Thinking Unconstrained

Defining the essentials of a workable human society. Topics focus on the ideals and areas of concern relevant to personal and group interactions.
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By Igneous

To design a thing is to have intimate knowledge of the constituent parts and the means to which they are to be assembled together in order for that constructed thing to perform a specific task or to serve a specific purpose. It is in essence an outlying of a plan that will be used to form a structure using logic and reason; both of which are necessary prerequisites to successfully creating the said design. If either or both of these faculties are found lacking, then the structure is bound to be flawed and it will inevitably be arrayed with many problems. The situation will either require adjustments or fixes to correct those flaws, or a complete re-drawing will be necessary to remedy the defective solution.

The challenge we have set out before us is to provide a framework for constructing a human society of our making. The effort will follow the same general methodology as is applied in designing any arbitrary system. We will state that the conditions required to successfully creating our design will satisfy the same list of criteria as needed for designing such an arbitrary system, and hence we will recognize that the design will only work when the following conditions will be met and satisfied.

  1. The constituent parts of our society are understood.
  2. The means of assembling the parts of our society are known.
  3. The objective or the point of our society is clear and remain at core.
  4. Logic and reason are employed in full, and the assumptions used to create the logical system are stated clearly and finitely bound.
  5. Potential flaws and failures are to be expected in either the implementation or the design itself, and the means to apply the fixes are designed in.
If we follow these key principles then our likelihood of successfully creating a workable solution is guaranteed. We will use a mechanistic approach and apply these key principles where appropriate, but we will not limit the design by avoiding organic approaches altogether; for human beings are living organisms rather than machines, and our design must be cognizant of this self evident fact; nor should any deviations arise due to our desire to over-simplify the problem to mechanical and mathematical models. We must all understand that our humanity is not a negotiable sacrifice for satisfying a man made model. When in irreconcilable conflict, the model must always be wrong.

It is then with a measure of hope that by using this framework, interested individuals will be able to implement and bring about their own solutions to the problems we face, as personally understood by them. It is important however to note that over-designing a system can be detrimental if flexibility is one of the desired goals, which it certainly is in this case, considering the very nature of the problem we're trying to solve. Therefore we will not make any intentional attempts to limit the implementation possibilities with stringent controls or unnecessary overreach; for whoever is capable of carrying out the work will do so, and disagreements will be fought out in the battles of ideas using the same key principles used to construct the framework.

And so to begin, we will first state the objectives and the requirements of our societal design. These will provide the core tenets of our framework, and they will also work as anchors to construct the finer details. They are intentionally terse and simple and will be elaborated on in due course as the work itself will bring clarity to the meaning of them.

  • Humanity: Society will work for all of humanity
  • Freedom: Society will value human freedom
  • Law: Society will exist for the good of the individual human beings and will be subject to equally measured and applied law
These are the hard requirements we will hold true to in this design. We will expect that the desire for this type of society exists and that there are people who would like to take part in bringing it about. We will trust that these individuals have the means and the skills necessary to carry out their implementations as set out in the design. And we will also expect that any and all forces that would attempt to thwart its manifestation will be overcome by those who would support this cause and effort.

With these objectives, requirements, and expectations in mind, we will proceed with defining the foundation of our design - the individual human being. The individual is the template or the model component used to define the various parts of our society, who is akin to a basic building block of an edifice or a single cell of a multicellular organism. If we are to design our society based on human beings, then we must know the properties of the individuals, their characteristics, their attributes, and the behaviors expected of them. And these properties must conform to the nature of the human condition, and concurrently break through those limitations and hold our individuals up to a realizable ideal. In other words, we must not be tempted to idealize to such an extent that they are no longer human, nor should there be unachievable goals for the persons of right inclination and potential. A civilization is only as good as the people who compose it and who maintain a set of values and cultures to propagate the survival of the good things worth living for. Therefore we will hold these persons up to a higher quality of standard, and expect them to uphold the ideals upon which our society will be found upon. Thus we aim to create our society first by populating it with human beings of good caliber.
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By Igneous
Rational Thinkers

The society we aim to create is a rational one. A rational society relies on the fact that rational people exist and that they are willing to exert their will upon the rest of society in order to make it so. Without their input, the result we must assume is by default, irrational; as the base condition of group mentality effectively rules and quells all dissenting individual thought. Hence we must assure that a rational society is populated with people who are capable of being rational, and who can remain so under various forms of pressure from the popular voices.

Let us then define what it means to be able to think rationally, as this is a term that can easily be interpreted in many different ways under different circumstances and by different peoples. We can state that a rationally thinking person displays and practices several characteristics, qualities, and outlooks, in most notable ways as follows.

  1. Evidence based decision making: A rationally thinking person is able to make decisions primarily by weighing the evidences and facts of a given subject or an object, rather than be driven by powerful factors such as emotions and instinct. These other factors do still play a large part in the decision making process, but a rationally thinking person is able to make informed decisions in the presence of such conflicting forces. In other words, it is not the absence of emotion and intuition that makes a person think rationally, but rather the active role in applying critical thinking to the process of decision making.
  2. Application of the scientific method: A fact must be objectively agreed upon by independent observers. This gives us an expression of the degree of confidence in the fact, which can only be challenged adequately by a superior theory supported by objectively qualified evidence. A rationally thinking person applies this mode of thought to all provided information and is able to critically examine them to a reasonable degree of satisfaction. Although it is not possible to explore all facets of a given data, being able to spot inconsistencies and challenge questionable conclusions using reason indicates the person thinks rationally.
  3. Practices the limits of rationality: Logic has its limits and this fact must be recognized by those who would retain their intellectual faculty. Not all circumstances can be driven by reason alone, and this affirmation itself can help the person to think rationally when it cannot be so effectively applied. To acknowledge the need to intentionally not be rational in certain circumstances rather than be overwhelmed by irrationality is an important distinction to make.
  4. Exercise of common sense: A common sense of a thing is an implicitly acknowledged universal human understanding that need not be explicitly stated. It encompasses those things that form a basic understanding of the shared reality between individuals which are directly observable in many applications within the society. A rationally thinking person uses common sense when coming into conflict with those things that would seek to challenge it. It is in essence a utilization of known facts; gathered through one's own personal experience, which cannot be challenged with ease; for to do so would irreconcilably conflict with their well established world view. A rationally thinking person is therefore not easily led astray, as long as their common sense is found on the firm ground of truly universal principles.
In a society comprised of a significant number of such rationally thinking people, we would expect a high degree of individualism and at the same time, a high degree of coordination towards the common ideals; a gravitation towards the good ideas versus bad ideas, if you will. Rationally thinking people would scarcely support things that are clearly not of their interest and would listen to other like-minded individuals to make their decisions. There would be less of an external need to ensure that people make rational decisions if there are significant enough individuals who are capable of being so, on their own.

However rationality itself cannot be and remain the prime mover of an individual's life in perpetuity. It takes effort to maintain a keen conscious mind; an effort that can wear out the person if constantly challenged for long periods. Human beings are also often driven by the subconscious; a powerful undercurrent capable of overriding their conscious decisions. Hence a deep understanding of one's own subconscious is a factor that will need to be considered if we're to have individuals who can recognize and align their minds toward the right direction of their choosing. In essence, a rationally thinking person of our society must be able to effectively integrate their emotional and analytical tools into a unified will.
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People of Integrity

For a logical system to function in its proper form, there must exist a set of rules governing the integrity of that system. Our society of design is no exception to this truistic statement. The rules or the standards upon which our society will stand must be lived in the daily lives of the individuals who would epitomize its integrity. These persons must set a bar of quality upon which no concessions will be given as compromise; for there must be a line, and holding that line must be one's duty and a mark of one's honor.

Our challenge however is not to define what that line is nor what the standard must be; for they will be set accordingly by those who will establish and maintain the laws in the implementation of our society. However these are also to be defined at a personal level for each individual of functioning mind, who can understand and derive at those conclusions through their own efforts. If such a line cannot be drawn by one's own hand, then it must be concluded that it is not theirs, and the individual must re-examine their stance before defending that line any further. The mind must be active and the quality person of our society must actively use it to remain so.

Thus we can state that our individual of integrity is intelligent in thought. Such a person can use this intelligence in many ways; both for personal and for group benefit, which must align with their personal code of conduct. They must be true to their own standards and responsibilities; for there can be no blame to dispense on others when the thoughts, speeches and actions reflect one's own commitment to hold oneself up to a personal ideal.

The features we would expect from a person of integrity can be summarized as follows.

  1. Practices what one preaches: It is one thing to have lofty thoughts and pleasant speeches, but quite another to act congruently with what one believes in and says. A person of integrity is able to follow one's own advice, and lives up to the ideals upon which the individual demands from others. Otherwise their acts are empty of substance and reflects either a weakness in their character or shows a deliberate attempt to place oneself above the rest in a position of privilege. One must follow in action in order to uphold the line of integrity.
  2. Does what one says: If an action is promised to another, then it must be followed through and an attempt must be made at fulfilling that promise. Otherwise such a person is devoid of integrity and cannot be trusted with future tasks. An individual who does what one says is an honest person, who can be trusted to keep their promises, and who can reliably be expected to deliver on what is agreed upon. Such a person is considered honorable and can be entrusted with much.
  3. Holds one to account: Failures happen and how one faces those moments shows one's character. A person of integrity will accept their failures and seek repentance when the results of their tasks do not meet their stated goals or when their own standards of conduct are breached. It is not becoming of a person of integrity to deflect, to shift blame and to make unreasonable excuses when it is apparent to all parties involved that the responsibility of failure falls squarely on the head of the said person. Integrity demands that the measure one uses on others be equally applied to oneself.
  4. Acts responsibly: Being responsible means that one is aware of one's limits and exercises thought before engaging in action. It also means to understand that that there are those who would rely on the said person to be responsible for those under their charge. It's a quality and an ability to lead oneself and of leading others with trust and stewardship. A responsible person is thus a leader who sets an example for those in need of their guidance.
A society comprised of such individuals would be noble in character, honest and transparent in their conduct. It would be a society where individuals will be able to make decisions using foresight; who will be encouraged to learn from their mistakes rather than be stymied through punishment and reprehension. It would be a society that would strive to help its people to spur on improvements and to support one another; expecting each to live up to their own personal ideals; and it would be a society setting a precedence for the people to properly align their beliefs to be congruent within their lives; to help create stronger personalities by instilling them with their own self-respect. In this way, our society will be able to function in great part by the momentum and the willingness of the people to live up their own integrity.
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Respect and Honor

A society that is built on mutual respect intimately knows the intuitive meaning of value. A society whose people view themselves and others as sovereign individuals, who are endowed with equally innate rights and who are subject to the same measure under a well acknowledged system. This sort of a society and the individuals who believe in the common dignity of human beings commands one's admiration; and those who are able to honor themselves and others are in essence humble of heart; for in their eyes all are equal and an offence against another's humanity is an offence against their own.

We can state that a respectful individual is one who practices and displays a set of honorable attitudes and conduct; with oneself, in one's personal relationships, and when interacting with other individuals outside of one's immediate sphere - all in dignified ways. The qualities we would expect from such an individual are as follows.

  1. Sets a personal standard: A quality person lives by a set of standard upon which one's conduct is framed. Their standard is part of their identity and it is that which guides one's thoughts and actions. To live by one's personal standard is to have regard for oneself, whereas to have no regard for boundaries is to have no self-respect at all. Establishing a standard for one's personal ideal is then an act of self-empowerment. Such an individual is unshakable at core and is not easily led astray by challenging forces.
  2. Treats others as self: A sincere individual treats others as one would like to be treated. Conduct with others in society is difficult, especially with those who are of significant differences and outlook. But those differences do not negate the need to treat others with the same expectation of individual worth that one would like to receive in return. Therefore how an individual treats others is a reflection of their own personal standard of conduct, which in turn is an expression of their self esteem.
  3. Views others as individuals: Each person is unique, no matter how similar that person may be to a group or an abstraction in the observer's mind. To acknowledge the value of an individual is to recognize this simple truth and to properly follow through in one's conduct. Gross generalizations only diminish one's standing by making apparent the limitations of one's mind and one's inability to navigate through the reflexive associations reinforced through emotionally charged categorizations. It is thus a disservice to oneself to not treat a person as an individual despite every given opportunity to exercise that choice. To recognize the uniqueness of an individual is to then recognize their own self worth as a person of broad mind.
  4. Broad minded: An inability to allow for expressions of differing opinions and beliefs make apparent the narrowness and the smallness of the mind. Whereas allowing for any dissenting opinions to run amok as a laissez faire excuse disguised as tolerance is akin to having no standards at all and is rather closer to a reflection of one's own confused position. A broad minded person accepts another's path to freewill, but in no way compromises one's own principles to cater to another's opinion. Having a broad mind then requires a stronger ability for discernment and an allowance for disagreements to occur as part of a constructive process.
In a society where the measure of one's station will be based on the individual's capacity to show and to act with decency both with oneself and with others, we can expect the eventual formation and the emergence of a cultural etiquette and a set of acceptable conduct. However these are to be personally understood by each individual rather than be imposed by authoritative forces, lest they be undermined and their core intention be subverted as a tool for constriction and debasement by the mob and hierarchical mentalities.

When properly understood and practiced, our society will have an agreed expectation of acceptable behavior and outlook, which will form a natural trellis for personal growth and for establishing a standard for honor-bound interactions. The individuals of our society will also hold a set of values expressing our shared acknowledgement of human life and the sanctity of human dignity. They will be the living expressions of mutual respect; upholding that very society that views and treats them with value and intrinsic worth. The glory of our society would then be measured based on its capability to raise the dignity of its individuals.
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Seekers of Knowledge

An advanced society is built on knowledge. To be technologically advanced, to be scientifically advanced, to be artistically advanced; these are all consequences and the result of a society that promotes the pursuit of knowledge and a hunger for discovery. The primary source for this motive force comes from the passions and the curiosities of the individuals who are free to pioneer, to explore, and to experiment. Therefore the individuals of our advanced society must not only have ample intelligence but must also have a strong desire for knowing, a lifelong passion for learning, and a willingness to impart knowledge to others. With such individuals, we can intuit that information, skills and various know-hows can be made abundantly available and accessible to all of its members.

The inference here however is not that an individual must be academically exceptional or be an encyclopedic repository of facts, or be a skillfully trained professional to be considered a seeker of knowledge. Although these achievements are indicators of someone who has the proficiency and the inclination for learning, that which is of higher importance is to consider that the individual has the desire to grow and to truly enjoy the process of finding things out for oneself. It is to want to be able to think for oneself and to be the master of one's own path to integrating one's gathered knowledge. It is the attitude of wanting to know that one truly knows and of how liberatingly self-empowering such a position can be. It is in essence to have a healthy appetite for discovering what is fundamentally the truth.

Let us then identify some of the key attributes we would expect from our curious individual.

  1. Outside the comfort zone: To operate within the bounds of one's comfort is to stay within the walls of one's limits. It is to be protected in a bubble of one's own making. Such an attitude leads to stagnation and the death of one's desire for knowledge; for if you know everything and claim that there is nothing left to know, you will eventually be left operating in ignorance as new information will be ignored in preference to the bubble's established paradigm. An individual who claims to pursue knowledge must step out of one's limited bounds and be ready to take on new challenges.
  2. Takes risks: Fortune favors the brave and the brave are those who are ready to take on risks. Discovery, exploration, and the pursuit of a chance for a better reward innately requires that there must be a possibility for failure. But despite this possibility, success can only be achieved by taking on risk. Active participation is required of our pioneer, even if that decision means that one will forego and wait for a better opportunity. Patience is a virtue of the brave, whereas inaction is cowardice and an excuse of one who is averse to risk.
  3. Asks questions: Inquiry is uncertainty and the state of uncertainty demands resolution. The seeker of knowledge must ask, for it is the questions that form the stepping stones toward the truth. And all truths are lies unless proven through questioning and an honest examination of the answers be sought. An individual of exploration must be ready to ask the pertinent and penetrative questions if one is to truly find that which one is searching for and to make new discoveries.
  4. Searches for answers: Wanting to know and to experience something for oneself is a personal endeavor that can never be negated or denied by others who claim to already possess the truth. No matter how many answers may be given by others, it is still valid for one to find the answer for oneself. For the desire for knowledge is not contingent upon external approval and our individual of curiosity must be open to seeking answers regardless of such obstacles.
An individual's personal pursuit of knowledge then leads to the enrichment of the entire society. It means there exists one more thinking person in the society who can show others the truth and to educate them. Knowledge is not merely a collection of facts that need to be stored away in an archive. Rather it must be constantly learnt and relearnt by new people, understood in their own terms, and applied in both innovative and even mundane ways in their individual lives. Otherwise knowledge is but dust and our society will be dusted along with it.

Thus our advanced society must exist by our individual's adventurous curiosity and by one's willingness to share one's views. These individuals must instill in others that passion for self-developed thought, for mindful enrichment of one's life, and for the satisfaction of learning new things purely for their own enjoyment. They must be mature and understand that the path to knowledge is a personal journey; a journey of ardent discovery seeking truth in freedom; a journey of happenings and realizations in the minds of the individuals sharing their experiences. Simply put, walking the path toward knowledge is an interactive process and it must be viewed as an open act of expression between advanced minds.
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Unified in Nature

To be in good health is to be full of vigor and vitality. It is to feel alive and to enjoy the process of living. A society whose individuals are joyous and at present is a society that is in tune with nature; for living beings flourish by keeping in harmony with the rhythm of the earth and by the abundance of the riches given generously by this paradise of a planet. The innate organism of the human being cannot separate itself from this ancient root; for our paths are intimately intertwined and our shared destiny is closely bound in a symbiotic dependence of familial relationship.

Our individual must be attuned and firmly grounded to this earthly reality and the natural world must remain a part of one's existence as a way to stay aware of that close link we all possess within. This familial connection should be a reminder for the person to live in a way that is in accordance with our commonly shared root and to return to it if our roads were to diverge; of which the individual should pursue and find one's own unique approach to the source by striving to live in a healthy way. Identified and elaborated below are some of the commonalities our attuned individuals are expected to share.

  1. Nourishing food: That which enters the body and the mind must eventually become a part of the individual. To ingest and to digest food is to bring in to the body that nourishing source and to take in what is needed from it to do something useful. In a similar way, to take in cerebral stimuli is to bring in fuel for thoughts and ideas. Both of these aspects require external sources for providing nourishment. An individual who wishes to be healthy is mindful of what enters one's body and mind; for when the food is of good quality, the individual will in consequence be made good. When the body and mind are well nourished, one will be in high spirit.
  2. Effective training: Practice leads to the betterment of the individual by giving focus to that which needs attention. Physical exercise can focus on developing bodily strength and stamina, thus bringing about an improved overall constitution. Mental exercise can focus on developing mental acuity and agility, leading to improvements in cerebral activity and bringing clarity to the mind. Spiritual exercise can focus on developing peace and compassion, cleansing and reestablishing that connection to one's personal faith. By practicing these activities, our vital individual is invigorated and rejuvenated by one's training.
  3. Restful repose: Activity inevitably requires rest, which is a restorative process of healing that is fundamental to one's well being. To push beyond one's limit is an encouraging step towards growth and test, but to habitually engage in destructive stressors is a guaranteed way to bring one to harm. Hence this is not a winning strategy and it is certainly not a path toward creating a vitally functioning individual. When a break is necessary, it must be taken or it will break our person. When sleep is called for, one should proceed to bed lest the person wishes to enter into a preemptively eternal slumber. It is in knowing when to stop and of having the will and the sensibility to come back in tune with one's limits that indicates the person is sensitive to the workings of one's own needs.
  4. Fasting to apply breaks: Constantly engaging in consumption is a taxing activity. The body needs general rest but the digestive system also needs time to cleanse itself and to re-balance. This can be done by eating simple foods that do not require heavy digestion. Similarly, the mind needs general rest but the senses also need time to reorient itself and to gain perspective. This is achieved by limiting the intake of information to simple forms that do not require heavy mental and emotional investment. When the body and the mind are properly re-calibrated to their optimal state, general well-being is achieved and it becomes easier for the individual to live in peace.
Our individuals who live in harmony and work with nature will ensure that our society will also be attuned by the simple act of their living. Their example of vigor will be a clear testament to the correctness of theirs practice and will serve as a foundation for achieving a balanced and integrated life in our society. There will be an expectation for one to look after oneself rather than let deteriorating advances to make headway. And it will strive to minimize unnecessary stressors that can bring about complications and harmful effects.

Thus our society will aim at maximizing the quality of life of every individual. This quality will also be affirmed as a consequence and a fruit of being in harmony with one's surroundings. Hence it will also have a positive impact on the habitats and the surrounding landscape, where supportive ecosystems will be created and the natural world will be recognized as a necessity for a well grounded life. In this way, the health of the environment will be an extension of the overall well-being of our individuals.
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Refined Discernment

When all is good, nothing is bad. When nothing is bad, all is good. Without the ability for discernment, there can be no right or wrong. In order for our society to be righteous and to be clearly on the path of virtue, it needs individuals who are able to tell the difference between that which is good from that which appears to be good but in actuality is quite the opposite. Not only is wisdom required to achieve this most often difficult a feat, but an open heart and a broad mind are crucial in being able to properly formulate correct judgments.

When an individual is able to do this properly, the society directly benefits from this person's maturity; for clarity cuts through ignorance like a sharp knife and divides that which seemed impossible to separate. An intelligent or a determined person may very well achieve this feat through their smarts and maneuvers. However it is not in cleverness or shrewdness that wisdom must hinge, but in being able to see the bigger picture and to weigh the far-sighted ramifications of one's decisions. Short-term outlooks and personal gains are not conducive to being able to gain insight in proper but is rather a road that frequently leads to poor judgment.

Let us then identify those things that constitute a person of developed discernment. The following are some of the key characteristics we would expect from our individual.

  1. Obedience to goodness: A discerning individual is committed to doing, saying, and thinking that which is right; for this person has a firm frame of reference from which to operate and knows the difference between that which is innately good from that which is not. No matter what may be the measure of the compass or the quality of the lens used for judgement, it is important to know and to clearly state that which is absolutely right and that which is absolutely wrong. Without this baseline conviction and firm grounding in goodness, effective discernment is not possible.
  2. Rejection of wrongfulness: Every functioning and well integrated mind recognizes that which is innately considered wrong to do, to say, or to think. A person of poor discernment often chooses wrongfulness; not because of lack of trying to do good, but because that person deliberately chooses the wrong based on ulterior motives, knowing full well that it is the wrong choice. When one uses excuses and justifications to deliberately choose the wrong over right, their judgement is clouded and the individual's capacity for quality insight is diminished in consequence.
  3. Compassion for the less discerning: An individual of refined discernment is endowed with a highly developed ability to make sound judgement. However there must exist in this individual a modicum of compassion for those who have yet to develop this ability and for those who are not even capable of attaining it. It is also not possible for someone to be right all the time. Therefore a certain amount of humility is required and plenty of patience for others is necessary as they grow and learn. And as often is the case, the individual should be able to simply accept others as they are, provided their hearts are in the right place and there exists a willingness of effort to work towards general improvement.
  4. Forgiveness of faults: When a wrong is admitted, forgiveness should be sought. An earnest penitent is on a path to growth and our mature individual should recognize this open act of contrition. The apology should then be accepted or at least the admittance of the fault should be accepted with grace. One who does not forgive or one who does not take the apology into consideration in their future dealings with the transgressor only impedes and clouds their own judgement. But when forgiveness is given and all remaining negative attachments are released, the lens of perception is effectively cleansed and the individual is able to once again make clear judgments.
When a society is comprised of individuals who are capable of being good judges of character, good judges of conduct, and good judges of right and wrong, we can expect a formation and a general move towards a system that is considered refined and mature. Capable individuals who will be able to discern that which is clearly right and recognize that which only appears to be right will ensure that there will be a baseline expectation of quality discernment in all dealings and interactions. The society will expect wiser choices, where weighing multiple and long term ramifications will be considered common place.
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Virtue of Righteousness

If a society is to be upstanding in its conduct, honest in its intentions, and caring for the most vulnerable in society, then it must be made so by the individuals who would ensure that this be so. An upright individual is an honorable person, who consciously chooses to be good in one's thoughts, intentions and actions. This person is not coerced or forced to be upstanding nor is the appearance of being an upright individual an incentive for this person's position. Our society must consist of such individuals and these must consistently and consciously choose righteousness in their everyday lives by their own volition.

To characterize someone as righteous however is often construed to mean that this person is morally sound, which is but a culturally derived sense of what is acceptable in society. We will not state that such a person is necessarily good, but rather that such a person shows many characteristics of someone who is considered to be good. A truly upstanding and upright individual instead displays and exemplifies the following key characteristics.

  1. Honesty: An honest individual is one who refrains from being deceitful in their dealings, who is transparent and open to sharing their intentions, and who tells the truth even when it is inconvenient to do so. Such a person has a conscience and is conscious of what it means to damage it. Honesty however does not mean that one does not have wit, craftiness or that one never plays tricks. It is often the case that blatantly raw truths cannot be told as they are, or less direct tactics need to be used to achieve what must be achieved in a roundabout way. In those instances, deception can be a cloak that can hide nefarious and harmful intentions. An honest person however approaches such instances with a caring heart, supported by their conscience, and proceeds with conduct that is in congruence with their well established and developed sense of honor.
  2. Generosity: To give unto others without expectation of a return is a sign of a generous heart. Giving when there exists an incentive to receive a recompense is simply to trade. An individual who only does so when there is something to gain is a selfish person, whereas to give freely without expecting a single word of gratitude is to be a magnanimously generous person. However, personal gain is not an offensive activity; and in fact a willingness to work and to aim for high achievement is a much admirable trait to posses. But unless such a driven gift is balanced with charity, such a person can never be characterized as being generous; for they've effectively closed their hearts and have pinched their potential for growth in realizing the joys of giving.
  3. Kindness: Someone who is kind is someone who cares about another's well being. It does not necessarily mean that this person is nice, or is helpful, or that the person is easy to get along with. Being kind is sometimes none of these and sometimes it goes much beyond them. Oftentimes it is to share in the joy when the other is jubilant despite one's conflicting and inconvenient feelings. Or it is to share in their sorrows despite one's ambivalent leanings and one's callous disposition. It is in short, to show that the other person's experience is valid and that it has meaning. It is for one to cast aside the self and the self-oriented viewpoint for a brief moment, so that the other person can be the center of one's attention. It is in other words to be in the moment and for that single moment for one to be completely present and to be of one kind with the other.
  4. Patience: Waiting in expectation for an event to occur is to be patient. It is also to be patient to suffer through an onslaught of unpleasantness so that at the end of it, an opportunity will arrive to be freed from the trials. Or sometimes being patient means to take one's time to devote to difficult things, such as in dealings with others who do not see eye to eye. It is entirely easy to be impatient when faced with difficulty, for it is natural to have aversion to pain. Being patient on the other hand requires faith; a faith and a hope for the desired result to arrive if only the difficulty can be endured long enough. Losing one's patience when dealing with others is to then have a lack of faith in them. Whereas keeping faith in their ability to come to an understanding and to heal is to be patient.
When good people are gathered together, good things can happen. Without them, there is no hope for a virtuous outcome from the resulting society. A truly righteous society is created only by those individuals who in their own spheres of influence are able to propagate their goodness and who can consciously make the effort to sustain it. No matter how small their spheres may be, they are the only ones who are capable of making a meaningful impact in driving the society towards a direction that is essential for human existence; for there is nothing else but the quality of a decent human heart to be able to understand what it is to be human and to live a human life.

However good people are not perfect and it has often been said that perfection is the enemy of the good; for perfection is a never ending pursuit paved with many well meaning intentions. Therefore if we are to accept that our righteous society cannot be perfect either, we must instead ensure that our individuals are found firmly in goodness. This is the only hope for a good society to ever exist.