Sunday Question – What One Thing Do You Want For The World?

Today is the final Sunday Question, and I thought I’d take it out with a bang; well, if it gets any real attention that is. Back in January I posted the question asking What’s Your Most Audacious Wish. That question was supposed to be personal, as in what you wanted for yourself if you could have anything in the world.

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This time, the question is more magnanimous, and should be harder to answer than you might think it is. In my mind I can already hear the top 5 responses to this one, and in my opinion only one of them is really valid as a request. I’ll tell you what that one is after I talk about why this one really takes some thought.

Yesterday I did a review of the book 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. One of the things he talks about in the book, very briefly, that I didn’t mention was this idea of charity, helping others, and thinking about the consequences of some of those actions. He made a very interesting point about trying to fight diseases in this country and around the world, that being if you cure diseases and help people live longer, you then have other things you have to solve such as hunger, poverty and overpopulation. This doesn’t mean that you don’t wish for those things to go away, but it could be a consequence that you just might not be able to solve. For instance, many people in Africa perish because they don’t have food. If you could suddenly feed everyone they don’t have potable water. If you can solve that issue they still would live in poverty with no education; what kind of life is that?

Some people are passionate about animal causes; I happen to NOT be one of those people, though I don’t want to see any animals tortured. The thing is that if it comes down to man vs beast and life we’re going to save our own selves; that’s just how it is. That’s why hunting is allowed. Same with insects; letting them all live means we’re done for, since there are more of them and they procreate faster than us.

Want to save the environment? Who doesn’t want clean air? But with higher ecological standards comes higher prices because that stuff is expensive; aren’t some countries still having double digit unemployment as an issue?

As I said, it doesn’t mean that we don’t want these things and shouldn’t do these things. It does say that with every action there’s a consequence that we all have to be ready for if these things happen. I for one don’t want to know that one day there would have to be a real Logan’s Run going on. After all, China already has a one child regulation on the books that I think they’re having problems enforcing, and many countries have overpopulation and famine issues now.

That brings us to my request; world peace. I’m a Star Trek guy as you know; Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. Eliminating the need for nuclear weapons would be a nice start. Ending terrorism or crime would make everyone happy. Not giving people a reason to have to get high so they can concentrate on other things that make their lives more fulfilling is a great dream. At least for me it is.

There you go; the last Sunday Question asking you to make a tough decision. Enjoy it!

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23 thoughts on “Sunday Question – What One Thing Do You Want For The World?”

  1. The LAST Sunday question??? What have I been missing?

    Anyway, in answer to your question my first answer was for world peace, as you said, but since you said it, I am going to say I would like to see an end to racism. I don’t mean just black or white. I mean all kinds of racism, based on religion and ethnic background.

    To live in a world where people aren’t judged by the color of their skin or religious background would be awesome! As Martin Luther King said “…judged by the content of my character and not the color of my skin.”

    That would mean, of course, that people would have to be taught to RESPECT others from a very early age. I suggest they take classes from K-college on tolerance so that it becomes ingrained into their heads like studying math or english.

    I am surely interested in reading what others have to say about this question.

    1. That’s a good one, Bev. Even in other countries racism is a big deal, even though often they don’t think so. As to the last Sunday Question, I mentioned it in my video on my 1,000th post.

  2. Alright – someone else who knows about Logan’s Run! I was beginning to think I was the lone survivor. (that was spurred by a discussion I had the other day with some folks that I won’t bore you with here)

    It does seem to me that we are getting closer and closer to a Logan’s Run style of society, for while we keep extending the human life span through replacement surgeries and medications, many employers still have mandatory retirement ages and most are reluctant to hire someone over 50 unless they are supremely qualified for a difficult to fill position. The government has cut social security programs and spending, so those who did not make millions (and tuck away a significant part of it) during their most productive years are struggling now.

    As you point out, some countries are limiting the birth rate as a means of controlling over population and famine, but at the same time, Honda is developing the Asimo robot primarily because it is seen that when the current generation of young adults gets old, there will be too few young people to care for them. China and Taiwan have their own versions but Honda is way ahead of them. They will need the robots to help care for the elderly – or send them to Carousel.

    1. It’s a strange conundrum, isn’t it Allan? Almost every choice has unintended consequences that could make things worse. Then again, you still didn’t tell us what you’re wish would be for the world. lol

      As for Logan’s Run, I can’t say it was my favorite movie but it definitely was intriguing; I refused to watch the TV show, kind of like the Planet of the Apes TV show; just not something that interested me on a weekly basis.

  3. Hey there Mitch,

    Wow, what a question to end the series, sir – and especially when you’re “discounting” the obvious ones, hehe. 🙂

    For me, it’d be a world without the Sad Why.

    – Why did that earthquake happen and kill 10,000 people?

    – Why does religion call itself tolerant, yet is one of the biggest causes of war because of intolerance?

    – Why did that person who fought for equality and social justice for everyone die of cancer – why couldn’t it have gone to that child rapist instead?

    There are many more Sad Why’s – these are just a few that come to mind.

    So if I could have one question answered, it’d be the Sad Why question.

    Thought-provoking stuff, sir. Cheers.

    1. Wow, that’s good stuff Danny. Those are the intriguing questions of life, aren’t they? Why do bad things happen to people that don’t deserve it. Ending that type of thing… priceless! Thanks for participating; great perspective.

      1. Cheers, sir.

        The funny (ironic?) thing is, when I wonder about these things, I wonder if I’m placing myself into the “bad person” list because I’m wishing ill on another human being.

        Gotta love oxymorons! 🙂

      2. Danny, you’re killing me! Actually, I don’t wish ill on anyone, but I do believe that people deserve the consequences they get from bad behavior. I don’t think that puts anyone on the bad person list; it’s just looking for fairness.

  4. My one wish for the world is for everyone to have access to clean drinking water. Yes education is important and food is too. However, if you don’t even have clean water to drink, you are going to have a hard time focusing on learning anything.

    1. So true, DeAnna – it’s why I love orgs. like Charity Water. And with clean water, you can provide sterile environments, as well as healthy food. GREAT place to start! 🙂

    2. That’s not a bad wish, DeAnna. I happen to live in an area with great and lots of water, but I know many places in the world aren’t this lucky.

  5. I wish the one thing that is not up to us: no more natural disasters. If we are tolerant we can solve the issues between us and we can deal with almost anything, but we can’t deal with nature’s rage. Lately more and more disasters are happening and our only hope it to face them together.

    1. That’s a good one, Mia. You never know where one will strike and how many people will be affected by it, and that’s scary.

  6. I wish I have a magic stick and make education around the world better. It is just my feeling that something is wrong with education system all over the world and exams and diplomas are very “cheap”.

    1. Carl, that’s a nice premise, but it comes with some consequences in a weird way. If everyone is educated suddenly who are the people that make things? Educated folks don’t often like to work in factories and the like doing menial work, so there does need to be those folks who are only suitable for that kind of work. That sounds harsh in a way, but it’s true.

      1. This is exactly what I mean Mitch, everybody is having MBA and it is university graduated. Every year world is producing too many engineers, doctors, lawyers and there are no workers. I also mean, that people are paying for degrees and pass easy tests, all get excellent marks, but at the end of the day they don’t get “real” knowledge. It is all about the money and education, not about the knowledge.

      2. Okay, I get where you’re coming from Carl. Although I think we need more doctors, we certainly don’t need as many of all the other careers you mentioned, because there needs to be some kind of balance overall. Great stuff.

    1. Okay Rummuser, playing devil’s advocate for a moment. If there’s no poverty, does that mean we’re all content with what we have, or with less? Because in a way, without achievement that earns monetary value (for now anyway) no one has any reason to make improvements or pretty much do anything else. I like the concept, but is there a negative consequence of it?

      1. I am talking about that poverty where people do not get even one square meal a day. When they do, it is nutritionally pathetic. I am talking about the homeless, the orphans etc. Our societies can do away with those aberrations at a fraction of the cost of one day’s expenses incurred in say bombing Libya.

        I admit that poverty is relative. But, the kind of poverty that we see today that I talk about is man made. The same man can remove that poverty with some imagination and compassion. Our motivation seems to be winner take all or survival of the fittest.

      2. I gotcha, Rummuser, and thanks for clarifying that. You’re right, everyone deserves the opportunity to have at least 2 or 3 meals a day and to be able to stay in a nice, safe place in the evenings. With some of what we’ve both seen, that kind of thing doesn’t happen for an overwhelming number of people.

  7. I guess the most optimistic wish I can think of is for mutual tolerance. It’s never going to happen that everyone loves everyone, but we’d be a lot better off if we could just dial down the hostility. We also need to get smarter about choosing our leaders. Why are so many nations controlled by evil dictators who murder their own citizens? There are many more good people in the world, yet we keep allowing the criminals to run things. We have the power to change that.

    1. Great stuff, Charles. I like this, helping to balance the world by allowing people to pick their own leadership and at least have a chance at a better life.

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