Caring, AKA "giving a crap": Why it's the most interesting & hopeful thing about our global connectedness.
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Impoverished Ethiopians search a city trash dump site for food and items that they can sell or barter in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Picture credit: Zoriah © zoriah/www.zoriah.com
* Our ability to care, for each other and for our planet, and to scale that up beyond anything we've known before, is going to be the game changer in almost every aspect of life. Without it, we are truly screwed and should feel very depressed indeed.
* There's growing interest in opening up new ways of looking at our world, at how humans might live together in it, and what the possibilities might be for finding meaning and purpose.
* Millions of folk seem to be recognising a desire for something more than just superficial, selfish, increasingly comfortable and consumption driven lives that many seem to have embraced and found wanting.
* A deeper, more meaningful life can grow and flourish when we nurture our care for others, our kindness, love, and compassion.
* This is in line with the findings of researchers like Dr. Martin Seligman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a founder of the "positive psychology" movement. He describes the ultimate state of human happiness as "knowing your highest strengths and deploying them in the service of something larger than you are".
* Caring for others and our world is definitely "larger than you are"!
Picture credit: Tibchris A less fortunate person waking up to a beautiful morning in San Francisco.
* I'm been blown away by the number, and calibre, of caring people I've found since I started connecting online last spring. Without these digital technology enabled communities, it's unlikely our paths would have crossed.
* Social networks, the social web, help us scale up our caring. Now we can connect in meaningful ways and be part of all kinds of things that are much bigger than ourselves. And through shared values, projects, ideas, information and resources, we can join our caring forces, build momentum, and make a positive difference in so many new ways, and improved old ways.
Picture credit: Wonderlane Begging in Bangladesh - a child caring for a child in poverty.
* Caring, AKA "giving a crap", is the factor that will make all the difference in our world.
* People who care make things happen. They are arsed. They get up when they've been pushed over. They press on. They find a way to do what needs to be done.
* We can't do much on our own, no matter how much we care, since we as individuals are "not scale-able".
* We need other people. Caring, world-changing, amazing people. They are "out there". We need to find them. Team up. Support them. I need their help to live a meaningful and useful life. I want to help them too.
* Those people are YOU.
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I love it that you bothered to read this post. I hope you found it helpful, thanks! I always like to know what you think. Did you find others who share your passion to make a difference? How does our digital connectedness change things? Any tips for finding like-minded caring people? See you in the comments here at the bottom. Much love, Ian.
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