Hrvoje Butkovic, who sometimes comments on this blog, has set up a new website dedicated to "the idea of creating a self-reflective society." According to the site, such a society has the following features:
It encourages people to stop uncritically adopting the ways of others – be it leaders or role models in the political, business, religious, entertainment, or any other arena – and instead discover for themselves the most authentic, meaningful and fulfilling ways to live.
It encourages people to scrutinise the foundation on which it rests – in the form of values and beliefs – for the purpose of identifying and replacing those that don’t accurately represent them.
It encourages people to scrutinise the social structures that were built on top of that foundation for the purpose of identifying and replacing those that do not produce results consistent with the stated values and beliefs.
It encourages people to continuously engage in the above exercises, and so keep refining themselves and the society in which they live.
With all the panic and hysteria in the news lately, now may be the right time for some quiet reflection.