Reforming the Attitudes of Individuals

Interest in Social Issues (including international affairs)

  • Not inborn and not from malevolence

  • From indifference

  • -- Globalism is not unnatural
    -- Ignorance is ënatural"
    -- Education is means to "lead out"

    Skepticism and Tolerance

  • Need skepticism because of ideology

  • Need tolerance in order to lessen conflict



    Reluctance to Use Violence

  • Ideal

  • -- Know weakness of own position
    -- Know strength of opponentís positions
  • Public education in nonviolent resistance




  • Groups

  • -- Unselfish toward each other:  internal justice
    -- Selfish toward others:  external injustice
  • Expand context of groups

  • -- From family to nation
    -- Extend through global family

    Globalism and Humatriotism

  • "We" Group cultivation

  • -- Flag
    -- Songs
    -- Pledges
  • Global Identification

  • -- UN flag
    -- Pledge of allegiance to the word
    -- World holidays (Oct. 24th is United Nations Day)
  • Enemy for allegiance

  • -- Need not be people
    -- War, waste (military/resources, pollution, and disease as enemy
    -- Esperanto or other global language

    World Citizenship

  • Support globally-minded organizations

  • Learn international language

  • Conserve

  • -- Resources
    -- Less  meat
  • Financial contribution to international agencies



    Looking Forward Rather Than Back

  • Tendency to look back

  • -- Formula for NOT solving problems
    -- Limits of looking back
        o Cannot change past
        o Puts us in frame of mind that produced the antagonism and, likely, will reproduce them
  • Learn to look forward

  • -- Focus on what can be done in the future
    -- Focus on what BOTH parties can do

    Overcoming Defeatism and Apathy

  • Paralysis of Defeatism

  • -- Regards significant social change as impossible
    -- If significant social change is impossible, we cannot do anything that offers genuine help
  • Falsity of Defeatism

  • -- Very  significant social changes have occurred; therefore, it is possible
    -- Making "Not Much Difference" is not the same as Making "No Differenceí
        o Many small  differences add up to major difference
        o From slow, small start a tremendous momentum can result
  • From Predictive Thinking to Prescriptive Thinking

  • -- Predictive Thinking based on extrinsic factors and consequentialist reasoning
    -- Prescriptive Thinking is based on intrinsic principles and deontological reasoning