…but you can’t make him think. Quite a bit of the time that I spend thinking about stuff, I think about, “what about people who seem to truly just not care?” Mindfulness and all that are great but the effects are non-transferable, as the airline tickets say. A lot of people just don’t feel like making the effort, or something – so, can peace be accomplished when there are people who aren’t interested in peace? Well, as long as your society has a strong culture of respecting the rule of law, and people at least keep their behavior under control because of it, there is the appearance of peace. But there is also a constant underlying potential for violence. To take just one example, Reuters reported Wednesday:
The head of AIG told the U.S. Congress on Wednesday he was reluctant to reveal the names of employees who took home bonuses because the troubled insurer has been receiving death threats.
“All the executives and their families should be executed with piano wire around their necks,” Edward Liddy, chief executive of American International Group Inc, read from one note.
“I’m looking for all the CEOs’ names, kids, where they live, etc.,” he read from another.
Their children? Really?????? <shudder>
The people who wrote those notes sort of give the idea of the type of people I’m talking about here, although… not quite. I think what I really wonder about, are the people who seem to just never really think about anything, at all. These people are an impediment to true peace because they can be induced to do just about anything – or at least allow it to happen – and these people make up the majority, according to Becoming Evil by James Waller. So what I’m really trying to solve is, how do you get people to care, enough to make the effort to think critically for themselves? I know part of the answer goes back to development of conscience – people aren’t going to care about anyone else, if they don’t first care enough about themselves to want to know themselves, and knowing yourself is hard work, and takes a long time, so it’s really not too surprising that a lot of people don’t bother.
Is it the case, that so many people just lack curiosity? I don’t think so. Who ever met a little kid that wasn’t curious about everything? I think it’s innately there – but it has to be nurtured. I do think that too many people have that innate curiosity squashed when they’re young. The question then becomes, is there a way that they can get it back?
Maybe some people don’t feel that they are worth knowing – even to themselves. Or, maybe they would rather not know, than take the chance of trying to “find themselves” and discovering nothing there. But actually, the more you look, the more you find.
I don’t know the answer – yet. But I feel that so much turmoil comes from the lack of these answers, I will certainly continue to try to solve this.
What do you think?