The purpose of this blog is to promote civic morality. "Civic" refers to the human connections that are necessary because the persons live during the same years in the same places. A civic people collaborate to establish personal liberty with civic well-being. Well-being means both 1) serenity with privately pursuing personal interests that involve no real harm and 2) consciously collaborating in civic connections so that others may pursue personal interest that involve no real harm. This is a paradox in that it perhaps denies the traditional civic object, the overall good, yet makes it possible to fulfill individual overall good. There exists evidence that neither opinion nor its progeny, religion, can provide the bedrock the people will accept to establish civic morality, because there is ample diversity of opinion and religion. A civic people employ discovered physics--which is energy, mass and space-time from which everything including opinion emerges--to understand how humans may benefit from the discoveries. For example, people don't lie so that they can communicate. People don't run red lights so they can trust green ones. The interrelated ethical system, physics-based ethics, may be used to minimize human loss and misery and avoid annihilation. Understanding the physics of a civic issue, a person is both free and better informed to responsibly innovate when he or she sees possibilities for a better personal life. With such personal liberty, a civic people is empowered to expand the civic ethical system without real harm.
Let me explain the folders. "Discussion" refers to background information for the next library meeting, always changing. "Applications" refers to uses of the theory for a civic people. "Archives" refers to old library meetings and other records. "Louisiana" refers to issues specific to this state in the USA, yet there are shared issues, such as racism. "Modern Writers" refers to comments on related, published essays. "Nine Goals" refers to the literal preamble to the constitution for the USA. "Promote" refers to essays to promote use of the preamble or use of physics-based ethics. "Reference" refers to related letters-to-the editor or other essays from my past.
A lifetime quest
Secession in my hometown!
I think it is right for parents to do all they can to ensure that their children obtain the best possible understanding—the basic facts they need to enter adulthood with the intent and preparation for a full life, but I am not in favor of dividing a civic people of Baton Rouge. Since my first post, February 9, 2014, the political power struggle has preserved the city but furthered the divide. Yet I have not given up.
Opposing the establishment of a local surrogacy industry
Initially, I did not realize it, but I was entering concurrent, covert, genetic surrogacy or surrogate motherhood debates to empower same-sex partnerships in third-party procreation. Surrogate motherhood is practiced against public policy in Louisiana.
I was in a dialogue of opposing mendacity. For example, opponents of gay unions refer to the practice as an abomination, whereas any adult partners who enjoy mutual appreciation and commitment with real no harm practices should be celebrated by a civic people. However, my moral objection, in both surrogacy cases is the systematic, opinion-based subjugation of the dignity and equality of the intended child through adult contracts. The same-sex crowd bitterly opposed my ideas, unaware of my 2004 essay extolling personal, same-sex commitments, which is now posted on this blog. My letter states appreciation for same-sex monogamy, a private discovery brought about by private possibilities. Yet the biology of same-sex sex precludes private procreation—requires at least a third party for procreation. Any woe that the US Supreme Court has invited by ignoring the dignity and equality of a child-to-be-born will emerge. Also, monogamy may rise to due recognition for its benefits, which have been perhaps unintentionally repressed by religious doctrine (Mark 10:7). I am too ignorant to speculate about what mitochondrial DNA teaches regarding blood lines, but everyone alive is kin to one woman who lived more than 140,000 years ago perhaps 5% in the past of the human timeline. Apparently, blood-lines of her peers did not survive the environmental evolution and cultural evolution they faced.
The question of gods with skins
Taunting should be held accountableTaunting people who are trained to be "martyrs"Within a day of the dreadful Charlie Hebdo shootings I published my opposition to taunting martyrs. Even the NFL does not allow players to taunt each other without being called to account! Freedom of expression is critical to humanity, but that freedom must not be abused. Just as crying "Fire" in a theater seems immoral, taunting trained martyrs seems immoral.
Unexpected civic collaboration (I learned more than I espoused)
We think publication and promotion of the distinction "a civic people" as a portion of "we, the people," is valuable in itself. A civic people do not promote incarceration of the people, but some people are not no-harm such as to avoid subjugation to the law: "the people" are divided according to the practice of real harm, such as murder, spread of disease, and such civic issues.
The posts in this blog offer only piecemeal aspects involved in the above mentioned events, to illustrate applications of a culture of a civic people. Other work prevents new essays at the pace upheld in 2014-15, but new essays will come. For example, a post on fidelity to physics, as it is essential to human efficiency if not survival; we see that every day.
We revise obsolete posts that have been recently viewed. If someone reads an old post, I first check the title for “ed” or such and then check the revision date. If the post is sorely obsolete, I immediately update it to current thoughts, without changing the purpose, organization, and original references. I see on preparing this message that I need to re-think the folder labels in the blog.
Other work venues and improving this one
I encourage readers to comment on this blog, without hesitation. I will think and respond to the concern you express, sometimes to correct uncertainty I may have introduced and sometimes to appreciate that your point of view changed my opinion--to express agreement. Either way, the post will be improved by your collaboration. If someone asks for an essay, I will be delighted to reply in due time.
This effort needs a CEO