|Ethics, Economics and the Future of the World|
HUMANE CIVILIZATION WORLDWIDE
Domestic Nonprofit Corporation, Texas 11/2017
Draft Document 2019 - ongoing editing, revisions and additions
CULTIVATING kindness, love, cooperation, and compassionate empathy
IN PLACE OF vindictiveness, ruthless competition, and 'us-versus-them' thinking
Human nature allows us to be kind and humane, but also extremely corrupt and cruel.
Cultures, the institutions of civilizations, largely shape how we express our emotions and instincts.
Improved institutions have to cultivate ethical emotions, behaviors and character in individuals.
For Western governments and debt based economies, humane conditions for all is not the high priority it should be, and future generations are hardly considered; financial institutions and large corporations have far too much power.
And Western governmental institutions hardly offer a viable model for Third World countries.
People and organizations worldwide want/must cooperate in changing institutions in efforts to address
• Climate change and overpopulation.
• Unethical, shortsighted decision-making in governmental and private agencies of our civilizations.
• Destructive incentives of profit and greed driven economic institutions.
• All education, formal and informal, must aspire to universally replace ‘us-versus-them’ thinking with broad compassionate empathy.
HCW’s objective is that we, individuals and organizations who share similar goals, cooperate in working towards:
• A worldwide movement that studies and addresses recognized problems and pursues the goal of civilizations with humane conditions for all people and protection of the environment.
• Creating plans, blueprints or model frameworks that are based on science and ethical principles and may guide peaceful reforms of economic systems, governments and other institutions of civilizations. The goal is that institutions bring the best qualities out of individuals.
This draft presents a fairly comprehensive framework of proposed institutions: economic, social, governmental, etc. and an evaluation of ethical principles.
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Addressing destructive developments in civilizations:
Many people assume that technological progress will turn developments around, but for profit-driven economic systems are often destructive and quality of life or averting catastrophic climate change are not their priorities. Human activities continue to eradicate more and more animal and plant species, and it is likely that large parts of the world, including most of India, will become essentially uninhabitable and too hot for our domesticated animals; that large, densely populated areas will be frequently flooded and later below sea level; and that the frequency of extreme weather conditions continues to increase.
Progress in many areas has been accelerating in an astounding way and much of what is discussed today may seem obsolete in the near future. There is hope that present trends of broader cooperation and sharing of knowledge will lead to more humane conditions; on the other hand, developments in artificial intelligence and biotechnology will raise unforeseen ethical issues that must be addressed to prevent disastrous developments. Improvements in our civilizations’ institutions and broad exploration, teaching and application of ethics are extremely important.
People in most parts of the world live today in conditions that should promote health and happiness; medicine made huge progress in treating and preventing physical diseases, and benefits of medical sciences are spreading throughout the world. But has research concerning psychosocial-psychiatric problems a similar impact? Are our cultural institutions promoting peace, health, resilience, caring, love and happiness? In many countries, corporations have been successful in promoting unhealthy nutrition and lifestyles; and many young people suffer from existential crises which lead to anxiety and depression, abuse-addiction disorders and suicides.
The Renaissance and Enlightenment brought major reforms to religious, political, economic and legal thinking, but modern institutions appear stuck in philosophical notions of the 18th century. Humans are not born equal; justice, equal rights, freedom, etc. are elusive concepts. Our understanding of economics is based on flawed assumptions. Civilizations fought against feudalism, monarchy, slavery and colonialism. Today we must again seek broad institutional reforms.
It is our ethical obligation, to develop and pursue a vision of worldwide, humane civilizations that are based on the evolving understanding of human nature, our social systems, and ethics. If we do not trust our governments, is this not an indictment of our constitutions - a challenge to rethink the structure of our governments and their institutions? Today economists appear unable to advise governments how to regulate the extremely profitable financial institutions so that they will maintain a stable functional, circulating money supply, prevent severe recessions and unemployment, lessen rather than increase inequality, and steer developments in meaningful directions: Does this not indicate that our economic institutions and accepted economic theories are fundamentally flawed? Our legal system appears wrong in principle and bad in execution. Is it not time to rethink legal doctrines? If we have no vision of more ethical and humane institutions, our civilizations may destroy the basis of their existence, and/or drift toward a dictatorship by the wealthiest, chaotic mass migrations and wars.
People differ much in talents, values and temperaments, but we all experience major conflicts, inherent in human nature and our social systems, and often worsened by cultures; and in most civilizations, people inflict much senseless suffering on each other. However it is our environment, the institutions of our civilizations, which bring out the best or worst of human nature.
We believe humane civilizations promote cohesive communities that support all inhabitants, individuals and families. Their governments are decentralized and democratic. Guiding principles of all institutions must include natural, science-based ethics and efficient application of science and technology.
In a humane, democratic economy, money has to be allocated by well-educated representatives of cooperatives and development banks, not by profit-driven financial institutions and investors. Bank lending must be limited but consistent, thus avoiding business cycles and large fluctuations in the functional money supply. Banks’ primary function must be tro advance quality of life for present and future generations, rather than material growth. Production and service organizations should generally be decentralized, adapted to local conditions and needs. A safety net must provide for anybody who is unable to work. Specific taxation should discourage what is recognized as unhealthy or harmful for society, ecology or future generations.
Instead of equal rights and justice, humane conditions for all is the primary goal. Families, schools, communities and service organizations must help prevent unethical thinking and behaviors. People who are dangerous to self or others and may have violated others’ rights deserve to be treated humanely and effectively, if necessary, in safe, structured long-term residential facilities. Science-based ethics must be the guiding principle of all institutions.
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