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Lesley Vlietstra

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Why do we as humans feel that our individual wisdom is of any value in dealing with global problems?

In view of the massive diversity in opinions on any subject under discussion, why do we as individuals feel that our wisdom is of value? All that we can agree on is that we disagree more than otherwise. Is personal experience enough to solve another's problem when their experience has produced the opposite view of how to proceed?

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    Aug 1 2013: I have no opinion or wisdom to offer. I will defer to the 'experts' and gov't officials to make decisions and determine things, because they are always working in my best interest and they're usually always right. So rather than waste my time with my trifling opinions, I'll just continue to work and consume like a good citizen because it is always better to suffer defeat than it is to seek the glory of influence. Usually safer too. Come children, pay no attention to those rabble-rousers. They'll only get you into trouble --- I'm sorry. I couldn't resist. Let me mention a few names of individuals who felt their opinion had value to offer: Marting Luther King Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Jesus Christ, Moses, Mohammed, Buddha, Joan of Arc, Queen Elizabeth 1, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, etc. All of those individuals, and many many more, influenced the world and impacted global issues. I believe that we feel that our individual voice has value because it does. Any one of us could bring the next 'game changer' to the table. All the best, friend.

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