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From government to individuality, as a whole or as a group, how do we change for the better?

It seems that from religion to politics to star trek there's been a movement in humans to change for the better. what are the factors that promote change for the better? what are the base principles. what happens to one who doesn't change. why do some have a more difficult time then others?

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  • May 4 2013: Interesting, Michael.
    I think our ability to change as individuals has to do with our own awareness of ourselves. I think we all have behavioral patterns that can sometimes hinder us, or even be destructive. I myself have been confronted by my own destructive patterns at one point, and that awareness forced me to change for the better, meaning, I am aware of my limitations, aware of the destructive patterns that can harm me and those I love, and can participate in my community in a way that I feel good about.

    Changing as a community starts with changing as individuals. And therein lies the problem - what is 'change for the better'? Not all of us feel the need to change, and even if we did, who is to say which direction is best for us all to go? Hitler thought he had a good idea and managed to force masses of people to change...

    What is your definition of 'change for the better'?
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      May 4 2013: I love a lot of those points you made. Destructive patterns hold people back from responsibility and greater truth. Hitler is a great example. In all honesty what individual out there can come up with a direction for the better of everyone? My def for change for the better is being more obedient to eternal truths because you love your self more and you love your friends more and if you believe in a higher power, you love him more. The change ready you to receive more truth.
      • May 5 2013: Hi Michael,
        I get what you mean, "being more obedient to eternal truths" and "the change ready you to receive more truth". Truth is what scares us, what makes us fight wars, what keeps us in a state of arrested development. To conquer it, to allow us all to face truth, would change our world.
        Only problem there, is that our definitions of truth are also different. A higher power is a good example - I am an agnostic. The existence of a higher power is not truth to me, but I respect the fact that to many, it is.

        I agree, no individual can determine the direction in which we all should go. But we, as individuals, can. Maybe all facing the same direction isn't the answer, as long as we can respect each other's chosen direction?

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