If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing in the world, what would it be?

Human suffering.

The idea of putting an end to human suffering seems noble and ambitious. What is it and how would you fix it? I am referring to the physical suffering from poverty and disease as well as emotional and mental suffering that humans endure. How would you tackle such a global project? How about starting with two basic human activities, education and recreation?

Education.

Educate people about new concepts and ideas. Give them the tools to change their lives for the better. Make education available to everyone, globally. An article in today’s local newspaper mentioned subsidized daycare for preschool age children and babies. Government provides school for K-12 but not for earlier ages? Discrimination or simple oversight? More parents are educated with dual incomes in today’s developed countries. Since education became public, a lot has changed socially and economically. Think it is time to update the program into the millennium?

Recreation.

Recreation means play time. Give people a chance to recreate. Encourage creativity through recreation. It is the opposite of work. Recreation means time to play and time for leisure. Work is a business transaction or trade. There is an exchange of goods or services for a form of compensation… time or money. Western society gets caught up in the wheel of going nowhere fast or rat race. You work to buy to work to buy more. Recreation brings smiles to people’s faces and makes life worth living.

No more war.

Human suffering is caused by war, too. To put an end to war would be to change the way people think. Change the way people think by educating them, and arming them with tools to end their suffering. Sometimes people suffer out of ignorance. I also think education is catching up with us. The younger generations of western society seem better educated than their ancestors. They may not have the life experience of their grandparents but they know how to find information and they will benefit from guidance of the collective knowledge. I believe if we give families more recreation so that the young will benefit from the old, the old will benefit from the young, too. What old person is not entertained by the antics of a youngster?

With benefits to young and old, the world would be a better place. If that were true, then would not human suffering be diminished at least? If I could wave a magic wand and change one thing in the world, it would be human suffering. The how is better access to education and recreation, globally. What do you think?

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