Reforming the Attitudes of Individuals




Interest in Social Issues (including international affairs)
 

  • Not inborn and not from malevolence

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  • From indifference

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

    Skepticism and Tolerance
     

  • Need skepticism because of ideology

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  • Need tolerance in order to lessen conflict

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    Reluctance to Use Violence
     

  • Ideal

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

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    Unselfishness
     

  • 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
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    World Citizenship
     

  • Support globally-minded organizations

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  • Learn international language

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  • Conserve

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

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    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