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6 of My Ideas on Improving the World

Updated: Jan 28

A Vision for Progress

Obviously, the world is far from perfect and likely never will be. Even if it will be, the irony is that the lack of challenge will make it retain its imperfection. Either way, the lack of perfection doesn't mean we should abandon our efforts to improve it in our own unique ways. If such visions clash, that's the natural consequence of sharing the same space, resources, and air. In the arena of a true democracy, most, if not all, voices deserve to be heard. That's whether or not they are if not universally embraced.

Here is but of my many contributions to you; 6 of my insights that could improve the world:

1. Beyond First Impressions: The Dangers of Hasty Judgment

We are prone to leaping to conclusions and generalizing about people based on limited information and a lack of reflective thinking. Seeking further details through research can prevent false assumptions and the spread of misinformation online. By taking a moment to learn more, and question the current limits of our understanding's competency, we indirectly benefit others by avoiding perpetuating inaccurate narratives. Resisting the urge for instant gratification in this regard is crucial, as this urge can prevent us from inquiring further beyond our first impressions of something.

Since we are all imperfect, that may also include our ability to judge things more objectively. Actually, being subjective beings, it's very likely that our different subjective biases will mislead our own understanding, thus leading to false, hasty judgements.

Why then, assume without question that our ability to judge reality in a competent way? After all, hasty judgements have their own problems:

When haste judgements can lead to so much suffering, and even death, of either ourselves or others, haste indeed "stems from the devil.

The same hasty judgement can apply to ourselves as well. Misconceptions about ourselves, as in the example of megalomania, can overestimate what we really are. Would we prefer to be lied to, even if by ourselves? Or would we prefer to understand the truth about ourselves, so we will better know, what we're truly capable of?

If we think we're nice people, we might even delude ourselves, that we were nice, at times we were not nice. The self, indeed, is a host of contradictions, but I digress.

Hence, per se, "the hastiness is from the Devil".

2. Pleasure's Deception: Beyond the Feel-Good Factor

The alluring feel of something doesn't guarantee its actual benefit, hence the absurdity of fun. Examining beyond the immediate pleasure can reveal the true impact of an action, especially concerning addictive substances. Ignoring this could lead to a cycle of counter-productive desire. Many lives have been can be ruined by prioritizing the temporary buzz over long-term consequences. Gambling, for example, can ruin lives, and not only financially, all in the name of its rushing thrill.

This reminds us that our senses can be deceptive, regardless of our circumstances and level of intelligence. As such, we shouldn't blindly follow our senses, nor our intuition, when they can mislead us. And yes, intuition can backfire.

Even in business, emotion should be left at the door. Business plans can be poorly made if they are emotion-based, because the long-term effects of logic renders the competency of your emotions inferior and short-sighted. The fact that you feel something, doesn't mean it should be done (or avoided, for that matter).

Therefore, to make better decisions, we must become more logical beings. Should we overestimate our logical reasoning, we might make poorer decisions than otherwise. As such, we must improve our reasoning in order to make it a reliable feature.

Now, to avoid confirmation bias on your end, I'll add that it's important to use emotion from time to time, as in the case of empathy, to those who need it. And indeed, empathy can be taught, and should be taught, in the name of making this world a better place.

3. Courageous Voices: Speaking Up in a World of Opinions

Voicing our opinions, even when facing potential ridicule, is essential in a world that champions freedom of speech. Therefore, we could say over-sensitivity stands in the way of a truly liberal society, where the dependency on trigger warnings, does not compromise the value of exchanging ideas.

After all, the allowence of liberty does not oblige us to care for the sensitivity of others, when they can work on themselves and take criticism in a professional way. And as I discovered, in this age of content delivery (opinions included), over-reliance on emotions can be a sign for weakness.

As such, the existence of cancel culture is a threat to freedom of speech. One opinion shouldn't be less legitimate than another, not as something that depends on social validation, at the very least. Being a philosopher obliges you to philosophize regardless of these social risks, so if you're interested in being a philosopher, or already are, be prepared.

Silencing dissent through shaming (a common feature in cancel culture) undermines the very foundation of a democracy, where people are allowed to protest, and not only in the streets against their government, but also against one another. We can strive to create an environment where diverse viewpoints are respected, not excluded, no matter how much we oppose them (and their presentors) emotionally.

After all, it is through the exchange of ideas and opinions that we can have a chance at better understanding reality. For the philosopher, ideology is a tool, not a goal or a brand. As such, philosophy and ideology are not the same.

Perhaps, the one exception to the freedom of speech is incitements. After all, most of us would like to express ourselves, not encourage genocides.

4. Beyond the Norm: Embracing Diverse Paths to Fulfillment

Romance and children are not prerequisites for a fulfilling life, as much as it may surprise some of you. They are merely options on a spectrum of possibilities, and the conventional path doesn't guarantee success for everyone. In fact, the orthodox ways of lives can unnecessarily be a stressful burden on some.

Individual flourishing depends on finding the lifestyle that resonates with our unique needs and aspirations. This is one of the reasons Maslow's heirarchy of needs deserves to be criticized. Furthermore, personal choices, unless demonstrably harmful, should be free from unwarranted interference or judgment.

For me, philosophizing is worthy of restoring my debt to the very field that saved my life. Do I expect you to agree with me? Of course I don't. We are shaped by difference experiences, interactions and realizations.

5. Letting Go: Releasing the Grip of Anger and Past Discomfort

"Worrying grants a power/influence to the very things we worry about" - John Duran

Life presents plenty of opportunities to feel anger and stress, but we shouldn't reduce our inner peace on minor annoyances, especially past events and even minor discomforts. Our emotional energy, like a battery, is finite, leading to stress and exhaustion. As a philosopher I aspire to be stressed and exhausted on what I believe deserves my concern.

Let's invest our energies wisely, like a swordsman during a swordfight. Do consider doing nothing and thinking: "What should I let go and what I shouldn't? What would be practical to let go of, and what wouldn't be impractical to be too concerned about?"

Respect your energies. Don't waste them all in one place that won't yield you any results. Like with money, you should invest your energies in things that deserve your attention, AKA, things that would actually yield something meaningful.

Don't give power to things that do not deserve to be given power to.

6. Cultivating Joy: Remembering the Good and Cherishing the Present

Amidst life's challenges, cherishing moments of peace, happiness, and satisfaction is equally important. Consciously reflecting on positive experiences can significantly improve our mood and overall well-being, as positive thinking does in general. Whether through journaling, thinking on those who are dear to you -- actively remembering precious moments and people becomes a powerful tool for combating negativity and fostering joy in our lives.

Final Words

Thank you for taking the time to read. If you agree with my points, consider sharing this article for a larger exposure. Perhaps it could make the world, to whatever degree, a better place to live in.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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