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Iwanjka: After my burnout at 2008, I restarted my life. One of the inspirations which came to me was ‘I want to bring goodness, with my talents and skills’. The thought after this was: ‘But I don’t know how goodness is defined’. The word good is used very often. But very seldom people first communicate on what their definition of goodness is. That is a strange thing: How can politicians have debates without say each four year re-ass the definition of goodness, which gives a main direction, and new order to how the society develops.
As having worked for banks for many years, it felt logical to contribute to designing a good bank. But I realized I was not aware enough of the principles of goodness, to be sure I would not contribute to a bad bank… I decided to make a goodness rating for banks (equal to Moody’s rating, etc.). And I wanted to do this in a balanced score card style: have seven criteria, on which banks could score between -1 and +1. To my surprise all banks scored below zero. That was a great insight: The banking system, or money system in it’s essence is not good. Or even ‘bad’ or ‘evil’. For instance on the criterium ‘Live and work in unpressed commitment’ it scored -1: Debt brings pressure. Also on transparancy banks scored negative. And on the reciprocity criterium they also scored negative: Many bankers or salesmen have sold loans and products like mortgages, which they would not have wanted themselves.
It took for about one year of study and modeling to come to the essence described below. And -not surprisingly- one can read the words of Mozes in there, but hopefully also the essence of Judaism, Islam and other religions. Simplicity is the way forward, not complexity.
The section below is a copy of the corresponding section in the Novaglobe book [link to that section – loading of te Google doc can take a while]. The socio-ecological system redesign which has been described in that book actually is fully based on these principles of reason. The principles are not static, they can change via e.g. seminars on this topic. And, off course, every one can describe his or her own primary set of principles of goodness. Which probably will resonate with the principles below.
The Good Values or Seven Principles of Reason
Respect is the basis. (emotionally love). In seven describing terms:
- Oneness. God is the higher harmonism. You are part of god too. We and god are ONE. Deniesa got this one inspired on the ‘one’ song of U2… you can also call God ‘Thing’, or ‘Goodthing’…
- Reciprocity. Do not to others what you would not like them to do to you. We are equal. This goes for all living things.
- Transparency. Do not lie. Be fully transparent unless. Let your true colors shine through.
- Modesty. Do not take more than needed. Give away what you do not need.
- Live-and-let-live. Do what you want want to do, but do not hurt unreasonably.
- Flow. Live and work in unpressed commitment. Want instead of must.
- Essence. Do NEVER use more than 333 words to describe the Essence of the GoodValues.
Heaven could be about ‘have non’: No oppression, no obligations. And as little possession as possible (material, but it goes for people as well ‘have a man or woman’). Freedom for all. Intention instead of promises. Things are done on intention and intrinsic motivation basis instead of responsibility (in the classical sense). Or better: you give a response based on reason instead of rules and dogmas.
An essential side of this goodvalue definition is that, it aims to describe the essence of the three major world religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. And it also harmonizes with the essence of Buddhism. The three major religions all belief in Mozes. They start to argue on other topics. Maybe for once focus on similarities in religions instead of differences?
And in fact, our law system, or better our ‘justice’ system, is based on the same values.