I was inspired to write this post by the first dozen or so pages of the book ‘This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World’ by Yancey Strickler (I am reading it in Polish). The title alone encourages you to read. In the part I have already read, the author writes that the world is motivated by profits, GDP and a general profit orientation (i.e. material goods).
I am in the process of reading Daniel Goleman’s book ‘Emotional Intelligence’ and I want to sort of combine the content of these two books in the rest of this post. For our world to be a better place, for goods to be shared fairly (and not on the basis that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer) we need education, including education about emotions and emotional intelligence. I believe that in the perspective of the next 50 or 100 years, we as humanity will be more ’emotionally intelligent’, which will result in our empathy towards those most in need. There is so much poverty in the world and food is wasted in rich countries.
Dear reader, I encourage you to read the two books I have mentioned in this post; also think (whether you read them or not) about how you can use emotional intelligence in your personal life, as well as what you can do for others to make the world a better place to live in, regardless of your country of residence or the colour of your skin.
I will conclude with a quote from the book mentioned above by Yancey Strickler (translation from the Polish edition of the book): “This is what large-scale profit maximisation has brought to society. It has made us believe that the right choice is always the option that makes the most money and that there is no concept of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ behind it. Good or evil is too irrational for profit maximisation, which behaves like the Terminator. It only cares whether it is ‘less’ or ‘more’. And it always wants more.”
Dare to live. It’s YOUR life.