Tuesday, April 28, 2015
June 21,2016 celebrating Ratification Day ed 3/19/16
The third annual ratification day collaboration has not been planned.
The Constitution Day celebration was conducted according to the description below. There were 55 PowerPoint pages, and we decided to cut perhaps 50% of ideas for the next event. A key result of the September 20, 2015 event was recognition that the overall attraction is safety. The next even will reflect that change.
The sixth library discussion, September 20, 2015, had three parts: introductions, sixty minutes uninterrupted PowerPoint presentation, then up to 120 minutes discussion. We wanted it to be like watching a one-hour movie and then discussing it with replay potential. Due to some discussion, we finished in 90 minutes instead of 60.
A Civic People of the United States is a theory for collaboration respecting necessary connections among "We the People of the United States." Society has two major functions: civic and personal. The basis of this theory is that civic morality addresses those issues that arise because we live in the same city, state, and country. It does not address personal preferences like sport, art, gender, religion, avocation, career, and other no-harm choices. The premise may be re-stated as cultivating civic morality without imposing personal beliefs. Obviously, a basis for civic morality is needed: physics is suggested below.
While there are ten elements to the theory at this time, only three may be regarded as the core requirements. First, there is candid civic discussion; that is, persons discuss civic needs understanding that blunt discussion does not alienate people: everyone is candidly seeking collaboration. Second is the use of the preamble to the constitution for the USA to coordinate civic issues. Third, there is the use of physics to determine civic morality. Physics exists, and humankind works hard to discover and understand it. A civic people do the work to benefit from physics, and thereby the ethics emerges. Thus, we have the term "physics-based ethics."
In the presentation, after introductions, we start with a preface that states a general principle, defines key terms, and describes an individual who collaborates using this theory.
Then we have a page that defines physics as we use the term—energy, mass, and space time—and show that everything emerges from physics. We present this idea as reality humankind is using, not in competition with beliefs. For example, few people doubt the use of DNA to help identify criminals. Spirituality has nothing to do with DNA as a criminal identifier.
Next, we disclose the complete theory of collaboration of by and for a civic people.
Then, we explain the power of the literal preamble to the constitution for the USA, and show how it is not only neglected but misused. We propose that each person, on their own, paraphrase it, consider it, and restate it in words they might want in order to commit to and trust it as a basis for coordinating civic issues. For example, provision of liberty should not interfere with goodwill.
Next we explore Albert Einstein’s very warm 1941 words when he originated what has become for us physics-based ethics. His only example is that we don’t lie to each other so that we can trust each others statements, but he stated that a complete system could be developed. We expand to other ideas like, we don’t run red lights so we can trust green ones. We don’t deny one person’s dignity so we can keep ours. And so on. We leave several examples, not for debate in this meeting, but for illustration and perhaps future discussion.
We follow with two pages describing the benefits to children and thereby to adults. The benefits to children seem the warmest power of physics-based ethics.
Next, we describe what has bemused inhabitants such that A Civic People of the United States has not been proposed heretofore. This section develops the argument that despite rhetoric, the USA has always been a state-church partnership. The section covers historical events by chronologically listing the documents that effected the events. We consider this a reliable way to understand and to form personal opinion as to meanings. We furnish the PowerPoint file to participants so they can verify the points made later. This section could seem contentious, but it is intended to be delightful: an explanation for how the USA has become so dysfunctional in 226 years operation. Understanding the cause empowers suggestions for what to do about it.
Indeed, the next section shows how collaboration by a civic people can emerge. We think it can happen very quickly—much like the integrity that was felt after 9/11 but permanent.
Finally, we describe the community that collaborates for personal liberty and domestic goodwill, then end with a call to action.
Then we turn to the discussion and expect about two hours to explore questions, concerns, and suggestions. In past meetings, the discussions have been amazing and that is how an idea to use the preamble has turned into a ten point plan for collaboration of by and for a civic people.
The PowerPoint content follows:
Introduction (4 pages)
Preface (3 pages)
Part 1. The theory of evolution is not like a belief system. (3 pages)
Part 2. A theory of civic collaboration. (7 pages)
Part 3. The preamble to the constitution for the USA. (5 pages)
Part 4. Using physics to determine civic morality. (5 pages)
Part 5. Consequences of collaboration of by and for a civic people. (2 pages)
Part 6. Allowing Machiavellian error has prevented collaboration so far. (8 pages)
Part 7. The people’s journey toward civic morality. (3 pages)
Part 8. Personal liberty and domestic goodwill. (3 pages)
Part 9. Call to action. (1 page)
Please comment on this plan, using the comment section below, or with a message to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Also, I feel it is time to take a next step. I plan to learn an email marketing software, MailChimp, and begin to communicate with a civic people on the Saturday following each ninth of the month, beginning October 10, writing to the five people in a seminar on new non-profits plus our own steering committee. If you would like to be included, please send an email (email@example.com) with that request. I’m thinking to start with education and discussion of one urgent current civic issue until such time as some volunteers emerge to help do more than I can do. People are so busy living they don't take time for civic collaboration for safety; we want to change that after 228 years' progress toward chaos.
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