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In order to make society and the economy become beneficial for all of the human race, what is one major ethical step we have to accomplish together to reach this goal?

I am 18 years old and I live in Riverview, Florida with my family. I love to play softball, volunteer at little league softball and baseball complexes, and hang with friends. My end goal in life is to make the world a safer and better place to live in for everyone. I want to spread love, positive and kindness to everyone I encounter. I want to go to college to be a Forensic Pathologist in the medical field. I am very ambitious and intelligent due to my parents being outstanding role models for me. career salary veterinary-medicine business sonogram goals # career-path loveislove spreadkindness

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Henry’s Answer

This is a great question! One major ethical step we have reach is understanding that our differences don't change the fact that we are human beings. Instead of approaching every situation or dilemma as a win/lose, we should approach it with a compromise approach. Because of our differences, a common solution must benefit everyone involved.
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Trinity,

This is a challenging question. It is hard to think about one thing that can help all of the human race since we as individuals have very different challenges depending on the country where you live, your value system, and the access you have to resources. A way that I might think about your challenge is around this question "how do we create a world in where everyone can enjoy their best possible life?" This can be difficult since I might consider one way of life the best and a very different structure might be considered best by someone else. That conflict is very clear in the US right now. In the US, we cannot even agree on what basic human rights are. So you would need to refine what your purpose would be at a high level of detail. There are organizations focused on very specific elements like clean water or access to electricity.

The major step that I would like to see is people coming together to try and work together toward goals. This is often about compromise and avoids binary thinking. Most issues cannot be solved with all or nothing thinking. They are often not solved immediately, but with a series of steps to get people from point A to Z. Big issues aren't solved overnight.

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Shira’s Answer

Great question! There is a lot you can do as an individual. Here are a few suggestions:

- Determine your values and what areas you'd like to make better in the world.

- Pick one issue to start, and find local volunteer efforts that you can join and spend time on. This may give you a good idea of how others are helping in the community as well.

- Use your hobbies to raise money to support a local charity or other efforts - In your note, you like to play sports, which can be a tool to organize an event or encourage others to donate to a cause.

All the best with your career and future ahead.
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Carrie’s Answer

If you want something to change, you must first evaluate the current reward structure. The existing environment is the result of the rewards we have in place that encourage certain types of behaviors. If you don't like what you see, change how people are rewarded. Note that the most valuable rewards are generally money, power, love, and fame.

Carrie, I have spent a lot of time thinking about this in light of current affairs, without reaching a decision. Do you have any ideas as to alternative rewards? Thanks! Kim Kim Igleheart

The rewards themselves should not be the focus. Rewarding people using money, power, love, or fame works. Focus instead on what leads people to receive the rewards. For instance, companies set performance criteria for their executives' bonuses. If the criteria to receive a good bonus is tied to a particular stock price increase, you will probably see executives do what they need to do to reach the target stock price. This could lead to the lowering of average wages and costs of goods at the expense of producing a quality product/service and paying employees a fair wage. Adding performance metrics for customer and employee satisfaction can help to provide balance. Carrie Reyna, MBA

Thanks Carrie! I wholeheartedly agree. I have worked in a gov't workforce center, where the number of job referrals given was more important than making sure the client was truly "job-ready" with a good resume, interview skills, etc. Kim Igleheart

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Sunny’s Answer

Hi Trinity,

I think one of the ethical steps is to show respect and care for one another. If we can treat each other equally and be considerate without preconceptions, it helps us restore humanity and inclusiveness. It is important to make this society a place that everyone can have trust in each other so that we will establish a better system that works for all.
This should be everyone's life-long mission, not just one party's duty. I believe the next 10 years will be so much more peaceful and livable, if we can agree on this peaceful assignment and care for each other.
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Simeon’s Answer

One practical step will be getting internet access more widely available to people in different countries and lower socioeconomic rungs. With the digitizing of the global market, there are more job opportunities and resources online than ever before. Putting those resources and opportunities in the reach of people who need them or could pass them along to others will be crucial for reducing poverty.
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Julie’s Answer

Hi Trinity,
What a great question! I think the starting point is treating everyone with dignity and respect, irrespective of your value system. Celebrate diverse opinions and never judge - always look at things from others' perspectives.
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Kim’s Answer

I often see one of the biggest problems is in looking at things from our own perspective, rather than trying to view a situation from another person's perspective. It applies to so many situations, and, all of us, all ages, all backgrounds, tend to do it. Some examples:

1. "I have worked hard to get to where I am today (financially independent), and, if these younger people would just learn to sacrifice the way I did, they too could be successful. They just want everything handed to them." But, this ignores certain realities: Housing and education eat up a much larger percentage of income today than it did in the 70s. This ties back to Henry's idea of compromise: Perhaps there needs to be some changes, but, they could be modest changes, that still recognize the role of hard work in getting ahead.

2. Listening to people talk about which presidential candidate is their preferred choice - at least 90% of the time, they talk about what will be best for THEM, rather than what would be best for the country.

3. Judging previous cultures by today's standards: Certain words and actions which were commonly accepted no longer are, even something that was once as common-place as smoking.

I often find myself thinking about Star Trek episodes, and, the Prime Directive (non-intervention in other cultures). The show was way ahead of its time!

Great question!

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Michael Bremer’s Answer

I already see many high-quality responses to this question.

However, I'll aim to give some food for thought on this matter, too.

To give you a bit of perpective, I have my roots in Copenhagen, Denmark, part of the Nordics-region. For the past 17 years, I've worked for an American-based global company and I like to believe that I've experienced working with various nationalies in specifically, Europe, North America, LatAm and Asia-Pacific-region . I consider myself having an average level of cultural understanding.

The Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) among others (latest also Swizerland and New Zealand, too) have traditionally been awarded the happiest people in the world among he top-15 countries (according to the World Happiness Report; https://worldhappiness.report/ed/2020/cities-and-happiness-a-global-ranking-and-analysis/).

Living in these countries is in no way troubleless nor ideal, but the so-called "Nordic model" seems to be worth considering relative to that of many other countries. - That is, if you're looking for a high level of general happiness in the wider population. I'll spare you the details of the report but I encourage you to read it, instead (see above URL).

I'm happy to exchange ideas and to receiving new perpectives.

Kind Regards
Michael (the life-long Learner ;)
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Kannan’s Answer

Hi Trinity,

Having empathy for fellow human beings for a start. Kindness, respect, caring for each other everything starts from empathizing with others.
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