A World of Humans

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The last section of Illicit (a National Geographic documentary about various forms of illegal trafficking) covers an incident where a Chinese manufacturer sold a lethal substitute for glycerine to a government agency in Panama which used it in making cough syrup (a story covered when it occured by the New York Times). In the film, Dr. Minkin Pein of the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace says: “For the outside world, these atrocities are horrible. But within China, the perspective is very different. The victims are not Chinese; they are foreigners, that’s ok.” I bring this up…

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An End To War

“We must do all we can to hasten the arrival of the day when the enlightened commonality of the human race assumes the lead in the work of preserving peace.” Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist philosopher, in conversation with Linus Pauling as quoted in “The Power of Nonviolence.”   In the journey of human becoming, one of our biggest goals must be to bring an end to war. War involves human beings killing other human beings in pursuit of some objective. Humans don’t naturally wish to kill other human beings, and obviously don’t…

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Ways of Being For The World

When I brought up the idea of Being For The World, I discussed it in pretty abstract terms. Like Justice, Goodness and other concepts of that ilk, it might easily conjure up different images to different people. It’s one those notions that while it sounds good might leave you scratching your head about what I mean. And how would you go about the business of being for the world if you were so inclined? While the topic is worth a book of its own, I’d like to toss out a few rough thoughts. Most importantly, I see…

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The Purpose of Service

My last post was about the idea of Being For The World, which boils down to living with the desire to be of service. That is, you have the intention of benefiting the world, in some way, through your life. Service, in other words, becomes your purpose. It becomes central to your being, the thrust of your operating system. I think the whole idea of purpose is one of the most important things we can consider, and one of the most overlooked in modern life. That’s why Unfolding Human is subtitled “On Human Purpose and Possibility” (both the blog…

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Being For The World

As I said in an earlier post, you can look at life as being at its essence a pursuit of happiness. Reaching this goal involves becoming “what we are constituted to be”. That is, happiness comes from aligning our inner nature and our actual life. The plant-eating happiness of a deer is different from the deer-eating happiness of a wolf. The subterranean happiness of a mole different from the soaring happiness of a bird. What happiness an amoeba might find is in being able to nourish itself and divide. All beings have innate propensities and strivings and flourishing means…

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The Possibility of Giving

At the end of my last post, The Pursuit of Happiness, I said that Jesus counsel that it’s better to give than to receive inverts the standard Western understanding of that whole tricky business. Like “money doesn’t buy happiness”, it’s one of those notions that floats around the thoughtmosphere (or noosphere as Teilhard de Chardin called it). While it’s given a certain regard, it’s acknowledged but not really embraced, something to be admired at arm’s length. Of course, like any idea in this scientific era, we have to look to approach it as a theory.…

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The Pursuit of Happiness

In my last post, The Spell of Greed, I said that you could look at greed as a flawed way of being in the world. Greed involves being for oneself but not in way that is about the true fulfillment of the self. It is an unconscious mode where desire becomes its own purpose, divorced from any underlying ends. Greed envisions the self as separate from the environment, a human disconnected from humanity and world. Greed interprets self-interest as grasping, as getting & having. But are these the true interests…

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The Spell of Greed

In my last post, The Dynamics of Greed, I talked about the outward dynamics of greed, focusing on the way greed is oblivious to its own consequences, on the way it renders the humanity of others invisible. But in concentrating on this negation of others, it might seem that I’m simply pointing a moral finger of blame at greed or the greedy. My aim, however, was more to be descriptive than judgemental. To really deconstruct greed, I think it’s at least equally necessary to look at the inner nature of greed. In an…

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The Dynamics of Greed

In my last post, The Power of Greed, I talked about how greed has acted as a causal force of history and can be found as an underlying source of most of the problems in the world today. While greed seems to have reached new heights in the world’s current extreme inequality. the point of looking at greed isn’t to condemn anyone (society, capitalism, the rich, the greedy or greed itself). What I think is important is to look at the functional dynamics of greed, to see how it creates…

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The Power of Greed

In my last post, An Edifice of Vast Inequality, I talked about the enormous inequality produced by today’s world-system. As I stated there, my point isn’t to promote a political-economic agenda, or a platform of policy recommendations. My goal not to berate capitalism, to proclaim the evil of capitalists, to sound the trumpets for revolution or to cry out “Le Guillotine”. The intent of that post was just to show the results of the global economy as manifest in today’s actual concrete living reality. Further to make some indications of how the results are…

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An Edifice of Vast Inequality

My last post promoted the idea of making the world work for everyone. But what is it that makes the world not work well for everyone? Probably the most signifigant factor is greed, in its most general sense. The world, as it is today, exists mostly for the benefit of the few. In a January 2014 article, the Atlantic noted that The World’s 85 Richest People Are as Wealthy as the Poorest 3 Billion, in a discussion of Working for the Few, an Oxfam briefing paper on economic inequality. With the end of the cold war, the whole…

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Making the World Work for Everyone

In my last post, I suggested that it’s time for humanity to start moving beyond our differences, time for us to start learning to be human together on this earth. If it makes sense to move in that direction, what does that mean? If we wish to be human together, then we have to pursue the full implications of what that means. It is more than just a feel good assertion, a well-meaning “I’m Ok, You’re OK” attitude. It also involves more than a cessation of hostility, a demilitarized neutrality of human relations. It’s even…

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