I thought I'd start an area where we can accumulate principles that have been discussed, formulated, and accepted as good ideas- only after they have been accepted as appropriate to the purpose and accepted by consensus of serious members of the group (yeah, I know- that's a tricky one).
A working document derived from the general discussion.

My suggestion would be we delegate the making of entries in this forum to one person to keep it organized. I'm nominating Gr33nmind for that.

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Just as a first rule of thumb, treat others as you would like, as your initial strategy.

Bottom Line. That is paramount.

You have the right to be heard

you have the responsibility to listen

 

I will ad more as I think of them

 

 

Can we discuss community individual responsibility? I know this is hard to define, but I feel it is necessary. I encounter many who feel that their "Rainbowness" is enough to entitle them to free everything at another brother or sister's expense. NOT OKAY. 

Thanks Morgan I would be honored to keep this thread organized.

 

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Principal #1 - As Two Birds stated:  treat all others as you wish to be treated.  The golden rule.

 

Principal #2 - Enlightened Self Interest.  From wikipedia  Encyclopedia

Enlightened self-interest is a philosophy in ethics which states that persons who act to further the interests of others (or the interests of the group or groups to which they belong), ultimately serve their own self-interest.

It has often been simply expressed by the belief that an individual, group, or even a commercial entity will "do well by doing good". Enlightened self-interest might be considered to be unrealistically idealistic and altruistic by detractors and practically idealistic and utilitarian by proponents.

Unenlightened self-interest


In contrast to enlightened self-interest is simple greed or the concept of "unenlightened self-interest," in which it is argued that when most or all persons act according to their own myopic selfishness, that the group suffers loss as a result of conflict, decreased efficiency because of lack of cooperation, and the increased expense each individual pays for the protection of their own interests. If a typical individual in such a group is selected at random, it is not likely that this person will profit from such a group ethic.

Some individuals might profit, in a material sense, from a philosophy of greed, but it is believed by proponents of enlightened self-interest that these individuals constitute a small minority and that the large majority of persons can expect to experience a net personal loss from a philosophy of simple unenlightened selfishness.

Unenlightened self-interest can result in the tragedy of the commons.

Deferred gratification


Enlightened self-interest also has implications for long-term benefits as opposed to short-term benefits to oneself. When an individual pursues enlightened self-interest that person may sacrifice short-term interests in order to maximize long-term interests. This is a form of deferred gratification.

An individual may choose to forsake pursuing immediate gratification by supporting and not interfering with others' pursuit of self-interest. An individual may have to sacrifice his immediate self-interest for the purpose of a positive relationship to a group of individuals to which he relates. For example, a merchant likely will maximize profit over the long term if she chooses to be generous to her customers in a manner beyond the requirement of policy, say, in accepting returns and refunding the purchase price when not required to by explicit policy. By doing so, she may lose short-term gain but likely will eventually profit from increased business volume as she gains a reputation for being reasonable, honest, and generous.

Rational selfishness


Rational selfishness is a term generally related to Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophy, and refers to a person's efforts to look after their own well-being, to cultivate the self and achieve goals for the good of the self. The focus in rational selfishness might be considered to be more self-directed (where the benefit to the group or society is a by-product) than the focus of enlightened self-interest which is more group-directed (and the benefit to oneself might be more of the by-product).

Altruism


Enlightened self-interest is also different from pure altruism, which calls for people to act in the interest of others often at the expense of their own interests and with no expectation of benefit for themselves in the future. Some advocates of enlightened self-interest might argue that pure altruism promotes inefficiency as well.

Economics

  • E. E. "Doc" Smith, in his science fiction book "Subspace Explorers", posited an economic formula that would control profits and bonuses, which he referred to as "The principle of enlightened self-interest".

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The source of this article is wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  The text of this article is licensed under the GFDL.

I like what you are saying, and I would like to add that Principle #2 works in that we can better care for others if we take good care of ourselves as well. If I am at half-mast, I am not as effective in service as I would be at my best. Therefore, by taking care of my body, mind and spirit (a balance), I can be of maximum service to those around me. 

Now, the problem with this is that not everyone around us has this revelation or mentality, the one of Service to Others. I understand that we are teachers in this area, however, when we encounter those whom we perceive as vacuums, this is where we we decide to CARE FOR OURSELVES and not be doormats. Communication is key, too. Most of the time, if we share our ideas and expectations and aspirations with others, as well as listen to theirs, common ground can be found and drama is less likely to occur.

I second that morgan...I like this idea alot.

 

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