|The Root Causes of Social Dysfunction
Shaun Kerry, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board
of Psychiatry and Neurology
spent centuries struggling with the major problems that
plague our political, educational, and healthcare systems. Imagine
that all social dysfunction is configured like a tree. There are
roots, large branches, smaller branches, and leaves. The purpose
of this group of sites is to expose the roots of this tree, and propose
Presently, we have blind spots that
prevent us from clearly perceiving the defects of the current system.
The blind spots heavily influence our laws, policies, customs,
traditions, and belief systems. They cause
enormous amounts of human suffering, as
well as economic and environmental damage. This material is part
of an international conversation on social dysfunction. In fact, a
discussion forum exists to help improve our base of knowledge, our
conclusions, and our recommendations.
You may have a favorite cause. There are
thousands of activist movements that exist. You could
do anything from protecting the Cook Inlet in Alaska to working for the
Zero Population Growth Action Network. Imagine what would happen
if all concerned citizens in these groups devoted just a little of their
time to thinking about the core causes of societal dysfunction.
Addressing these root causes would cost no money, and help everyone's
cause. Do you want to promote world peace? Improve the
environment? It will not be possible to achieve these goals and
bring about any lasting change without addressing the root causes of
social dysfunction. When you do that, the other goals will follow
The traditional, primitive, and less
mindful way of approaching the problem has been simply to blame people
for causing these problems. We have tried this method, and it has
proven highly ineffective.
Most activism in the past utilized
rallies, marches, sit-ins, and so forth. There was a high amount
of energy output for a small amount of effectiveness. Plus, the
result was only a temporary solution. The root causes remained untouched.
Mindful activism, on the other hand,
requires a much lower energy output and provides a much greater level of
What's In It For Me?
A lot. Being able to see what is really going on around
you is critical to your well being. Acquiring mindfulness is
essential to your happiness. We are all interdependent and must
pull together if we are to move forward as a society.
Please take action by sending letters to the
government reform committee members that represent you.
This will be done automatically based on your address.
Additionally, please read the specific plans:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful
citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing
that ever has." - Margaret Mead
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