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Do you think you have done something in your life to improve this world? If so. Could you explain?

Many people complain that this world (or life) is hostile. But...Have we examined our own behavior? Actually, do we contribute to make a better world?


Closing Statement from paco lopez

Once listened the whole contributions. I would say that we all, indeed are doing something for getting a better world, conciously or unconsciously, working in it or passively. I think it is very important to have the attitude or, say, the right fuel. But... How do you get the fuel? I would say: by appreciating the whole what you have: your health, your livelihood, your family, your job, even small details like that you have water to wash up or light in your home; many people in war or refugee camps not even have that. So I think:
If I see a beggar I will try to help.
If I see a sick person I will try to comfort.
If I see a sad person I will try to encourage.
If I see a war I will try to stop it.
I do not wanna make this post larger, so. I want to thank again ( I do not regret to say that there is the word most used for me in this conversation) Thanks TED, Thanks to all of you pen mates to attend and participate in this conversation. And especially Thanks God for inspiring me to be in this place, in this moment and with this post.

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    • Feb 1 2014: If you can change the rules that control you, you can change the rules you can't control.
      I know, that i am controlled by my ego.
      So... ?
      The best i can do is to " Do good and throw it in the river "
      • Feb 1 2014: Hi Natasha, Brief but deep your contriburion.. I agree with you but I think you can change if not the whole that control you at least overturn what makes you more damage.
        So What! if you are controlled by your ego. Do you hurt someone? Then, do the best you can and don´t worry about the result.
      • Feb 1 2014: Thank you Natasha for your thumb. I am very honored. I will answer your other comment tomorrow because of the time difference. See you tomorrow
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        Feb 1 2014: What river do you usually prefer and at what exact location should we do our diving? ;o)
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        Feb 2 2014: No? Oh, I must have missed a memo then ...

        Last on my list still is: Doing good is better than any pearl, jewel, silver and gold for which many people do a lot of diving every day... ergo it would make sense to recover what you've dumped, as there are people who certainly need it. :o)
        • Feb 2 2014: It was meant to be a joke.:)
          'Dive for good' is like 'leave for good' You can be a good diver or a diver for good,
          but never a good diver for good.
          Obviously i am not that good in producing jokes as you are, alas !
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        Feb 2 2014: A joke, Natasha?! I have just filled my scuba tanks with fresh and carefully compressed air ... all in vain now? Gosh, all those molecules squeezed for nothing ...

        But no, there is absolutely no need for your jokes to worry about. They are perfectly funny and just as fine arts they need an equally sophisticated mind to grasp them...

        So what was the name of the river again?

        • Feb 2 2014: Don't river yourself in !
          The sea refuses no river and all seas are in motion to the ocean.
          Happy diving and happy return ! :)
    • Feb 1 2014: I was going to respond that most of what happens to us depends on the individual choices/ actions /thoughts /feelings /beliefs /stories; how the story 'things are out of control' feeds that story... and individuals could feed the story "things will work out for the best --- eventually "

      THEN I remembered a conversation I was having with someone involving a shift and move towards ORDER
      with the caveat that it stemmed not from 'out of control' rather it stemmed from 'true liberty' picking order rater than the alternatives.

      I think that in essence we mostly agree and do share many beneficial stuff... for example - to make the world a simple place to live involves the participation and collaboration of every individual as each contributes one way or the other... then there is the idea of dinging good and throwing it in the river... which I take to mean send it off downriver to help those there... I also liked the idea : Some people contribute in a invisible and intangible way , and some do it in a visible and tangible way. To tell the truth if you contribute one way or the other ... so long as it be good and beneficial... go for whichever way you want to do it...

      the truth that the world has become more complex and hostile to live in ought to be questioned... in ways the world has become more simpler and benevolent to live given that more of us survive... the thing is that with more of us in the place we ought to figure bette ways to get along and enrich each other... and how to share stuff and make the place better for ourselves and others... be that through external work with helping others be that through internal work to help us (and others), be that through a combination of the two, be it through a written word/thought/feeling one creates and sends out into the world (or just keeps within). In a way this is like a message in a bottle. What you do with it is up to you. Consider: reading it, keeping it, and sharing it! Its a cake that one can keep, eat and give
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        • Feb 2 2014: Dear Brother. In Indian wisdom I found one of the most beautiful pearls: Upanisads, From Armtabindu Upanisad, I learned the only and more effective way (for me) to control my mind. and from you I have received the best name I can earn from a person: "Brother". May the peace of God with you.
      • Feb 3 2014: What about this:

        The world is not equal everywhere. If it were, perhaps wars would decrease. But instead, there are "the have's" and "the have not's", places of abundance of resources needed to live and places of lack and scarcity. This natural inequality in the world creates the natural tendency for "the have not's" to desire "the have's"... some by force, and for "the have's" to shun and exploit "the have not's" as a supposedly inferior unlucky bunch. This is all bad, but it explains the need to "do good".

        Doing good in this sense is essentially seeking to create ballance. But therein lies another problem. "Good" as percieved by "the have's" can be perceived as bad by "the have not's". "The have's", for example, make all their lives miserable in order to retire wealthy and begin an old happy life close to nature, friends and family, while "the have not's" begin and spend their entire lives simply and happily close to nature, friends and family long before they are old.
    • Feb 1 2014: Many thanks Santokh I do appreciate that you bring to this conversation a few drops of wisdom from India traditionally a souce of wisdom for the world. Do good and trow it in the river is like the arab proverb: "the good you do with your right hand mustn´t be known by the left hand". to give alms to a poor, not despise people who are not like you in race, color, religion, not think that you are infallible in your judgment,all of them are a form to contribute, as you say: "in an invisible and intangible way" to improve the world around us. Sorry for the delay in my answer. You are always welcome.

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