A New Approach to Elderly Problems

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 9:16 PM

Judging by the current state of affairs, maybe the time has arrive to expand a new approach to elderly problems. So what'd be different today? Two things: we've advanced tech tools (the internet is a large one) and even more importantly, we've an advanced awareness of ourselves and of our space in the world.

Issues related to scarcity, education, and the environment have persisted throughout history - just browse a bible, or examine a cave painting for that matter, to realize the challenges that have defined our society for ages. Judging by the current state of affairs, maybe the time has arrive to expand a new approach to old problems.

So what'd be different today? Two things: we've advanced tech tools (the internet is a huge one) and even more importantly, we've an advanced awareness of ourselves and of our space in the world. Number longer do we face the cave wall, unidentifiable shadows dancing before us. We presently utilize our grand information to fly around in outer space, to collide the smallest atomic particles, and... to exchange photos of cats.

Yes, mainly, we utilize our high tech tools to speak about cats. Cats are hilarious. Cats are cute. Cats are extremely photogenic. Everyone knows what a cat is, even our babies like them. The comic thing is, humans have shared cat pictures since the Paleolithic. Why? Humans viewed predator cats as avatars of themselves, and painted their adventures on cave walls in order to communicate their own human stories. Kind of love we do on Instagram. So in fact, all those social media cats are a reminder of our unique skill to communicate complex thoughts and feelings.

I'm not a scientist, although I believe that science is one of our most vital inventions. What I most appreciate is seeing people communicate, particularly when their perspectives and backgrounds vary greatly from each other. Which is why I attempt to discover ways for people to exchange their opinions, their stories, and their knowledge.

So back to cats. Can you think of any concerns that are more necessary to our wellbeing than cats? Other than the royal baby, I mean. It'south true that while everyone will arrive up with a different list, many concerns will be ones we all share. I propose that we apply our modern tools not just to chatting publicly about felines, but to tackling the many other necessary issues we face as a society.

I believe that the way we publicly communicate about our challenges is our first challenge. Most social issues -from neighborhood safety to the climate - are strategized by elected and other community leaders behind closed doors. Once a decision has been made, it's frequently too late for the many other thoughtful citizens out there to contribute either their information or their material resources. While town halls, Twitter and Facebook do allow government with feedback from the public, I'd argue that these platforms seldom alleviate an in-depth, productive dialogue. In other words, too many bright people are being left out of the official process of putting grand ideas into action.

Can we catalyze more substantive conversations with a greater no of people? Can we convert those conversations into more collaborative problem solving? Sure we can. There are so many grand minds in the world. Let'south keep them together and look what we arrive up with.

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