George Monbiot makes the case for a new unifying story of altruistic communities of interest taking responsibility for shared resources rather than allowing private interests to profit exclusively from their exploitation.
Liberals have characteristically moved beyond “because tradition or our leader says so” as guidance for thought. Liberals want to be personally convinced, rather than bow to superior force or status. This makes them ideally suited for participatory Democracy.
Retreating to my best profound apology, I sat, held her hand, and offered several over-careful positive comments. She let me off the hook. We sat quietly for a while. I gave her a weak smile and a weak kiss on the cheek before retreating to lick my wounds.
The difference was that war was becoming too dangerous to contemplate and human dignity was becoming more highly esteemed. The Geneva and Hague Conventions set limits on how nations could treat each other’s combatants and citizens.
The implication of an-atman is that no thing or person is special. Wealth accumulated for the sole benefit of self or favored others is meaningless because we are not only related to all else, but are nothing but “all else.”
The Chinese character for Tao combines two signs: head and foot. It reflects the concept of walking consciously. It is simply “the way” and implies that the walker is in conscious harmony with the existing order of things.
For some people, having an enemy gives life meaning... especially when they believe God has always liked them best. For others, sharing love and kindly support for others, without reservation, gives their life meaning."
Would you trust your future to people whose values still include, “I saw it first – finder’s keepers;” “It’s not my responsibility;” “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it;” “Well, you’re not using it;” “Take what you can now and screw the future?”