Anita: One of the things that I wish that in education, I wish that kids would learn from a very young age how damaging competition is, and we get into the system where we compete from the time that we’re really little, just so little, we are taught to compete at every level of the education system, and what this does is it already gives us the message from the time we’re little that we’re not good enough as we are. We got to look at everyone else, and then we got to get better than them, because there’s not enough to go around. There’s not enough places in the next school. I’ve got to be better than them to get into the best school.
It doesn’t allow us to express who we are or to find out our own uniqueness. It sets us up to create a world of us and them. It sets us up to see everybody else as a potential enemy, as a potential someone who’s going to take my place in the next school if I don’t get ahead of them. It sets us up to see the world as a doggy dog world, as a world that’s hostile, instead of a world that’s loving. If education leaders knew that, if government leaders knew that, we could do a lot to change it. If in fact, even if medical people leaders [inaudible 00:01:33], the medical world knew that, medical arena knew that, they could change health care in the same way, where it’s not all about drugs.
But it is about having community and having love and having passion and having joy. If everybody, well not global leaders actually had a sense of humor like [Nap 00:01:53], that would also help a huge amount, so all of these things would be really helpful.
Dr. Avi: How do you bring these changes in?
Anita: You mean how do we … or how do they bring it in?
Dr. Avi: How collectively do we introduce all these changes in such a competitive world?
Anita: It is actually by allowing a different paradigm by showing … and it’s not about fighting what’s there. I never believe in fighting what’s there, it’s about allowing a new way of being and a new way of thinking, and for people to see that there is a better way. I mean … and you think about all the billions of dollars that we are putting into cancer awareness and how much we are teaching people and how much energy we’re putting into cancer awareness. Imagine if we put that same amount of energy and money and awareness into health instead of cancer, we’d see a very different world and a very different paradigm. It’s about thinking differently in that sense, just shifting the focus.
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