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    • July 30, 2016 2:48:19 AM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      I am interested in your opinion. What do we, as mankind, need most in today's time? I know that there are places in the world where there is war, and they probably need peace mostly, but let's speak generally, as mankind.
      Do you think we need more technology, to connect every part of world wirelessly, or maybe we need more religion, or less religion, or we just need to communicate and love each other more, or do we need more God...or what?

    • July 30, 2016 3:33:49 AM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      I think it would be prudent here to quote the philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), when asked to give advice to future generations:

      "I should like to say two things, one intellectual and one moral.

      The intellectual thing I should want to say to them is this: When you are studying any matter, or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only what are the facts and what is the truth that the facts bear out. Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe, or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. But look only, and solely, at what are the facts. That is the intellectual thing that I should wish to say.

      The moral thing I should wish to say to them is very simple: I should say, love is wise, hatred is foolish. In this world which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way — and if we are to live together and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet."

    • July 30, 2016 5:55:42 AM PDT
    • What does mankind need most?

      @Socrates1997 - said it all. I don't think there is more that needs to be added.

    • July 30, 2016 6:43:14 AM PDT
    • What does mankind need most?

      I'm not really into conspiracies or speculation, I like the raw unadultered truth therefore I will not follow anything that doesn't have a strong basis in that. However, I strongly believe much knowledge is kept away from the masses in order to keep them in the hamster wheel forever, and people's minds are fucked with since birth very often to the point of no return, thats when ones perception filter/subconscious becomes so biased and colored that they cannot longer recognize truth even if it were in front of them. I think mankind needs knowledge, real truth, and they need to be educated in a way that it would benefit their own personal growth and development so that they can make informed choices and be able to help themselves and others. I think the main reason for all of the suffering and discord in the world is due to incorrect information.

    • July 30, 2016 7:08:05 AM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      I'd have to go with compassion and mindfulness. Compassion isn't enabling or pity. Sometimes it can feel mean. Mindfulness puts you in the here and now, instead of living in the past or in the future, it takes you out of your head so you can connect with your environment. Inject sufficient quantity and quality of compassion and mindfulness into people and war, poverty or environmental crisis eventually go the way of the dodo but you would retain creativity, love and beauty. There's no downside.

    • July 30, 2016 9:35:48 AM PDT
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      Re: Bertrand Russell. Great quote. I was unfamiliar with it, and I cannot find it. Source, please?

      (Whoops. Never mind. I found it.)

      Thanks.

      This post was edited by Soloread at July 30, 2016 9:38:04 AM PDT
    • July 30, 2016 9:56:34 AM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      1: Mankind needs to get off it's lazy ass and start making more than a novel attempt at harvesting the resources in our solar system.
      2: Mankind needs to get off it's high horse and stop imposing meddlesome preferences on others.
      3: Mankind needs to take a chill pill and stop shooting each other for 5 minutes.
      4: Mankind needs to start focusing education on career paths from an earlier age, and stop worrying that the dumb kids will feel bad if they treat the smart kids like they are smart.

    • July 30, 2016 10:23:59 AM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      Just as food, water and shelter are required for life, so to should be considered knowledge, for without knowledge to attain the first three for himself, man cannot be considered independent.

    • July 30, 2016 10:40:21 AM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      Just as food, water and shelter are required for life, so to should be knowledge, for without knowledge to attain the first three for himself, man cannot be considered independent.

    • July 30, 2016 10:53:52 AM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      Knowledge people - I have to disagree. Knowledge is only a tool. We know plenty; certainly to get ourselves into a mess. What we often lack is the wisdom to apply knowledge without harm. Wisdom is timeless and intuitive. It's earned, whereas knowledge is acquired.
      "Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?" —T.S. Eliot

      This post was edited by SZNEL at August 13, 2016 2:41:40 PM PDT
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    • July 30, 2016 11:43:51 AM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      Wisdom without knowledge is useless, as is knowledge without wisdom.

    • July 30, 2016 11:48:21 AM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      Wisdom is a category of knowledge; or more particularly, it is discursive, mediated knowledge. Actually, if you look at the etymology of the word "wisdom," it goes back to a proto-Germanic word meaning thought with reference to precedent. Therefore where as knowledge generally means the existence of the object within the subject as a mental state of the subject, the objects perceived by wisdom are objects already present in the subject at the moment of their perception. i.e. inferring the truth from memories rather than from looking.

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    • July 30, 2016 12:05:53 PM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      KNich You nailed it. The ability to acquire knowledge, be it wisdom or intuition. I agree that knowing something doesn't make you any better if you don't put it to use, but the ability to learn is what makes us who we are.

    • July 30, 2016 12:06:20 PM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      Why can't I like anything today?

    • July 30, 2016 12:13:33 PM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      SZNEL, KNich You nailed it. The ability to acquire knowledge, be it wisdom or intuition. I agree that knowing something doesn't make you any better if you don't put it to use, but the ability to learn is what makes us who we are.

    • July 30, 2016 12:22:32 PM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      We need wisdom, but wisdom is equal part gaining knowledge and discarding false things.

    • July 30, 2016 12:25:30 PM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      Good one! There are a lot of false things I wish people would be willing to discard.

    • July 30, 2016 12:26:02 PM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      Knich - Thank you for the etymology of the word. Probably my background in IM/IT but I've always seen wisdom as the pinnacle of a hierarchical model not as a category of knowledge. The pinnacle where, when intelligence and other factors are applied, raw data becomes information (answers who, what, where and when), becomes knowledge (why?) becomes understanding (appreciation of the why)...becomes wisdom (why I should care i.e., evaluative understanding). Fits in nicely with "thought with reference to a precedent"and that the precedent lies below the hierarchy. I would add in relation to objects already present in the subject at the moment of their perception that with wisdom, people leap beyond the past and the present to vision and create the future.

    • July 30, 2016 12:31:03 PM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      I think Admin's Evil-Eye-Of-Sauron is occupied elsewhere. Whenever I try to "like" something I get an error message: "An error has occurred processing the request. The target may no longer exist." Which supports Wheaties assertion that we don't really exist. As targets anyway.

    • July 30, 2016 12:32:16 PM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      Valosken - Right on!

    • July 30, 2016 12:53:40 PM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      I see acquaintances having relationships around me all the time; and I have a very precise judgement on which ones have a chance of being successful, and which ones will fail, I flatter myself, with greater accuracy than those presently engaged in that relationship. This is also "wisdom," even though I do not personally prefer one outcome over the other. Caring does not come into it at all. I care about making such judgements as a casual mental exercise, not in terms of influencing outcomes. I hate to drag MBTI into this, but if "caring" were a necessary component of wisdom, INTPs would definitely be at the bottom of the wisdom totem pole.

    • July 30, 2016 1:15:12 PM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      I'm not sure being able to predict the outcome of relationships is "wisdom". Being able to predict the outcomes AND applying that judgement to your own relationships to avoid the pitfalls? That's wisdom. Don't be so hard on INTPs. I'm sure with the likes of Kant and Descartes in your type, INTP's are not at the bottom of any totem pole.

    • July 30, 2016 2:03:23 PM PDT
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      Looking back on my comment, I haven't said a thing about wisdom, yet wisdom is indeed equally important as knowledge is to be correct, one needs both in order to be thorough. Without those two primary things I doubt any kind of evolution is possible.

    • July 30, 2016 2:28:03 PM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      We desperately need KNich

    • July 30, 2016 2:31:05 PM PDT
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      What does mankind need most?

      BillyH: Although perhaps not as desperately, I concur.

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