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Pleasant walkways.
Easy high quality health care.
Dependable cheap electricity.

Friendly fun neighbors.

What do we want?  Don’t we want all of these and much more?

Let’s design it!
Let’s make a wish list.

What do you want?

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Helping Others Be Happy

A huge part of a happy society is knowing how to make others happy. We all have a great ability to create the reality of others. To give you an idea, simple praise makes another person happier, pretty much guaranteed. And if not, express hope that they are at least doing that for themselves. But even if they are and it’s been a while, they might be tired of hearing the same voice.

Another factor is that practicing each type of praise (for others and for self) informs the practice of the other. Giving praise to others along with giving praise to yourself teaches true happiness.

(Note that this is about praise and self judgement. It’s large but it’s not the complete picture of happiness.)

Bad Imagination Fear

Fear generates negative actions.

If you let it.

The effect on others is karma-challenged.

I’m worried about this “restore the american dream” movement being pushed on us by people at MoveOn and Suze Orman and probably many more. It seems a bit misleading and pushing our emotions toward ideas of prosperity modeled on circumstances that occurred back in the 1940’s.
Instead, how about if we design our society like a garden. This means making a list of what we want and getting together to make it so. It’s a garden in the broadest sense that simply gets us thinking about what a paradise might look like. The American Dream concept is too broad and ripe for misinterpretation and encourages expectations that, in fact, may not be feasible.
I think it’s a bit helpful to recall its meaning back in the 40’s and 50’s to understand it more but I’m not sure I want to repeat it.
What does it mean to you?
What might be on your wish list for our new Garden for American Society?

I don’t want to limit this in any way.  How about a nudist colony for muslims? How about a humanist cathedral? How about a new soccer league in which the rules are like ice hockey? And the field is like a hockey rink? How about man on the moon as a paying guest, in other words a moon station? Of course that in itself should have a garden…

Relationships

The nature of relationships has a meaning beyond just what’s between two things. I can’t trust myself to understand the relationship completely. So I try to discover the more obscure parts of the abstract meaning of relationships.
One of my discoveries is this:
That any one thing has many relationships too numerous to map or list. So this requires an open-minded examination of what are a few important ones.
And this is done quite easily actually. Think of the other things that are related to the one thing. The one thing is the subject or protagonist. The other things are interesting if they express energy or symbolic of something important or maybe simply ever-present in many situations.
But the catch-22 there is that you cannot simplify how the one thing relates to an important thing, because it’s complex.
And now the fun begins if you like examining relationships, cuz you get to examine the nature of the relationships of relationships.
And to get a contextual perspective, it’s fun to examine the relationships between the things that are important to the one thing.

The Artist Conundrum

Artists need to be allowed to be an artist to the greatest extent possible. But if art is all they can do, and many artists have that trait, they must be helped to survive.

Sheep Herder

It’s hard to look away from the vision of self being better than another. Do we look at a sheep herder sitting on a rock above his sheep as primitive? I try to look away from that perspective.