Grand challenges/Causes of Suboptimal Life Experiences
- 1 Unmet Physiological Needs
- 2 Abridged Human Rights
- 3 Inadequate or wrongly-directed Education
- 4 Prevalence and persistence of misinformation and poorly founded beliefs
- 5 Unwise Goals: personal, organizational, academic, national, international
- 6 Fragmentation of People because of differing Cultures, Nations, and Ideologies
- 7 Human Frailty
- 8 Emotionally Reactive Episodes—Impulsive and Destructive Emotional Reactions
- 9 Ineffective Economic Systems
- 10 Notes
Interested students are invited to contribute to this on-going research project to identify the Causes of Suboptimal Life Experiences. In short, this research seeks to identify the many causes of the grand challenges, and to understand how those causes are interrelated. The purpose of this research is to identify the obstacles that need to be overcome, and problems we need to solve to attain flourishing lives for all of the world’s people, now and forever.
Researchers are asked to reflect wisely on the questions:
- What kind of world do we want?
- What obstacles need to be overcome, what problems do we need to solve to attain flourishing lives for all of the world’s people, now and forever?
- What are the relationships among those problems?
This leads to a cause-effect diagram identifying causes of suboptimal life experiences—failure for everyone in the world to flourish and experience the greatest possible well-being, including all that is of value now along with ever increasing well-being and value forever.
The current diagram is presented in the outline below.
Students are invited to study the existing diagram, offer their comments in the associated talk page, and if you are confident you can improve the diagram, please contribute your improvements by editing the diagram.
Unmet Physiological Needs
- Inadequate access to clean, safe drinking water
- Inadequate housing and shelter
- Poor sanitation
Abridged Human Rights
- Lack of attention to Human Rights.
- Oppressive or Ineffective government
- Other forms of non-representative government
- Violence against humans
- Violence against other sentient beings.
- Disregard of human dignity.
- Disregard of the golden rule.
Inadequate or wrongly-directed Education
- Obstacles to accessing Education
- Relevance of available Education
- Unclear or Unwise Education Goals
- Lack of focus on well-being and all that is of value
- Lack of focus on virtues.
- Failure to develop creativity
- Failure to identify student strengths
- Discounting multiple intelligences.
- Failure to tackle the grand challenges.
- Poor Education Curricula
- Lack of accepted curricula designed for learning toward well-being.
- Failure to integrate logical and aesthetic / intuitive perspectives.
- Failure to integrate reductionist and holistic approaches.
- Failure to integrate short-term and long-term perspectives
- Lack of learning from all of nature.
- Lack of integration of sustainability and ecology into curricula
- Failure to integrate local and global perspectives.
- Ineffective Education Systems
- Lack of focus on learning
- Lack of focus on exploration and discovery
- Not driven by curiosity and inquiry
- Failure to use play as a primary learning mode.
- Failure to emphasize experiential learning, learning by doing.
- Lack of dialogue.
- Lack of integration of subjects, problems, and experiences.
- Failure to apply learning to solving the grand challenges.
- Poor fit of education methods and goals to student interest, learning style, and goals
- Educational institutions based on ineffective theories of learning
Prevalence and persistence of misinformation and poorly founded beliefs
- Ineffective Theory of Knowledge
- Promoting and Sustaining Falsehoods
- Inaccurate worldviews, misaligned with reality.
- Inadequate and ineffective dialogue.
- Inaccurate worldviews, misaligned with reality.
- Lack of Wisdom
Unwise Goals: personal, organizational, academic, national, international
- Lack of consensus on a global concept of “Good”
- Narrow focus on Survival
- Narrow focus on Success
- Narrow focus on Recreation
- Inadequate focus on Thriving
- Inadequate focus on Significance
- Inadequate focus on Transcendence
- Inadequate focus on sustainability
- Consumed by distractions and dead ends
- Lack of wise goals
Fragmentation of People because of differing Cultures, Nations, and Ideologies
- National Boundaries
- Language Barriers
- Lack of an accepted universal lingua franca.
- Cultural Barriers
- Gender roles
- Ideological boundaries
- Religious ideologies
- Political ideologies
- Economic ideologies
- Class Barriers
- Bowling Alone—the decline of social capital
- Fear Mongering
- Broken Families
- Ego Involvement
- Ego involvement
- Perceived scarcity
- Actual scarcity
- Drug Abuse
- Tobacco Addiction
- Failure to Live Wisely.
Emotionally Reactive Episodes—Impulsive and Destructive Emotional Reactions
- Emotional Incompetence
- Lack of effective instruction in emotional competence
- Unmitigated Destructive Emotions
- Mental Illness
- Inadequate Mental Health Services
Ineffective Economic Systems
- Exclusion of externalities
- Exploitation of the commons
- Pollution continues at no cost to polluters
- Faulty measures and Goals
- Economics (financial models) diverge from economies (exchange of goods and services).
- Ineffective taxation
- Failure to tax what we want less of
- Intractable complexity of tax codes
- Perception of unfairness
- Short-sighted Energy Policies
- Economic power sustains the status quo
- This essay first appeared on globalcircle.wikispaces. It has been adapted here with permission of the author. See:http://globalcircle.wikispaces.com/causes