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How to determine ideas worth spreading...

Ted talks center on the notion of 'ideas worth spreading' and this interchange seeks to focus attention on the practice of choosing the ideas to spread, how individuals and groups determine what to share and cultivate and what to eradicate. This also includes the best practices to ensure ideas are sheared and which ideas get spread. I once read that there are more good stories than bad one, yet more of the latter get told and reported. So how to determine and choose ideas worth spreading?


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  • Nov 16 2013: Any idea, that expedites global peace and prosperity, is an idea worth spreading. It’s all about macro utopia, the rest is just coffee-shop conversation.
    • Nov 16 2013: Well considering that the macro utopia emerges and stems from the micro utopia... yes, indeed!

      Conversations can be viaducts to peace and prosperity when appropriately focused and implemented.

      The stories each tells can have a profound effect on what happens and what individuals choose to do.
      • Nov 18 2013: Interesting thought Esteban, certainly, macro utopia has a corresponding and harmonious micro infrastructure, but, I don't see a necessary relationship or resemblance between any micro utopia and macro utopia. I define micro utopia as synonymous with 'paradise,' from the Persian word for enclosure. Since, reality has exhibited a chronic scarcity of resources, it was the only conceivable way humans could have a good life, protected from the barbarians safely and happily within walls. So, the utopia in that personal enclosure (in a non macro utopia world) is designed by individuals for themselves and does not necessarily have any of the virtues of macro utopia.
        I see macro utopia as the only authentic utopia. The foundation would be a decent standard of living for everyone in a world without war. I think this is not only possible, but relatively easy to accomplish.
        Those who think global peace & prosperity is impossible will construct their own enclosures.
        • Nov 19 2013: Danny,

          Maybe there is an alternative where the micro and the macro synergistically co-exist...that is each one depends on the other and itself to be and thrive (mental note how 'thrive' seems to close to the notion of 'tribe' to be just coincidental). Maybe utopia is a fractal pattern with self-similar arrangements, where the individual protects the whole and the whole protects the individual, "the same from near as from far".

          Whenever I see a dualistic stance, 'inside vs outside', I tend to wonder of the alternative singularity that unites, explains and transcends the situation. For example zero-limits vs limitless both correspond to going to 'the point' where limits 'disappear' and talking about limits becomes meaningless which may happen when approaching infinity.... (Note the subtle point made with the use of 'the point'... in a way 'a point' has no size and/or corresponds to the smallest size to consider... that is 'the smallest size to consider' is no size at all! )

          I will also like to draw attention to a particular sub-idea being spread in what you said that has to do with "a chronic scarcity of resources"... considering the fact that ideas behave a bit different than matter and the fact that reality tends to exhibit a chronic exuberance and abundance over resources I would like to question the veracity of the notion. I do realize that the economic-market-dynamics and systems we have presently in place do focus on scarcity of resources to operate and how operating on infinitely abundant resources would 'collapse' such a system... Imagine I sell you a product and I give it to you while I get to keep it too... with the present economic practices infinite supply drive prices to zero... so instead of figuring out the economics of abundance many when the other way and made the abundances become scarce and kept operating under the economies of scarcity. The thing is, is that a good idea ? Maybe it would be better to operate under an abundant economy.

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