Saturday, March 29, 2008

How To Make The World A Better Place

World peace. Yes that elusive desire spoken of by thousands of beauty pageant contendors world wide.

What can we do to create world peace? I propose a dramatic solution to world peace. My solution is so radical, it will make you wonder, "Why didn't I think of that?"

My solution is that half of the world should be insurance agents. Yes, you heard it right, insurance agents. Not religion, not peace talks, but the humble insurance agent.

When people become insurance agents, they become nicer people. They call you at least once a year to see how you're doing. They remember your birthday. They are intensely interested in your family developments, when you get married, when you have kids, which college your kids are interested in going to.

When insurance agents meet up, they will almost always offer to buy you lunch or dinner. They will be on time for appointments. They are kind and courteous.

If these are the things that happen when people become insurance agents, wouldn't that be the solution to world peace?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Human Animal

I think that we can learn from the way zookeepers handle animals in a zoo. Good zookeepers understand that animals have needs and that they need to be handled differently, each with a different environment suited for them, feeding times, diet, etc.

Some animals are social and kept in groups, some are territorial and need to be separated. Some will get bored without any activity, some get stressed if there is too much distraction. There are signs outside an aquarium that say "Please don't tap the glass. It stresses the fish".

The same goes for humans. They get stressed too. They need social interaction too. They get bored. They are territorial.

I think we must strive that humans, no matter what we expect them to do (like "exceed expectations" on their performance review) are still animals too.

Humans are humans, not superhuman. In the wild concrete jungle, we've seemed to forgotten that. We see other humans as things, robots, resources to serve our own needs. Perhaps that is one aspect of the human animal, they tend to become selfish and egocentric.

I am starting to think if we view each person more than just a self-directed moral being, but also having the nature of a creature, an animal in the sense of needs, territory, interaction, etc, we can learn to treat each other better.

If only humans could have signs outside their cubicles that said "Don't overload with work. It stresses them out." Or "Please feed with encouragement and praise."