Humane Civilization Andean Mountain Peaks

 

 

Woman in Peruvian Market

Ethics, Economics and the Future of the World

DRAFT, SITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  Our civilization is like an ocean liner without functioning rudders, pointing in the wrong direction. Efforts of many people and organizations are needed to change course.
  Many civilizations collapsed because they destroyed the very base of their existence, while it was obvious that this was happening. Our modern global, industrialized civilization may be next (compare Jared Diamond: Collapse, 2005).
 
The Renaissance and Enlightenment brought major reforms to religious, political, economic and legal thinking. Although many problems were not adequately addressed and new ones arose, our institutions appear stuck in 18th century thinking. Humans are not born equal; justice, equal rights, truth, freedom, etc. are elusive concepts; free markets and economic growth often fail to advance progress. Fundamental institutional reforms are urgently needed.
  It is our ethical obligation to develop and pursue a vision of a worldwide, humane civilization which is based on the current understanding of human nature, natural ethics, and the economic and natural systems that we are part of. This draft presents the framework of such a vision. Our organization works towards improving this vision and to reach broad cooperation between organizations and individuals who share some or many of our goals.

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      H. Aeschbach, M.D.:   About the Principal Author
 
We may have different talents and temperaments, but we all experience grave inherent and cultural conflicts, and it is our environment, the social institutions of our civilization, which are to bring out the best of human nature.

   If we have no vision of more ethical and humane institutions, our civilizations may destroy themselves or drift toward anarchy.
   If we do not trust our government, is this not an indictment of our constitution? Is this not a challenge to rethink the structure of the government?
   A humane civilization promotes small communities that support all inhabitants, individuals and families. Its government is decentralized democratic. Natural ethics and efficiency are guiding principles of all institutions.
   In a humane, democratic economy, money is allocated by elected representatives of credit unions and development banks, not by profit-driven financial institutions and investors. Bank lending is limited but consistent, thus avoiding business cycles and large fluctuations in the functional money supply. Development banks' primary function is to advance quality of life for present and future generations, rather than material growth. Production and service organizations are decentralized, adapted to local conditions and needs. A function of taxation is to discourage what is recognized as bad for society, ecology and future generations.
   Instead of equal rights and justice, humane conditions for all is the primary goal. Families, schools, communities and service organizations help prevent unethical acts and criminal careers. People who are dangerous to self or others are treated, if necessary, in safe, structured long-term residential facilities. Natural ethics is the guiding principle of all institutions.




ethics, natural ethics, morals, morality, human rights, universal declaration of human right, humane culture, humane civilization, compassion, empathy, sympathy, family group loyalty, patriotism, feminism, women's rights, reproductive rights, abortion and Bible, religion, female genital cutting (FMC) female genital mutilation (FMG,  development, future, justice, laws, law enforcement, legal systems, equal rights, discrimination, punishment, democracy, centralized decentralized federal democracy, federalism, politics - progressive liberal left conservative right socialist capitalist, globalization, economics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, humane economy, fiscal policy, money, money supply, local currency, barter coupons, credit, lending, loans, borrower, debts, debtor, investments, savings, interest, interest income, profits, rent, unearned income, stock, securities; psychiatric disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), abuse, substance abuse, drug abuse, addiction, dependence disorders, methadone, buprenorphine, CSAT, SAMHSA, Joint Commission, "War on Drugs", meditation, self-hypnosis, pregnancy, neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)