My brilliant solution is to note the realities of human problem solving in our modern world and the ideas I (and many others) have that could substantially improve our species’ track record for solving (previously) intractable social problems. My life and experiences have taught me many things, and has also put me firmly in the rational-empiricist camp of problem solvers.

It should be readily apparent that brilliant solutions are a dime a dozen in the realms of high technology, and empirical science. If this were not so, then we wouldn’t be overwhelmed by the profusion of hi-tech gadgets (i.e. smart phones, and computerized everything) as well as the sophisticated new technologies in every field of human endeavor, along with the scientific advances in knowledge of our universe (from the farthest reaches down to the smallest particles) which abundantly demonstrates our technological-scientific prowess, and ingenuity. Our almost limitless ingenuity also allows us to inhabit the most inhospitable habitats this (and other) worlds have to offer. We are a very adaptable species. We are also awesomely creative: just ponder our amazing evolution in music and the other arts (both performing and written) to appreciate this reality. You only need to have working senses (and a sound mind) to realize that we’re about the cleverest and most creative species around these parts. There may be few other planets overrun with creatures as clever, and endlessly creative as us. [Or I may be totally wrong on that score with there being many other planets with beings (more advanced than us) that have not contacted us because of the time and distances involved—or disinclined because of our warlike nature. Or maybe they have been here, and hid the evidence of their visit; or they’re here now, but don’t want us to realize it. One can only conjecture about the possibility of E.T. life out there!]

The point is: wouldn’t you expect that a species so technologically (and scientifically) advanced (as us) would find things like: malnutrition, inequality, and mass shootings relative “Childs play” to solve. Curiously these societal problems only seem to continually get worse, and intensify as time goes by. What gives? Does it make any sense that creatures as ingeniously creative as us can figure out the secrets of our universe, but are clueless to solve their own personal and societal shortcomings? This is the biggest mystery about humankind! No, the difficult things to solve are things like incurable diseases; cold fusion; time travel; and reversing the earth’s rotation—not in providing every person on this planet the basic necessities of life, and the ability to conduct their lives in peace, freedom and safety. Something in this equation just doesn’t add up. Why are we such underachievers in the social-moral realm?

I think the essential problem lies in the baser aspects of human nature: the inclinations towards prejudices, tribalism (thinking you and your group are superior, and more entitled than all others), selfishness, overweening pride and cruelty. Also applicable is the human need (that some individuals possess to an astonishing degree) of a person to lord it over all others. These dynamics are what enable us to be so technologically advanced, while simultaneously being so morally, and socially retarded! That and our insatiable need to subscribe to empirically unsupportable, destructive and delusional “dogmatic ideologies”(I’m not referring here to things like the Boy Scouts, or Hippocratic Oath, Pledge of Allegiance, and the like. I am not against things inspire the better angels of our nature. What I am against are empirically unsupportable ideologies that are narrow minded, hate filled, that lead us to marginalize, hate, and harm others with different perspectives from our own! Things like certain religious, political, and cultural dogmas that elevate one particular tribe, at the expense (and often peril) of others! I don’t have the space here to name them, but their fruits give them away!)

The truth is no one side (in our vociferous political debates) is always in the right, nor has all the answers. A civil, consensual approach that acknowledges true wisdom (whoever it comes from), and seeks to use the rational-empirical mode of conflict resolution, and problem solving is the ideal we should be aiming for. Ideally we should approach societal problems the way we do technological ones, and employ the scientific method of: observation (and analyzing the true causes of a problem); then hypothesize likely solutions; then experiment (testing the solutions for their efficacy-probably on a small scale at first); and then continually retest and refine working solutions to achieve the maximum of optimal results. If we were to take this approach we would find that most of our most intractable social problems weren’t so intractable after all. We would also wonder why we hadn’t employed this approach millennia before!

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