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  1. MHS

    Freedom to do what I want when I want.
    Peace in my home.
    Peace in my heart.
    Financial freedom.

    1 year ago
  2. Malag

    That there’s global alignment to the long term solutions, injustice, climate, environment etc. It’s that global coming together of governments for the greater good something we are struggling to do now with vaccines but could do a lot better.

    1 year ago
  3. Jitendra Goswami

    When i imagine this word it’s sound like to improve. there is no limits how much i can be better my self. better word is consistently imrovement for me. but we have to clear what is that thing can better in our selves.
    thank you

    1 year ago
  4. Drew Blanton

    It’s one without any problems. I believe that was God’s original intention for Earth.

    1 year ago
  5. Melanie G.

    I go to this site periodically and I am grateful for the depth of heart I find here. John Lennon did give us a great gift with his song, “Imagine.” How lovely it was to see it featured at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Lennon’s great gift to the world.

    It starts with me and ends with me, I believe. Faith, hope, and love lead me to a softer, truer, and more holistic way of being. I have learned to be in greater serenity and that is enough.

    1 year ago
  6. s
    sb

    My “better” world is one where people truly follow the golden rule of loving others as they love themselves. If everyone could truly do this, everything else would follow.

    1 year ago
  7. d
    dcdeb

    Common law, plain and simple.

    1 year ago
  8. k'Care-Reena

    WHEN I IMAGINE A BETTER WORLD , WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

    I do not believe we are in a BAD WORLD, I believe the individuals in the world is what can enhance our experience in the world. If individuals were more compassionate, humble and caring the world would be best. If we truly attempted to understand different values vs judging and neglecting them we will not be focused on the negative. Accepting what we have in common, our anatomy, our stress and pressures we will begin to reduce the pressure and stress we apply on ourselves and others. We are all trying to live life the best way we can, we all have stress why not take it easy on yourself and others. NO ONE NEEDS TO BE THE PERFECT PERSON, let’s meet people where they are accept and empower our loved ones and love ourselves… Who is with me?

    1 year ago
  9. Mica

    One in which my grandchildren don’t have to worry about the survival of their great grandchildren! My grandfather worried about his grandchildren and great grandchildren after reading “Road to Survival.”

    1 year ago
    1. Malag

      Indeed, Mica. And that grandchildren will even plan to have children to bring into what they may see as a broken world. Let’s hope a more optimistic outcome will prevail. And in the mean time that fragility of the world makes me appreciate its beauty all the more. BTW hadn’t heard of that book; interesting.

      1 year ago
      1. Mica

        Thanks, Malag – there’s a new book by some Mann that compares “Road to Survival” with another book.

        1 year ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      That’s a great way of thinking about it! 🙂

      1 year ago
  10. Holly in Ohio

    Much closer to global economic equality
    Quality food for all
    Everyone cared for with compassion and respect: the elderly, mentally impaired, sick, the displaced, the incarcerated, the different.
    A level or gently reversing global population (by choice)
    Regenerative agriculture, locally sustainable food systems.
    Diversity in nature, restored natural areas and habitat
    Restored oceans
    Clean drinking water, well managed, and not robbed from nature’s needs
    Ubiquitous alternative energies
    Carbon free transportation, safe, affordable, available.
    Less individual consumption
    No trash
    Climate repair
    Democracy
    Education for all
    No human trafficking
    No forced labor
    Peace, and no espionage between nations
    Better overall health for people, less dependency on drugs
    Celebration of diversity of cultures, keeping cultures alive (not melting into mono-culture)

    …I could go on. I have been thinking about this question for years so the answer came easily. I try to speak on behalf of equality, climate, and nature to others (gently, I hope), and make effort to bring my actions in harmony with this. Each action we take, every thing we do, say, buy, eat, will make a better world or not. None of us is close to perfect, none of us knows everything, but all we really need to know is that our individual actions matter, and together we become the world we make.

    with love,
    ~holly

    1 year ago
    1. Malag

      That’s a great list

      1 year ago
    2. Mica

      Thank you, Holly, for reminding me that there are so many more valuable people in the world than my grandchildren, tho the question was particularly timely for me, having just discovered a letter my grandfather wrote in 1948.

      1 year ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        I wish I had grandchildren, I would think they were my whole world, too! 😀 That is so cool about finding a letter your grandfather wrote!

        1 year ago
        1. Mica

          Not only that – my maternal grandfather wrote the letter about ‘Road to Survival,’ and my dad’s brother, “Uncle George,” had sent me his old copy of the book some time in the last millennium. I’m aiming to submit a letter to the editor about the book and and the survival questions today.

          1 year ago
    3. Elaine

      That just about covers it Holly in Ohio! Well said,

      “Each action we take, every thing we do, say, buy, eat, will make a better world or not.” Yes.

      – from Elaine in British Columbia. 🙂

      1 year ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        My dad was born in B.C., Elaine! I probably still have some second cousins there. 🙂

        1 year ago
        1. Elaine

          No kidding! Where exactly do you know? No wonder I feel an affinity to you!

          1 year ago
  11. pkr

    Wow, I have soooooo many thoughts, ideas etc. around this question. I do not want to get on “my soap box”, it is too early in the day so I will simply say, END TO THE GREED & CORRUPTION, so others can simply live. 🙏✨🌟🙏

    1 year ago
  12. Katrina

    I think John Lennon’s song “Imagine” has some points for pondering in imagining a world with less violence, less hatred, and more concern and compassion for others. That’s my perspective of a better world. But there lies the rub. That is not everyone’s view of a better world.

    1 year ago
    1. sparrow

      Exactly,
      dear Katrina . . .
      what is “better”?

      1 year ago
  13. O.Christina

    It would be natural that each living being in the world would have basic needs fulfilled, like access to clean water, healthy food, a roof over ones head, heating if needed and clothing. It would be natural to help if someone – human, animal or plant- would suffer. It would be natural to care and be together in loving kindness and it would be a pleasure for each one to share the gifts given, material or talents, arts or money, in order to help thriving humanity and to add joy to the fellow people and to the world in all it´s beauty. Peace and happiness for all living beings in a world full of blessings.

    1 year ago
  14. Amber Wright

    It looks like all people respecting and embracing nature. It looks like all being able to recognize that everyone is connected in some way and to show honor and value of all lives. It looks like the commitment and pursuit of “balance” in all things.

    1 year ago
  15. Mary Pat

    I agree with Antoinette about John Lennon’s song. It is a favorite of mine. And so is his vision of a better world. Dream big!

    1 year ago
  16. Patricia

    I imagine that I am a “better” contributor to that more peaceful world…more consistently a positive presence.

    1 year ago
  17. DeVonna

    When humanity is at peace with one another and the earth is valued and tended with care.

    1 year ago
  18. devy

    As mentioned several times. The song Imagine by John Lennon comes to mind. Peace, love, compassion, understanding, acceptance, kindness, foregiveness and harmony..

    1 year ago
  19. Mike S

    Where peace and real love prevail there is equity, no more poverty or cause for crime or conflict between nations. Military budgets have been turned into supporting civilian peace corps working to halt climate change and environmental destruction. Education and enriching the mind is a lifelong goal. People work on self improvement and enlightenment.

    1 year ago
  20. Carol

    I think of John Lennon’s song “Imagine.” and I also like this quote that I found on Facebook:
    Baruch de Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher considered one of the three great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy, along with René Descartes in France, and Gottfried Leibniz in Germany.
    Here’s some of his wisdom:
    God would have said:
    Stop praying and punching yourself in the chest!
    What I want you to do is go out into the world and enjoy your life. I want you to enjoy, sing, have fun and enjoy everything I’ve made for you.
    Stop going to those dark, cold temples that you built yourself and say they are my house! My house is in the mountains, in the woods, rivers, lakes, beaches. That’s where I live and there I express my love for you.
    Stop blaming me for your miserable life; I never told you there was anything wrong with you or that you were a sinner, or that your sexuality was a bad thing! Sex is a gift I have given you and with which you can express your love, your ecstasy, your joy. So don’t blame me for everything they made you believe.
    Stop reading alleged sacred scriptures that have nothing to do with me. If you can’t read me in a sunrise, in a landscape, in the look of your friends, in your son’s eyes… you will find me in no book! Trust me and stop asking me. Would you tell me how to do my job?
    Stop being so scared of me. I do not judge you or criticize you, nor get angry, or seek to punish you. I am pure love.
    Stop asking for forgiveness, there’s nothing to forgive. If I made you… I filled you with passions, limitations, pleasures, feelings, needs, inconsistencies… free will. How can I blame you if you respond to something I put in you? How can I punish you for being the way you are, if I’m the one who made you? Do you think I could create a place to burn all my children who behave badly for the rest of eternity? What kind of God would do that?
    Forget any kind of commandments, any kind of laws; those are wiles to manipulate you, to control you, that only create guilt in you.
    Respect your peers and don’t do what you don’t want for yourself. All I ask is that you pay attention in your life, that your consciousness is your guide.
    My beloved, this life is not a test, not a step, not a rehearsal, nor a prelude to paradise. This life is the only thing that exists here and now, and it is all you need.
    I have set you absolutely free, no prizes or punishments, no sins or virtues… no one carries a marker, no one keeps a record.
    You are absolutely free to create in your life heaven or hell.
    I could tell you if there’s anything after this life, but I won’t… but I can give you a tip. Live as if there is nothing after… as if this is your only chance to enjoy, to love, to exist.
    So, if there’s nothing, then you will have enjoyed the opportunity I gave you. And if there is, rest assured that I won’t ask if you behaved right or wrong, I’ll ask. Did you like it? Did you have fun? What did you enjoy the most? What did you learn?…
    Stop believing in me; believing is assuming, guessing, imagining. I don’t want you to believe in me… I want you to feel me in you when you kiss your beloved, when you tuck in your little girl, when you caress your dog, when you bathe in the sea.
    Stop praising me, what kind of egomaniac God do you think I am?
    I’m bored being praised, I’m tired of being thanked. Feeling grateful? Prove it by taking care of yourself, your health, your relationships, the world. Express your joy!… that’s the way to praise me.
    Stop complicating things and repeating as a parakeet what you’ve been taught about me.
    The only thing for sure is that you are here, that you are alive, and that this world is full of wonders.
    What do you need more miracles for? Why so many explanations?
    Look for me outside… you won’t find me. Find me inside… there I am beating within you.
    Baruch de Spinoza via post found on Facebook Aug 17 2020.

    1 year ago
    1. Michele

      Carol – I found this very powerful. I cried multiple times reading it Thank you so much.

      1 year ago
      1. Carol

        I understand and I relate!

        1 year ago
    2. Christine

      What an impressive and beautiful post, Carol. Thank you very much.

      1 year ago
      1. Carol

        You are very welcome.

        1 year ago
    3. Linda

      Wow. This makes so much sense to me. As a non-religious person but still a spiritual one, these words spoke volumes to me. Thank you for posting this, Carol.

      1 year ago
    4. Butterfly

      Thank you so much for sharing that, Carol. Just brilliant! If Baruch de Spinoza could see this in the 17th century why isn’t this understood more today 🤔

      1 year ago
      1. Carol

        Good question….It’s sad to say but I think organized religion has encouraged a very limited and distance concept of a higher power by accenting the after life instead of the life that is here and now. I often say, “This is it.”

        1 year ago
    5. Holly in Ohio

      Wow. Thanks Carol. I resonate with some of that, “Stop going to those dark, cold temples that you built yourself and say they are my house! My house is in the mountains, in the woods, rivers, lakes, beaches. That’s where I live and there I express my love for you.” …and other parts of it. Thanks!

      1 year ago
      1. Carol

        Oh, the temples we build in our minds! I hear you, dear Holly.

        1 year ago
  21. V
    Varsha

    A better world would be where people treat each other with kindness and love instead of judgement and at times condescension.

    1 year ago
  22. Michele

    The world is amazing as it is,however, based on the question ‘better’ there would be no pain – seen or unseen.

    1 year ago
  23. Antoinette

    The world will live as one … imagine all the people sharing. Thanks John Lennon for giving us this beautiful song to keep us imagining. Letting go of greed, hate and discrimination One day the world will live as one. Keep letting go and be grateful we have this opportunity to let go with love.

    1 year ago
    1. Mary Pat

      I still love that song….thanks for remembering it….

      1 year ago
  24. EJP

    A “better” world is in the eyes of the beholder.

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      interesting reply, EJP – thanks

      1 year ago
  25. Kevin

    I suppose that by imagining a better world, it helps us to strive and work to make the world that we do have better. But, imagining is too passive a process for me. I’m more interested in determining what is working? What is broken? And what needs repair and replacement right now?

    I know, easy, right? 😉

    1 year ago
  26. Don Jones

    It is an interesting question which immediately raised a follow on for me: Compared to what? We enjoy today, what royalty, Presidents and the elite did not, in the fairly recent past. Is it better? Are we happier? I guess it depends on what we see the “better” is, otherwise we might find ourselves clapping with one hand.

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      clapping with one hand? I know the Koan and am interested in what you mean by that, here –

      1 year ago
      1. Don Jones

        A disclaimer first: The world on this side of these hazel eyes is vastly different to the world on the outside. There once was a time when someone said that it would only be when everyone had a shiny red Ferrari in their garage that we would all experience true happiness. But there was some dissent. Some argued that only yellow could lead to that goal. Still others argued that in fact a Porsche was the only answer. In fact, they felt so strongly about it, they were prepared to kill the red Ferrari advocates. At the same time, there was this other guy who wondered if we could ever raise our awareness to such a level so as to be able to communicate with rocks, trees and perhaps even the earth or even the mycelium itself? I wonder if that level of awareness was achieved and the trees helped him evolve his skin to green to draw life energy from the sun, would that be the end of world problems? I suppose there would still be a chance that the guys with the white or black or yellow or red skin might view the guy with the green skin as weird, perhaps even dangerous… So when the student asked the master what the Buddha was and he replied – three bags of flax seed, the tears started to flow.

        1 year ago
        1. Michele

          these blue eyes would love a 1968 Dodge Charger in my garage (which I don’t even have a garage, lol, just a driveway). Screw the Ferraris man hahahaha

          1 year ago
        2. Mica

          My Final Answer is: ” three bags of flax seed” = enough healthy food. That makes the tears flow. Thanks!

          1 year ago
        3. Mica

          Wonderful, Don Jones – what more can you say about clapping with one hand? Flax seed – as in ‘let them eat flax’? ??

          1 year ago
          1. Don Jones

            Haha, the words are always the problem, hey?

            1 year ago
  27. sunnypatti48317

    People are more in tune with their inner light, more in tune with God and the Universe and each other. People genuinely care about others, not just their inner circle, and the environment. Money and power are taken down from the pedestals and love is put in their place.

    You say I’m a dreamer… but I’m not the only one 🙂

    1 year ago
  28. Howie Geib

    Some of these questions of late have really tickled me! As a Virgo I have a file with suggestions on how to get started! Seriously, the untidiness and disorder are apparently a feature not a bug. We are each in our way forced to come to terms with that and alter ourselves accordingly. So many of the things that appear wrong are somehow linked to the way I perceive them. The rest are simply the work set out for me to do. They become opportunities to contribute. Do the dishes, take out the garbage, sweep the garage…there’s plenty to do.

    1 year ago
  29. Christine

    Little House on the Prairie. Even Harriet Oleson 😍. No pollution. Enough food for everybody. A world full of beautifull souls. Souls that wants to express themselfs. No plastics. No cruelty. The earth, a place where we can learn to love each other. Love. Harmony and Beauty. 💛

    1 year ago
    1. Michele

      I grew up watching that series and was told I looked like Half Pint:)

      1 year ago
      1. Christine

        😍

        1 year ago
      2. Holly in Ohio

        I’ve been to one of their houses when our family was on vacation in Iowa. It was the time period Laura did not write about because they were the tough years for their family, and they lived and worked in a hotel, after Charles lost the family’s money, and when they lost their child, Laura’s brother. Most of the Ingall’s houses are little museums now, so you can actually go in and look around, and they have kept a lot of the belongings or found similar.. When we were there, I was able to point out to my kids that we have some of the same items in our house! My grandparents and mom lived in SW Minnesota and Iowa on farmland, so they passed down many of the old farmhouse pieces, like a kerosene lamp, a non-electric iron (I use it as a door stop), an egg basket, a quilt, and kitchen tools. There are photos of the Wilder houses and their interiors online, even their humble little “dugout” home on the wild prairie. 🙂

        1 year ago
        1. Christine

          I was in America once, and also visited an old house in the Rocky Mountains. I loved to see it. I do not think that the owners liked it, because the called the house “Never Summer Range”.

          1 year ago

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