Constructive Enlightenment

Real democracy means self-determination by self-administration in self-responsibility. The latter needs a new Enlightenment, since the first one (1650-1800) was too weak and has been mostly undone. Let's do it better!
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Constructive Enlightenment

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Enlightenment should focus on positive, constructive guidance to help people develop, and only within this context embed social criticism as a booster, rather than focussing on all the zillion negative things in the world. The latter only slows down people, weighs them down, depresses them. And it's so much easier to moan about what's wrong, but that's not really solving anything or helping anybody.

True, people need to see what's wrong in order to search for, and hopefully then develop, solutions in the first place. But most social criticism simply overloads people with problems, causing excessive stress on top of the stress that already comes with living in this truly sick world. But as therapist Steve de Shazer put it: Problem-talk creates problems — solution-talk creates solutions!

Motivate people to look for and find solutions, show them all the tools they can use, instill in them the conviction and confidence that they in fact can solve anything, and provide them with all the necessary knowledge, taught in an easy-to-follow, didactic way. Break the chains laid by school education, traditions, and mass media, really empower the people! And only then point them to one problem after another. View all people as if they were your own children: You wouldn't tell your children about all the negative things in the world first, and only then try teaching them the basics to deal with problems, quite the reverse!
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