PAGE IN PROGRESS What you see here is a page of my hypertext book POWER of meanings // MEANINGS of power. Initially empty, this page will slowly be filled with thoughts, notes, and quotes. One day, I will use them to write a coherent entry, similar to these completed pages. Thank you for your interest and patience!
I believe that society's problems cannot be solved just by fighting those who we see as "bad guys". Society's problems exist not because bad guys do bad stuff, but because people are people. Solving society's problems is impossible without understanding what it means to be human, which requires some (self)awareness and (self)empathy. This is what I believe, and although there is an element of faith in that, I can also back my opinion up with an array of studies, practices. (For example, studies that show complexities of human behavior and cognition). I can refer to opinions to such famous proponents of compassion as Martin Luther King Jr. who talked about the importance of nonviolence and compassion toward people you disagree with even at the end of his life, when his opinions about the need for resistance became more radical.
I can argue that practicing radical loving-kindness meditation can help us better fight against injustices and inequalities. But how can I get more people to actually take this path? Before someone decides to send loving vibes to a person whose actions they deeply dislike, they need to believe that this effort makes sense.
To explain why it makes sense, I started developing my theory of micro- and macropower that is part of my guiding vision is to help people combine awareness about social problems with collaboration across divides through empathy.
not making the same mistakes that we notice in other people
For oppressed not to become oppressors
To get out of the Groundhog Day of mistakes made by people (with each generation people ideally should learn more and not make as mistakes )
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