We believe, “…that all men are created equal, that they” are…by virtue of their existence possessed of “certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” as we have paraphrased from the United States of America’s Declaration of Independence.
We have left out the reference to G–d, because we feel that spirituality is a personal experience, that is best done voluntarily in a place or institution of one’s choosing.
We also want to clarify our use of the term “unalienable rights”. We see these “rights” in terms of human needs. Abraham Maslow’s work is one of our inspirations. Unalienable rights means to us, the right to have your “needs” met.
We believe that whether or not we will have a Good Life, Liberty and Happiness, depends, to a great extent, on our ability to communicate well.
We strongly support our First Amendment guarantee of the right to free speech.
However, we take exception to the idea that it gives people the right to belittle, verbally abuse, bully or manipulate each other. We know now that verbally abused people can suffer very damaging effects on their emotions and the physical structure of the brain itself. One of our purposes is to protect people from the damage that can be done by Evil Speech.
Our view of good communication is based on the work of Albert Mehrabian, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, UCLA. He wrote about the relative importance of verbal and nonverbal messages. His findings on inconsistent messages of feelings and attitudes have become known as the 7%-38%-55% Rule.”
Common Ground is usually understood as finding a way to agree on something. Our view is broader and as noted above based on Abraham Maslow’s research. What he found was that having our basic human needs met was the determining factor in becoming successful.
The Old and New Testaments contain behavioral/human relations type wisdom, as well as spirituality. Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagan identified 31 “commandments” which became the basis of his writings about how we should talk to each other. His work produced the best behavioral guidelines about how to use speech that we have seen.
The ever growing body of Neuroscience/Brain research gives us the ability to understand ourselves much more clearly than before.
Better Outcomes will be the model for open, honest, transparent, civil communication in the world.
Our Values & Ethics
We value people with all their diversity and common human needs. Peace, Compassion, Understanding, and Cooperation are some of our strongest values. Our ethics are concerned with communication. We believe that our personal ethics and character values will follow if we all learn to speak positively and avoid evil speech.
On an individual basis, we will offer our help to everyone interested in learning, practicing, and demonstrating Civil Discourse.
On a small group basis, we will help people who are interested in organizing communities whose goal is to lower the level of uncivil discourse in the world.
The role models in our societies are the media and politicians. We offer the same kind of help that we do on an individual and small group basis to both; the media and political establishments.
In addition, we will assist individuals and small groups/communities in their attempts to communicate civilly with the media and politicians. If we become aware of habitual users of evil speech, we will rebuke them directly.