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Mackenzie Lee

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Is there a realistic model upon which we can build our world, both societally and personally?

It seems every model for practical living, both societal and personal, ends up defeating itself. In the political sphere, communism and capitalism often end up frustrating their own purposes. Similarly, personal ideals for living too often lead to that which they sought to avoid in the first place, or else to ignorance and nearsighted decisions. Is there any model that we can use to encounter our world, as society and as individuals, that can support itself when implemented practically? Or is this a doomed venture? If not, what would this model look like?

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    Mar 6 2011: I agree with all statements. If all nations would sign on to the "Charter for Compassion" and everybody stick with it, we would at least see an improvement if not as total resolution.
  • Mar 6 2011: CHARACTER INCLUSION - ringing Character Development into all schools AND Society thus upgrading people for a quality society.

    To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society. - Theodore Roosevelt

    Many families spend a lot of time, care, and attention on nurturing values in their children. They do it the best way they know how given all of the other challenges that they are dealing with – we can supplement this. We can educate their children in the various character qualities for a wonderful and fulfilling life.

    I propose that we dramatically enhance character development through societal education. Societal education includes all levels of society and draws forth from the people the innate values of each person.

    There are character traits that all people could easily support. We would truly transform our society through education into a continuance of a QUALITY CULTURE. We would have less violence, an improvement of academic scores, and less social ills. Just look at end of this letter for some research on this. G.K. Chesterton wrote, "Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another." What kind of a soul experience would we like to pass on to the next generation? How do you wish to spread the idea? Obviously, begin with your modeling quality character traits. Pay It Forward!

    Do you feel that it should be a component in all schools of the world? Could we design a task force to develop a Culture of Learning Character program for sharing with ALL educators and sectors of society, at all levels? Keep the focus on the higher reasons for living and education, developing our future compassionate leaders, and conscientious and wise followers.

    How can you help?
    Let’s focus our efforts on creating a better society by bringing our focus to drawing forth character qualities in everyone. This may be done through the full inclusion of character education throughout the curriculum of our education systems.
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    Feb 28 2011: yes there is but no one wants to learn about it.
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      Feb 28 2011: well whatever the answer is, I'm sure it doesn't use power and money as the prime motivator in life.
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        Mar 1 2011: you're absolutely right, Ibthaj Khilji!

        In order to have a civil society you need moral people. in order to have a perfect society you need perfect people - people who are not motivated by external motivators such as money or power but internal motivations to do good and be helpful to all other citizens in society.

        there is a set procedure to creating the perfect society - it can be engineered. but it takes time, lots of time, and it takes more than people are willing to do.

        the reason all the other "models for practical living" have failed is because they've been short cuts. and that will never do to create a utopia society.
        • Mar 4 2011: of course there is a way it might not happen but there is a way. So you might want to rephrase your question.

          Oh and the answer to the question you were trying to ask can be answered with a great increase in privitization (that means not owned by the goverment).