People ask: How come life on Earth is in such a mess?
I think it has to do with minorities and majorities.
Rather obviously a small minority, an “evil” minority if you will, have the power to create great amounts of havoc, chaos, war and conflicts. They are driven by prestige, hate, egotism, aggressiveness, power hunger and a need to control and manipulate. Their answer to problems is “War on this and that (terror, capitalism, etc)”.
There is also a larger majority, a “good” majority, who wants no war or conflicts. Their answer is “let’s just love each other” (which the “bad” guys regard as incredibly naive).
Then there is a medium size group who actually actively work for harmony and peace.
I think there is a common problem with all of these groups, or let’s say with all of us. Poor questions.
Why seek good answers when we don’t even have good questions?
We are always looking if not staring at the right side of the equation, to the right of the question mark.
To the left stands the question that leads to the answer. As you question, so your answer will be.
If we were more question-conscious, looking at the left side, many things would improve in the world. A good question leads to a good answer, while a thoughtless question leads to a lame, impotent answer.
Sometimes when we have formulated a really great question, we have thereby already found the answer! Half the job is sometimes the whole job.
In other words we need to get a bit more philosophical. A creature who has the nerve to call himself Homo sapiens (in spite all she does that couldn’t be called sapient (wise) with the best intentions) could actually use her own name as incentive to get her act (including her questions) together.
We need 24 carat questions, and the ability to recognize their value. As well as the ability to see cheap, tired questions for what they are.
Example of poor question: How can we create more jobs and end unemployment?
Why is this a poor question? Because it could well be answered by “Let’s start a war. Wars always create full employment”.
Example of a better question: How can we create more jobs that are meaningful for the humans doing them, as well as positive for the planet and the environment?
It is obvious that this question cannot be answered with “Start a war”. It has another direction, it leads elsewhere.
By thinking one step further we have added quality to the question (meaningfulness, positive for planet and environment). Not just, as in the first question, focusing on mere quantity (more jobs).