In your opinion, what is the highest value a society should strive towards?

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In your opinion, what is the highest value a society should strive towards?


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from 2 comes "the many"... but, we must say, that the "many" is never actually infinite. from two, actually, comes the limitation of "ways of looking", to that of a finite set. agreed? there is only an infinite possibility, within the 1. the 1, allows infinite possibilities to manifest as any # of particulars, within its all-encompassing-ness. see? the 1 is actually the infinite. for the infinite possibilites are within it. 1 is within every other #. and every # depends on 1 for its existence. all #'s get their reality from the 1.

this is very interesting.

transcendance of the 1 is what?... 0.

zero truly contains all possibilities and all realities, it appears... no?

this is kind of a fun play with #'s, but really, duality is conflict in a bottle, illusion in a can, etc.

peas.
 
  • #102
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peas.
from a chicken? or is the other way round ? :tongue2:
 
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Anttech said:
from a chicken? or is the other way round ? :tongue2:
yup.
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  • #104
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ron damon said:
In all seriousness, I think that a society should strive to push the human spirit further, to reach what has been unattainable to those who came before. That's why I cringe at anything that resembles past failures, foremost of which are the varieties of socialism.
Every time someone mentions things such as "equality" and "opportunity" my mind immediately pictures the bleak, gray, blocky buildings I saw during my childhood, the dilapidated playgrounds, the oppressive government offices filled to the brim with desperate and tired people struggling to fulfill mind-numbing regulations... the black beast of the State swallowing any shimmer of individuality, stomping on any flower peering over its pre-regulated parcel, while loudly proclaiming the maxims of social justice.
I imagine the future humanity as composed of autonomous communities, linked by shared values and ideals, but nimble and independent, proud and protective of their cultures and identity, yet curious and imaginative, open to trade in goods, arts and ideas.
I believe that poverty is an unacceptable feature of our world, that an enlightened society cannot live side by side with homelessness, that medical care and drugs should be available to *anyone* who needs them, that education, culture, art and science should be widely accessible, and that the world's resources should be mobilized to preserve what's left of our natural heritage.
But alas, as long as our civilization remains intoxicated with socialisms, those hopes will go unfulfilled.
WOW!

Since capitalism is the dominant social institution in the world and there has never been a genuine socialist society,how can you say that socialism is the cause of poverty and homelessnes? :surprised

The mind boggles.:bugeye:

What you are describing is institutionalism. And it can take on many forms.

Not that I am advocating socialism. I am just pointing out the fallacy of your argument.

This is why I chose enlightenment. Enlightened people would not delude themselves.
 
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Anttech said:
Peace.. Everything else follows.

Enlightment is nice, but I think peace is more nobel, once the world and Mankind is at peace with its self, common enlightment will prevail..
I think the other way around. I believe that peace won't last long without already having achieved enlightenment of a philosophical nature. Same with the other virtues.

Enlightenment seems like a lofty goal. I would start with a more basic building block like humility. To me humility seems like the essence of all other moral virtues.
 
  • #106
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Ultimate Goal: Use of Resources for Self Preservation

The ultimate goal in any organization, society, country etc. is that of "Self Preservation," though I answered "Liberty" to the poll question. Because w/o Liberty - Self Preservation cannot be sustainable. But Liberty, along with free and open and best use of "Resources" I believe is the correct formula for any organization to sustain itself.

These "Resources" include water, energy, food, shelter, intelligent and willing labor (people), a sustainable family and social model, a sustainable Philospophy/organizational model with critical public policy, industrial resources, experts, scientists, unbiased news reporting, and finally - competent and trustworthy leadership. Any faith-based practices would fall under the family and social model - that ideally should not be directed or mandated by the societal organization/administration, but by family.

History demonstrates clearly how past civilizations and organizations failed. I am sure their failures were due to items lacking in the above.

Stephen Dolle
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McGyver said:
History demonstrates clearly how past civilizations and organizations failed. I am sure their failures were due to items lacking in the above.
perhaps, sufficiently understanding these failures would lead, individuals to enlightened existence? it really should. right?
 
  • #108
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sameandnot said:
perhaps, sufficiently understanding these failures would lead, individuals to enlightened existence? it really should. right?
You are correct ... but perhaps only in a perfect world. For now we must contend with our human fallibility, greed, pride, and acts often beyond societal control, such as natural disasters, disease epidemics, famine, and even acts of mental illness.

Sadly, even things that are within our capabilities, like Katrina/New Orleans disaster and how to rebuild, appear to be beyond the capabilities of those entrusted with these responsibilities. It is now their "pride" which has gotten in the way of the rebuilding efforts. They are not qualified to carry out what they are undertaking - in part due to their pride in not stepping aside, and others who are qualified not coming forward, the City just sits there in ruin ... waiting..... waiting. But for what?

1st Rule to sustain an organization: Vision.
2nd Rule: Admit when you are wrong or don't know something.
3rd Rule: Know where to find the answers/resources to get it done.
4th Rule: Treat your people as you would want them to treat you.
 
  • #109
McGyver
When Self Preservation Conflicts w/ Religious Beliefs

Please allow me to paste in text and link a key related Physics Forum discussion on the Riligious Right's position on Birth Control - and whether it might conflict with the rule on self preservation:

I am simply connecting a few dots in this broad discussion. The Catholic Church's broad agenda on BC may be consistent with a goal of "relagating the role and rights of the modern woman" to that which existed in recorded history until the 1960/70s, when for the 1st time BC care and Abortion became widely available for women - and which are both used in family planning and population control. Somewhere along the way - the Christian Right decided to focus their afforts on one key isse - Abortion, or the Pro-Life position.

In truth, all signs indicate that the Catholic Church's agenda, as well as certain Christian and non-Christian organizations, go well beyond BC and Abortion. They want women to return to the traditional role of not working or engaging in non-feminen sports and activities, not holding positions of importance (such as in the Clergy), that they dress and act in a manner consistent with the woman's traditional role.

The ultimate question which society and our policies must come to better answer is, "Whether BC methods and which BC technologies, and roles for men and women - are most ideally suited to sustain humanity?"

SEE the Physics Forum Discussion thread:

https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=90496
 

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