Conversations for Change – Part 1

28 August 2020

Jeff McCarty

As members of the human species, we are each an individual pixel that compiles into the larger picture of humanity. What we see within this picture though, is our global human civilization. We have detailed the need for humanity to positively progress how we operate our society. Now more than ever seems like a time when more and more human beings are becoming aware of the disparities within our systems and institutions. If you are reading this then it is more than likely that you are at least in agreeance with this opinion. Even more presumptively I am willing to guess that you desire to see changes realized within our society that push us towards the required equilibrium to sustain a better global human civilization for all human beings. If this is the case, then as the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition we would hope that you not only hold this as a hope for humanity but that you are willing to take action as a human being to be part of this change. What actions can we take though as individual human beings? We have discussed the concept of how micro-actions can have macro results with our society. The path we embark upon today revolves around a specific type of micro action we can each take as individual human beings. This is the action of conversation.

Why would the act of conversation be so important? Answering this question requires us to understand what a conversation is on a conceptual level first. In the most simplified terms, a conversation is an exchange of ideas or information between two or more human beings. As technology has evolved it has also evolved the way that we conduct conversations as human beings. Whether these differences in communication have been for the better or worse, they are apparent realities of our existence at this point. Within this apparent reality, we must come to accept that how human beings communicate information and ideas will consistently evolve alongside the evolution of how we operate as a species.

With an understanding that the way we converse is subject to ever-changing forces, we now turn to the importance of conversation within itself. As human beings, we are consistently taking in stimuli that we perceive through our different senses. These perceptions are what form the very ideas and information that we communicate with other human beings when amid a conversation. When we have a conversation though, the very exchange of ideas and information is stimulating our perceptions. Now it is important to recognize that this effect can be for better or worse, and the reaction or response you feel from a conversation is subjective feelings based on how one person’s perceptions displayed through their ideas and the information may conflict with the ideas and information you have gathered based on your perceptions. The act of a conversation allows a human being to take in multiple perspectives of reality though, and that in itself is the benifit of a conversation. Consider it a maximization of efficiency, with multiple perspectives being filtered through your consciousness you can begin to expand your mind.

Some may be thinking, I can’t stand to speak to someone who believes in X (fill in the blank with the perspectives you disagree with the most), so what is the point of having a conversation with someone of this nature. As a species though and as individuals, we have only and can only rise to our greatest accomplishments by pushing the bounds that we perceive reality within. The act of conducting a conversation is one of the most critical elements of expanding the boundaries of our perception, for if we were to contain ourselves to the ideas and information that we could perceive than our understanding of reality would become limited. The success of the human species has been built out of our ability to communicate our ideas and information to each other, and if we are to rise above the stagnation that faces our species, we must keep open-minded channels of communication available.

As the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition, we have detailed the importance of operating with an open mind. As we acknowledge the importance of having conversations, we take a moment to recognize operating with an open mind, does not mean that we blindly accept any idea or piece of information. Rather, operating with an open mind allows us to take in varying perceptions and determine what information or ideas it creates for us. From there though we must use our guiding principles to merit the worth of the information and ideas gained from a conversation. Even in a situation where the other human being has a perspective that disrespects another human being’s privilege to life or liberty, we benefit from hearing these perspectives. One, it allows us the chance to understand that these ill-minded perspectives still exist, and two, it gives us the ability to learn the perspective which strengthens our efforts as a species to overcome this type of perspective. Through the course of this article, we have detailed the importance of having conversations to expand our mind, if we truly want to build a better global human civilization though, then we must be willing to have a specific type of conversation that is focused on exactly that. Join us next Friday as we continue the theme of this post and further explore how to conduct what we call a Conversation of Change. In the meantime, the question I leave you with is the following, what topics can we discuss with others in our lives to constitute a Conversation of Change?

Until next time, I am Jeff McCarty and I just want to thank you for your time in reading. If you enjoyed this post, please share this with someone you think would enjoy it. Find the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition on Facebook for more content as well. Looking forward to seeing you next post. Thanks again.

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