For a future to be possible


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Interesting title, isn’t it? What would you list as essential ingredients of a viable future? Notice the way dropping that little word “viable” into the conversation changes the picture? An adjective, it means that a thing capable of working successfully. It is workable, feasible, practicable, practical, applicable, usable, manageable, operable, operational, possible, within the bounds/realms of possibility, within reach, within reason, likely, achievable, attainable, accomplishable, realizable, reasonable, sensible, realistic, logical, useful, of use, serviceable, suitable, expedient, effective, valid, tenable; sound, well advised, well thought out, well grounded, judicious, level-headed, wise; informal doable.

Whew! That simple little word suddenly begins to looks huge. Taken together it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Individually, they’re not so bad, but . . . when we look at all that’s going on in this world of ours, it looks overwhelming again. I am just one person, with a limited amount of time, energy, stamina and interest. What can do?

Here is my suggestion. Since the deepest of all human needs is for dignity, self-worth, self-respect and self-esteem, begin by recognizing the dignity and worth of every person you meet, including yourself. You can begin to act on that, to treat yourself and others well, to recognize every other person as your relative, to see how you are interconnected, not separate. Human dignity is the ultimate human value. Recognizing the dignity of everyone you see begins to work wonders, one day and one life at a time. Try it and note down the differences you begin to see.

Then, if you wish, please join the conversation and see where we can take it, so do leave your comments.




About gwpj

Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at
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