Transparency

transparency

When we know what's going on we can change it.

 

Knowledge

knowledge

The more we know, the better ideas we have.

 

Rationality

rationality

The more objective thinking we do the better decisions we make.

 

Compromise

compromise

We all live together and and depend on each other.

 

Human organizations (governments, political groups, religions, protectors of self-interest), both to perpetuate themselves and to give them the power to force their views on others, try to control the behavior of people.

Though it is a natural tendency of people to want to control their environments, once coalesced into a group, the organizations become a purpose and power unto themselves such that they develop a momentum, direction and overreach that often extends even beyond the intent of the individuals that created them. Generally this is from co-opting of the organization by the more extreme true-believers.

The best way to counter this tendency is to err on the side of individual freedom. Unless an action harms other people directly or harms the environment we all depend on, the starting point should be that the action should be legal and allowed.

“To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ― Nelson Mandela

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