We Can Change Our Programming!
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In We Can Change Our Wicked Problems!, we explored 25 issues or social systems in the U.S. and discovered brokenness and unsustainability in each.
In We Can Change Our Programming!, we consider that if something is broken in so many of our systems, and we create all of those systems, and those problems are not getting better, there must be something broken inside us, somewhere in our conditioning, beliefs, worldviews, and values. There is a relationship between our inner and outer worlds. "As above, so below." To fix our wicked problems, we must fix ourselves.
This section includes 60 explorations of things we think and how we might improve to surface deep programming and values.
Many of our Wicked Problems are urgent. Climate change, for example, demands enormous and widespread changes within 10 years, or it is too late. To achieve the rate of change we need, we need something simple that can motivate big changes in many people quickly.
So, we draft 10 Shared Principles for Human Earth Citizens. If we can agree on and widely adopt common values to make us better human beings, those wiser human beings will make the many right decisions and take the many right actions that are needed, by integrating those values into our characters and living with integrity, respect and honor according to those shared values.
We can change! We need to change consciously, quickly and massively, to proactively avert pending disasters and harms. We can do that if we intentionally change our deep programming and become better human beings, based on deeply shared values that we personally understand using common sense and personally choose to adopt and live by.
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Explorations of Deeper Programming:
We need and adopt clear living principles and values we personally know, believe in and grapple with to build good, strong characters, which we endeavor to live by with integrity, all of which we promote with honor and respect, as foundations for societies, environments and lives we want to be part of.
Our current system of creating and enforcing laws to guide human activity and behavior does not work fairly or optimally for all, because it is far, far too complicated. Our laws and codes already fill many hundreds of volumes of books with many thousands of rules. Every year, thousands of rules are added, with ever increasing detail and complexity, and with virtually no effort to inform people what they are. Ignorance of the law is not accepted as a defense for violating a law, yet we make almost no effort to address that ignorance. There is no human being alive who knows all of our laws and codes, because it is essentially impossible to do so. Yet, we expect people to live by these laws. That’s absurd. Our system to guide human behavior and action is not accessible or comprehensible to most human beings.
We now have legal systems that are supposedly created to produce fairness, but are fundamentally and structurally unfair. Only those with enough money can afford to pay specialists to understand and work within these byzantine legal constructions to represent individual or organizational interests, guide compliant behavior and defend us against increasing legal attacks and manipulations. We imprison and punish rather than help and rehabilitate far too many, often for victimless crimes or offenses that come from mental illness, desperation, alienation or despair, like stealing to provide for basic human needs, which, at this point in our evolution and civilization, we could easily be guaranteeing for all.
Our legal systems unfairly target, prosecute and imprison some groups of our people more than others, minorities, those of lower social and economic classes, and those whose offences cause no being harm, while allowing wealthy, upper class, government and white collar criminals, who truly do harm to many, to retain freedom and wealth, almost immune from prosecution and above the law.
Many of our governments are now fundamentally corrupt, with politicians dependent on contributions of money and influence to run media marketing campaigns to win elections, and then beholden to their contributors, who exert power over politicians to pass laws that create additional advantages for them. We routinely pass laws written by special interests, specifically for the benefit of those special interests, often at great social or environmental costs, and laws that the lawmakers have never even entirely read. Yet, we are all legally bound by these laws, which we are never even told about. That makes no sense.
To be genuinely useful for human thoughts, behaviors, activities and interactions, guidelines have to be simple and understandable, and we have to know and agree with them. That cannot happen with voluminous, obtuse, detailed and ever-proliferating legal minutiae. That can happen at the level of basic, broad principles and values. We need a simple set of a few core high level principles we can all understand, agree with, remember and work with in our day-to-day existences, and those need to encompass and represent more detailed but also understandable and agreeable core values.
Core values and principles inform everything else. They can effectively guide human behavior, activity and interactions, because we can teach, understand and work with them personally. We can identify with them personally and integrate them into our characters. We can work to be true to them as matters of integrity. We can actively encourage or discourage behaviors, activities and interactions with respect and honor or disrespect and dishonor according to whether they are consistent with our values and principles, because we’re working with things we understand and agree with deeply and personally.
These principles and values attempt to address the perspective of shared humanity, as conscious, living human beings on the only planet we know of that supports life as we know it. It’s likely and hopeful we can do better. If so, let’s do that! But let’s agree on and start living by something, for the best possible outcomes for all! As soon as any of us do that, the world changes for us, for the better. When enough of us do that, the world changes for all, and for many living beings on Earth, for the better. We don’t have to wait for others, or our governments, or anything else to do that. Do it, and the world changes!
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