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What are we capable of?

The human race has accomplished so much, making soaring buildings from rocks and trees, making an explosion composed of tiny elements rarely found in the universe, that can only be compared to the explosion of a star. We all possess this mental capacity, and yet it goes unused in the vast majority of the population. What would happen if every human being put their capabilities to the test? If we all used the full extent of our brains what would the world we live in be like? Is a utopia possible?

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  • Mar 2 2013: Apparently we are not capable of stopping the evil in the world.
    And we have had a long, long time to accomplish this.
    It should have been done by now.
    I am very old but I knew when I was very young that it was a "sure-thing" possibility that everyone could have food to eat, water to drink, clothes to wear, shelter, bathrooms, education and so on.
    But we haven't done it. Either we are capable of this or we are not.
    Rather, I believe it is, "we are not willing to!" We are not willing to share, change, open our hearts, minds, arms and souls to one another. Nor are we willing to, en masse, stand up to those who perpetrate, teach and use the power of evil to keep the world on the road it has been traveling and stop it.

    We keep on living "our" lives while we "work on that other stuff on the side". "Can ya not eat for about 5 years, while we try and get this program going in order to get you some food? Just hold on if you can, for five more years and we probably, well maybe, whatever, will get food to you. But, listen, I gotta go now. Got mouths to feed. God, good luck.
    Or, good-god luck. Or something like that.

    If we used the full extent of our willingness, it could be done. It isn't using the full extent of our brains, it is simply following through on what we know should be done. Now.
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      Mar 2 2013: I love your statement "full part of our willingness"

      As I grow older I notice my viewpoint about the capabilities of mankind and our willingness have changed. I am still young, but my views were changing to a negative side until I started watching Ted and other positive media outlets. The standard media portrays the world as this horrible place and while it has its tough parts I have become to be enamored with the good side of our species. We have a lot of hard work ahead, but as the media keeps talking about this person being raped, or that child abducted, the overall violence stats are showing that in proportion to our population violence percentage is going down. We are trending toward peace.

      We live in an era (still with many wrongs) where a girl can be in a foreign land surrounded by anger and soldiers, in the middle of a riot and she can tweet "they are hurting us, please help" AND the world moves! not with violence but with information and passion so that a tyrannical government will fall with very few people hurt.

      Granted some of those governments still need work, but I do see the progress.
    • Mar 2 2013: hey RC

      I agree, we are not willing to share...

      Ever wonder how comes? what made us to be so?

      I may be to young to think so, but I believe that after Industrial Revolution humans have grown an unlimited greed in themselves, and we can't help it. today we are capable of achieving anything expect changing ourselves.

      We can be, Gandhis, Jesuses, Buddhas, Muhamads, because we are not willing to simplify our lives.
      Industrial Revolution taught us to build a larger and more comfortable cage (aka Comfort Zone) for ourselves and always look other side of the fence , because the grass is greener there.

      as Martin Luther King jr said: "We learn how to swim like a fish, we learn how to fly like a bird, but we never learn how to live together."

      maybe we are not capable yet.
      • Mar 3 2013: I think it lies mainly in lies.
        We have been lied to about who we are as a species.
        We have been led to believe (lied to), that how we act is "our Human Nature" when it is not.
        We have many choices to chose from in how we respond to what our environment is telling us. Is it safe, friendly dangerous, scarce, polluted, clean, etc. and we respond accordingly, not by nature.
        We have been led to believe (lied to), that it is all right to own Nature and keep others from accessing it. (this also means, stealing it outright, lying to get it, deceiving others and schemes to fool with and using laws)
        We have been led to believe (lied to), that it is all right to destroy this planet because some fictional God is coming back and is going to destroy it all anyway. This is some of what I was raised with, but those lies go back centuries.
        We have been led to believe (lied to), about our genders, sexuality and that what is normal is deviant.
        We have been led to believe (lied to), that we are born in Sin, can never undo that and will go to everlasting Hell where we will burn for Eternity, while those who told us this, continue looting, invading, killing, hunting, persecuting, demonizing and destroying others.
        We have been led to believe (lied to), that we have been told the Truth and not to seek it.
        But, if we were told the Truth, why then do we seek it?
        And we have been seeking it since we were first lied to.
        In a child's early years, I propose that lying is the cause of mental illness that is not of an organic nature. Lying creates a split in the human psyche, turning one away from trusting themselves. Later on, it is heavily manipulated and split further, thus splitting humans further from one another.
        Americans worship lies. William Casey, head of the CIA in 1981 said, "We will know when our program of disinformation is complete when everything the American public believes, is false!"

        The only ones who do not want to live in peace are the leaders of all countries everywhere!
        • Mar 3 2013: hello RC

          truth to be told the truth has never been told.

          I agree with the first part of your comment. and made me to believe again that we are doomed. I knew it since I realized why we fight.

          we let to believe (lied to) all those things you said... I believe... it comes from all the institutions we deal with. the result is being manipulated by them for their own interest (and not our)

          I disagree with the last sentence:

          "the only ones who do not want to live in peace are the leaders of all countries everywhere!"

          What would you say about Gandhi, Mandela ? did they stand for violent?

          I spend most of the time during the day to study leaders and leadership (I even tried to read Mein Kampt by A Hitler) because I want to learn and understand they thinking style and decision making strategies.

          thanks

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