Issues and answers: Values/ideas

Issues and answers: Part 4

Written by: Lee Sonogan


Michael Moore said “It is the responsiblity of every human to know their actions and the consequences of their actions and to ask questions and to question things when they are wrong,”.

To truly make an impact on our issues, we all need to be open-minded on the ideas and values we can do that will be sustainable and create growth. Each generation should have some kind of new power with ideas and values untill we get it right. Most nations of the world are not experiencing growth and rather maintaining the status quo while improvement in all areas can still be made. These ideas and processes we experience today are irrelevant and counter productive. This creates a negative environment for all of us. With an environment made with choices based of science and logic, it is possible to make positive change and opportunities for the individual. We need to consider some of the ideas before any can happen.

It is hard to define what I am trying to say and what a perfect system for all would be. Don’t we owe it to ourselves to change and evolve from our negative behaviours and actions? Jascque Fresco said “One may reasonably ask: Why do people cling to the values and practices of the past, when they so obviously no longer work? Long-standing thought patterns are hard to overcome because they often appear to serve the interests of the individual, and old ways of thinking are simpler and easier to handle. In a two-valued way of thinking, as in good and bad, right and wrong, love and hate, cause and effect, very little logical analysis is involved,”. The traditions and culture of the past is letting us down and have always been able to change.

If people uphold reason as their only means of knowledge and their only proper guide to action, they have no need of coercion and will not employ it. Rational people acknowledge that they can achieve their social and economic desires and ends exclusively by means of logic and persuasion and they act accordingly. Many conflicts involve disputes about facts and values. Despite important differences, facts and values are often confused. A conflict of values may be thought to be a conflict of facts, or vice versa. Because of the nature of their differences, factual issues and value issues will contribute different kinds of problems to a conflict. People must be able to sort these out, handling each type appropriately, in order to be able to address a conflict constructively.

Issues of facts and value can be important in nearly any kind of conflict.When this is the case, people must address the following kinds of potential complications separation, focus, resolution strategy, experts and resources, bias and more. Before a mediator/people with power can get a clear picture of the conflict issues, which is needed to diagnose the important problems, one has to separate factual issues from value issues. Determining whether a conflict is a debate over facts, values, or a combination of the two can be difficult. This difficulty is made worse by conflict rhetoric,  sometimes a fact is stated as if it is clearly undesirable or immoral, or a value statement is offered as if it were a fact.This can be done unintentionally as well as deceitfully. Separating the relevant facts from the people’s values is, therefore, an important starting point for diagnosing a conflict.

Contending people may debate factual issues when the conflict is actually reducible to an essential value conflict, or vice-versa. If a conflict is, at its core, a debate over one kind of issue and not the other, resources devoted to the wrong kind of issue will be largely wasted. Such a mistaken focus can lead to a missed opportunity for resolution, and may even prolong the conflict by stimulating unnecessary debate.

“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.”
. ― Plato

When we think about values, very often we are thinking about morality. What is distinctive about moral claims is that they are normative and not purely descriptive. They talk about right or wrong actions, what should or should not happen. However, although a moral claim is not purely descriptive, it can include some descriptive elements. A few years back a survey in Hong Kong drew the conclusion that many young people think there is nothing wrong with corruption. This conclusion is a statement about the a moral belief shared by many young people. But the conclusion is a purely descriptive statement that does not evaluate the shared belief.

“The takeaway message here, as Jablonski points out, is that there is no such thing as different races of humans. Any differences we traditionally associate with race are a product of our need for vitamin D and our relationship to the Sun. Just a few clusters of genes control skin color; the changes in skin color are recent; they’ve gone back and forth with migrations; they are not the same even among two groups with similarly dark skin; and they are tiny compared to the total human genome. So skin color and “race” are neither significant nor consistent defining traits. We all descended from the same African ancestors, with little genetic separation from each other. The different colors or tones of skin are the result of an evolutionary response to ultraviolet light in local environments. Everybody has brown skin tinted by the pigment melanin. Some people have light brown skin. Some people have dark brown skin. But we all are brown, brown, brown.”
― Bill Nye, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

Racism still lingers in most society’s. As many country’s say they are multicultural, that’s just not the case with everybody. If you have a bad experience with someone from a different country or race, you can not judge their whole race by these bad experiences. You need to judge the individual for their actions, not shift the blame and play the race card. All lives matter, everything else said about our slight differences can only divide as more. Treating people nicer with respect is a positive thing for an individual. We are the same but different from our cultural differences.

Leo Tolstoy said “Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be,”. A culture of respect should be more important in civilization. We debate and have conflicts on so many issues when a lot of them could be solved if everyone was respected for their opinion and change in how we do things. Respect can be a powerful force to create bonds between people and groups. Keeping up the respect should be encouraged and can only expand to more people. Treat people like you want them to treat you and who knows what positive thing you could experience.

John Lennon said “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life,”. To start now, consider embracing these ideas. Listen to others when they are speaking. Be considerate of people’s likes and dislikes, don’t mock or tease people. Many more, but most importantly belive what you want unless it physical or mentally harms someone.

A little bit of love is needed to make some change. Instead of encouraging competition we need to invest in all the small communities. We need to implement more efficient systems to create growth and sustainability in these small towns and the citys. I could list so many ideas, but that is for later. John Locke said  “New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not common,”. The common type of thinking is not always right. The artificial values could be very harmful for the future of our young and old. This is nurtured by our worlds culture.

Overall, some part of me does this cause I want to find the truth and question life. In the end all you can do is. I can not let the world get more uglier then it already is. Behaviour can be changed with we alter the social environment. One key humanist value is the high importance we set on truth and on rational thinking as the only proven route to secure  knowledge about the facts of the universe. That may seem obvious, but it is not, so I want to linger on it for a minute. Humanity’s patterns and regular actions are decided by many factors. In the next part I will discuss one of humanity’s/individuals main needs.

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
— William Shakespeare (All’s Well That Ends Well)

(Also check out, Principles of Justice and Fairness, Intolerable Moral Differences, Justice Conflicts, Rights, and Dialogue).

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