Punitive government vs supportive government
We know from decades of behavioral research that punishment doesn’t work. So why do we still use it as an approach to government?
The purpose of the United States government, according to our Constitution, is to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, and to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.
A lot of this has to do with controlling behavior, which is odd for a government whose main purpose is to secure the blessings of liberty. For instance, to secure justice, we sometimes have to secure and limit the freedom of people. The same goes for insuring domestic tranquility and providing for the common defense.
The question we have to ask ourselves is how best to do all this, ideally in a way that maximizes the blessings of individual liberty?
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Bernie Sander’s Humanism
Bernie Sanders may not self identify as a Humanist, but he sure sounds and acts like one. no wonder my hubby is smitten with him.
“The problems we face did not come down from the heavens. They are made, they are made by bad human decisions, and good human decisions can change them.” – Bernie Sanders.
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It can happen to you
Health problems can happen to you, so stop pretending you are immortal.
In order to live a happy and fulfilling life, you have to be alive. Ideally, you should be healthy too as it’s hard to be happy if you aren’t healthy. It’s also hard to dedicate yourself to helping others if you don’t have the physical ability to do so.
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Black Lives Matter – Again
I have no idea why this is a controversial issue among Humanists. But it apparently is.
The summer 2015 issue of The Humanist Magazine was on whether black lives matter to Humanists. http://thehumanist.com/ – The conclusion of the magazine was yes, of course they do. For me also the answer is yes of course. If Humanism is silent on the main civil rights issue of our time, then it has no claim to ethics at all.
Unfortunately, some “humanists” think Humanism is only about not being religious and that we should restrict ourselves to that topic. I disagree. If you are only interested in being an atheist, then you are an atheist, not a Humanist. Humanism is about the applied ethics of compassion! Ours is not a religious ethic, but it is a compassionate ethic and that is what defines us a Humanists! Failure to act on our compassion is a failure of our ethics. Humanism is about human agency. It’s about doing something to fix the problems of the world and to make the world better, for all humans and not just for a subset of them.
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What do we want our police to do?
Keep us safe of course. But they don’t always do that. Sometimes the police are the problem. So what kind of person do we want policing us?
Ideally, someone who is fair, responsible compassionate and courageous. We want them to help us, which requires compassion. We want them to be fair, so that if we are accused, they treat us with compassion even though we are a suspect. We want them to be responsible and respond promptly, fairly and professionally. And we want them to be courageous so that if they are called on to use force to defend themselves and others, they will do so.
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Realistically Dealing with Bullying
There is no magic way to get rid of bullying. It’s time to get real.
Ever since I wrote my book, The Bully Vaccine (http://thebullyvaccine.com/), I’ve become more and more enmeshed in the anti-bullying world. And the thing I’ve noticed most is that people looking for help, rarely seem to get the help they need despite there being a lot of anti-bullying resources available on the web and in schools etc.
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Economic policy should not be judged solely on whether the system creates wealth, but rather, on whether it creates human wellbeing.
Economics is the study of how resources are used, shared, traded and consumed. Resources can be human labor, minerals, produced or manufactured goods etc.
When we consider human economies, we are studying how humans interact with one another and collaborate to survive. In modern economies, we use a barter system based on money where we barter our time for money and then barter the money for the necessities of survival.
What economics isn’t is a study about how money or capital is made in isolation. Economics isn’t about wealth, it’s about distribution of resources and how our societies create, source and distribute things that people need, again, to survive.
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