Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
That statement is very true to the people who are in abject poverty. They must live by their wits and their imagination. Get them a Grameen micro loan—especially groups of women—and let their imagination, determination and persistence wipe out their poverty, for themselves and their children.
Imagination in high technology can sometimes require a high platform of formal learning. For instance, no one is going to be highly imaginative in terms of advancing something like quantum physics without taking a physics course.
So, imagination is important at all levels of human endeavor. But higher and higher knowledge platforms are necessary in The Innovation Age.
On a recent trip to India, I started thinking about wealth and those who are lacking it. I agree with Gandhi that wealth without work is a sin. The important thing throughout the world is to strive toward global prosperity, but at the same, time, move away from the negative value of envy. I believe this will encourage those with means to contribute to worthy charities which can aid in promoting prosperity worldwide. I believe all can rise above abject poverty. The goal then will be for everyone to appreciate their present economic state and not envy those who have more.
It’s rather simple. There will always be someone richer. In fact, if everyone was unilaterally rich, the value of money would decline to the point of being meaningless. Therefore, the goal has never been for all to be wealthy. However, we can all be free from abject poverty and be grateful for our state of being. People should not be desperate for their sustenance. But neither should they be long-term recipients of financial aid without a serious ambition to better themselves and their families (where possible).
Gandhi espoused self-induced methods to survive economically. The world was changed and for the better.
We must grow education at all levels not only in India, but in America and the world. I think it can be done. But it will require:
This applies not only to the corporations but also to the parents and children of our planet.
I was recently looking at a beautiful sight from my plane—puffy white clouds down below extending all the way to the horizon—an inspiring gift from God. Above the horizon the sky is clear and blue. From here it is breathtaking and striking, and yet from below it must be overcast and gray. Perhaps that’s the way life is as we look around below the clouds and see the dull and bad aspects of life, whereas from above God observes the goodness of it all. Somehow we must venture out from below the clouds and recognize the awesome reality above them.
Revenge is closely related to hate. Here again a wholesale campaign by all human entities can do wonders to end this negative value.
We each have a role to play. We must look in an honest way at ourselves. Is there anyone in our lives whom we harbor the drive to exact revenge? Looking inward is a way of overcoming this and other negative values. It all starts with being honest with oneself and seeking to improve ethically, morally and legally. We should then encourage others to do the same.
The future is all we have ahead of us. We must take care to seek Heaven on Earth. If we don’t, there are the potential catastrophes of crushing debt, global warming with climate change and radical Islamic disaster. I am an optimist and I believe all of the above can be avoided, but not without great effort and a serious turn from past behaviors. A Heaven on Earth beckons. But we must do our part—one by one, million by million, and billion by billion.
I think envy is a close relative of greed because most likely many who are greedy are that way because they are envious of others who have more fame, fortune or whatever they seek.
President Obama used this negative value quite adroitly in his re-election campaign. That is a very bad sign for America.
But I am the eternal optimist; I believe if globally we teach everyone to view those with more means with respect, curiosity and admiration—rather than envy—amazingly good things would come about for all. We might learn from others who possess that which we seek and use that knowledge for self-improvement.
This negative value is very much a matter of degree. Seeking financial rewards for one’s family and oneself can be a very worthy pursuit. But at some point—especially if a person uses unethical, immoral or illegal means—this worthy pursuit becomes greed.
How do we help everyone to judge where that balance is in their own personal affairs? Also, how do we combat the ones who practice this value?
Here again we must unite to praise those who are ethical, honest, moral and legal in their financial affairs. We must unite in every human entity and encourage outstanding charities and other altruistic. We should not be overly concerned about timing. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett made their huge fortunes first, and then turned to philanthropy.
Others—myself included—want to contribute as I go along. I still want to build a sizable estate so that my descendants can pursue altruistic ventures in their own time. Also, I want to have the means to contribute to charities and such that I believe will bear fruit toward a Heaven on Earth.
Hate is the embodiment of a huge amount of anger. Love conquers hate. “Violence begets violence,” according to Gandhi. Hate can and many times does lead to violence. I say, “Kindness begets kindness.” I’m sure Gandhi would agree with me. Hate must be treated with compassion, understanding and a long-term effort by all, especially those closest to the person who harbors this hate.
Hate—just like all the other negative values—must be singled out by all human entities, including film, media, schools, spiritual bodies, radio, television, and on and on. Instead of our media covering all the details of crimes, isolate the value failures—such as hate—and solve the real issue, and not just the crime. We must conquer hate!