Show Kindness and Respect: We Will show kindness and respect Towards Ourselves and others whenever possible. And it’s always possible, Because everyone we meet is fighting a battle May we know nothing about.
Strive for Wisdom: We Will seek To Be wise in our decisions, Listening Deeply to Ourselves and others, and balancing our heads, hearts and intuitions in a harmony That feels right.
Practice Gratitude: We Will Regularly Reflect on what we’re grateful for, Because It Brings perspective Dissolves negativity, and grounds us in what’s most significant.
Those are great principles for interaction – yet they fail to address the largely hidden and more fundamental cause of strife and disfunction in society – our choice of values.
Most of society has implicitly adopted the values of the market place.
Market values over value scarcity and under value abundance.
Markets are great places to exchange truly scarce things, but markets cannot deal meaningfully with universal abundance (they can neither value it above zero nor create or support incentives to produce universal abundance of any good or service).
It seems clear to me that until people in general choose to value individual sapience (human and non-human, biological and non-biological) above all else, then we are all at risk.
Once we value individual life as a primary, it seems clear to me that the next most important thing is individual liberty.
Clearly (operationally), in today’s society, money (market based value) is far more important that either life or liberty.
It seems clear to me that we have the real option of developing automated technologies that deliver abundance of all essentials to every person, yet market based values contain incentive structures that actively oppose the delivery of universal abundance of anything.
So happy to sign up to these three practice, and until we take the conscious step above, we will fail to deliver on the sorts of expressions of human creativity that are actually possible when people are unshackled from their cultural and economic chains.
And just to be clear – we all need a culture to grow into, and we are all capable of transcending whatever culture we happened to be born into to claim our personal creative freedom, at the same time as we grant that freedom to all others.