“World Optimization™” is a segment of Human Optimization™ that is far reaching and includes many dimensions. It includes those things that will make our world a better place. Things like: international relations, politics, environmental concerns, and even everyday interactions. “Human Optimization™” challenges us all to think beyond ourselves, and to consider our impact in this world on a global scale. Human existence and productivity are dependent on our place in the world. We are not alone in this world, and we each have a greater responsibility to make this world a better place to live, work, and play.
We spend our entire lives revolving around the sun on a planet that is both beautiful and life sustaining. This world that we all call home is unique in one very important aspect. It is the only world we have. It is the only place we can live. There is nowhere else for us to go. That makes it kind of important. Makes sense that we might take care of it. It’s really not that complicated, and yet we are remarkably short sighted when it comes to the planet we call home.
This might be viewed as idealistic by some, and perhaps it is in some way, but I prefer to think of it as optimistic—the difference is only one of perspective. We all have an influence in this world, and we have the ability to impact our world positively or negatively with our words and actions. We can all initiate change one person at a time.
The earth is an amazing gift to those who inhabit her. But like many gifts, she is often taken for granted. In recent years, environmental issues have been brought to our attention through various means, by various people and organizations. We must never forget, as we are in the habit of doing, that we are part of our environment. When we harm her, we harm ourselves. We can fain ignorance, but that will not change the truth. Reality will eventually catch up with us. When it does, personal peace will vanish with the fresh air we breath, and the clean water we drink.
We are also part of a larger community of human beings. Every generation has longed for world peace, and yet the earth has experience less than 250 year of peace in it’s entire history. No generation will experience peace until people everywhere take inner and relational peace seriously. Is it possible? Sure it is. But not until we want it, need it, more than the air we breathe. As long as we insist on placing ourselves at the center of the universe, world peace will remain an illusion. Peace requires humility, acceptance, and understanding. All qualities that are often lacking in our relationships. If we are ever able to find international peace, then we will all be the better for it.
Politics is another area where we can improve the quality of our existence. If our countries are poorly run—and I’m not saying that they are—then our opportunities for success diminish. Inner peace is tied to relational peace, national peace, political peace, and world peace. When peace is unavailable on a national and international scale, then it becomes more difficult to find on a personal level.
We might like to believe that we are alone in the world, and that we don’t need anyone, or anything, around us. But the reality is that we are connected to our world, and to greater humanity, by unbreakable bonds. It’s not just about you and me. It’s about ‘us,’ all nations, the world, human brotherhood and sisterhood, and the planet we call home.
We tend to forget this reality as we strive for supremacy, personal success, financial independence, and individual comfort. Abundance has a tendency to blind our eyes to the greater needs on this planet we call home, and to our responsibility to bring peace to the world.
Maximizing potential, productivity, performance, and our experience of peace (well-being, wellness) requires a long hard look at the bigger picture and our place in it. World Optimization is a daunting prospect. The only way to achieve it is one person, one life, one relationship at a time.
You “can” make a global difference. Whenever you keep the world picture in mind and act accordingly, then you “are” making a global difference. Never be satisfied with personal and local, success and happiness. Make it your business to extend your influence to the four corners of the planet.