The world is made up of nearly seven billion people. In order to change it, you have to change the minds of those people. That’s a LOT of changing! Should we try to sit down and have a conversation seven billion times to change each individual mind? Obviously not. The travel expenses alone are prohibitive.
Margaret Mead said:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
So how does this small group change the world? By indeed, the only method that has ever worked.
If an idea is specific but not simplistic, but can still be stated relatively simply, and the truth behind it is potent enough, iow if it resonates with enough people…if it changes enough minds….it changes the world.
But there is a problem….or two…hundred.
The first problem is, distribution. In order for an idea to change the world, it first has to achieve momentum and critical mass. It has to go viral.
Second: The world is so complex ….and cynical….that a single idea, expressed simply, without sufficient context and education, is no longer effective. In todays world, the idea must be marketed.
Third: Competition. See marketing above. See my sig line….”Reality is the result of war between two rival groups of programmers.” Put differently, the world is a battlefield of ideas. Whichever idea has won the current battle is the one that “rules the world.” Right now that idea can be expressed VERY simply, in one word in fact……”mine”
On this little website we seemed to have reached somewhat of a consensus that the idea we are marketing in competition to “mine” is ….”ours.” Cooperation instead of competition. The Greatest Good for all concerned.
This idea blankets just about every issue of the day that concern us. Peace over War. The defense of the Constitution, the document that codifies The Greater Good of the People over the good of the government or our rulers. Social Justice of all kinds, said social justice being predicated on the idea that we are all equals, that justice is “ours.” Go down the list of everything that is wrong with the world and you will find that everything we object to is based on the idea of “mine.”
Ideas are energy. The more people who agree that an idea is good, the more energy that idea has/contains. The more people work on refining, expressing and spreading that idea the more powerful that energy grows. The more that idea and it’s energy grows, the more like minded people that energy attracts. These people become a community, joining together so that (among the many other benefits)when one member of the community is tired, the momentum of the energy is not lost. IF that momentum can be kept rolling, eventually it will join with and reinforce the efforts and energies of others around the world who have the same idea. It will become viral, it will achieve critical mass.
It will change the world.