Human beings are basically good people. Most people want to do the right thing, acknowledge mistakes, resolve not to repeat them, steadily become better persons, help each other with their self-improvement, more fully appreciate non-material, or spiritual, realities, and do more than voting to help improve public policies.
Society, with its conditioning and social pressures, inflames our worst instincts and encourages us to be excessively selfish, materialistic, domineering, individualistic, and/or competitive. Our institutions, our culture, and ourselves as individuals are woven together into a global, self-perpetuating social system, “the System.” The System’s primary purpose is to encourage everyone to climb social ladders, look down on and dominate those below, and look up to and submit to those above. The System encourages individuals, organizations, and nations to accumulate status, wealth, and/or power at the expense of others. And it cultivates envy, resentment and disrespect — and undermines self-empowerment and mutual support. With their their habitual actions, individuals reinforce the System in their daily lives. No one element controls the System. We’re all responsible.
Our positive qualities are deeper and more primal than our negative qualities. Given the right conditions, we flower. We can establish a new purpose for our global society — to serve humanity, the environment, and life itself. With a focus on that commitment, we can humanize our entire society and make it more democratic and just. The coordinated, simultaneous reform of each element of the System can reinforce each other. This evolutionary revolution can contribute to eventual systemic transformation — that is, major changes in the structure, appearance, and character of our society. While keeping and building on the best features of our current system, a new, transformed society will, in many ways, be, look, and feel new.
We can respect legitimate authority, honor our highest ideals and best traditions, recognize everyone’s dignity and humanity, and learn how to more profoundly:
— respect and care for ourselves and each other;
— oppose efforts to dominate others due to one of their identities;
— nurture partnerships;
— appreciate the awesome beauty of the Creation and the power of the Creator, and;
— cultivate humility and acknowledge mistakes.
With a principled pragmatism, we can reject the mythical left-right political spectrum and integrate the best qualities of “liberalism,” “conservativism,” and other philosophies. We can avoid scapegoating and demonizing.
Transformation in one country alone is difficult if not impossible. The System is global and inter-dependent. With healthy patriotism, each nation can focus on its own interests while cooperating with other nations to help each other do the same, as indicated by “Americans for Humanity.” When the government has created or reinforced social, racial, or economic injustice, we can use the government to reverse those actions and establish fairness. Each nation can best serve its own interests while cooperating with other nations to help each other do the same. When others thrive, we thrive. This effort will require the cooordinated regulation of powerful transnational economic forces to assure that they serve the public interest while also earning profits.
To achieve these goals, individuals must learn to rise above our negative instincts, which the System inflames. Fortunately, given the opportunity to do so in a safe setting, most people appreciate mutual support for self-improvement. And given the opportunity to do so, many people currently inactive would help improve national public policy by engaging in political activism if they could do so in an effective manner with large numbers of others in joy-filled, democratic, supportive communities. Massive, nonviolent, grassroots movements focused on achievable objectives — including structural reforms that are supported by strong majorities — can help achieve that goal. Face-to-face communities whose members set aside time to support each other with unlearning oppressive conditioning and nurturing self-improvement can help grow those movements. We can change ourselves as we change the System and cultivate compassionate community.
— Reforms undertaken within the framework of a clear commitment to principles such as these can contribute to long-lasting systemic transformation, but work that is only focused on the compassionate reform of one element of the System can also be helpful. So such resources are included in this website.
Wade Lee Hudson, Editor
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