First of all, I don’t believe I have the answer, but I am searching for what “an ideal society” would look like.
I recently was in a conversation with someone who has opted for a more “eastern” philosophy and has promoted that having an idealized view of the world, or believing that one ideal is better than another, that there is such a thing as good and bad, causes unneeded suffering. While I appreciate the importance of accepting reality, rather than arguing with what is, I also feel strongly that there is such a thing as right and wrong, that there is such a thing as evil, and that there is value in working against having it spread. One of the tactics of evil is to convince people that evil doesn’t exist, but there is also value in following the advice of Jesus of Nazareth: “Resist not evil.” (Matthew 5:39) There is no need for aggressive attacks against people, just proactive promotion of truth.
For several years I have become increasingly aware that the way that civil governments are currently set up doesn’t always work well. One of the main purposes of this blog is to get the concerns, as well as thoughts about solutions from inside my head, onto something documented and more permanent – not because what is in my head, should be of value to anyone but me, but because I firmly believe that once I get the ideas out of my head, I will be able to better identify what I feel are good ideas and bad ones. This exercise is intended primarily for my own benefit. If others engage in a discussion, all the better. Their perspectives are extremely valuable since they are not me and don’t have the same blind spots that I do. They can offer a perspective that I don’t have.
In the end, I truly want something actionable, not just to come up with some philosophy that would work intellectually but is not applicable or practical in the real world.