Some questions worth answering

  • From all the knowledge and experience that has been gathered so far, what are the most important lessons or pieces of knowledge which a person should (actively/functionally) know in the present day? What is the best way to teach it? What is the best way to make that knowledge available to everyone?

  • How can we include the outcomes of moral philosophy in all our activities? How can we teach decision making based on an objective and easy to use ethical framework? How can we promote a worldwide culture of ethical thinking? How can we make ethics fashionable?

  • Most people find it difficult to acknowledge or relate to the figures and indicators which are normally used to explain poverty, inequality and private capital accumulation. How can the “mathematics of inequality” be developed and explained to promote awareness and responsibility, especially among the richest part of the population?

  • The current knowledge we have from environmental science about the impact of human activities does not really influence the way most people live their daily lives. How can we bridge this gap between knowing and doing?

  • Although we live in a globalised world, most people do not understand the historical and geopolitical dimension of the moment and place they were born, and in which they are now living. They also have difficulties understanding how their lives are connected to the lives of people in other parts of the world. How can we help individuals and collectives to understand their place on this earth and their role in shaping its future?

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Some thoughts of Benjamin Lee Whorf*

There is no one metaphysical pool of universal human thought.

 

Speakers of different languages see the Cosmos differently; evaluate it differently, sometimes not by much, sometimes widely.

 

Thinking is relative to the language learned.

 

There are no primitive languages.

 

Research is needed to discover the world view of many unexplored languages, some now in danger of extinction.

 

Somewhere along the line it may be possible to develop a real international language.

 

Someday all peoples will use language at capacity, and so think much straighter than we now do.

 

So far as we can envision the future, we must envision it in terms of mental growth.

 

 

* Carroll, J. (ed.) Language, Thought and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1956.

 

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