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What are the problems in this world that need addressing ranking in terms of importance

The problem that needs fixed first should be stated first
The next less important problem should be stated after and so on

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    Apr 11 2014: 1. Education. A quality education that is available to all people. This must include college level study
    2. Equality. Equal opportunity and treatment for all people reagrdless of race, gender, sexual preference or finacial status.
    3. Involvement. Those who are doing well should offer their services ( not just their money) as mentors, coaches and volunteers. Things get personal when we get involved and we need more of that.
    • Apr 14 2014: (1) ....When the education system will be fixed . . .
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    Apr 11 2014: PEACE

    If we were living in peace and harmony, many of the world challenges could be resolved.
    • Apr 14 2014: (4) .... and then finally we will have harmony and peace together , and everyone will make merry ....
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        Apr 14 2014: I like that, as long as we include more understanding and compassion in making merry:>)
  • Apr 11 2014: 1. Intolerance of political, religious, or other philosophical beliefs
    2. Abuse of military power
    3. Food production
    4. Fresh water providing or production
    5. Healthcare, particularly in children
    6. Greed
    7. Lack of acceptance of parenting responsibilities
    8. Dysfunctional relationships due to skewed value systems
    9. The expectation that someone else should solve your problems, you are owed something, or you are somehow exempt for work or responsibility if you can claim you are perpetually a victim of circumstance.
    10. Allowing the fear of doing something wrong to paralyze you from doing what you think is right or what you think should be done.
    11. A constant barrage of sensationalized negative information from all media forms creating a feeling of apathy and hopelessness.
    12. The success and prevalence of parasitic occupations that do not provide a useful product and somehow use fear or speculation as a means to generate business or income.
    13. A focus on lifestyle rather than life, and entertainment rather than life necessities.
    14. Allowing religion to influence or dominate your non-spiritual life activities.
    15. Lack of personal integrity and regard for the value of truth in thought and action.
    16. Lack of planning and thought before action and consequence.
    17. Poor personal financial decisions and a belief that rewards are deserved before they are actually earned.
    18. Dependence of non-renewable fossil fuels for energy needs.
    19. An imbalance on the value of intelligence relative to work ethic.
    20. Loss in trust of political leaders and the effectiveness of the political process
  • Apr 13 2014: 1) (economic) Materialism
    2) selfishness
    3) apathy
    • Apr 14 2014: (2).... then the problem mentioned by you will get solved ....
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        • Apr 14 2014: The 2 does not means your 2 point but its the sequence ...

          Read Tim Emmersons comment its marked (1)
          Then yours (2)
          Then Carl Karasti's as (3)
          And finally Colleens comment as (4)
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        Apr 14 2014: I didn't know what your numbers meant :-) :-).

        You are suggesting...
        (1) ....When the education system will be fixed . . .
        (2).... then the problem mentioned by you will get solved ....
        1) (economic) Materialism
        2) selfishness
        3) apathy
        (3)... and then your message in the comment will manifest itself ....
        (referring to Carl's post)
        (4) .... and then finally we will have harmony and peace together , and everyone will make
        merry ....

        Did I get it right?
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      Apr 14 2014: Brendan, I'd like to highlight the last part of your contribution:

      Wisdom from an Arab: "My grandfather rode a camel. My father drove a Ford. I drive a Mercedes. My son pilots a Lear jet. My grandson will ride a camel."
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    Apr 11 2014: There is one fundamental problem that needs to be rectified. We need to accept, embrace and regard each other with respect, because we are all in this together; we are all intimately and inextricably interconnected and interdependent. We each need to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves - applying the Golden Rule, a.k.a. The Law of Reciprocity. We need to recognize that diversity need not be divisive, that it actually greatly enriches our life experience, and that unity of purpose does not require uniformity of belief and behavior.

    It would be wonderful if everyone would one day wake up and realize this and begin behaving accordingly. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen. So, those of us who do become aware of this will need to change our ways, including sharing about this with others in order to spread and encourage this awareness and way of being.

    As this way of being catches on in a significant way and we begin to deal with rectifying our most fundamental problem, it will inevitably become apparent how we should behave: how we should think, feel and act to help make life better for everyone. Good, wise and compassionate decisions will begin to arise naturally through this consciousness. We'll take better care of our home, Mother Earth (clean water and air, sustainable land and resource management). We'll change our social, financial, economic and government systems to provide for a more equitable distribution of food, wealth and resources; for adequate housing; for good health care; for superb education; for adequate energy and transportation; for human rights; for productive fulfilling lives in a harmoniously peaceful world.

    This is an idea, a way of being, that is worth spreading. Otherwise, we may not survive ourselves.
    • Apr 14 2014: (3)... and then your message in the comment will manifest itself ....
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        Apr 14 2014: :-) :-)

        Your communication style is somewhat less than clear and helpful here. I think I get what you're trying to convey, but only after seeing other comments further down.

        The things that need addressing that you've ranked (1) and (2) do not need to happen before people begin to change on an individual basis. As a few people change their understanding, views and way of being, they will share that with others. This will most often happen on a small scale: one-on-one; a few friends together; small groups. Sometimes it will happen, or at least be initiated, in a larger way through presentations to large groups. As the momentum grows, the spreading will increase.

        It will take much of this sort of spreading before much of your (1) and (2) will really happen in a significant way. However, the education system IS already being "fixed" in small ways by people who are somewhat more awakened to our true nature. There are also somewhat more awakened people beginning to work at changing our materialistic and selfish ways, although struggling to awaken the apathetic is a serious challenge to any changes.

        So, changes to our ways of being do not have to happen entirely in serial fashion; they can come about in a somewhat parallel fashion, beginning first on a small scale, here and there. Then eventually the movement will gain momentum and begin to snowball.

        The question, however, is whether or not the snowball will get rolling and become large enough soon enough so as to avoid a total melt down caused by our unenlightened ways that we seem to be so stuck in.
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          Apr 14 2014: I agree with what you have written Carl...regarding change may not happen in "serial fashion". Some folks may be drawn to different changes at different times, which may all eventually contribute to change on a larger scale.....people may change on an individual basis, as you say and hopefully the changes build to a beneficial level for the whole>)

          Please no snow balls!!! All the snow up here in the north country is finally melting...LOL:>)
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        Apr 14 2014: Ha! We've still got plenty of snow here in NE MN. But it is melting fast here, too - even after our coldest winter on record. But I still have plenty left for making snowballs to throw or roll bigger.

        As people change their points of view, and broaden their views to embrace many points, everything they think, feel and do will change because the their realization will be different. All that we think, feel and do arises from our perception and understanding of what is real for us. As realization changes, reality changes - or is seen more clearly. So, the way we treat ourselves and each other, the way we work and shop, the entertainment we seek, the education system we support the way we vote, the choices we make in political office, etc. - all of that will change for each of us, and for each group that becomes more enlightened. And, we can change the world ... eventually.

        But, yeah, that darned snowball may melt before we've changed enough. Summer is coming ... time is passing ...
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    Apr 11 2014: 1) Access to clean water
    2) Access to safe and healthful food
    3) Access to contraceptives
    4) Access to basic health care
    5) Access to a democratic government with free an open elections
    6) Access to human rights as defined by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    7) Access to education
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    Apr 17 2014: Lack of empathy, compassion and social knowledge. Think about it, what is the biggest threat for humanity? What or who causes all kinds of threats? Global warming, economic crisis and wars? So what is the biggest threat, or who?
    Don't you think if people would think about others, feel what others feel, see what others see, don'' t you think this would create a coorporation between different people. Which could possible lead to new ideas, better ideas and much more effective because humanity actually works together?
    Just think about that, I think this is the only thing, which stands in the way to a better world.
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    Apr 15 2014: This is a difficult question, because human needs are as varied as our beliefs and perception.
    As an African, I'd say:

    1. Good food.
    2. Good governance
    3. Education
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    “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” — Leo Tolstoy

    “The ego has learned to be very clever in order to survive. It is capable of resorting to any lengths or ruse of self-deception and camouflage. The world we witness is merely the drama of collective egos acting out on the perceptual stage of form and time. The satisfactions of the ego are more pleasurable and addictive than the preservation of human life, much less dignity.” — David R. Hawkins

    Our modern world is reflection of our collective “Ego” (our false, illusionary self/identity) and this reflection is frightening. What we are doing to each other and to our children is the reality hard to believe and to accept.

    Although no person wants to suffer, people continually gravitate to the things that cause suffering because of their ignorance. The origin of suffering is attachment to transient things and the ignorance thereof.

    War and violence are fueled by human greed and envy rooted in deep ignorance. Genocide has never resolved any problems – in fact it made problems and conflicts much worse.

    Why alcohol, drugs, prostitution, and pornography (including child pornography) exist in our modern world?

    Because there are many people who crave for it and buy it. Without demand there would be no supply…

    We humans are capable of immense love and sensitivity but we have also been capable of greed, hatred, brutality, rape, murder and war. This duality of what has historically been referred to as ‘good’ and ‘evil’ has troubled the human mind since we first became fully conscious, thinking beings: are humans essentially ‘good’ and, if so, what is the cause of our ‘evil’, destructive, insensitive and cruel side? Are we evil by design or corruption?
  • Apr 14 2014: We are engaged in feel good unattainable wistfulness.

    Let us be realistic. Where our habits and assumption are blocking us from Universal aspirations. Can everyone behave way they want and we can build a better world? If every one is equal do I have incentive to excel or take risk for innovation ? Should one who do not want to work hard be rewarded same as the one who works hard so that he can send his kids to best school? Even before entering heaven Saint Peter checks our ledger to assess if he should let u get in or send us to other place.

    We need education revolution with change of our technology status. Current system is outdated and does not make investment sense.

    The most important things we can do is be realistic. Check inventory of our know how, resources and management ability to achieve the ends desired. Over last few decades we have fought several wars, several nations we have sanctioned with no net results and losing resources that we could have used to do better to us.

    How about top 10 or 20 military power disarming completely and not selling to other 200 nations. How about powerful nations stopping to care their people? How about instead of sanctions building bridges even though lesser nation is not so co-operative or understanding?

    How about people taking responsibility for their aging elders and letting the live with them? How about teaching poor home economics so that less can be more. Billions in third world live thriftily better than poor in rich country with Government help. Can poverty not be incentive to better one self.

    We will not help our neighbor if he falls on hard times but will shed tears and contribute for one living thousands of miles away. We will not give money need for education to our nephew but go to Africa to help education there.

    We want democracy ever where but we have not proved it works for the poor. We are proof in USA. We just lack strong leader who can bring strong consensus.
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    Apr 14 2014: “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”
    ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Collected Works
  • Apr 13 2014: Good morning.

    We suffer from an extreme case of mistaken identity.

    Problems, and suffering, will correct this over time.

    'Someone' who 'fixes' societal problems is symptomatic of this mistaken identity.

    Evolution requires problems. It requires pressure.....and suffering.
    • Apr 13 2014: We can pass on our experience. We don't have to make the same mistake twice. Did you ever make a mistake? Learn anything you could pass on?
  • Apr 12 2014: Ignorance.
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    Apr 12 2014: Syed, Wow, big question. Each of us could wrap our arms around our local and country's need, hopes, and desires ... but the world ... wow.

    So I will try.

    1) Embrace and enable the Hierarchy of needs by Abraham Maslow making them available world wide.

    2) Transparency in leadership. Each of us should be able to understand and guide our future without hidden agendas, corruption, monitory thieft, ect ...

    3) Access to information, education, free speech, and the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.

    On a world scale these few may help in balancing the scales a little ... but the problem remains ... man, greed, etc ..

    I wish you well. Bob.
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    Apr 11 2014: 1. Rampant Advertising.
    2. Rampant Consumerism.
    3. Profit for the sake of Profit.

    i'm not suggesting that these things be stopped or eradicated, just moderated.

    for example, how many new phones do companies like Apple or Samsung need to churn out each year? It's just ridiculous greed at a systemic level.

    the majority of 21st century technology is nothing more than the technology of convenience.
  • Apr 11 2014: There's Talk on this that none seem to have seen... Even though I used to share it ferociously (I just created a new anon account to be able to not get deleted for speaking my mind on

    Bjorn Lomborg: Global priorities bigger than climate change
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      Apr 11 2014: Dorian, This is off topic but why do you feel that TED is out to get you? I speak my miond often and have ruffled a few feathers ... but discussions and debate are what TED conversations are about.

      Interesting you picked Dorian (as in Dorian Grey) and Gainsboro (famous for Blue Boy and Pinker) and not Dorian Wilde combining the author and the subject.

      Just one more thing ... if you fear being deleted would they not delete the item regardless of what name you used ... either the real one or the fake one?

      Interesting. Bob.
      • Apr 12 2014: Hey Bob!

        I don't feel that TED is out to get me, if anything they ignore the community. I'm just fed up with guarding my every word on the basis of one woman's judgement, who I don't get along with.

        This is also a demonstration that the terms are a joke

        "content posted by members using joke names or non-names"

        I used to spend so much time here and that history is a part of my legacy that I want kept, after thoroughly experiencing free speech on other sites on the web (reddit in particular) I must say that there's much more, better and well argued content there. There's also a lot of shit (see, now I can say shit because I don't care) but that's part of humanity, we don't make it go away by ignoring it. And there are wonderful sorting systems that TED doesn't use that other sites have, with those the content that you first read is mostly the best and the debates are much more intense and comprehensive.

        There's also formatting options on other sites that TED doesn't have that makes the experience better, like being able to use bold, italics and strike-through along with much much more, like embedding links into text that makes the reading experience much more pleasant.

        All-in-all the system of TED Conversations suck in comparison to most sites on the web. And it's clear that the "experts" that are working on the site don't know how to do this in a good way. And 2000 chars suck.

        I also have real issues with conversations being pre-approved, because many of the conversations I've tried to start have been beyond the comprehension of the Admin and therefore not allowed...

        Hehe, Gainsboro is also a shade of grey, it's a play on it. ;-)

        Concerning deletion, this account is registered to an email with the same name and I'm surfing the web anonymously so there's no way they can delete my main because there's no proof that it's me.

        I don't care if this account is deleted, I created it so that I don't have to feel the need to guard my tongue.

        Take care Bob!
  • Apr 11 2014: 1. The right to equal land and water for every person.
    2. Organized information on how to tend the land and clean the water.
    3. Community focus on reduction of time necessary to tend the land and clean the water.

    If the focus is to control the world then:
    1. Stills and Breweries easily accessible.
    2. Lots of drugs, government legalizing and profiting from them without giving the people the land and sharing the information on how to make it for themselves if they are so inclined to use for more than just research/experimentation.
    3. Insuring that the above are never to far from ones reach.