Theologians and policymakers own the other half when following the laws of “Nature’s God”. Laws that have been tested over millions of years now represented by The Golden Rule.
To hell with patience! Literally. That’s where we are heading if we fail to codify fundamental principles in all that we do on this finite planet. It’s now urgent that we act consistently and holistically on such principles!
Warning! If you prefer that ‘life and death’ decisions be based on human emotions instead of logic and reasoning, stop reading now. You won’t agree with most of what follows.
It is not fake news that our political system (elections, party loyalty, candidate financing, procurement process…) are dysfunctional.
Our current government system and structures (a divided and uncooperative Congress, a bully Administration, an unprincipled Supreme Court, DOD, DHS, HHS, CIA, Dept of Veterans Affairs, Dept of Education…) are all dysfunctional. We don’t trust them. We don’t trust the media, scientists, corporations, or each other. But trust is what we need to thrive and survive.
Just as troubling is the UN system and other global structures (NATO, G-8, G-20…) that we created to deal with terrorism, pandemics, wars, genocide, famine, WMD proliferation, poverty, climate change and failed states… They are also dysfunctional.
Only a fool would trust any of these systems and structures to fix themselves. Yet they must be fixed unless you believe that "politics as usual" can do it. Doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result is a workable definition of insanity.
As a human principle is has persistently failed. And that persistent failure is now threatening ever aspect of our lives.
The great visionary and genius designer Buckminster Fuller highlighted in his 1973 book with the same name "Utopia or Oblivion."
‘We can either create heaven on earth — or our children will inherit a living hell.’ This is now an urgent choice.
Here is something it could mean that is in sync with our nation’s Founding Fathers.
The idea that our rights, our sovereign rights are God given. Our most fundamental rights of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are not a gift from our government just to Americans with a passport. But to all people regardless of their government’s priorities. Protecting the fundamental rights of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for all people equally is the ONLY valid function of government.
Can we trust justice? “Justice for all” is essentially the modern version of ‘the Golden Rule”. A fundamental principle of every major religion. Yet Americans have a Department of Justice that enforces unjust laws. It is a legal system not a system that enforces justice. It is fundamentally flawed. Yet we continue to worship the Constitution and the systems and structures it codified. And then we wonder why our State of the Union is dysfunctional.