na·ture | knowl·edge | re·al·i·ty
The lens through which I see the world.
1. Ecology firsT
At the most basic level, we are animals trying to survive. We're as obsessed with securing a safe living for ourselves and our children as any other species. We also live within natural and man-made ecosystems, on which we rely and seek balance. We are not immune to suffering, disease, death, or extinction. But we have more power than any other species to alter our environment and improve our well-being.
Self-government is the current pinnacle of human social evolution. It is the logical result of advanced human behavior grounded in cooperation, altruism, and kin selection. We didn't come down from the trees only to destroy the forest. We choose consciously everyday to rule ourselves collaboratively, and it is in our interests to do so. The goal is to protect the tenets of democratic self-government and maximize its effectiveness.
3. Positive Outcomes
Self-government is a complex, adaptive system. Improving its outcomes requires systematic changes inspired by positive, collective goals. We must prioritize preferred outcomes that can inform policy-making, and then evaluate the effectiveness of self-government by our ability to achieve these outcomes.
4. FactUal Morality
A strong sense of morality is an important tether to family and community. And yet, what is right and what is wrong are subjective, transform over time, and often used to oppress others. Good policy-making is beholden to facts and evidence that undergird contemporaneous moral principles. Reality provides a reliable common ground.
5. FREEDOM & Collective will
Inherent to democracy is the cession of a small part of personal sovereignty in exchange for collective security. Democratic governance requires a strict deference to the collective will of the governed, but in a way that protects individual freedoms, property, and security. Forces that concentrate power and erect barriers to collective will and the exercising of rights should be identified and removed.
Ultimately, we are in this together, and nothing changes that. We must identify and overcome the things that divide us, and seek non-partisan, compassionate solutions that promote mutual well-being. We succeed or fail by our ability to cooperate.