Social Sustainability

List of contents:

  1. UNDERSTANDING Social Sustainability
  2. Learning Centers For Sustainable Families and the Millennium Families Program
  3. Creating Consistently Effective Humanitarian Programs
  4. Organic Morality
  5. Designing Socially Sustainable Democratic Societies
  6. The Progressive’s Handbook for Reframing Democratic Values
  7. Social Sustainability Design Team Process
  8. God for All Children, and Grandchildren
  9. God For All Religions
  10. A Theology for New Thought Spirituality
  11. Bedtime Stories from Angels to a Lonely Child
  12. Sustainable Civilizations — A Critical Theory Based on the Innate Values of Homo Sapiens
  13. The Values God Gave Us
  14. Answering the Moral and Ethical Confusion Of Uninvited Immigrants
  15. Restoring the Greatness of Democratic Nations - A Radically Conservative and Liberal Approach
  16. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - A Protocol for Setting Moral and Ethical Operational Standards
  17. Making Sense of Ethics — A Unique, Unified Normative Theory of Ethics, Morality, and Values
  18. Sustainable Civilizations — A Critical Theory Based on the Innate Values of Homo Sapiens
  19. Seven Innate Human Values
  20. Universal Health Care
  21. Foundations For An Evolving Civilization

1.  UNDERSTANDING Social Sustainability

Understanding Social Sustainability is meant for the individual who appreciates the need to sustain our societies, but has not sorted out the fundamental differences between material sustainability and social sustainability. At a time when most of us feel helpless and powerless to change the future, Understanding Social Sustainability provides a very clear and easy to read description of how to change the future of our communities and societies. Those who have thought about this know that we must begin with families and raising the children who will become the leaders, innovators, cultural creatives, and mothers and fathers who will live out their lives with what we create now, or live in desperation.

Knowing this, we can change how we are making decisions so that future generations have a better ability to sustain themselves than we have today. Because values always underlie decision-making, the values that have sustained our species for over 8,000 generations are discussed in detail. Truly, if our democratic societies are to survive, then we today must begin making better decisions in order to sustain the material and social environments of our children and grandchildren.
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2. Learning Centers For Sustainable Families and the Millennium Families Program

This brief paper gets to the kernel of what it takes to “become a whole person.”  As always, it begins in the family with what the parents have to give, or not give, their children to become independent adults in their community and larger society.

Chapter 2, “The Formation of Positive Selfhood and Best Practices and Child Rearing Practices,” (pages 11-17) set out the basics of what it takes to become a whole person.  As you will find, many parents, regardless of socio-economic status, do not have a clue as to these basic elements of parenting and child rearing.

This paper sees the context of almost all mature democracies as not being normalized and capable to consistently producing new generations of socially competent, capable, and responsible citizens.  As this paper alludes, which is closely associated with the author’s paper, Foundations For An Evolving Civilization, there truly has never existed a society, culture, or nation of normalized citizens who are fully capable of passing on the essential parenting and child rearing skills to their children, so that those children have the capability of passing on those same skills to their own eventual children.

BOTTOM LINE, what is needed for all nations is a new social institution, Learning Centers for Sustainable Families, as ubiquitously present as public education schools in every school district of every democratic nation.  The function of Centers is to refresh the best practices of parenting for raising children who become the next generation of citizens, elected and public officials, executives of corporations, and the masses of humanity who are the final authority of every democratic nation.

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3.  Creating Consistently Effective Humanitarian Programs

A Strategic New Model for Consulting to Philanthropic Organizations

This paper gives readers another way of looking at moving our societies, communities, and families toward the Days of Light and Life.  We do not have to do all of the work ourselves!  By promoting Social Sustainability to humanitarian and philanthropic organizations — those who wish to do 'good' to others — we can give them a way to be of greater service to those they serve when the use the seven values that have sustained our species for over 200,000 years.  These values give everyone involved a better, more accurate way of measuring how and where to place the resources to help those in need. 

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4.  Organic Morality

Answering the Critically Important Moral Questions of the 3rd Millennium

Organic Morality — Answering the Critically Important Moral Questions of the 3rd Millennium came into existence as a development of the seven values that have sustained the Homo sapiens species for over 8,000 generations. After discovering those values in 2008 and working with them through several documents, I eventually arrived at the conclusion that these values provide a system of decision-making that could easily support the material and social sustainability of any society, but in particular democratic societies.

Organic Morality provides a rational means for making decisions that support the individual and whole societies. It provides a decision-making procedure that I call the “Social Sustainability Design and Validation Schematic” for examining moral problems, issues, and questions; and provides answers that make sense using these values.

You might ask, “What is wrong with our traditional morality?” The answers will make you realize why so many personal, social, political, and economic answers have never had a chance of being answered with any rational understanding.

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5.  Designing Socially Sustainable Democratic Societies

The seven values that have sustained our species for over 200,000 years provide the decision-making foundation for designing and implementing socially sustainable democratic societies. One thing seems clear, the values of functional democracies are inherently in synch with the values that have sustained our species! When we examine the longest lived democracies of contemporary nations, it becomes clear that the problems of our democratic governments are solvable. The reasons those problems came into existence make it clear that democracy is an evolutionary social institution that can only evolve when it is designed to take into account the decision-making values of its citizens. Here, you can find out how that would work, and how democratic governments and societies could become socially sustainable into future centuries.

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6. The Progressive’s Handbook for Reframing Democratic Values

Perspectives of the Book

●  The philosophical, practical justification, and means now exist to create an international political party based on the commonalities of all people — the seven values that are innate to our species that underlie all decision-making and that are synonymous with the fundamental values of democracy. (See Illustration, page 10.)

●  This perspective is the same for forming political parties in the first place, i.e., joining citizens together with common values to engage the political and democratic processes in order to fulfill an outcome they all desire.

●  NOTE: The word “progressive” refers to those individuals of any political party who seek the legitimate means to support the evolution of democracies to become more effective and representative of citizens, the public, who are the final authority for the establishment of democracies. (See pages 103-105, 113, 129-132.)

●  For intuitive political leaders, thoroughly understanding more about these values and how they affect human motivation in all realms of human decision-making offers those leaders a first-ever opportunity to shape the future of the proposed federation of democratic nations.

●  The Progressive’s Handbook provides very clear explanations for the reasons people form democracies. Democracies are the visible result of citizens striving to satisfy their hierarchy of needs that emanate from those values.

●  The logic-sequence of these values also provide for the logical development of a universal and timeless ethic and morality that emanate from those values. And this provides for the rational development of rules of conduct, laws, for the organized social existence of free citizens in relationship to others, and their government.

●  Finally, the values that have sustained the survival of our species for over 200,000 years can become the bridge for rational and effective dialogue between progressives, conservatives, and liberals in all political parties in all democratic nations. And this provides for creating an International Progressive Party (IPP) that can be replicated in each and every democratic nation. e.g., IPP-USA, IPP-DE, IPP-EU, IPP-ANZ, IPP-HKG, IPP-IR.

What is provided in The Progressive’s Handbook is an introduction to the empowerment of citizens, with brief but pragmatic instructions how to form large blocs of public consensus.

What is described in The Progressive’s Handbook will empower citizens to guide their nation into a future that they choose to live in.

[1] Raphael, Daniel 2014, 2019 Social Sustainability Design Team Process See BIO for download URL

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7. Social Sustainability Design Team Process

This paper provides an overview of the Design Team Process that uses the Social Sustainability Design and Validation Schematic that provides a consistent format for examining existing moral and social, political, and economic policies, statues, and organizational designs for their agreement or disagreement with the Seven Values of Social Sustainability.    This paper will become an essential, practical tool for social, political, and economic activists and those who have concerns for "what is fair," social justice, social equity, and moral humanitarian rights.  Because the seven values are organically innate to all people, and have been for over 8,000 generations, what the Design Process provides is a means for developing non-aligned, non-political, non-religious, and none-affiliated social policies for corporations, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and humanitarian interests.  Enjoy!

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8.  God for All Children, and Grandchildren

There is one topic (actually there are two topics) that parents always seem to stumble over — how to explain God and God’s relationship to their children.  The problem has been that almost all parents are as uninformed as their children.  Parents cannot teach what they do not know, and children know when their parents are not confident in what they are trying to explain.

God for All Children, and Grandchildren” provides very simple, straightforward explanations about God.  Whether you read this to a child or for yourself, you will understand and be far better prepared to explain God’s relationship to your children.

You will feel safe using these explanations as they are neutral and do not take sides or positions on the contentious issues of religions.  This is all about God, you, and your children and grandchildren.

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9.  God For All Religions

Re-Inventing Christianity And The Christian Church

Creating Socially Sustainable Systems Of Belief and Organization

God For All Religions could be called a revolutionary document, but in fact what it provides is a holism of evolution for all God-centered religions. It begins by providing readers with a “Pre-Creation” theology that provides the foundation for the simplicity and clarity of a “Loving-God” theology that follows. With both, the guilt that seems so endemic to traditional Christian religions is swept away. Without guilt to keep church members coming Sunday after Sunday, what then will draw people to their church, synagogue, temple, or mosque? The answer to that question is also answered through a transgenerational program that is applicable to each God-centered religion, one that will be eminently useful to their families, local communities, and to whole societies, for centuries.

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10.  A Theology for New Thought Spirituality

A Theology for New Thought Spirituality fills in the huge theological blank space of New Thought spirituality. While all denominations of New Thought espouse one God as the source of all good, none have a theology that proves that God is a good and loving God. Neither Christian Science, founded by Mary Baker Eddy, Unity, founded by Myrtle and Charles Fillmore, Religious Science founded by Ernest Holmes, also known as “Centers for Spiritual Living,” or Seichēo no le (Japanese for “House of Growth), founded by Masaharu Taniguchi, have a theology that proves God is a loving God.

Theology for New Thought Spirituality completes the wonderful tapestry of belief of New Thought, and provides disappointed and lapsed Christians with a living and loving belief system.

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11.  Bedtime Stories from Angels to a Lonely Child

There is a child in each of us somewhere …. And for some of us, that child yearns to have a companion when none seem to be around.  In Bedtime Stories from Angels to a Lonely Child one little lonely girl discovers the solace of a great, secret relationship with her Guardian Angel, with lots of life’s lessons provided along the way.

These stories echo my own adventure from loneliness to an eventually personal and conscious conversational relationship with my own Guardian Angel, Leah. In the stories, Leah gets to play the part of Seraphina, the Guardian Angel of Daniella who plays the part of my life in many ways. Over the years, these stories have been read to dozens of children whose parents have had an interest in the spiritual realm of their religious life. Now parents and children can enjoy a personal relationship with their own Guardian Angel using some of the instructions provided in later chapters.

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12. The Moral and Ethical Decision-Logic of The Seven Organic and Universal Human Values

Logic has almost always been excluded from the philosophical discussion of morality and ethics. That situation has changed with this original work of the author. Because we know that values always underlie all decision-making, logically values also underlie ethical decisions to enact ethical principles. What lends itself to the union of logic with morality and ethics are the characteristics of the values that underlie morality and ethics.

To make the decision to exercise any of the ethical principles (fairness, justice, integrity, respect, loyalty, truth, trust, accountability, responsibility, and being transparent, authentic, and honest, for example, then what values underlie ethical decision-making? That question gets to the heart of this paper. Those values are the same seven that have supported the decision-making of Homo sapiens for over 200,000 years and are responsible for sustaining the survival of the human race. The consistent effectiveness of those values give the morality and ethics described here the same universal and timeless reliability.

This paper will change how ethics are examined, taught, and used in all sectors of democratic societies.

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13. The Values God Gave Us

It is important to know that values always underlie all of the decisions we ever make whether in a micro-second, or those that take years.  And, in order to make decisions that contribute to our life and to the experience of God, we need to know that God has already given us the values for making those decisions!

Being really clever, God put those values inside of us in our DNA so that everyone who was ever born, is born, and will be born always has those values with them.  Once you make the personal decision to want to live and make decisions that contribute to God’s experience of living through you, then it is important to know what develops after that.

This book is a God-centered derivative of the earlier book: “The Moral and Ethical Decision-Logic of the Seven Organic and Universal Values”.  Both are condensations of a yet earlier and much more comprehensive book, “ORGANIC MORALITY, Answering the Critically Important Moral Questions of the 3rd Millennium”. 

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14. Answering the Moral and Ethical Confusion Of Uninvited Immigrants

Perhaps the greatest problem involving uninvited immigrants has been the lack of an integrated morality and ethic to address the problems involving their unanticipated arrival. 

The second greatest problem has been the lack of clearly defined distinctions between societal morality and ethics and personal morality and ethics. 

What follows is a simplified introduction of a proactive, integrated morality and ethic that are adequate to answer the moral and ethical problems of more than just those surrounding the massive waves of uninvited immigrants. 

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15. Restoring the Greatness of Democratic Nations - A Radically Conservative and Liberal Approach

Restoring the Greatness of Democratic Nations offers citizens the means to design and create the basic social institutions of the family, finance and the economy, public education, health care, justice, and the democratic process so they support the sustainable social existence of democratic nations into the centuries and millennia ahead.   

Part 1, “The Mechanics for Creating Socially Sustainable Democratic Nations,” provides the reader with an understanding of the necessary elements that support the culture of peace and sustainable social existence.  Note:  Readers may also wish to read UNDERSTANDING Social Sustainability to gain a full awareness of the concepts of “social sustainability.”  Available here at the author’s website.   

Part 2, “Designing Socially Sustaining Social Institutions and Organizations” describes the moral and ethical standards social institutions will need to attain in order for nations to survive and achieve peace.  Caution:  Readers will experience a heightened level of cultural and social dissonance while reading Part 2.   

Part 3, “Restoring the Greatness of Democratic Nations” 

The greatness of democratic nations began with local citizens, and this is the process for restoring the greatness of democratic nations today.  The author is very confident that ingenious citizens who use these step-by-step procedures, plus advanced Internet technologies, will cut through the bickering mess of state and national politics, and confront an incompetent national leader.         

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16. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - A Protocol for Setting Moral and Ethical Operational Standards

This paper anticipates the growth and evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) and artificial general intelligence (AGI) programs where moral and ethical standards are fundamental for their safe operational use.  If, as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking said in 2017, that AI has the potential to be a dangerous threat to the survival of civilization, then at this early stage of AI program development there is a need for a protocol that sets the moral and ethical standards for the operation of AI programs.  

The predicament for AI’s program development is that until now the values that underlie moral and ethical decision-making have never been identified and named.  What has obscured this fact is that all historic and contemporary discussion have centered around theories ABOUT morality and ethics rather than theories OF morality and ethics.  Until now.

p 27   ... Artificial intelligence will have the potential to become the savior of humanity, rather than its nemesis.  Something outside of the human penchant for dominance of authority, power, control, and greed must be in place — as a higher moral intelligence — one that guides those who have the best interests of societal existence in mind and that also provides a check against those who would manipulate the mechanisms of corporations, government, and legislatures for their own interests.

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17. Making Sense of Ethics -- A Unique, Unified Normative Theory of Ethics, Morality, and Values

Some readers will identify this paper as one piece of the  larger perspective of critical theory.   At the present time (Jan. 2029) I am in the process of creating a compendium of my major pieces of writing entitled, Sustainable Civilizations, An Introduction to Planetary Management. It will provide a much more complete perspective of a critical theory using these materials.

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The logic and simplicity of the ethics described in this paper has escaped the understanding of philosophers from Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, and numerous others.  See Wikipedia.   This paper describes a unique, unified theory of normative ethics, the type of ethics that tells us "what we ought to do" and "how we ought to act," morally speaking in terms that are easily understood, and aligned with our human nature .  My  perennially inquisitive mind has always questioned the foundations of authority when statements of "how we ought to act" are declared... and that began very early in my childhood.  The next question  always followed, "What basis do you have for making such a declarative command to me?"  Such judgmental commands never made sense to me.  What were their logic?  What gives you the moral authority to make them?    

Eventually, the answers started coming forward in my elder years.  Because we know that values always underlie all decision-making, logically values also underlie our decisions to behave ethically.  But it wasn't until I discovered the mutual characteristics of the seven values that are innate to our species, that the logic of the values and their mutual characteristics of the values that underlie morality and ethics became obvious.

To make the decision to exercise any of the ethical principles, (fairness, justice, integrity, respect, loyalty, truth, trust, accountability, responsibility, and being transparent, authentic, and honest), for example, then what values underlie the decisions to practice ethical principles? Answering that question gets to the heart of this paper.  Those values are the same seven that have supported the decision-making and survival of Homo sapiens for over 200,000 years .  The consistent effectiveness of those values give the morality and ethics described here the same universal and timeless reliability.  

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18. Sustainable Civilizations, A General Critical Theory Based on the Innate Values of Homo Sapiens

An Introduction to Planetary Management

ABSTRACT

By its nature a General Critical Theory would provide a means for understanding all separate Critical Theories, many of which have already been discussed by other authors.  If a General Critical Theory is accurately developed it would apply to all areas of human behavior, and offer a mechanism by which all Critical Theories could be explained.  For this paper, the emphasis is on what works to “liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them,” to quote Max Horkheimer of the Frankfurt School.

Several Critical Theories exist under the umbrella of this General Critical Theory that are based on the innate values of Homo sapiens. One of those is a unified theory of human motivation, and another is a unified normative theory of ethics both of which are described in the text.  

This paper presents a General Critical Theory without arguing for its existence, as it is a natural development of the seven innate values of our species.  These values and their characteristics are also described early in the text to help the reader grasp their significance from parenting to the development of ethical Artificial Intelligence programs.  

For readers who are also interested in A General Critical Theory, what is provided in the text brings together almost all of human interaction into a holism that supports the social sustainability of societies and civilization from the individual/family to organized associations of nations, and the sustainability of our planet.

For some, Critical Theory may be new.

Wikipedia:
Critical theory
is the reflective assessment critique of society and culture by applying knowledge from the social sciences and the humanities. As a term, critical theory has two meanings with different origins and histories: the first originated in sociology and the second originated in literary criticism, whereby it is used and applied as an umbrella term that can describe a theory founded upon critique; thus, the theorist Max Horkheimer described a theory as critical insofar as it seeks "to liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them."

NOTE to the Reader:
In the tradition of Max Horkheimer
, the following paper exhibits the characteristics of his Critical Theory by providing conceptual and practical information to “liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them.” In the case of this paper, its all inclusiveness of “all things of people” earns it the title as “a General Critical Theory.” ##

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19. Seven Innate Human Values

The Basis for Consistent Ethical Decision-Making

This subject of this paper can be adapted very easily to fit the context of political campaigns.  Values and Ethics are primary to the function of society, particularly a democratic society.  The author was asked to present this paper to a 2020 Bernie Sanders Campaign Promo  on April 27 with exceptional results.  It is totally applicable to disaffected Republicans as well as disaffected Democrats.  And totally supports the moral necessity of universal health care.

This paper concerns itself primarily with the values that underlie the survival-decisions that have sustained the survival of our species for over 200,000.  

Second, it invites the reader to frame this paper in terms of setting the standards for political candidates in every democratic nation.  Consider the following:

*  This a very important time in the history and future of democratic nations.  Many things are not working well, and some not at all.  It seems obvious there needs to be a re-invention of the traditional democratic process and the political process, one that sets the standards of ethical behavior of office holders.

*  The ethics that are described in this paper will appeal to all responsible citizens.  Why?  Because the values that underlie this ethic are the same values that have sustained our species for over 200,000 years.  People have a natural affinity for fair play, the common good, and social responsibility to name only a few.  In other words, we need candidates who espouse this timeless ethical standard.  Citizens will appreciate the stance of candidates who take on “that which is right” to lead their nation.     

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20. Universal Health Care

A Moral Obligation of Democracies

This paper will introduce a topic and its concepts that probably are unfamiliar to most people. Because of that, the first few chapters will read much like simple textbook explanations. Those simple concepts will be developed logically and rationally to provide straight forward reasoning for the necessity of universal health care.  

The connection between universal health care and this paper are seven values that are innate to humans. The further connection between universal health care and the values that are innate to our species are the morality and ethics that erupt from those values.

This paper provides a logical, rational, and moral architecture for arguing in behalf of universal health care. It does not provide a "how to" create universal health care policies or legislative bills. Considering the mountain of health care agencies already in existence and funded regularly, universal health care is a natural development of previous legislation.        

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21. Foundations For An Evolving Civilization

●  Many futurists, as myself, see this era in time as a “nexus point” where hundreds of vectors are coming together to midwife the New Era of Civilization.  The long-established vectors that now exist as the status quo will double-down and resist any and all attempts to bring this new era into existence.

●  Yet, there are vectors that are primal to all stages and all vectors of civilization — the seven innate values of the Homo sapiens species, their consequent ethics and morality, functional families, and the incessant perennial yearning of individuals and whole societies to express their right of self-determination for an improving quality of life.

●  Consider the evolution of the democratic process:  The era of monarchs provided the gestation for the early expressions of Stage 1 Democracies that birthed Stage 2 Democracies through protest, revolt, rebellion, and revolution.  We are now in the baroque, over-mature era of Stage 2 Democracies that I call Feral Stage 2 Democracies.  Their existence is evident in the separation of the public from legislative processes; and, by the oligarchy that controls the legislative, executive, and now the judicial branches of our democracies.

●  As with any change of democratic regimes there is only one productive way to proceed, and that is forward, not backward.  Democracies cannot evolve by reinstating dictatorship, martial law, a military triumvirate, or any other totalitarian regime.  Those destroy any possibility of all future generations to enjoy the freedoms, liberties, and rights of self-determination that we enjoy today.

●  Remarkably, all of the elements necessary to birth Stage 3 Democracies are available.  Who will step forward and grasp the batons of leadership to lead the masses of citizens forward successfully?

●  Realize though, as J. K. Rowling said, “It takes courage to face your enemies, but even more courage to face your friends,” that moving forward will be costly for many, but failing to pay that cost will forfeit the democratic rights that were attained by the lives of Revolutionaries of all Democracies.

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