Updated: Mar 2
1. If you could teach everyone in the world one concept, what concept would have the biggest impact on humanity? If I could teach one concept to everyone it would be empathy. I feel that many of the problems that people face could be resolved or minimized just by attempting to see the other person’s point of view. This could make compromises easier and perhaps even avoid altercations. Empathy is a noteworthy concept that inspires action. Therefore I believe that it is a significant ability to teach.
Society tends to mistake sympathy for empathy, and whilst acknowledging the affliction that individuals and or groups are experiencing is of great importance, it is supplementary to be able to identify with those issues.
By moving away from mere pity, and placing oneself in these positions, individuals in society can strengthen their bonds with others, which will in turn motivate them into appropriate action.
2. What is the best way to train people to see the gradients in the world around them instead of just the simplistic "This is good, that is wrong" view of the world? Ignorance is a state not solely characterized by a lack of information or knowledge, but also by individuals actively working not to understand. Individuals may have a basic understanding of what’s right and what’s wrong but biases influence the degree in which they acknowledge various issues. Thus to foster understanding and develop insightful perceptions of individuals and events, we must train people to actively work on their indifference, and disregard.
Exposure to various cultures, values and ideals play a significant role in Influencing the way in which individuals and groups treat each other, and perceive the world around them. By actively educating oneself, individuals in society can expand their understanding of events beyond a basic comprehension of what’s right and what's wrong.
3. What is the biggest waste of human potential? The biggest waste of human potential in my opinion is the failure to take a risk. So many are afraid to fail that they actually forget to try to succeed. It certainly is scary and difficult to take risks and it’s more comfortable to “stay in your lane” but without taking risks, without attempting to reach further than you are comfortable it is difficult to move forward and grow as a person.