Welcome to the World at 100!

How far along are we (meaning human beings) to reaching “100 Percent,” i.e., a Perfect World (or as perfect as we can make it)? About a year ago, I decided I wanted to know and, more specifically, I wanted one Number, a percentage. I wanted to know where we were, exactly, so that I could understand what needed to be done. (You can’t solve a problem until you understand it, right?) But no one seemed to have come up with such a Number. So with a lot of trepidation (because who am I to try to figure this out?!) I decided to create my own index of 10 major, global indicators. The worldat100 is the journal of my ongoing quest for the Number, to find out where we are, identify the problems, present some solutions, and then maybe we can figure out what we need to do to get our World to 100 percent!

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4 responses to “Welcome to the World at 100!

  1. Seeking 100% as a conceptual goal is looking to outside numbers for an answer. It is looking to change effects without considering causes. It is also a great introduction to a compelling ongoing dialogue. Thank you for this! I would say that rather than trying to fix what is broken in the world, or aspiring to a less broken one, we should consider the causes behind the negative effects we see manifesting all around us and worsening all the time. There is a writing by Nichiren, the 13th century founder of Nichiren Buddhism. To paraphrase: if we want to understand the effects in the present, look at the causes in the past, and if we want to understand the effects in the future, look at the causes being made right now. Really, what you’re getting at with your 100% concept, is how do we establish a new rhythm as people on this planet? How do we achieve a paradigm shift in our values and thus a sea change in our activities, all of which will inevitably be reflected as positive changes in our environment? To me, that is the question.

  2. Hi Iain! Thank you for replying — you’ve summed up one of the essential questions I’m hoping to explore here quite nicely. And you’re right about the numbers — they are not the end but just one “means” to getting there. (I will also change them if I find better measures.) I don’t know how we achieve that paradigm shift — the best and most effective organization I have come across is The Hunger Project (www.thp.org) — they may at first glance look like just any other NGO but they are doing much more. However, I believe that almost everyone has a different way they want to help that paradigm shift along and I hope to highlight some of these as well. Please keep in touch and let me know what you think! Thanks again.

  3. Thanks! And I hope you will check out my blog as well. As for NGOs, check out the Soka Gakkai International. It is the world’s largest Buddhist lay organization with members in 192 countries. I am a long-time member in this organization dedicated to “peace, culture and education”. http://www.sgi-usa.org/

    • Thanks, Iain, I will check out your blog. (I thought I was following it but I don’t see to be getting updates so will have to check my settings and try again.) Also, thanks for the link to SGI — I will check them out too.

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