Improving Our World
Personal Development ~ Society's Mood ~ Democracy ~
Much of improving our world
is through personal development, which involves the power of thought.
Thought is a form of energy — as all things are.
are a physical and intellectual form of energy that is part of the changing, mostly unknown, and intelligent energy
field that creates all things — including the powers to co-create and self-change. Your intellectual form includes
the powers of: will, awareness, understanding, emotion, reason, introspection, expression, imagination, and inspiration.
thought energy changes into electric energy moving through your brain. This changes into electric signals moving through your
nerves and chemical signals moving through your veins. Thought energy impacts every cell, atom, and emotion of your being.
Your current and stored thoughts form much of your identity.
You choose many of the thoughts that you: create/ imagine; express;
seek; receive; store/save; retrieve/ recall; remember/re-experience; forget/ discard; ignore/ block; and avoid. Use this to
improve your well-being. As you improve yourself, you improve society.
Visit the Awareness and Thought Programs webpages
to learn more.
mass media broadcast of uplifting and happy music, movies, shows, etc.
violent, angry, and scary entertainment.
Express more happiness in your thoughts, words, and actions.
Reduce excessive fear in your life and society.
Entities that gain from
excessive fear include abusive authorities, the military industry, money lenders, and some leaders of governments and ideology groups.
new experiments with democracy began in the 1700s, societies have changed greatly — due to technology, globalization,
large-scale overpopulation, concentrations of vast wealth, and mass media. Improvements to democracy have not kept pace with
Almost two-thirds of the world’s people are governed by some form of democracy.
Every democracy that uses only public elections leaves its selection process wide open to corruption by very wealthy entities.
This problem gets worse as the wealth gap grows.
As a two-class order emerges and social unrest
grows, democracies are being transformed into police states, to maintain social stability in the emerging new order. Governments
are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. They’re trying to slow the decline, give society time to adjust
to being poorer — and give themselves time to prepare. They’re increasing surveillance and police power. They’re
also reducing freedoms of assembly, travel, speech, and privacy.
To protect and strengthen
democracy, we must continuously conduct new experiments it. First experiment at the local level. Then experiment with the
most successful of these at the next highest level, and keep advancing the most successful. In each experiment, poll residents
about the results and publish the poll results.
These experiments can include: better ways to
select government officials; term limits for more offices; and bans (or limits) on lobbying by very wealthy entities.
experiments in ways to select representatives in government can include using random selection (sortition, selection by lot),
as part of the selection process. In many nations, trial jurors are selected by sortition, after they’re first screened.
If sortition can give justice to individuals, then it can also give justice to society.
In the world's
first democracies, the ancient Greeks viewed public elections as a danger to democracy, because election campaigns are easily
influenced by very wealthy entities. So they used screening — followed by sortition — to select their representatives.
They also used the same general process to select trial jurors.
Democracies, that use only
public elections to select representatives, are increasingly vulnerable to corruption because:
- the very rich are vastly richer (51 of the world’s 100 largest economic entities are corporations; the
world has over 1,430 billionaires);
- election campaigns are vastly more expensive;
- mass media exists and influences most voters (much of it is controlled by
only a few entities); and,
- in some places, there is growing ignorance and apathy.
Visit the Democracy and Corporate Power webpages to learn more.
moderation is needed for the long-term stability and security of society.
To reduce the economic extreme of poverty, reduce its primary causes,
which are overpopulation (due to mainly ignorance and outdated ideologies on birth control), greed, and corruption.
To reduce the economic extreme
of super-wealth, set a maximum wealth limit (net worth) of $USD 500 million for every person and $500 billion for every
corporation. Allow a two-year period to give away excess
wealth before enforcing the limits, using only punishments of fines and prison sentences.
Arguments against wealth limits include:
- Only extremely wealthy
people are able to afford starting and expanding businesses. This is false, because many ordinary people can combine their
money for this; corporate charters were created to enable this.
Only big (extremely wealthy) corporations can reduce prices, through economy of scale. This is false, because some are
so big that they've become inefficient — and some use their wealth and power to eliminate competition, which removes
a main incentive to reduce prices. Eventually, a limit will be placed on corporate wealth and power; no superpower nation will
allow a corporation to have an economy larger than its own. (Of the world's 100 largest economic entities, 51 are corporations.)
- A limit will reduce incentive
for people to manage creating, maintaining, and expanding businesses. This is false, because there are many who successfully
do these things; they don't need to also fund them.
A limit will remove all incentive for people (having the maximum wealth) to improve the well-being of society. This
is false, because the incentive of altruism remains, which is gaining good feelings from practicing unselfish concern for
the well-being of others.
- A limit is communism.
This is false, because communism
is when the government owns the things that are used to make and transport products (such as land, oil, factories, ships,
etc.), and there is no privately owned property, except for minor personal belongings.
the Democracy, Corporate Power, and Overpopulation webpages to learn more.
Actions for Social Change
Obey government laws of your location.
Learn about social issues
and candidates for government office. Vote.
Propose solutions and increase
public dialogue on them.
Express concerns to representatives in government.
Use public referendums
and petitions to change laws.
Conduct peaceful public demonstrations, boycotts, and work strikes.