the following exploration:
Understanding and reminding ourselves of our present limitations is an important skill for healthy goal setting. However, there is always the danger of complacency, bred by a false sense of that knowledge and only a parochial view, which can lead to incorrect action or to unnecessary lack of action.
For the individual, this problem of balancing learning, actual knowledge and action can be difficult to manage. For a group or world of nations "wishing" their way toward a single humane community, it is deeply complex and can rapidly lead to mental and physical gridlock.
The result can be individual isolation that nurtures highly fatalistic and simplistic views of what is possible and equally non-empowering views of what is not.
Many times the only distinctive coherency of feeling or learning which is felt by individuals for world and local issues is that of increasing helplessness to act and a false sense of general security and detachment from local and global problems and potential dangers.
In these cases, the factors these individuals think are limiting what they can do rarely appear to be outside of their realm of personal exposure. Those limitations are assumed by them to be real, and new connections to others outside of their present sphere of influence are rarely made.
However, there is the real sense that if we more effectively exercise our right to explore globally what we do not know about our limitations, we will find new ways to learn to make the types of connections with each other which can result in greater possibilities for innovative change and action.
We can then direct our efforts not necessarily only in directions which we believe to be absolutely knowable but rather toward efforts which are immediately useful and which, as we pursue them, open our horizons for what else can be done.
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