Thursday, December 01, 2005

Life's big questions have easy answers if you look in the right place

"Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know....Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted."
- George Kneller

Did it require creative thinking to produce the book 'Turning It Around'?

Here we have a social problem, let's say drug addiction. The problem (or effect) has a cause. That cause is an inability of people to cope with the conditions of their lives, so they seek a substitute that gives them at least temporary relief and pleasure.

If we want to change the problem (the result or effect), that is, we want to prevent people from falling into drug addiction out of desperation because they want some relief from the rigours of their lives, then we must change something about the cause.

Let's give them something more important to live for than earning money to buy products that they are brainwashed by corporations to believe they need. Let's give them the knowledge and skills to have healthy relationships with their spouses. Let's give them something to make their lives more meaningful than just working as part of the wheel of commerce. Let's help them to feel important, to feel recognized, to feel a part of their community not separate from it.

When people feel good about themselves, feel independent of a commercial process that dominates their lives and helps to destroy most important relationships they have or prevents them from developing in the first place, they will not need to turn to drugs.

Stopping the sale of drugs will not prevent people from feeling the need for relief from the stress of their lives. Governments are trying to stop the sale of drugs.

Governments are not changing the provision of education so that students receive what they need to conduct good and safe lives. They are providing students with skills they need to get jobs, the same jobs they need to earn money to buy products produced by the corporations that control their lives.

We elect our governments. We must do what is necessary to change the attitude of our governments toward the provision of education.

The changes are not hard to understand or complicated to implement. They aren't even expensive. We're just not doing it now because no one is speaking up about it.

People need to know how to live, not just how to work.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to teach us how to lead fulfilling lives, not lives as servants to coporations who live to serve their stockholders.
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