The difference between legislation and education
Question from the Internet:
“What is the right starting point for improving the life of the planet — changing legislation or educating people?”
Your question is very important going to the depth of control, guidance.
We are fiercely individualistic, stubborn, egocentric creatures. We simply can’t accept and do not well follow coercion, when we are forced to do something against our will.
“Legislation” represents coercion, when the leaders of society decide to force people to follow certain rules they deem necessary for control. This might represent the majority opinion of society or some minority view, but nevertheless, it coerces a certain number of people to act against their will. If it was not coercive we would not need laws, since everybody would follow such rules, principles by default.
Whatever legislation we are talking about, as history shows, sooner or later people will start to undermine them, break them, go against them until the legislation either falls apart or it needs constant changing, upgrading, modifying, and if new rulers of society come along they most certainly come up with their own legislation.
If we want sustainable, positive changes in society we need to get people on board willingly, all of them understanding that the changes serve them, it is for their best interest without coercion, without misleading, manipulating propaganda.
This only the right education can achieve, when people learn, understand and actually feel that by changing they improve their life, they gain more than before.
Thus we need the right, “Integral Education” for changing, improving the lives of the planet. This purposeful and highly practical education can help us understand, moreover feel how much interdependent we have become in the global world, how much this matches the general conditions in Nature’s lawful, integral system.
We can exercise and practice how our positive, safe survival directly depends on rebuilding human society based on Nature’s integral template, and see very clearly that by going against Nature’s laws of integration our collective survival is at peril.
And even if a relatively small, critical minority start undergoing self-changes (instead of changing, correcting others) with the help of this special education, they can pull the rest behind them towards safety, as the rest will be increasingly softened, prepared by the worsening suffering from the engulfing crisis affecting all aspects of human life.