Thursday, September 29, 2011

[GMW #2299] Direct People to People, Family to Family Aid

[GMW #2299] Direct People to People, Family to Family Aid
Wednesday 5 October 2011, Editor: Easy
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Idea Dream - Robert Muller's Ideas 1001 to 1500
~ Idea 1130 ~ 14 August 1997
The preceding idea leads me to propose that the United Nations conceive a World Plan of Direct People to People, Family to Family Aid. Now people in rich countries are taxed by governments to provide governmental foreign aid, which is costly to administer, cause of bureaucracy and often misdirected towards purchases of armaments and other goods which the giving government or big firms want to sell.

It reminds me of my mother, a poor milliner who was so happy whenever she looked at the photos of a poor African orphan whom she had adopted at the recommendation of a priest. She loved and supported that child with her modest means until she died without ever meeting the little boy.

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The integrity of beauty is that inner straining towards goodness and completion. - John O'Donohue

Why Does Beauty Exist?

"Why does beauty exist? What's the point of marveling at a Rembrandt self portrait or a Bach fugue? To paraphrase Auden, beauty makes nothing happen. Unlike our more primal indulgences, the pleasure of perceiving beauty doesn't ensure that we consume calories or procreate. Rather, the only thing beauty guarantees is that we'll stare for too long at some lovely looking thing. Museums are not exactly adaptive. Here's my (extremely speculative) theory: Beauty is a particularly potent and intense form of curiosity. [...] Put another way, beauty is a motivational force that helps modulate conscious awareness. The problem beauty solves is the problem of trying to figure out which sensations are worth making sense of and which ones can be easily ignored." This Wired Magazine article offers an insightful look into the neuroscience of beauty. { read more }

Be The Change

"There is a wonderful urgency within things to realize the dream of their individual fulfillment. Nothing is neutral, everything is on its way."
John O'Donohue shares beautifully in this short passage. { more }

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