Margaret Mead told us to “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” She said, “Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” It worked for AA, Amway, Mary Kay, and every great religion. Now we must make it work for Peace of Mind and World Peace. Will you be among the social entrepreneurs whose allied efforts will change the world? A sliver of your energy and creativity is all that is required. Click on this essay to see how you can make your life REALLY significant. If you want to do more and would like to discuss your ideas, please call me at 860-324-9991.
Welcome to letter 8, the crucial pay-off steps we must take to become a Mental Wealth millionaire and make the world a safer, gentler place. Letters 1-7 provided knowledge of the facts and an accurate understanding of our selves. They lead to the common sense conclusion: Weapons with ultimate destructive power (WUD) will be unleashed in our lifetime or that of our children’s unless a sufficient number of informed individuals work together to make common sense common. The Educational Community’s (EC) goal is to popularize Einstein’s solution to prevent catastrophe and create world peace: We require a newer way of thinking (ANWOT). Our task is to popularize our weapon of ultimate construction (WUC), common sense. There is valid reason to conclude that the divisions between peoples of the world are too advanced and cemented to prevent the catastrophe predicted by our wisest scientists and informed citizens. The hopelessness/helplessness widely expressed by those who wish or pray for peace bodes poorly. However, those who are realists and optimists like me recognize that giving in to apathy creates the self-fulfilling prophecy that we can only stand and wait until we succumb to catastrophe. If we ignore the problem, we will surely experience the predictions of our wisest citizens. The optimist maintains faith that everything is possible, and accepts that we must proceed to succeed. Each of us remains part of the problem until we make ourselves part of the solution. The Problem: As a work-in-progress that began billions of years ago, humankind has made itself powerful creators of ultimate constructive and destructive force. We have assumed responsibility for the destiny of ourselves, our loved ones, and all that is around us. The current explosive speed with which we accelerate knowledge and the power that goes with it cannot be sustained without wise direction. Our rapid growth of technology has so shrunk the world that virtually everyone is our neighbor, and we have suddenly become members of the global community. We can no longer rely on the trial-and-error wisdom that has sustained us up to the present – making mistakes, fixing the damage, and passing forward the wisdom learned from these experiences. Multiple tribes have or will soon have weapons with ultimate destructive power (WUD). Our newest WUDs are so powerful that they may offer no second chance, no opportunity to repair the damage of destructive aggression. The tick...tick...ticking of the Doomsday Clock grows in speed and volume as more tribes acquire WUD, and warns us of the need for urgent action. Common sense wisdom is now our WUC. As Einstein has pointed out, our growing knowledge of the universal laws of cause-and-effect has inspired us to change everything EXCEPT our way of thinking. We can benefit from his insight, or continue to ignore it at our peril. The Solution: Einstein’s ANWOT solution is the most certain among alternatives to succeed in making our world a safe, wonderful place. No other solutions offer the same opportunity for success as popularizing common sense thinking. Surviving and thriving in our era of WUD requires a unified effort; thus, a grass roots movement that is appealing to the global community. We have the knowledge and the technology to rapidly popularize a newer way of common sense thinking, ANWOT. There are already many peace advocates and peace organizations that, once united in action, can unleash an avalanche peace force. The imprisoned passion for peace is so evident that effective, well placed education is all that is required. Here is what we can do. We inspire others by example! We can educate ourselves to become Mental Wealth Millionaires (MWM). A MWM is any individual who has acquired sufficient common sense wisdom to make their life wonderful. We start by acquiring the strens that make us a MWM. Then we can effectively influence those closest to us who are receptive to ANWOT common sense thinking. We can gradually expand our leadership circle by creating a domino effect. The domino effect periphery will, link by link, extend to reach those individuals who share the passion for peace and safety for their loved ones. While dictators are rarely receptive to common sense, the followers that provide them power are! Although we ourselves are too separated from those who are distant in space and creed, they can be enlightened to universal common sense by those who are closest to them at the periphery of the domino chain we create. Our local efforts will gradually extend the unifying power of common sense to our most distant neighbors who, like all humankind, innately welcome self-enlightenment, freedom, and self-mastery. We will eventually reach those who are limited in common sense thinking. Our global population shares a common interest in the well-being of loved ones and a desire for a better, more peaceful world.Common sense does not favor any one individual or group. Common sense wisdom is universal for every individual within our diverse population and applies even to groups with the most extreme ideologies. Common sense is the force of logic that brings our great religions and our wisest philosophers to the same moral conclusions: “Love my neighbor as myself.” “Treat others as I want others to treat me.” Common sense is the force that inspires the Universal Problem-solving Sentence: Given any situation, what is most likely to make things better for me and you (us and them), for now and the future? Common sense is the source of the values by which we elevate our self from being amoral and immoral to establish our shared morality. Common sense is the basis of the values we want. Consider this list of common values and add what you find is missing -- love, forgiveness, kindness, compassion, mercy, belonging, cooperation and collaboration, sharing, freedom from physical and mental slavery, creativity, opportunity to be educated and to educate ourselves in the skills that make life wonderful, happiness, the joy of giving, chronic enthusiasm, “enough” physical health and material wealth. What would you add? Our work-in-progress is to make common sense common!Common sense wisdom is our means to selectively replace the problem-solving solutions of instinct and tradition that are dangerous when applied to new knowledge. We need to “hurry up” and grow the patience we require to make ourselves MWMs, and then become the leaders who will popularize ANWOT. We have no viable alternative. So let’s not waste time. Become one of the each one, teach one leaders to spread ANWOT. Help create as many Mental Wealth Millionaires as we can. MWMs love giving away their mental wealth! The more MWMs we create, the greater the odds that we will make the world a safer, gentler place and the less likely we will bring about our own self-annihilation. I personally believe our peace leaders have not proposed sufficiently convincing actions to counteract the apathy that hopelessness creates. Einstein’s idea, a newer way of thinking, provides the mental skill building that delivers what individuals crave – a wonderful life experience and world peace. These two goals are linked. Once an individual becomes a MWM, they will naturally become an avid force for world peace. Our current Internet and mass media are positioned to rapidly establish ANWOT with the same speed at which our sciences have made us powerful creators of WUD. Elevating humanity to the level we require for survival requires the collaboration of a limited number of talented individuals who will lead the grass roots movement to create Mental Wealth Millionaires and World Peace. Now that we recognize the problem and its most certain solution, can we create the will to take action? What can passionate individuals working together accomplish? What ideas do you have that can make a difference? Can we work together? Here is the EC Blueprint:
Here are actions that can rapidly popularize ANWOT:
We will create a safer, gentler world when sufficient individuals combine their special talents. Become a regular participant and supporter of the Educational Community web site and together let’s popularize Einstein’s most significant insight: We shall require a new mode of thinking.
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