Education, Discipline, Efficiency and Tolerance (H.O.W.)
In November 2012 a movement called H.O.W. was launched by Bill Holland aka Billybuc, an esteem writer of web content efficiently active in HubPages.com.
H.O.W. is the abbreviation for ‘Humanity One World’, a movement with the mission to cure social ills. In his introduction-hub - http://billybuc.hubpages.com/_38378j7gdd2ge/hub/Social-Issues-How-Do-We-Cure-Social-Ills-HOW Bill Holland emphasizes the fact that one man can make a difference: "Great movements in history began with one idea and one wayward pilgrim willing to advance that idea, until it became a cohesive movement of change."
Writers of HubPages were instantly inspired by Bill to become members of H.O.W.. Sharing their ideas about social illness and presenting suggestions to cure it, will hopefully encourage readers all over the world to become part of this movement aiming to cure social illnesses.
Of course, not writing and talking about social ills and suggesting ways to cure it, but only serious action, will have positive results.
Choose your mission for 2013 today!
Check the lists of hub-articles containing ideas and suggestion and choose YOUR mission for 2013 at
My suggestion for curing social illness implies the following:
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” ~ Einstein.
Einstein surely did not mean that everything we have learned as children are of no value. To the contrary, what we have learned has formed the foundation of our character. It will forever determine our ability to learn more, to understand, to foresee and to take care of our responsibilities in a specific way.
As children and adults we are all learners AND teachers. If each and every person take the time to learn as much as possible from others and to teach as much as possible to others, and especially to children, social ills will surely be paralyzed if not totally cured.
- Focus on children between 3 and 12, the ages when impressions sink deep to become solid motivation for adult behavior. (If you cannot find a way to include strangers in your project, focus at least on your own children, grandchildren and their friends.)
- In co-operation with their mothers, guardians and teachers take them to places and events where they can develop desirable values and expand their knowledge and comprehension of life and what it entails. Game and nature reserves, zoos, animal shelters, museums, theaters, hospitals, even jails, restaurants, entertainment parks, shopping centres and many institutions offers ideal opportunities for educational tours and valuable experiences.
To emphasize my strong believe in education, I cannot resist the temptation to post a view meaningful quotes:
- "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." ~ Nelson Mandela
- “You can never be overdressed or over-educated.” ~ Oscar Wilde
- "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “When you know better you do better.” ~ Maya Angelou
- “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” ~ C.S. Lewis
- “Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.” ~ Albert Einstein
BUT do not forget the more complicated challenge to be met:
- “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” ~ C.S. Lewis
- “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” Leonardo da Vinci
When working with children, and even with adults, consistency is the keyword. Discipline – a system of rules of conduct or method of practice - has to be established and maintained. Not allowing a specific behavior one day but allowing it the next day is one of the main reasons why children become confused, insecure, rebellious and susceptible to bad influences.
“(Logic): Consistency is an attribute of a logical system that is so constituted that none of the propositions deducible from the axioms contradict one another.” ~ WordWeb
A few meaningful quotes about DISCIPLINE:
- “Without discipline, there's no life at all.” ~ Katharine Hepburn
- “To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” ~ Buddha. (As adults we have to teach children how to control their own mind and heart. How can we do this if we cannot control our own?)
- “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” ~Zig Ziglar
- “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.” ~ Jim Rohn
- “Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways. “ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
I am an advocate for efficiency. Do what you do, do well, is a song with appropriate lyrics that was embedded in my mind when I was a child. If you cannot do something properly rather allow someone else to do it. But then, a lazy person, and especially a lazy child, will grab this opportunity to shirk work and responsibilities, therefor determination and recognition of talents and ability at an early stage is important. Focusing on children, giving each and everyone a specific responsibility and encourage them – and actually force them - to bear it efficiently, WILL certainly build character immune to social ills. ("Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty")
When you launch educational tours as suggested under ‘Education’, assigning a task to each child will have surprisingly positive results, even if the specific task is merely to remember a significant experience or awareness to share with mom and dad and friends.
Some quotes about EFFICIENCY:
- “Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.” ~ Peter F. Drucker
- “Organizations cannot make a genius out of an incompetent. On the other hand, disorganization can scarcely fail to result in efficiency.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
- “It is more than probable that the average man could, with no injury to his health, increase his efficiency fifty percent.” ~ Walter Scott
- “A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player's personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.” ~ Pat Riley
- “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” ~ Peter Drucker
- “I knew I could control one thing, and that is my time and my hours and my effort and my efficiency.” ~ Ryan Seacrest
- “The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.” ~ Aldous Huxley
One of the sad facts of life is human incompetence. Many people, if not most people, are truly not mentally and emotionally able to meet intelligent expectations. If total ignorance and carelessness, or insufficient intelligence are not the reasons for their undesirable behavior, they may suffer mild to severe mental illness. We have to identify incompetence in human character and personality and try to make amends by doing what is supposed to be done.
Of course we should not tolerate destructing behavior, or in other words, social illness. But being educated, disciplined and consistent, we will be able to treat the guilty efficiently by following the legal and ethical procedures that is supposed to terminate destruction and maintaining peace and harmony in societies.
Our power and capacity to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions and our passionate strive to create favorable conditions are supposed to motivate us to educate and discipline children (and adults) efficiently.
Some quotes about TOLERANCE:
- “What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.” ~ Voltaire
- “My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.” ~ Maya Angelou
- “In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.” ~ Dalai Lama
- “The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance.” ~ E. M. Forster
- “The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.” ~ George Eliot
- “The highest result of education is tolerance.” ~ Helen Keller
And this brings us back to education.......
Make the most of YOUR unique talents!
But before you leave, let's find our place in society -
In the comment section drbj reminded me of another categorization of people:
- Those who make things happen;
- Those who watch things happen;
- Those who wander around mumbling, 'What's happening?'