How can we create an “acceptable world” for all?
Question from the Internet:
“I don’t accept the world. Why do some want me to?”
I am not sure what you mean by that “you do not accept the world.” After all, we live in this world. So if we do not accept it, what can we do?
On the other hand, I fully understand you. We are all born inherently egocentric, subjective, and individualistic. We do not want to accept the world “as it is.” Instead, we want to shape and manipulate the world to suit our 100% self-serving, self-justifying, exploitative calculations and aspirations.
This is how we are all born.
As a result, we live in a world where those who have the ability and the power to do so shape, organize and police it in a way that suits their own egocentric and subjective aims and goals, while the rest are the necessary or unnecessary extras. But if we were in their place and had the ability and power, we would do the same.
This is why human history is a chain of helplessly recurring vicious cycles, interest groups, and powerful individuals fighting and wrestling for power and control while the masses serve them consciously or unconsciously.
If we want to build a world that becomes acceptable for all, we would need to learn how to exist and behave above and against our self-interest, each individual trying to create a perfect world — from the viewpoint of others and for others. And if we all do so mutually, then we will actually create a perfect world where each can receive and do exactly what they want — as long as it serves the interest and wellbeing of all.
This is not a utopia or mysticism. It is something we are capable of achieving here and now. Moreover, if we do not achieve this “truly perfect” world that is acceptable to all, we will inevitably destroy each other and ourselves.
And we do not need all 8 billion people to immediately start doing so. As soon as a “critical minority” of people start behaving in the “perfect,” mutually integrated, and mutually complementing way towards each other, they will become the “rescue boats” to humanity’s sinking Titanic.