ-10 if you can get it. Normally I would say replace sugars with spices, and reduce the amount of fat, but seeing you’re from India I’ll guess that is not an issue. For BP olive oil is really good, also garlic and cinnamon should help.

        Personally a large part of my diet is focused on being anti-inflammatory do to a health issue.
        And it is an aspect often over looked, even though it is a factor in many health issues.
        The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan [Paperback] has really helped me fix my diet, and I highly recommend it.
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    Feb 20 2013: 1. People will become self-aware and regain ownership of their power - which will make life better for all.
    2. I am partially responsible already. Society is the sum total of its members.
    3. I work daily on self-improvement.
    • Mark B

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      Feb 20 2013: In regards to your # 1: What do you believe will trigger people to become self aware? What methods can be used to regain power? Do your answers pertain to a specific country or world-wide?
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        Feb 20 2013: I believe that the collapse of our fiscal structure will trigger questions. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening until after yet another major war is initiated in order to prop up the economy (though that will not be the stated reason).

        When it all falls like Humpty Dumpty, I believe that there will be enough like me (having met so many on-line) who will help direct mankind to a better understanding of who and WHAT they are, and how to use their immense powers. They will do this more by example than by taking ownership of leadership positions. The power hierarchy is antithetical to how life works.

        I see a much better, kinder, gentler, cooperative, and sane culture replacing this one - and yes, in my lifetime - and yes, around the world. The awakening is a global one.