Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Making the World a Better Place

Filed under: Life, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:48 PM (17:48)

Current mood: amused, cheerful

Re: Really, how can we make the world a better place?

Some of the answers that I throw out here will probably have been suggested by others, but mox nix[1].

Three things —

First, a good way to start improving the world is to be the best person that you as an individual can be. Improve your health, your finances, and your dealings with other people. Get more of an education. Read some books.

Will that involve some sacrifice on your part? Probably.

Second, get involved in the world around you and help others to achieve their “maximum potential” — to be the best that they can be. I’m not saying that you should try to control the lives of others. In fact, I support the opposite idea — that such attempts to control others almost always end in disaster, and that there are better ways to help the people you’re trying to help.

How to get involved, then? By supporting voluntary initiatives and projects to help people that don’t involve forcing other people to join the program, or to pay for the program. (Here’s a hint — it won’t involve any sort of government program. But if you’re seen my previous postings, you would already know that.)

Third, when you have your great idea on how to force everyone to be better people, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. No, I’m NOT advocating censorship here — free speech and all that — but still, if your idea is so great, why do you need the government to push it upon the rest of the population? If it really is that good, offer it up to the market and see how many takers you get. Start up a non-profit organization, seek out volunteer workers and voluntary donations instead of a welfare check from the State or the feds.

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NOTES

[1] Mox nix — American bastardization of the German macht nicht, meaning “it doesn’t matter” in the colloquial sense.

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