We Can Do This. Together.
Left or right, we all want the same.
Health. Happiness. Safety. Prosperity. Productivity.
A flourishing economy.
A healthy Earth that can sustain mankind for centuries to come.
Here's how we unite the country and solve our challenges. Together.
We All Want the Same Thing
I've been on the left. I've been on the right. And I realized that we all want the same things:
Health. Happiness. Safety. Prosperity. Productivity. A strong economy. And to enjoy Earth as our home for millennia.
So why the divide?
1: We focus on specific methods instead of outcomes.
Anyone who's succeeded at anything knows that success happens twice: first in the mind and second in real life. You visualize your goal, then get there through research, experimentation, and action.
2: We get hung up on the small differences in values, instead of how much we agree on values.
There are six fundamental moral values that all humans across all societies share:
- Care (as opposed to Harm)
- Fairness (as opposed to Cheating)
- Loyalty (as opposed to Betrayal)
- Authority (as opposed to Subversion)
- Sanctity (as opposed to Degradation)
- Liberty (as opposed to Oppression)
The left emphasizes Care and Fairness and puts less weight on the other four values. The right gives roughly the same amount of weight to all six.
But regardless of emphasis, we all seek to cultivate the same six values. That also means we have the ability to understand each other and appreciate the differences in emphasis.
How Do We Move Forward?
1: Questioning beliefs.
We get into fights with each other when we cling too tightly to our opinions. Certainty breeds obstinance. It deafens ears. It resists any implication of change or improvement. Ultimately, certainty is stagnation and death.
If we can move from 100% certainty to 99% certainty, then we can begin a dialogue. Allowing ourselves the thought that we are not all-knowing and that there’s always more to learn, we make room within us and beyond us for conversation, education, and growth. We can start to explore the world and possible solutions together.
The challenge is that people get very defensive about their beliefs and opinions. They associate their convictions with their identity, therefore feeling that their survival is threatened when their ideas are poked.
Which leads us to:
2: Mental and emotional maturity.
The general public needs to learn how to deal with thoughts and emotions before we can make any real progress politically. That, basically, is the first order of business.
Solving the Challenges
Solving climate change, poverty, crime, and the health crisis are all relatively straightforward tasks. The solutions exist; they're just not evenly distributed yet.
A key insight is that we cannot solve abstract problems. We can only solve specific problems. So there isn’t a one-size-fits-all "poverty problem," and you cannot address it with a generalized "war on poverty." There are thousands of different reasons why people are poor, and we need to understand and address those specific reasons. Some we can do top-down, but most have to be done bottom-up, and by the individual person.
Once problems are defined, they can be solved far more easily. Once the will for effective problem solving is there, solutions are easy.
We solve problems using three levels of thinking:
- Entrepreneurial thinking: Making change with limited resources.
- Engineering thinking: Testing out potential solutions and measuring effects by real-world results.
- Spiritual thinking: Basing solutions on how human beings actually function.
These three types of thinking processes fuse to form the alchemy of effective problem solving. If we follow this recipe, we truly can create the nation we all want to live in.
A nation of healthy, happy, safe, prosperous, and productive people.
A nation with a flourishing economy.
A nation that commits to establishing and bettering the health of our planet.
A nation that stands apart from the rest of the world and sets a high standard for others to follow.
A Nation Apart.
Brooklyn, New York
February 11, 2020