As I have said many times before on Twitter, those who are concerned with the direction this country has taken as a result of Hillary Clinton and the democratic parties losing an election that couldn’t have possibly been lost (unless a party and its candidate were so centered upon themselves that they ignored a reality they had helped to create through their insensitivity to the real pain others were experiencing), need to, among other things, open themselves to giving sound and honest analysis to the mistakes made so that the causes of so great a loss can be understood, and build a real movement that has at its center a truly humanistic ideology. Every day I receive numerous requests for money to pay for responses to the consequences rather than the causes.
Today, for example, Paul Ryan announced that the congress that the democrats lost so badly will immediately take up the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood and, understandably, I will be asked by Planned Parenthood and organizations and individuals who support their good work to contribute money to help fight against the ridiculous project that is the republican attempt to destroy an organization that has done incredible good over the past 100 years for millions of women and, of course, in the course of doing so, for men too who benefit by from the family planning services Planned Parenthood provides and by the help it lends the women they know, respect, and love.
I cannot give again, though, because I have, during the course of the election cycle, given what I can to several of the causes in which I wholeheartedly believe and have, with both money and the use of my voice, supported vigorously over the course of my lifetime, amongst these, Planned Parenthood, People for the American Way, the American Civil Liberties Union, and, yes, the democratic party. If I could, I would give more to all but the democratic party, not to the latter because it is not truly a party of and for the people anymore.
But even if I could give more, I do not think that my contributions would do much good because, over time, particularly with the results of this election and the profound effect it will have on the America for which I have spent my life fighting—as an involved citizen and teacher of citizens—the victories—and there have been eminently important ones—spawn detractors who manage regularly most that is good that those victories have won, detractors who, like those who will be the majority in the new Congress and those who will be part of the new team in the White House, will have enough power to do serious damage to the cause of a sane and humane society.
So, again, I put forth this plea, that those who care about the better society, the kinder society organize for the sake of promoting a unifying ideology that serves well all groups and individuals who care about the building of a society that promotes the cause of humanity, of a fair and just society that supports governance that serves well the goal of a good life for all human beings.
I suggest that somehow all of the groups that exist to serve the goal of a more humane society, and I know that ultimately this is the ultimate goal of all of the good organizations I support, form an umbrella organization, an organization that coordinates and amalgamates so that while the specific issues are address, the broader underlying issues that affect the work of each and everyone of the organizations are address so that the causes represented by the organizations are dealt with in the context of a broader and truly coherent movement. The activities of the individual organization can easily carried out with mindfulness of the societal and global sources of the inhumanity that, for instance, prevents all from having access to decent health care and good education, that allow good numbers of people suffer injustice and poor treatment governments under which they live, that suffer from lack of the basic commodities—water and food amongst the most critical—they need to live even the most basic of lives.
The “saving” of the planet is, too, a humane cause because the condition of the planet has rather important ramifications for the quality of life human beings can live. I do not know of a good cause that is not in some critically important way related to the project of humanization for humanization is not only about behavior but about how human beings think in regard to the ways in which they decide to behave. Humanization is as selfish as it is magnanimous, magnanimity a result of understanding the importance of self and, thus the importance of others because they are too human beings, individual selves. A movement built on humanization, on thinking about what we do in terms of how it affects human beings, others, will produce empathy and empathy is a key to getting along so well as to not destroy one another or even allow ourselves to act in ways that may harm others.
So, yes, the humane push of all good minded people at once pushing for and toward greater humanization, is as much about creating a peaceful world as anything else and, for those who see corporatization as a global problem have a profoundly sensible, humanely speaking, ideology to hang their complaints on, the corporatization as—obvious, isn’t it—a dehumanizing force and, too, the competitive marketplace that is what capitalism is touted to be, inhumane by virtue of its key element, competitiveness. Those who are think humanely and who think critically, should have no problem answering those who argue that competition pushes people to good things, to better themselves.
And, indeed it can, if the competition is related to humane goals within the context of a humane society in which those who “lose” are not harmed, not deprived of those things that allow them to live decent lives. One can lose an argument and benefit and by the intellectual growth that occurs when one comes to see why another’s, others’ views win out, even if still convinced that one’s own were better. In the humane society, argument exists to make things better for human beings, for the sake of getting things right, getting answers that allow for the best decisions. Argument in the context of the humane society is what serves as the basis for the dialectic that is at the heart of democratic process.
I propose that we find a way to focus on humanization and force the agenda gently through a process of truth making, involvement in discussions that lead to propositions that can be argued to be humane in nature, right for the goodness of the people of the world and the planet on which we the people live.
Such discussion, open and brutally honest, brutal because settling for something less than the best answer, the answer that is shown to be, beyond most degrees of doubt, the best, the most sensible, the most sensibly humane, are what everyone desires, for the reason that they are humane, aware of their own humanity and the humanity that defines every one of their fellow beings.
Umbrella organization that is guided by an ideology of humanization! Anyone game to help organize the necessary meet ups?