When discussing the numerous problems of the world, people inevitably ask: “BUT WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?!?”
This essay explores the various core elements of life in order to answer this question while providing a potential framework through which all social problems can be solved (which is no guarantee that none will ever happen, but we can establish the tools to work it out). Sound a bit grandiose? Perhaps. But keep in mind that fixing big issues requires a big vision, broad perspective, extensive knowledge, and a big heart. If that’s considered “grandiose”, then I’d say it’s about time we stopped selling ourselves short and stepped up to actualize our full potential.
Do you have what it takes to make the journey?… You never really know until you try, so let’s find out together.
Don’t let the length of reading dissuade you. Great transformation requires great effort, and as the saying goes, “If not now, then when? And if not you, then who?” This is for people with a LOT of love, who TRULY see the need for immediate transformation on all levels, and DEEPLY care enough to invest the time and energy it takes to help heal the world and consciously evolve. While it may seem like a lot to take in at first, this essay is mapped out in a concise, yet comprehensive, and easy-to-understand overview. You’ll find linked resources and videos spread throughout the reading which help to further illustrate the points, providing deeper insight and understanding. Also, the chapters build upon each other, so it’s best to read them in sequence for optimal understanding.
By the end, you will:
- Identify what social elements create most problems around the world
- See how these problems are connected by those in positions of power
- Go to the core of these problems
- Identify and heal the conditioning which creates and perpetuates these problems
- Break through the illusory beliefs and practices that keep society stuck in a self-consuming cycle
- Learn how true, lasting change is created, both personally and socially
- Be empowered with easy, practical steps to actualize your fullest potential
- Refine your social approach to be more effective at spreading knowledge and raising awareness
- Realize what can practically be done individually and on a larger social scale
- Recognize the absolute necessity of living sustainably in harmony with nature
- Discover creative, prolific, and eco-sustainable innovations for many aspects of life
- Understand how society can function in order to thrive in a healthy, peaceful, and productive way.
Before jumping in, you might be asking, “What IS a ‘social problem’? And who or what decides what a ‘social problem’ is?”
A “social problem” is a rampantly counterproductive and widely harmful issue. For our practical purposes, the degree to which the issue is opposed to the productive and peacefully empowered functioning of a sustainable society is the axiomatic indicator of what constitutes a “problem”. It’s not my intention to be the ultimate arbiter of what “all social problems” are, since they are often context specific and function by a matter of degrees. However, there are general indications we can observe with respect to, and in correlation with, wellbeing, along with tools we can use to ensure a sustainable, harmonious future.
Obviously, there are several fundamentally crucial topics that impact the entire planet which MUST be discussed openly if we are to have ANY chance of improving life for ourselves and our loved ones. You will see that there are many innovative ways to peacefully and pragmatically create the conditions which allow us to solve all socially-created problems in the world and tremendously improve our capacity to co-exist with all life. To carry out this great responsibility, we must first care enough to dedicate ourselves to learning and creatively sharing knowledge in order to raise awareness about these necessary -albeit sometimes uncomfortable- topics and challenges we collectively face. In fact, we must seek to understand and speak out about them precisely BECAUSE they are uncomfortable; we will never heal and grow any other way.
“The ability to hold Light is directly proportional to the courage to see darkness. Choosing to see just one creates distortions and illusions. It amazes me that something so simple and common sense can be so difficult to even discuss with ‘spiritual’ people who insist on remaining ‘positive’. Actually, this avoidance is based on unacknowledged fear that their inner light might be somewhat ‘dispersed’ by seeing darkness and therefore not giving the light much credit at all. I think there’s also fear that they might somehow become ‘tainted’ or the darkness might ‘manifest’ in some form in their lives. But the opposite is true; it is the fear, especially unacknowledged, that has much more chance to manifest than darkness exposed to daylight and investigation. Just like we must be fearless about our own inner shadow, we must also be fearless about seeing this huge shadow of humanity. Or we will have the power to transform precisely nothing, within or without.”
~ Anis Springate
First of all, if we are to succeed in our journey of crossing the unknown in search of better tomorrows, we need to clearly map out the terrain of today with solid points of reference to explain where we are and how we got here. This helps us to avoid the pitfalls of history repeating itself by creating a more well-informed strategy for the future. Prerequisite knowledge is essential to build a proper foundation. Even if “the answer” was laid out before us, without knowing WHAT the problems are and how they function, we lack the knowledge and discernment to understand WHY a solution would work and HOW it can be applied. Only with the proper preparations can we truly understand what the challenges are (both within and without) and, more to the point, see what the “root causes” are so that we stop wasting time and energy “trimming away at the symptomatic branches”, so to speak.
Therefore, in order to map out the social problems we face today, we logically have to start at the primary social element which largely regulates, controls, and sets the “standards & practices” for society: Government.