Would that it were we could agree on a few certain ideas:
- Air, food, water, health and security should not be conditioned on wealth or nation of birth.
- Pollution is bad.
- All people want to be heard.
- Skin color is just pigment.
- There is enough for everyone unless a few people hoard it
- The janitor works just as hard (if not harder) than the CEO.
- A living wage will not destroy the economy.
- Perfection is not a standard humans can use to judge anything.
- Hatred poisons the hater.
- We are a planet of seven-billion people, not a planet of 200+ nations.
- Tech is fine, but it cannot solve all our problems.
- Anger and hatred require a lot more energy than understanding or acceptance.
- Capitalism is not necessarily better than the other -isms.
- Feelings are rarely if ever permanent.
- One man/woman cannot solve all your problems no matter how loud he/she screams he/she can.
- Entitlement creates elitism and resentment and is never really deserved.
- Everyone wastes money.
- Disliking something is not the same as being affected/hurt by it.
- We all bleed when cut.
- War is only good for the warmonger and the weapon manufacturer.
- It’s pretty much impossible to justify looking down at a person or group of people.
- Politics often speaks to your resentment but you don’t have to listen.
- Seeking power over others is a bad thing.
- The harder it is to forgive, the more relief you get from the act of forgiveness.
- Humans have myriad ways to find spirituality, none more correct than the other.
- If there is a God, he/she/it has chosen never to appear among us meaning blind faith, not empirical knowledge.
- The only question is how can we make things better for the greatest number of people possible? Not perfect but better.
Yeah, I know. This is MY list. These are MY wishes. But I think I can say that none of them benefit me more than they benefit others.
And yeah, I know that these ideas can seem light and airy and namby-pamby, but I would argue they actually require more courage and strength than their opposite.
I have seen mankind at its best and at its worst. The list is just some things that I think would help us encourage the former and avoid the latter.
And I know that these things have to be chosen rather than imposed. It’s up to each of us to decide how we approach the world. But I don’t think it’s too much to say our leaders should take up at least some of these ideas.
If the 2016 election proved anything it proved how easy it is to exploit fear and anger. The problem is that once a leader stokes this blaze, it’s nearly impossible to put it out.