Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The "secret" to world peace revealed

"Some studies show that successful entrepreneurs often have the same characteristics as children with attention deficit disorders. They are curious, impatient, fast moving, and uninterested in the trivia or details of a school subject or, later in life, of the details of a business."
- Brian Tracy

This quote doesn't apply just to children with attention deficit disorder (or to successful entrepreneurs), but to all children. They aren't interested in trivia or details that don't mean something to them.

And what means something to them? No matter how apparently unimportant a fact is, if they can somehow apply it to their own lives, it will be important to children.

Children's don't distinguish between important and unimportant details taught in school the way adults do. They want to know what will help them to be good adults. They want to know about what it means to be an adult.

In decades past, history was taught as a succession of wars, treaties and leadups to wars. Heroes were war leaders. So children grew up thinking that war was a way of life in adulthood. Political leaders accommodated them with either fighting wars or fearing things that happened between wars. Wars happened at the rate of one per generation (no mere coincidence).

History now is taught as what people do between wars, what people do when they are not killing others or fearing being killed by others. In countries that teach this form of history, war is becoming anachronistic. War is primitive, outdated, a base form of settling differences.

To children who grow up being taught what life is like as a competent and confident adult, including how to make and keep friends, how to work toward a life goal, what skills and work habits are expected by employers (and teachers in later grades), how to have a happy and successful marriage and how to raise healthy children, life is much better than it was for people in the past.

These things are not taught in all schools or in all countries. Where they are not taught, life is primitive and violent. Look around you to see where they are not taught.

Turning It Around has a way to ensure that these facts and skills, plus the attitudes needed to maintain them, are taught in all parts of the world. However, it won't happen unless those who know the "secrets" of TIA spread the word.

That's where you come in.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to build better lives for all people on Earth.
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