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PROPOSED FUNDAMENTAL FACTS & VALUES


BELOW YOU WILL FIND:

  • RELEVANT FUNDAMENTAL FACTS - Profound, significant observations easily overlooked (Do you agree?)
  • FUNDAMENTAL HUMANIAN ETHICAL VALUES - What Humanians should want and not want (Do you agree?)


RELEVANT FUNDAMENTAL FACTS

There are ideas (possible existential beliefs) that, through a lifetime of experience, almost everyone with some thought would agree with, referred to here as "facts" (which of course can change with further experience). Sometimes, however, these ideas may not have been thought about such as to see their significance, which may even be profound.  The following are profound ones that are relevant to Humanianity. They would seem to be true, but are open to discussion and debate in the Forum, as are any of the ideas in this website.

  • There is not a single thing that we can have that does not require others having done their part.
  • There is not a single thing that we can do (beyond the extremely trivial) that does not require others having done their part.
  • There is no individual, and there never has been, who knows how to make (completely) anything you see around you.
  • Without others doing their part, you and I die.
  • The more people do their part, the more everyone benefits.
  • What we believe is an important determinant of what we do.
  • If our beliefs are not accurate, we are more prone to make mistakes.
  • If we agree to that which is inaccurate, we can make really big mistakes, causing enormous PSDED.
  • The seeking of accurate beliefs to which we all can agree is crucial to the quality of our lives and our survival as a species.
  • We humans can believe almost anything.
  • We accomplish nothing without some degree of agreement.
  • Agreement of everyone with regard to a belief does not guarantee that the belief is accurate.
  • The best way to increase the accuracy of our beliefs is through friendly debate, an extremely difficult skill.
  • Our tools for making the world a better place are our bodies, our brains, our minds, and our possessions (overlapping concepts).
  • We have the choice of taking care of our tools or not.


FUNDAMENTAL HUMANIAN ETHICAL VALUES

The following values (possible ethical beliefs) would seem to follow (in the mind of the Humanian creating this website) from the HUEP and the relevant fundamental facts (above). However, any of these values are open to question and friendly debate, e.g., in the Forum. "Value" is here defined as what is wanted or not wanted. Humanian ethical values would be those things we should want or not want (and therefore should strive for or try to avoid) in order to live according to the HUEP. Please note that whereas it might be very easy to agree with each of these values, quite strikingly, many of our species live according to them very, very little. What follows is not at all a complete list.

WHAT WE SHOULD WANT:

  • Doing our part to make the world a better place, within our spheres of influence and within the limits of our capabilities.
  • Self improvement, relationship improvement, improvement of our religions, societies, and cultures.
  • Dialogue, sharing and comparing of beliefs, friendly debate, understanding of self and others.
  • Accuracy of belief, education, science, communication technology.
  • Empathy for all beings that can suffer.
  • Cooperation, effort toward agreement regarding accurate beliefs.
  • Personal good health, mental hygiene, maintenance of capacity for joy.
  • Organization, efficiency, creativity, capacity for new insight.
  • Freedom to engage in harmless pleasure.

WHAT WE SHOULD NOT WANT:
  • Lack of empathy, imperviousness to suffering.
  • Unresolved relationship discontent, chronic anger, wishes for bad fortune for others.
  • Hostility, antisocial behavior, predatory behavior, violence, terrorism, war.
  • Avoidable (natural and human-caused) hardship, disaster, disease, poverty.
  • Religious and ideological alienation and persecution.
  • Cultural victimization, ignorance, superstition, denial of harmless freedom.