Can 25 big ideas change the world? Sure. Even implementing one would change it.
Recently the Christian Science Monitor published a piece called Ideas for a better world in 2011, which contains ideas from 25 thinkers – professors and policy makers, entrepreneurs and scientists, you name it. And what would it take to implement some of their ideas? Rational, deep thinking. Prayer. It’s striking how many of the ideas have to do with changing our outlook, and loving our neighbor better. We can do this.
But how? It seems like the history caught up around the issues addressed is intractable, divisive, a tangled web of territorial-ness. But with simple modesty and meekness it could be done.
It reminds me of Jesus’ sermon on the mount: one of his great teachings that includes the directive to be humble, wise, loving, forgiving, selfless, peaceful, even child-like. To love God and our neighbor, close and far. By replacing arrogance with meekness, hatred with love, grudges with forgiveness, territorial thinking with selflessness, we can all contribute to these solutions.
I resolve to let divine Spirit show me how I can specifically contribute to making the world a better place in 2011. Thanks for showing me more clearly how to address this, CS Monitor.