Many people, who don't get involved, care by misinformation. (Yes, the one writing this could be misinformed in areas.) Because of this, extending voting days, deciding to tackle the president's office first, etc. won't necessarily help a society reach equality or a close version of it that actualizes change. Acting towards these are important, but how do we change misinformed minds that are in these positions to cause change(or for a mind like one of us to be included in those positions)? Yes, there are strategies that take time, and we work towards them. But as we discuss these, fresh minds are born into misinformed, 'apathetic' families, where they go to school to meet similar minds, whose focus moves toward a culture of topics like these: https://www.ted.com/talks/meaghan_ramsey_why_thinking_you_re_ugly_is_bad_for_you?language=en Basically, many leave negative environments to go to another negative environment because of the others, who come from a negative environment. Some come from a positive environment, and that can be advantageous. Not always. But sometimes. Either way, people that come from negative environments don't have ideas on change, don't engage with subjects 100%, aren't critically thinking, therefore can't apply subjects to solve real-world issues. And advantageous students can benefit from the practices I'll bring up below, too. This isn't a reality for everyone, but it is what I've seen. I've seen it in my family, in high school peers, and in myself. (Grateful to have Internet access to this idea, as well as other TED ideas and books (after much irreplaceable feeling and too focused on that feeling instead of doing).) Social, world, and health issues, leave the mind while a self-focus/feeling of being controlled by circumstances holds it. This has to be eliminated. There are studies showing the effects of meditation on emotional balance, wellbeing studies, philosophy for children, and how these have changed ones feeling of control and positive learning outcomes (these have helped me, too). So, imagine if these were introduced into many schools at a young age to high school ages. Links below show that these practices affect people similarly, which would help young people to not only be driven by care for other people/their world but also a sense of control in their ability to do so. They create compassion for the person standing next to you and strengthen appreciation in relationships, which leads to working on problems together and an interest in solving those problems.... There is this false apathy, but there is also this disconnect with a person, who might share similar values. And these practices build that human connection. Because no problem is tackled by one individual. And because a lot of enthusiasm and natural curiosity to solve an issue is lost in the home and/or lost at school, schools can change our minds because schools are where these minds spend the majority of their days. Schools hold our future and the majority. Let's not aid our children's inactivity and hope it gets fixed when they turn our age. Because adult inactivity is only fixed when there's knowledge about it, a change in emotional balance, a feeling of being connected. Strategies for those three things have to be thought about. At a certain point, this 'apathy' can be ingrained. And it is hard to get an adult to access these ideas, especially when they have checked themselves into feeling replaceable. Just an idea. Would like to hear y'all's thoughts. http://centerhealthyminds.org http://depts.washington.edu/nwcenter/ http://ideas.ted.com/what-the-best-education-systems-are-doing-right/ https://www.ted.com/speakers/sugata_mitra
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