The book presents you with a fundamentally new way of life ― social survival, which is socially sustainable for many centuries, which allows you to cope with the problems of the modern world: social, economic, financial, spiritual, religious, philosophical, moral, geo-climatic and others. This way of life is very different from modern one, where people live separately in megapolises, cities and rural areas. To implement this plan, a set of seven core human values, moral criteria, a methodology and practical tools in decision-making for any complex life issues are presented. A new form of social life is an autonomous, self-sustaining eco-community, which is a legal entity, as an organization/company. The products of such a company are social services to their personnel, solving all issues of their life support, or in general ― social survival. This kind of organized living environment is relevant for all categories of the population, from the poor and low-income to the super-rich, for the entire world society, in the current conditions of unfolding weather and social cataclysms on the planet.
Some readers will identify this paper as one piece of the larger perspective of critical theory. At the present time (Jan. 2029) I am in the process of creating a compendium of my major pieces of writing entitled, Sustainable Civilizations, An Introduction to Planetary Management. It will provide a much more complete perspective of a critical theory using these materials.
The logic and simplicity of the ethics described in this paper has escaped the understanding of philosophers from Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, and numerous others. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normative_ethics ) This paper describes a unique, unified theory of normative ethics, the type of ethics that tells us "what we ought to do" and "how we ought to act," morally speaking in terms that are easily understood, and aligned with our human nature. My perennially inquisitive mind has always questioned the foundations of authority when statements of "how we ought to act" are declared... and that began very early in my childhood. The next question always followed, "What basis do you have for making such a declarative command to me?" Such judgmental commands never made sense to me. What were their logic? What gives you the moral authority to make them?
Eventually, the answers started coming forward in my elder years. Because we know that values always underlie all decision-making, logically values also underlie our decisions to behave ethically. But it wasn't until I discovered the mutual characteristics of the seven values that are innate to our species, that the logic of the values and their mutual characteristics of the values that underlie morality and ethics became obvious.
To make the decision to exercise any of the ethical principles, (fairness, justice, integrity, respect, loyalty, truth, trust, accountability, responsibility, and being transparent, authentic, and honest), for example, then what values underlie the decisions to practice ethical principles? Answering that question gets to the heart of this paper. Those values are the same seven that have supported the decision-making and survival of Homo sapiens for over 200,000 years. The consistent effectiveness of those values give the morality and ethics described here the same universal and timeless reliability.
The Basis for Consistent Ethical Decision-Making
This subject of this paper can be adapted very easily to fit the context of political campaigns. Values and Ethics are primary to the function of society, particularly a democratic society. The author was asked to present this paper to a 2020 Bernie Sanders Campaign Promo on April 27 with exceptional results. It is totally applicable to disaffected Republicans as well as disaffected Democrats. And totally supports the moral necessity of universal health care.
This paper concerns itself primarily with the values that underlie the survival-decisions that have sustained the survival of our species for over 200,000.
Second, it invites the reader to frame this paper in terms of setting the standards for political candidates in every democratic nation. Consider the following:
* This a very important time in the history and future of democratic nations. Many things are not working well, and some not at all. It seems obvious there needs to be a re-invention of the traditional democratic process and the political process, one that sets the standards of ethical behavior of office holders.
* The ethics that are described in this paper will appeal to all responsible citizens. Why? Because the values that underlie this ethic are the same values that have sustained our species for over 200,000 years. People have a natural affinity for fair play, the common good, and social responsibility to name only a few. In other words, we need candidates who espouse this timeless ethical standard. Citizens will appreciate the stance of candidates who take on “that which is right” to lead their nation.
The motivation for this brief paper comes from the great angst of several billion people in the world who are concerned about the egregious wealth divide. Most well informed individuals are aware that this situation gradually developed over a period of many decades where now the influence of a few thousand people in the world have the capability to create an even greater division of wealth. The traditional economic model that allowed this divide to come into existence is archaic, rigid, and does not satisfy the need for an evolved, organic economic model to keep pace with social change.
A General Critical Theory Based on the Innate Values of Homo Sapiens
An Introduction to Planetary Management
By Daniel Raphael, Ph
Several Critical Theories exist under the umbrella of this General Critical Theory that are based on the innate values of Homo sapiens. One of those is a unified theory of human motivation, and another is a unified normative theory of ethics both of which are described in the text.
This paper presents a General Critical Theory without arguing for its existence, as it is a natural development of the seven innate values of our species. These values and their characteristics are also described early in the text to help the reader grasp their significance from parenting to the development of ethical Artificial Intelligence programs.
Restoring the Greatness of Democratic Nations offers citizens the means to design and create the basic social institutions of the family, finance and the economy, public education, health care, justice, and the democratic process so they support the sustainable social existence of democratic nations into the centuries and millennia ahead.
- Part 1, “The Mechanics for Creating Socially Sustainable Democratic Nations,” provides the reader with an understanding of the necessary elements that support the culture of peace and sustainable social existence. Note: Readers may also wish to read UNDERSTANDING Social Sustainability to gain a full awareness of the concepts of “social sustainability.” Available here at the author’s website.
- Part 2, “Designing Socially Sustaining Social Institutions and Organizations” describes the moral and ethical standards social institutions will need to attain in order for nations to survive and achieve peace. Caution: Readers will experience a heightened level of cultural and social dissonance while reading Part 2.
- Part 3, “Restoring the Greatness of Democratic Nations” The greatness of democratic nations began with local citizens, and this is the process for restoring the greatness of democratic nations today. The author is very confident that ingenious citizens who use these step-by-step procedures, plus advanced Internet technologies, will cut through the bickering mess of state and national politics, and confront an incompetent national leader.