Meaningful Contributions to Society

14 August 2020

Jeff McCarty

When we began to ponder the changes that need to take place to ensure a better global human civilization, we generally tend to think of macro-level policies that can instill the proper guard rails necessary to achieve this goal. As the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition, we subscribe to an ideology that values the importance of macro-level policy reform. Yet there is another variable in the equation of societal change that we also give credence to. This is the side of change revolving the microelements of human existence. These are the day to day activities that consume our existence as human beings. The minimal actions that end up dictating our holistic existence are the items that make up the micro side of the implementing positive change in society equation. We believe that the only way to implement and sustain positive progression for the human species is to continually work on implementing positive change in both macro and micro levels.

With the acceptance of the micro-levels of change that exist, we can begin to delve deeper into the different types of changes that we can institute which will help in the achievement of a better global human civilization. As the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition, we have detailed that the path towards building a better global human civilization will be found in solving, eliminating, or reducing the problems that affect humanity’s existence. What does this mean though in correlation to the micro-level changes we can make in existence?

Answering this question requires us to ask how an individual human being can contribute to solving the problems that face our species? If we were to apply this question to the billions of human beings that currently exist upon Planet Earth, we would in turn have billions of answers. Why is this though? In simple terms, our individuality determines which ways we may be able to best contribute to society. Determining which path will allow us to contribute to our society most effectively is dependent upon who we are as an individual. Many variables go into the complicated equation of who we each are as human beings. Some variables are outside of our control, such as the environment we are raised within, and some are within our control, such as the hobbies or interests we take up. Both of these variables influence the resources we have access to and the life that we end up living. These variables are the very essence of the micro-level changes that we are referencing.

When we think of the micro-level of humanity and which variable of human existence relates to the task of solving problems that face the human species, our gaze turns towards the roles we fulfill as individuals in society. For any species to function in a communal society, each member of the species must do their part to contribute. What does that exact contribution consist of though? In our most primordial states, the options we had were limited by both perception and scope. Still climbing Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the majority of roles available to fulfill in society were directly correlated to functions necessary for survival. As we have progressed as a species, the different types of roles that are available to be fulfilled are ever-expanding. This expansion of roles available in society has also spawned roles that are subjectively deemed necessary in society yet are not the objectively traditional roles that we would deem necessary to maintain a civilization. This leaves two considerable questions left to answer. One, what is the role each human being should fulfill to contribute to society, and two how do we know that we are each contributing in an equally fair manner.

To answer the first of these questions, it is only appropriate to measure one’s contributions to a society based on the quality of the contributions made. If a human being is due to contribute to society through the fulfillment of a specific role, then it would only make sense to merit their success based on the quality of their performance whilst within that role. A thought experiment to illustrate this point is to consider the fact that we wouldn’t award a world leader a Nobel prize for genocidal acts against their people. This then begs the question of what allows someone to perform at a high quality in their specific role? Within any role in society, you must possess the skills necessary to perform the role at a high quality. It is important to note though that no one is born with the skills that allow them to perform successfully in their role, we must continually stack and layer newly learned skills on top of each other until we obtain the ability to perform the duties of the specific role at hand. The acquirement of these skills though is where we must turn our diligence towards.

Learning new skills is a skill within itself. While some are quick to learn others struggle to grasp singular concepts, which means some of us may have hurdles to overcome in this region. There are beliefs that the best way to engrain information into memory is by consuming the information through one of three learning styles. Though we are not the originators of this ideology we will gladly subscribe to another form of learning that not only accomplishes the goal of truly teaching the learner, but also helps answer the question of understanding our proper contribution to society. This ideology is contextual learning, which is the style of learning that focuses on the contextual importance of learning the topic to the learner. The best way to understand this concept is that people learn best when they are learning something they are interested in or at the very least have an understanding of why they need to learn it. Essentially learning the information will help the learner in a deeply personal way, and the learner understands the connections between acquiring the desired skills and the task of learning and comprehending the information being presented. Understanding the importance of building the desire to learn new skills is grown from a contextual understanding of why learning those skills is important for learning in the first place. This helps paint a picture of how to become a more skilled person in whichever role you are in.

This brings us back to how contextual learning helps us find our best contributions in society. Contextual learning is built upon a more meta-purpose of the learner. With an understanding of our meta-purpose as a human being, we can begin to unlock the understanding that to contribute in the highest quality possible in society, we must understand and have a connection to a purposeful existence that we are connected to. Part of the journey held within the course of our individual human experience is finding this purpose. As a society, we should empower every human being to find this purpose as early as possible in life to ensure they can live out this purpose.

Dissenters of this ideology may quickly turn to the conclusion that some may contribute in higher quantities or higher quality than others, and ask a question that I purposed earlier, how do we know that we are each contributing in an equally fair manner? This subject though deserves a fair opportunity to be discussed, which will be the focal point of next week’s blog post.

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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