Preventing Catastrophe and Creating World Peace
Welcome to stren #71, an interpretation of Einstein’s solution to prevent war and create world peace. We can survive and thrive through our united efforts in spite of the dangers of our new era. You will love becoming a Mental Wealth millionaire and a powerful force for world peace. Stren #70 explained why destructive aggression and war are inevitable if we don’t take action. We are heading towards doomsday, first because the animal portion of our brain is genetically engineered to automatically follow the path of survival of the fittest. Second, our native language biases us to think in two opposing categories that create bigotry, prejudice, destructive confrontation, and war. Third, and of most interest, we have yet to unite to popularize the newer way of common sense thinking that supports problem-solving for mutual benefit while a small number of terrorists organize their followers to take effective action.
Einstein told us the most certain (perhaps the only) means available to protect us from “us”:
Our world faces a crisis as yet unperceived by those possessing power to make great decisions for good or evil. The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe. ... a new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels.
In stren #28 I compared the dominant way of thinking established by instinct and tradition with the newer way of thinking that Einstein told us we require. Our early established way of thinking and ANWOT have four characteristic differences.
(1) The two-category thinking we first acquire within our native language biases us to perceive the world as two opposing categories – either good or evil. Reality is distorted with the result that we learn to show allegiance to our side and demean what is other than our side. The newer way of thinking switches “or” to “and.” This simple word-switch directs our thinking to similarities instead of two opposing sides. It promotes using common sense to create alternatives and choose among them.
(2) Our language, including phrases such as They make me ..., conveys our dependency on authority and leads to blaming others. ANWOT substitutes the personal responsibility word “I allow” for words that convey dependency and lead to blaming when our wants are unmet.
(3) Instinct and our nurturers prescribe what is right and O.K. Substituting descriptive words for prescriptive words, such as “I could” for “I should,” inspire us to question authority and create new “out of the box” solutions.
(4) The commands of instinct are hardwired into our biology, and the traditions of our nurturers are inscribed within our native language. We are programmed to automatically apply the solutions that effectively worked for yesterday’s problems. ANWOT applies common sense to current knowledge to solve today’s problems with flexibly designed solutions suited to novel challenges.
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