With the Advocate writing about coping but not addressing how to cope (article, 9/7/15, “As anxiety morphs . . . ”, online at theadvocate.com/news/acadiana/13359422-123/as-anxiety-morphs-into-modern ), it is noteworthy that a group in Baton Rouge has developed at EBRP libraries a theory by which inhabitants can restore civic hope--safety in the USA. The theory may at first seem mind boggling, but with a little consideration and perhaps some work with Wikipedia to check things out for yourself, it becomes clear: a civic people need to unhurriedly collaborate for civic morality, leaving private pursuits for privacy. The goal is no-harm personal liberty and domestic goodwill (PL&DG). In other words, increasing threats to civic viability make collaboration for civic safety vital.
Most people would like civics that is “so well founded that” children and adults enjoy no-harm life in every decade of the life they live. In the last half century, the majority in the USA have either lost that feeling or lost the hope of ever feeling it. Yet some residents shun responsibility by responding to legislative prayer for police safety as though some phantasm will appear and fulfill civic duties. Only a civic people as a majority, transcendent culture can provide the safety that is needed for PL&DG. Neither politicians nor their gods can substitute for a civic people. Black church claiming god is black divide America like never before; white church scoffing at the notion assure the divide for the foreseeable future. A presidential candidate claiming a Muslim cannot be president does not understand the preamble. Christians! You are in trouble and you are sacrificing our safety along with yours. Stop it!
comprehensive and so well founded that men will accept them as grounded in the vast mass of
their individual . . . experiences.
I think I have been on a thirty-year quest for a theory that could fulfill those 74 year-old words.
In the September 20 library discussion, Mona asked, "How can I, an atheist, collaborate with a theist?" I responded, "You state that imagination is the first step in discovery, and imagination of gods occurred tens of thousands of years ago and has never been disproved but has proliferated into thousands of gods and non-god alternatives that billions of people believe in. Therefore, it remains in the file of unproven ideas, with their original emergences." Go on to say, "But this meeting was called to collaborate on a civic issue, so we are going to keep our gods private and focus on physics-based ethics. Safety is our collaborative responsibility." Mona asked, "But why will the theist collaborate with me?" I answered, "In 277 years under theism the USA has arrived at a state of chaos with, for example, four murders on one day last week and close to ten murders in a week. Theists must collaborate with atheists and other civic citizens for safety." Mona said, "You answered my question." I revised the presentation to bring out Mona's point: There must be clear incentive for collaboration or citizens will not collaborate. I hope readers notice that Mona and I collaborated--determined, difficult, emotionless yet expressive drive to understand each of others' candid statements.
Seventeen months ago, the idea was for everyone to consider the preamble’s neglect over 227 years: the sentence is a civic contract not everyone wants to adopt. For example, some people prefer elitism, entitlements, political favor, crime, theism and other alienations rather than civic goals such as “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,” and the other goals, perhaps nine in total. As discussions progressed, ideas emerged and will be explained in the June 21, 2016 presentation, including the following:
signing the 1787 preamble and constitution for the USA, perhaps 70% of the people
would like to employ the preamble.
It seems there is no incentive for Baton Rouge inhabitants to wait for other people to start the practice.
Collaboration by the people who cultivated the discussions over the past two years, including my family, taught me immensely, and I am glad I did not spend that time exposing egocentricity in a book. A transcending culture—a culture of civic people--can achieve PL&DG, and it can happen rapidly—like the goodwill that existed after 9/11, except permanent for the sake of safety. Some other dualities that came from the discussion, in addition to PL&DG, include posterity and adults; personal privacy and civic collaboration; candid talk and physics-based ethics; emotions versus understanding. No one can accomplish alone the amazing consequences of civic collaboration.
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