posted on Mar, 29 2010 @ 04:03 PM
How would you note the collective behavior of the world around you?
The word "denial" expresses the psychology of the developed world at the whole. Debt is piled upon debt; every big problem is put off for tomorrow
in one of a zillion ways. The will and ability to grapple with the issues facing humanity has faded and dissolved in a stew of complaceny and
disconnect. The developing world, meanwhile, is a cauldron of rage and also faces extremely serious, immediate problems that the developed world
prefers to ignore. Humanity is thus at fundamental disjunct with itself and ripe for explosion/implosion on a mass scale. The interconenctivity of the
world and the massive population relative to history means the potential scale is global, total, and unimaginable.
What path is the world on according to you?
The denial noted above has bread extreme complacency and, dispite all the information availble, shocking lack of wisdom. The planet is hurtling
towards a 16-car pileup as all the garbage we've put off for tomorrow looms ever closer. This is on every level, from the cultural/moral to the
economic, political, and so on.
Where in the world must one go to find peace of mind?
What in the world should one do to find happiness and tranquility and freedom?
To provide a combined answer to the two above two questions, the positive qualities mentioned by the OP must be cultivated by each individual. I
would recommend the following, although your milage may vary.
First, the happiest people are those who: A) learn to see setbacks as interesting puzzles and challenges in their own rights; B) have a committment to
something outside themselves (be it family, loved ones, a political cause, a faith, a life passion, etc.); and C) recognize that while not everything
can be changed, one can do a great deal to change oneself and you are not always the passive victim of circumstance.
In addition to the above attitudes, its helpful to have a focusing activity. Something challenging enough to be interesting, but not so difficult as
to induce anxiety. Something that takes, and builds, profound focus and concentration, preferably non-verbal. Examples include rock-climbing,
atheletics, chess, violin, yoga, calligraphy, target shooting, cooking, gardening, and so on. It also helps to have positive people in your life who
share the same views.