How do we become springboards
for good lives; full lives?
We are recommending a series of adjustments that we believe can lead to better outcomes for everybody. This does not mean we have arrived and are reporting back on our successes. Far from it. Nor does it mean we are dismissing the values, thinking, programs and innovations that have gotten us to where we are now. The future can only be envisaged while standing on the shoulders of those who brought us into the present—great minds and humanitarians who made it their lifework to leave something better behind. And we are grateful.
Independence > Interdependence
Self-sufficiency is an illusion and, even were it possible, it would be undesirable. The essence of our world is interconnection and interdependence. Sometimes interactions and exchanges are transactional, like goods or services, other times it is relational. We are mutually dependent on one another to not only survive, but to be happy.
Social Justice > Love
Social justice is about fairness and equality. We invoke it because there is ignorance, prejudice, and selfishness in the world. But do we focus only on growing our investments in the engines of social justice or do we also grow our investment in the engines that alter social consciousness, that foster compassion, empathy, curiosity and love? The former will always be experienced as a political imposition, the latter, as a way of life.