This post continues the rough draft of Chapter 1 of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres. This is the end of outline section, chapter 1, section II.
This section is fairly short, being 550 words, sections C and D together, so I am posting them together.
And still again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases. This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us. This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind will eventually have each person’s basic needs met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind.
Chapter One, section II C and D:
Phase II with respect to the rest of the project:
(section II B was last week…)
IIC and D rough draft:
Ch1 II. C.
The Adulthood Rite of Passage, aka the Adulthood Challenge, can be another important tool for increasing empathy and building a movement for fully equitable global Human Rights. This leads into and builds a cultural platform for the third stage of this project, temporarily dubbed ‘The Three Universals’ stage, or simply Phase III. As empathy grows through the work of Phase I and the one on one teaching involved in Phase II, that must inevitably lead to a greater level of shared empathy. By this we mean both individual empathy and what is known as social empathy.
This combination of greater empathy and learning opens the way for a far greater understanding of the importance to society of the Public Health Service, and of universal access to at least a basic level of health care. The Covid-19 global pandemic has thrown in to stark relief both the increasing levels of inequality world-wide, and the dangers that that inequality, particularly lack of access to basic health care and disease prevention via basic hygiene, pose to even the well-off in this world. Universal access to at least some minimal level of health care acts as a safe-guard for all members of society. In like fashion, the empathy built by traveling and seeing with one’s own eyes how other human beings share the potential for creating new tools, given the time and resources, should lead to the realization that all human beings need and deserve access to the basic tools for survival. Only education and a basic income can provide that security at a local and regional level, which in turn generates increasing security at the global level. A Universal Basic Income, similar to what Dr. King called for, and universal free education, much like what is available to citizens of many European Union member states today, make a start. That start, toward shared tools and shared food security, energy security, and security of person, can move us forward to the ultimate goal: a world in which no human being need fear for life, or the basic necessities of life.
(200wds) II. D.
Phase II thus prepares a cultural space for the potential of new policies and even new forms of governance, by laying the groundwork for the initial sets of new policies in Phase III. Shared learning never stops expanding. That expansion of knowledge and of empathy necessarily lead to new understanding. Some of that understanding includes the basic need for tools, which is what distinguishes Homo Sapiens from other animals, as we continually use our existing tools to develop new and more apt tools for the variety of tasks we face. Naturally, it takes time to learn to use tools, and more time to develop new ones. Given the time, and the basic resources, each and every human being can and should contribute to the security and growth of humankind. But such contributions require basic security: food security, energy security, and security of life, limb and shelter. The Community Confident Adults forged in Phase II will be equipped to help make that happen for all of us. Secure and confident Adults realize that each person needs the time and the resources to contribute the energy needed to build new forms of governance, with buy in and consensus at all levels, from local to global.
— (Next section: Chapter 1, III …)
I’m continuing to work on wording, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still not quite fixed in my mind, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.
And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps: Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964). I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.
As for genre, I’m still wondering: Non-fiction, System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.
Last week’s installment of this series…
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