What Do You Believe That Mankind Should Work Towards?

  • metta

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    Nov 02, 2011 6:26 AM GMT
    I remember hearing a sociologist say that it was natural for man to feel unsatisfied, and that this dissatisfaction was one of the reasons why man has continually advanced.

    What Do You Believe That Mankind Should Work Towards?

  • metta

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    Nov 02, 2011 7:15 AM GMT
    Ok....here are mine...



    - sustainability (includes controlling population growth in an ethical way)

    - a mindful & compassionate society

    - technological advances that improve the quality of life.

    - a society where the artificial lines that man has created become less and less important.
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    Nov 02, 2011 1:26 PM GMT
    There are technological advancements but there's no such thing as advancing into a utopia...there will always be stages in human history, some positive, some negative. Based on history, the countries that worry about themselves and their own people are the most likely to last as a civilization and the ones who attempt to stretch themselves out too thin, take on too much and dilute the culture that fueled their rise and unified them will end up disintegrating.
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    Nov 02, 2011 2:19 PM GMT
    -Loving one another for who we are, regardless of race, sex, sexuality, appearance, religion, and so on
    -Respecting and caring for this wonderful planet called Earth
    -Thinking about how our actions, especially when it comes to things such as war and the economy, will help or hurt other people
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    Nov 02, 2011 2:29 PM GMT
    I think the question assumes too much.

    I don't see "Mankind" as a unified thing that is capable of working towards anything. Individuals, Families, Faiths, Nations and sometimes Cultures work towards things... but a species? Not unless it somehow organizes itself under one of these other groups.
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    Nov 02, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
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    I'm not suggesting that all of mankind will work together. I don't think that is necessary either for mankind to advance.

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

    Also, working toward a goal does not mean that one believes that the ultimate goal is necessarily obtainable. But good things can possibly come out of working towards it.
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    Nov 02, 2011 4:53 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidThere are technological advancements but there's no such thing as advancing into a utopia...there will always be stages in human history, some positive, some negative. Based on history, the countries that worry about themselves and their own people are the most likely to last as a civilization and the ones who attempt to stretch themselves out too thin, take on too much and dilute the culture that fueled their rise and unified them will end up disintegrating.



    I like your point !!

    This sounds like the direction the US is in with its Military Complex Misadventures to control the world, whether its for resorces or to push some Corporate interests. We in the US are dangerously stretched militarily and have recently lost a lot of credibility and legitimacy over our Foreign Policy.

    As to our culture, its swinging dangerously toward the far right, that is worrisome because everytime in History when government and religion mixed the masses suffered.