Reflections, Observations and Suggestions for America and our communities
June 2, 2020 at 9:00 pm #41809MAHB AdminKeymaster
We believe that all members of the MAHB, regardless of age, nationality, color, or other demographics, are heartbroken and horrified by events in the US and in our local communities. While many other nations are cautiously emerging from Covid-19 lockdown, in the US our cases and deaths continue to climb and while war has been declared against this virus intruder, we find our ourselves facing another war, a war from within , a war with our system of racism, arrogance, ignorance, and indifference. A war for which magical vaccines cannot save us: only our individual honesty, acceptance of personal responsibility, and acknowledgement of this deep cultural disease can shift us from despair to social norms that are intolerant of any signs of racial oppression, inequality, and injustice: norms of respect, compassion, accountability, and responsibility.
The MAHB is built on our shared concern about the human predicament: the multiple cracks in our ecosystems, our fragile fantasy-based economic systems, our unjust agricultural and food systems, neglected public health systems, education systems too often consciously designed to reinforce ignorance, inequity, and greed—to name a few of the stressors. These stressors have now converged and the result is peaceful protests disrupted by opportunists, agitators, and failed leadership; the trigger for the convergence was the murder of a black citizen by the very people we pay to protect us and the failure of law-enforcement to respond quickly to those responsible. That was the trigger but not the cause. Just as all of the stressors have links to overpopulation and overconsumption by the wealthy, all of the stressors have links to systemic racism, sexism and oppression This is a MAHB moment—the stressors are interacting and manifesting their power in violence. It is time to come together and strengthen pro-social civil society’s influence—violence is not the enemy; violence is the symptom.
With this foundation, we invite you to share your thoughts and feelings. Please use this forum conversation for your reflections, observations and suggestions.
We’d like to begin with President Obama’s brilliant comments- https://mahb.stanford.edu/library-item/how-to-make-this-moment-the-turning-point-for-real-change/
And for those of you interested in the biology of race, see What Creates our Behavioral Phenome- https://mahb.stanford.edu/library-item/what-creates-our-behavioral-phenome/
and The race bomb: Skin color, prejudice, and intelligence by Paul and S. Shirley Feldman which is available on Amazon and Google Books.
June 3, 2020 at 12:08 pm #41813Geoffrey HollandParticipant
I support your statement 1,000%. We are not above nature, we are part of it. The only worthy future for humanity rejects tribalism, while embracing our common humanity. Dignity for all and a shared commitment to planetary stewardship must be the foundational principles for a future that is life-affirming and sustainable.
June 8, 2020 at 8:06 pm #42143MAHB AdminKeymaster
Posted on behalf of Mary:
I don’t believe the government at any level has any real contact with the voters. We may vote but the winner thereafter has no further contact with the voter. His or her contact is with the paying corporation and the transaction keeps both parties in business.
By far the best response I have read is what Peter Barnes has worked out in several books I’ve read, Capitalism 3.0 and With Liberty and Dividends for All . He moves everyone into shared ownership of what no one or everyone owns, The Commons. What a difference that would make. See for yourself.
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