It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.
Forget for a a while that Charles Dickens is describing the climate of the French Revolution with his words in the opening of A Tale of Two Cities, and consider that he could very well be describing the sum of each our lives instead.
Going even further, we can turn to the exact book that the main character of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 was told to memorize at a time when books were banned and the antidote to the book banning was to have members of a secret society memorize specific books so that the book should live on in the memories of men and women…the name of the book? The Ecclesiastics, where we read that King Solomon, who had all the riches, power, success and women that he desired, in the end, came to the conclusion that in life–all is vanity.
I think that the point is, that we all want to believe in something.
And whatever that “something” may be–and even if we fall short of getting what we believe is true meaning in life–despite our failures, these beliefs remain so strong that we hold tight to them (even if not voluntarily) until our dying day. We cannot help but have our own way of viewing life, and we cannot help but to hold fast to the hope that our beliefs are true and possible–whether our dreams are realized, or not.
Still, there comes a time in many of our lives, when it becomes easier to see things as they are–and somehow, some of us find ourselves faced with a blinding light that shows us a particular path of meaning, and we feel relief in seeing a purpose in life that extends beyond pursuing Solomon-type riches, power, success, and women or men. And there is a relief in noticing where we find real meaning beyond our own ego, beyond our own self-gratification, beyond our own personal dream for our own personal selves.
Perhaps some of you may agree that one possible meaning in life can be summarized in seven words:
try to ease the pain of others…
And, without being a cheerleader for helping people who won’t help themselves, or wallowing in a subject that causes a depressive tone, I try to position this thought of “easing the pain of others” as a chance to turn downward spirals of life upside-down–shifting these downward spirals into “staircases” to climb that leads to a place of hope and real results.
This is the first time that I’ve asked readers for help, and I have no clue as to whether any of my readers (around 1,250) will have an interest or want to invest time in helping to develop a list of the Top World Causes and the Five Greatest Authorities of Each Cause.
And so to begin…
CAN YOU HELP ME WITH THIS LIST ?
(Note: This article is in a constant state of change/refinement as more information is available)
The list is made of two parts:
1) the top causes worldwide, and
2) identifying at least five authorities or experts for each cause
I have the idea to contribute a small action that touches each of the top world’s top causes (starting by contributing $25 to water.org), and see how my life (and perhaps the lives around me) changes for the better. While I have no idea what the outcome of such an experiment will be, I won’t think about that, and instead take action to be a part of something larger than myself, while paying attention to subtle and powerful “shifts” that hopefully take place in my life.
The list so far is as follows:
TOP WORLD CAUSES
1. Clean Water
Action: Donated $25 to water.org (advocated by Matt Damon) on April 14, 2013
“The Problem Isn’t Food Supply, It’s Distribution
Until the homeless can find homes, and when a shelter option is not possible, is it oversimplified to think that each homeless person could be issued an ultra lightweight tent as seen here for $350.00, and an ultra lightweight sleeping bag that withstands temperatures down to -4 C as shown here for 149.95? These items are small enough to fit in a backpack. And so while we seek solutions, for $250.00, there is a tolerable way for a homeless person to sleep at night.
4. Economic Crisis
6. War Solutions / Repressive Regimes
7. Human Trafficking
Experts: Ralph Steinman, physician diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, and Nobel Prize Winner
9. Domestic Abuse Against Women
Experts: Gloria Steinem Interview, Judith Herman
10. Child Abuse
Experts: Nobel Peace Prize Winner (A Plan to End Poverty) Muhammad Yunus
13. Energy Crisis (Natural Resource Depletion)
15. Environmental Preservation
16. Mental Illness
17. Criminal Violence
18. Natural Disasters
19. Waste Management
20. Antibiotic Resistance
21. Education / Training
Experts: Ron Paul Link: Hey, Teachers, Leave Those Kids Alone
22. Nuclear Management
Experts: Angela Merkel (avoiding Nuclear Disaster), Ashutosh (Ash) Jogalekar
23. Tax Reform
24. Banking System Corruption
25. Pharmaceutical Scandals
26: Planetary Research
28. The Elderly Population – Regaining Respect
29. Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
30. Leadership: How to Run a Country
31. Harmful Relationships
32. Endangered Species
33. Genetically Modified Foods / Seeds (GMOs)
34. Autoimmune Diseases
35. Biological Warfare
36. Cyberspace Security
37. Health Care Crisis
38. Sexual Abuse
39. Accident Trauma
Experts: Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., Link: Auto Accident Trauma
40. Foreign Relations
41. National Debt
42. Electromagnetic Field Emissions (EMF) Disruption
43. Disease Prevention
44. Disease Cures and Treatments
45. Basic Crisis Survival Plan
46. Children Who Need Homes
47. Infrastructure Development
49. The Existence of Personal Spirituality
50. Protection of Personal Freedoms
51. Recognizing Great Minds that are Outside of Societal Norms
52. Exploration of the “Love Phenomenon”
53. Finding Purpose
54. Health Hazards
56. Understanding Sexuality and It’s Influence on Behavior
57. Birth Control /Voluntary Sterilization Availability to Control Population Growth
If you can help refine this Top World Causes List, especially suggesting authorities for any of these causes, I would be grateful if you would comment here or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org with more information.
~Sonya Glyn Nicholson