On Acceleration

We live in a world where so many things are accelerating: technological development, human population, non-human extinction, global temperature, centralization of wealth and power, and others. If you take a look at the math of fixed growth rates, you discover that things quickly get exponential, sometimes to terrifying effect (case in point: the human population, which doubles every so many years).

But the growth in population has a positive side, too. More people means more creativity, more brain power, and more importantly, more potential for compassion, love, and community. In order to keep up with the exponential growth of our species, we need to grow exponentially in compassion if we hope to get anywhere good in the future. This isn’t a new idea; if you’ve ever heard of “Pay it Forward” or similar concepts, you know this.

Ways to accelerate the growth of compassion and love are manifold. Every person has some power to spread love and compassion. I hope to do so through this blog by calling attention to love and compassion both as philosophical concepts in need of experience-based exploration, and as life practices which through their use can lead to solutions in all areas of life. I do this because I can communicate well through written words. Not everyone can.

What can you do that not everyone else can? Whatever it is, there’s a way to use it to accelerate the spread of love and compassion in the world. See if you can find it.

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