Friday, July 24, 2009

RESPECTISM AND HUMAN SURVIVAL



We talk about decreasing war and crime, pollution and discrimination, starvation and the nuclear brink, but if we do not recognize that we are the source of our problems and change our ways, we will meet disaster.

We need an agreement between people who believe in human rights and the fragility of our planet's thin halo of life, that a respectful society is a pragmatic necessity for human survival. Some might choose to call belief in this necessity respectism. Once this initial consensus is achieved, there are at least three steps to take towards building a respectful society.

First, respect for others, self and place must be universally promoted. In other words, respect must be widely and constantly advertised urging each person to respect others, themselves and the world around us, and to fully expect the same from all institutions and leadership.

Second, respect must be based on listening dialogue, honest negotiation, fair settlement and the avoidance of violence whenever possible to settle differences. While every individual and society has the right to true self-defense, the success of a respectful society will ultimately be measured in the scarcity of all types of violence

Third, it is essential to keep the disrespectful from having power over others. Throughout history, certain types of people have siezed power for their own cruel self-gain using violence, lies, fear and subversion of ideals. We must break this cycle, by educating the public to recognize such persons and work together to remove or isolate them from power, be it big or small.

If you think these ideas too simplistic or too idealistic, please ask yourself these questions. Is it better to treat one disease or countless symptoms? Can a promotional campaign succeed with simple messages that resonate? Can we survive without changing our behavior?

If you believe this proposal to be worthy of sharing, please feel free to distribute this text. Ultimately, a respectful society will depend on having enough people working together to build a web of respect. Discussion among those seeking to be respectful is the first step.


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5 Comments:

Blogger katecontinued said...

I posted this at make-a-(green)plan to follow through on your encouragement to share this message. Thanks

6:45 AM  
Blogger OZ said...

thanks RitH, I distributed this morning. and thanks to you and SB for keeping EFA on life support. I'll be back.

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Buzzflash for posting this.

1:08 PM  
Blogger a-muse-d said...

How can we unilaterally declare a state of respect when the "authorities" don't practice it and rehabilitation is absent.
I believe that like the Saudi's do we ought to reintergrate those who were once incarcerated into society. Those Saudies released from Guantanamo were given houses, jobs, transportation--encouraged to marry and start families--thus they were restored to a safe, secure place in society.
Here we deny them jobs, credit, homes, cars, and all the things most Americans take for granted. How should they cope, return to criminal ways to make money underground, refuse to pay taxes, go homeless or otherwise get on disability and remain on the public dole as we afforded them in prison? If believing this way makes me a secular humanist--guilty, next case!
I am sick of America--wish I had studied French. Those Americans living in France were so pleased with conditions there that they laughed when Michael Moore asked them on film if they would choose to return. Many TX artists spend careers there--some we know.
The best thing about France, so I've been told, is that the police are afraid of the people--not the other way around.
Austin police recently engaged in managed-pseudo-crime, luring people who complained about an abandoned vehicle into going through it and then sticking them with burglery charges. What BS, don't the cops have anything to do--it was a BAIT vehicle left by the police close to the couple's house, locked but with the keys in the ignition to entrap auto thieves and joy riding teens. The car was under surveillance. Then they take on home owners annoyed by what they perceived as an abandoned vehicle they had reported before looking into it themselves.
Jeeze, if there isn't enough crime to deal with, hey, we've got grant money, let's orchestrate some. Lawyers need work, too. Even if the courts see fit to dismiss the charges there will be uncompensated legal fees.
What an outrage! I tried to post this comment last night on the AAS site where I read the story. Didn't work--apparently the computer was tired and so was I. How can we respect the law when lawmen don't respect the public?
Best,
Frances is a-muse-d not.

5:10 PM  
Blogger respectisthehub said...

Thanks so much to Buzzflash for posting this and thanks as always to Oz for making this blog happen.

12:14 AM  

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