[Debate] What are 100 human steps to live together?

What are 100 steps for humans to live together ?
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If the key to living together collectively was individual happiness and the key to changing the world was changing humans, what would you recommend ? (to name just a few steps and arrive at 100 in the end with your collective inputs)
Here is a video with a list of 12 possibles steps to start the discussion :

Quora Debate : What are 100 steps for humans to live together?

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V.A. is an artist and entrepreneur. After 2 world tours, he is now giving conferences on travelling, entrepreneurship and creativity. Author of more than a hundred poems in french and english, he is currently writing a poetic book of his adventures and reflections across the globe. For any request, please contact the author at vincent@odysseehumaine.com.


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  1. 1. Treat everyone as kindly as you want to be treated, Once you figure out what is truly kind
    2. Practice Honesty, even white lies can turn a shade of yellow over time
    3. Understand that not everyone likes chocolate. It seems unbelievable, but it is true. Hence, know you don’t understand others’ thoughts and behaviors as much as you assume.
    4. Respect your health, the gift of life.
    5. Find your life purpose. (Not specifically a job)
    6. Sing, whether you are good at it or not.
    7. Learn another language, it expands your brain power, and forces you outside of the « world view » engraved upon us during our youth.
    8. Give, Give, Give
    9. Ditch the win/lose concept. Let Ideas compete, not people.Get creative, two conflicting needs, may have a solution.
    10. Care about
    11. Smile broadly frequently. Science indicates you will live longer, giving you time to add to this list.
    12. Travel the earth (even in your own backyard)
    13. Explore LOVE
    14.Speak up, in defense of good, no matter if popular
    15. Connect to others, the least likely included.
    16. Replace negativity and violence in our culture, with more compelling features.
    17. Read, Think, Do
    18. Climb a mountain, a physical one, and an emotional one.
    19. Talk to family members that you have overlooked.
    20. Watch, or engage in comedy no less than twice a week. Hard to have war while we are all surrounded by pure laughter.
    21. Play with children, learn to retain a childlike feature or two.
    22. Move your body, while you still can. No regrets
    23. Meditate, pray, think, visualize peace
    24.Feed the hungry
    25. Talk with the lonely
    26. Believe in the power of change. Everyone is changing, even if it is not obvious.
    27. Journal gratitude and personal insight
    28. Take a mental vacation outside of your comfort zone
    29. Find something that you agree with, in any and every human.
    30. Be better, not perfect
    31. Place your energy and power in the best path of action. This needs a daily reminder.
    32. Clean your house, your yard, your neighborhood, your purse, your car, your mouth, your mind.
    33.Stop solving the wrong problems.
    35.Forgive (I dare you)
    36. Tribute a day to animals. Know any?
    37. Surprise strangers, store clerks, by genuine compliments.
    38. Ponder the Butterfly Effect.
    39. Visit every church/religion that exists.
    40. Eat with your eyes closed.
    41. Learn what trust means.
    42. Go two months without one complaint. Focus on Silver Linings
    43. Put a penny in your shoe to remind you that it is the little things that count
    44.If you were not happy with yesterday, do something different today
    45. Focus on something you take for granted,e.g.. shower, ability to walk,etc
    46. Surround your indoors with plants.
    47. Explore Hope
    48.Plant seeds
    49. Fast two meals and give to the poor
    50. Restore what has wrongfully been taken from others.
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  2. Always when I hear someone talk or ask about world peace, this quote seems to stand out most to me:
    « When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. » -Jimi Hendrix

    Technically speaking, that’s more than 100 steps. It’s more like 7 billion. But it always starts with one step, and that’s yourself.
    If you want me to go down a list of 100 steps, I’ll do so by listing a 100 word paragraph (including the parenthesis and the quote).

    Explore, discover, and love yourself (in that order). Love others as you love yourself. As you once were foreign to yourself, so is the person you misunderstand.
    « So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. » – Chief Tecumseh

    I feel that combining those two quotes leaves a powerful message.

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  3. 1) Love in 25 ways ( Unconditional love, spiritual love, mild love, wild love so on and so forth)
    2) Laugh in 25 ways ( haha, hehe, huhu, LOL, ROFL so on and so forth)
    3) Live in 25 ways ( Simple, spiritual, peaceful so on and so forth)
    4) Exercise in 25 ways (Yoga, aerobics so on and so forth)… So yeah.. That makes it a 100!

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  4. I think a crucial condition for truly living together as the human family we all really are, is to never make the mistake of being indifferent to the suffering of others.

    I remember reading a great article in an issue of Philosophy Now, which was about the ideas of Epicurus versus Job from the Bible. Epicurus believed in a purely deterministic universe, a big mechanism indifferent to all that takes place within it. From this he thought all humans should accept this, and consequently accept suffering as a natural part of life while finding personal tranquility. Job believed in a universe controlled by an all-loving Jehovah, but couldn’t help crying out at God for the sheer injustice of destroying his worldly possessions and taking away his children. Who’s perspective was right?

    To me, the clear answer is both. Epicurus is right to believe in a deterministic universe indifferent to human suffering, but Job is correct to believe that we all have a right, perhaps even a moral obligation, to be angry at the wanton injustice the world confers on us all (some more than others), even if that is just ‘how reality works’. No cosmic law will eradicate the vast amounts of human anguish that have taken place and still continue to take place today – industrial mass murder, torture, exploitation, poverty, physical and psychological violence, mental disorders, starvation, political repression, etc – but we do not have to embody that indifference. As sentient beings with will and intellect in a cold reality, we have no less of a responsibility to feel a relentless desire to end unnecessary suffering. Those in pain could just as easily have been you.

    On the national, or global level, all political and economic institutions that fund the mass infliction of pain on others for private gain must be exposed, rallied against and either reformed or destroyed. On a more personal, or day-to-day level, we must be careful in how we treat others, and especially consider the consequences of using other people for our own ends in this, at times, quite ruthless society where everyone must compete to get ahead. Our Epicurean apathy towards other people’s pain has greatly debilitated humanity’s drive and ability to change its very erroneous ways.

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  5. Areeba Aziz
    Only a single step of hope and love should be taken hundred times:)

    Subbu Thenan
    Instead of 100 steps , we can have only one step ,but that step is worth a million steps to live together ,that is to remove ego between human being. Almost all human related problem is because of Ego . If that is removed than a big obstacle towards living together will be solved.

  6. 1. Learn to keep quiet. From personal experience I am still learning to hold back. Not everyone thinks as fast as you. Slow down. Listen.
    2. Don’t presume or assume. Ask. Understand why someone is doing something or not, before forming perception in your brain.
    3. Learn to forgive. Our imperfections make the sum of us. Sometimes we just have to accept each other the way we are, overlook.
    4. Appreciate, appreciate. We thrive with appreciation. Nurture each other into more beautiful people.
    5. If you can’t say a good word. Don’t say a bad word. You don’t know the person’s life situation or what they are going through.
    6. Respect elders. Teach your children to respect elders.
    7. Make the most of each moment. This time will not come back.
    8. If you love someone tell them. Love stays. It brings a smile.
    9. Don’t waste food. Buy/Consume only what you need.
    10. Don’t take anyone or anything for granted.
    11. Don’t complain. There is always something to be thankful about despite life’s difficulties.
    12. A hug, smile and conversation can make so much better.
    13. Believe life is amazing.

    The thoughts are endless 🙂

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  7. I believe that every person should strive to be good.

    To be good you need to:
    -Make sure to hold a broad view of your activities and goals that include you and others. take into account your goals and their consequences and the morality of your actions.
    -Try to avoid “politically correct speak” call things what they are.
    -Be connected to your self and others (family, friends, coworkers and strangers). Consider all of them as human beings.
    -Be your own person with a strong self center and a sense of self responsibility.
    -Make time to consider your actions. Given time you are more likely to do good.
    -Avoid even small deeds of dishonesty, lies and cruelty as they open the door to more and bigger deeds of wrongdoing. If you did something wrong – stop! Do not let it continue or expand.
    -Try to keep your surroundings neat (but not fanatically so). Take care of yourself (sleep well, balanced diet, health plan).
    -Avoid displays of excess by yourself and others.
    -Avoid the company of people that (and get out of groups) act in distrustful and/or unjust manner. Recognize and avoid peer pressure.
    -Do not obey blindly! Don’t join cults. Beware of charismatic leaders.
    -If you find yourself in a position of power you must remember to adhere to the same rules. At the same time try to feel as one of your subordinates – are you good kind and just?
    -Do not join others in doing wrong, not even in small things or for fun.
    -Wining a goal is not an excuse for misdeeds and excuses must be found early and destroyed.
    -If you did wrong you need to feel bad. If you did it to someone else try to feel their hurt. A bad deed should have an emotional price.
    -Try to limit your own access to information about bad / evil deeds. What comes to the surface of our awareness is their possible legitimacy.
    -Define and hold your concepts / rules customs of ethical behavior and stick to them.
    -If you do you will fall into a « superior » state and you begin to do bad thing without noticing it.
    -If we all adopt these ideas & attitude the world will be a better place.
    P.S. A good read (but really hard) is “Ethics” by Willam K. Frankena

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  8. The 10 Commandments (Decalogue) :

    I have only 10 steps (which can be summed up in two steps):
    “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
    “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
    “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
    “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
    “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
    “You shall not murder.
    “You shall not commit adultery.
    “You shall not steal.
    “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
    “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

    In short…
    Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength;
    Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

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  9. We have to realize how much of an illusion the self is. In this world we are being forced against our wills to live in, we all come from the same. Whether you’re a fan of Adam and Eve being the parents to us all or the beauty of life coming from the randomness of this crazy Universe, we are all related. All humans. All earthlings. I’m not saying to throw away who you are and stop being an individual. That’s all part of the game of life. You can’t get rid of those rules. These rules are what make life beautiful. They make it so unique. What I am saying is to never forget. Don’t ever forget that that homeless man sitting down as you hurry past him on the street could of been you. The kids in the homeless shelters of the world could of been you. The gangsta in the projects born to a single mom. Heck, maybe you could of even been that piece of pork you ate for dinner last night. But I digress. My number one step for humans living together would be to care for each other like the family we are. Because honestly, you could of been anybody else. No one deserves the shitty hand they’ve been dealt. And if we all worked together, we could beat the dealer and get rid of a lot of the shitty hands. You could of been anyone else, and anyone else could of been you. So in a way, they are you. And you are it.

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  10. 1) The most important step for a cohesive humanity is we will learn to center the self. Sit in silence, let all things be, let go of all constructs. The mind will do it’s part. Focus the breath occuring naturally. Let all things be. This centering dissolves our needs to control, our wanting, our fear. We face it all with the same natural breath already happening to us. (or do you think you make yourself breathe rationally?)

    2) Then, we will learn express the compassion we feel. Act on behalf of others without a thought for our own benefit. As that centered being, we will naturally see what is lacking in the world around us and will take action.

    3) Boycott the systems that perpetuate ignorace and fear. If we are currently wasteful, it isn’t because we have no option. There are systems in place that foster our wastefulness. We can challenge the systems, even if the ones who keep the system don’t like it. We can do it compassionately, non-violently.

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  11. While I applaud – and encourage, the recommendation that everyone seek their own enlightenment (happiness), the notion that if everyone were just different, the world would be a better place is the flawed premise in every utopian ideal. So, step one would be to recognize that a better world must be built on human nature as it is now.

    The problem with the utopian equation – that as each person learns to be happy, others will see their example and follow suit, doesn’t factor in the fact that those who take advantage of the inherent fearfulness in human nature will not be swayed. And those are the same people who thrive under our current system.

    Capitalism is the best system we’ve ever tried but it is based on exploitation and coercion and those most willing to exploit and coerce end up with the most power and those with the most power become more and more willing to exploit and coerce. However, the fact that capitalism is the best we’ve ever done doesn’t mean that it’s the best we can ever do.

    Communism failed for the same reason that capitalism fails to deliver on its promise to « raise all boats; » the decisions for the many were made by the same few who are unaccounted for in the utopian equation.

    We are about to reach a crossroads where automation and robotics make human labor mostly obsolete and as a society, we must decide whether the bounty of this advancement is shared by all or only those who are already on the have side of the wealth gap. If the latter, we are looking at an ugly, dystopian nightmare of a police state to curb the (necessary) black markets that will arise to support the subsistence of the growing, poverty stricken masses.

    How do we avoid this inevitability? We change the system. First, we continue the political evolution from king to true democracy. Right now, we are stuck in the middle, democratic by name only in a system that claims to be representative of the democratic voter but is in fact a sham; only the interests of the unaccountable are truly represented. Then we can address the flaws of our economic system.

    One flaw that makes capitalism so susceptible to the worst parts of human nature is the nature of currency. Although it purportedly represents the resources of the world – and the labor to obtain or improve them, currency is not perishable. You can’t hoard a silo of grain forever, but you can hoard as much currency as you can lay your hands on. The problem is that it is no more useful to society than the hoarded grain, but it infers power to the hoarder. Want to spur economic growth? Put an expiration date on currency. But that still won’t address a second flaw.

    There is no inherent value attached to the things that currency represents; their value is determined by the exploitative and coercive nature of the exchange. In Adam Smith’s free market, the leveling factor was shame, that the buyer and seller could look each other in the eye and know that their good name was at risk if they exploited or coerced the other. But corporations know no shame. All that matters is exploiting and coercing the highest profit. (BTW, Adam Smith railed against all forms of monopoly and I’m pretty sure that today’s giant corporations would fit his definition.)

    Another huge flaw is the notion that profit spurs innovation. We never get the best innovation, only the most profitable. If the cure for cancer turned out to be an inexpensive, abundant resource, we would never hear about it under our current system. Why find a cure for disease when you can exploit and coerce huge profits treating its symptoms?

    Profit also creates a disincentive for being a good neighbor. Why clean up your toxic waste when you can dump it on the powerless? Why make a car safer if it’s cheaper to settle with the victims?

    So, what do we do instead? Make our time the unit of currency and use true democracy to determine what we want as a society rather than settling for whatever is the most profitable to the ones who are the most willing and able to exploit and coerce others.

    I’m not suggesting that we go backward to some hippy-dippy system of barter. For every minute a person spends to contribute to society, they are credited. Everyone’s time is obviously not equal and we should have an explicit equation of t = 1 + (some fancy math) to determine how each contribution is credited. The factors would include relevant education, experience, feedback and how important the task is considered as determined by democratic vote. The value and allocation of resources would be set in a similar way; how much human time/effort is involved in the procurement and how highly is it valued by democratic vote. For example, the value of oil might be greatly reduced by the fact that pollution would not rank very high if determined by democratic vote rather than an exploitative and coercive system. Renewable, non-polluting resources would win easily. If something is rare but desirable, then the natural solution would be to find a more abundant alternative rather than exploit its rarity and coerce the highest price.

    To spur real innovation and scientific discovery, use an X PRIZE model; hold periodic contests with clear objectives and requirements for new solutions and technology.

    With the robots doing most of the work, there will be plenty of time for leisure and another way to earn credit would be to produce entertainment and art (and hopefully some entertaining art). That equation would be pretty simple; the amount of consumption divided between the producers based on their individual t solutions.

    Since a crucial factor in the t equation is based on democratic opinion, we’ll have to have a working democracy. The best argument against true democracy is the ignorance of the voters so that would have to be addressed by making the education of critical thinking skills one of society’s highest priorities. We will never know how many times the next Einstein or DaVinci has been crushed by poverty which is a crime against humanity that should never happen. (I think your 12 possible steps are a good start as part of the required education.)

    Last, there should be a minimum t requirement that all meet doing something that society as a whole considers a contribution. Human nature as it is isn’t very forgiving of slackers.

    Anyway, I think it would work better than what we’ve been doing.

    Again, I applaud your call to personal enlightenment, but I think a more collective effort will be required to change the world for everyone and if we change the system, it should make it easier for all to find happiness when they aren’t solely concerned with subsistence.


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  12. 1. Learn that nobody is beneath your station.
    2. Temper justice with mercy.
    3. If you can’t always be honest in speech, then rather be quiet when honesty is out of your reach.
    4. Understand that you can accomplish almost nothing on your own.
    5. Neither can anyone else – so be ready to assist them.
    These 5 and the other 95 steps fall under one golden rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated.

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  13. Only one step is necessary and it was best summarized, I think, by Israel Salanter:
    Most people worry about their own bellies and other people’s souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and other people’s bellies.
    If we could all do that, the world would be at peace.
    We don’t need to understand each other. We don’t need to agree with each other, we just need to stop worrying about the other person’s soul and start worrying about his belly.

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  14. The key to living together collectively being individual happiness and the key to changing the world in changing ourselves as humans is a very Buddhist, or dharmic, principle. It’s because of this that I appreciate the way the question was asked, because I believe strongly that this is how we change the world in any way. That is, by starting at the source and working on ourselves first. By doing so you create a sort of ripple effect which creates an impact in and influences everyone you come in contact with. With that in mind, here are a few steps for humans to live (better) together:

    1. Take responsibility- If we are the source, then the reality is that the actions of politicians and corporations are really just a reflection of our collective consciousness. By first taking responsibility for everything that goes on in the world as a group, we can agree we all have a hand in creating change, stop blaming one another, and start getting to work. This is necessary first in order to create any large-scale change.

    2. Adopt a regular spiritual, or deeply human, practice which nourishes our minds and bodies- It’s critical that we all have some sort of spiritual, or as I sometimes call deeply human, practice which allows us to nourish our minds and bodies and gain awakening into the true nature of ourselves and the world around us. This is the highest form of education and the highest form of self-improvement. If the key to changing the world is in changing ourselves, then a spiritual practice is itself the tool which allows us to master ourselves and find true peace and happiness and do it in a way that retains harmony with all others around us. I say deeply human because a spiritual practice is really just the practice of being human and of touching our humanity deeply. A practice such as this is the focal point of anything and everything that has to do with improving ourselves, improving our relation with others, and helping others. This is so important that I couldn’t possibly stress it enough.

    3. Practice compassion and understanding- If everyone, or even many people, in the world worked to realize compassion for all beings and made compassion a way of life we would see a huge shift in our collective consciousness. At its essence, making compassion a forefront principle across the globe would ease tensions across borders and between rivals, lower crime rates, and increase charity involvement tenfold. Seeking to understand those around you is the foundation of compassion and this can be done without any real understanding of the person. By merely trying to understand someone and coming up with multiple reasonable possibilities as to why someone would do something wrong we can cultivate in ourselves not only a deeper understanding for ourselves as humans but we can cultivate a great sense of compassion. This one might seem like a great big dream, but that brings us back to #2. A regular practice where we dedicate ourselves to personally realizing and experiencing the truths of this world is the only way we can truly change the world. we all must be constantly working on realizing the truth, and in the right way, in order to make this a reality.

    4. People need to step up and be examples- There is a collective consciousness, but oddly enough our collective consciousness tends to be affected greatly by a handful of people. The larger the group we come together in the less intelligent and rational we become, so it’s necessary for people to step up, speak about, and most importantly exemplify the principles I’ve spoken about as well as others. We need people to stand up and speak out to tell others where we need to go as a people. They need to be people with great spiritual wisdom as well as great patience, compassion, and understanding developed through their spiritual or deeply human practice.

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