Preface

History is full of upheavals. It seems like periods of uncertainty and instability consist the rule of it and not the exception. But let history aside! We cannot really put it into context since it will always be simplified and even misleading comparing to what it actually was. Thus, to compare our world with any other point in history seems pointless. It might be better to focus on the current world itself.

Today, it seems to me that there is a universal crisis. Someone could claim that you can put the word crisis almost next to every word: economic crisis, ecological crisis, refugee crisis, cultural crisis, existential crisis, dating crisis, crisis between human relations, and a lot more. It is quite certain that the moment you mention even one of them, at least a minority group will jump and immediately agree that such a crisis exists.

The world today, especially in an era where the development of mass media have almost peaked, is changing constantly and is changing pretty fast, and we can at least be certain about one thing: the old world as we knew it is more and more going away and a new one is emerging in front of us. How is this world going to be? How will it look like? This is hard to say. But we should never forget that it is us people who determine, or at least could determine, how the world is and how it can be. It is up to us to shape the world around us into a place that would serve us and not the other way around — a place in which unnecessary discomfort, unnecessary sadness and unnecessary anxiety will not exist and all men and women will be free to channel most of their energy to things they genuinely prefer, without being obliged to degrade themselves, directly or indirectly, into mere economic tools.

Throughout time I have concluded that most people, at the bottom of their hearts, would prefer to be sexually active and have their lives guided by Love, instead of being alone and hateful; be vigorous and healthy, instead of being sluggish with poor health; be economically independent and live a serene life, instead of being poor and stressful; be smart, instead of being dumb; favor friendship instead of pointless antagonism. In a word, most people eventually would prefer to have their lives driven mostly by Love, Health, Knowledge, Clean Environment, Self-Care, Citizenship, Friendship, Freedom, Leisure, instead of Power, Money, Fame, and their derivatives.

I created this website in order to communicate some of my thoughts and those of others about how to get better both individually and socially — things that are interconnected. Because contrary to the current state of being, things can be a lot better. The possibility exists. And this is an effort to make this possibility visible and feasible. It is an effort for a new way of life.

Will you find the content on this website valuable? I cannot tell in advance. But I’m confident to say that as long as you put the proper amount of effort needed, it can be transformative and lead to a better life!

Lazaros Giannas
January, 2019