Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What would engage more people in creating a positive future?

The Wu Wei way…by the action of non-action…or “show me, don’t tell me” (if I like what I see, I just may come along for the company—a little way or longer).

I see three potential problems with this proposition:

1) The definition of “positive”

Being a subjective term, there can never be a guarantee that any particular example of “positive” is indeed the most desirable thing for all—at even the conscious level, much less the supraconscious level. In our dualistic world, what I perceive as positive will most certainly be considered negative by another. This diametric perspective is not always that one (or both) positions are motivated by self-interest—though in fact all positions are motivated by self interest (even the self interest of desiring to further ‘the positive’).
Also, our views are almost always limited by our scope of perception. For example, though I am very vested in a turnaround on the ‘negative’ human impact of the Earth (for my and our survival), I have heard native elders say that the Earth will survive and prosper even if we do not. So then, if we are able to avert the cataclysmic termination of the human species, are we for our own sake holding the Earth in a less healthy state than it would achieve with the rest-bit without human civilization? If so, since we are the fruit of the Earth (as apples on an apple tree), are we in our positive efforts going to result in less healthy fruit over the long scope?
—by the way, I am still for human survival. I just know it is for our sake and not because it ‘positive’ thing to do.

2) “Engaging people”—proselytizing
I always have a problem with proselytizing. The action first shows an assumption that we image our way is the right way. Sure, we can share our opinion, but I am inclined to walk the fine line that divides opinion and selling a path. It always seems that once we start to recruit people to our perspective we run the risk of the idea becoming secondary to the action of recruitment.
Why should we care if others follow our path? If we are content with our path, then do we need others to be on it? And if we are truly content and fulfilled, wouldn’t others see that? If people see our contentment and believe that our path would be of a benefit to them, they may choose to walk along with us (or on a similar path). Besides, I would not desire them to be on my path unless they find it beneficial.

3) Never even mind the “future” part. Be here now.

What are your ideas on engaging more people in creating a positive future?
What would be the best way to inspire and invite others to join in the vision for a better world?

Copyright 2008 CG Walters

Words do not contain truth, but may reflect the truth that you hold within.
This is my truth. Only you can determine if there is any value in it for you.

C.G. Walters primarily writes fiction that focuses on the multidimensionality of our loves and our lives. His current novel, Sacred Vow is a metaphysical novel about a man who responds to the mysterious call of [his soulmate], opening the way to redefinition of both himself and his understanding of the world around him…Highly recommended. —Midwest Book Review.

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