Sociology

Social Change

If evil exists we are the cause of it.  If we have the ability to cause evil we also have the ability to be compassionate and good.

We live in a very special time that affords us the possibility for a better understanding of our social condition in order to make true and permanent changes.

There are forces within us and therefore society, that work against the ideal vision of existence.

The recognition of our difficulties and deficiencies is exactly what will permit an architecture that will provide an acceptable humanity.

 

Psychopaths and Society

Psychopaths

PRIVATE CREATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF LAW

from... http://www.daviddfriedman.com/Academic/Iceland/Iceland.html
The purpose of this paper is to examine the legal and political institutions of Iceland from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries. They are of interest for two reasons. First, they are relatively well documented; the sagas were written by people who had lived under that set of institutions[3] and provide a detailed inside view of their workings. Legal conflicts were of great interest to the medieval Icelanders: Njal, the eponymous hero of the most famous of the sagas,[4] is not a warrior but a lawyer--"so skilled in law that no one was considered his equal." In the action of the sagas, law cases play as central a role as battles.

Democracy chat

From... http://forum.opensourceecology.org/discussion/502/democratic-process
I would avoid any community with a direct democracy like the plague.
The idea that majority rules and people are all equal is just as dehumanizing as brutal dictatorships. Although you're more likely to be left alone in a brutal dictatorship than you are in a mob rule society. A dictator only has so much reach to harm the populace while mob rule gives every participant the power and encourages them to dehumanize and devalue their fellow neighbor.
Any society premised on the idea that all people are equal and *must* be given equal opportunities has and will end in suffering.

LAWRENCE KOHLBERG

LAWRENCE KOHLBERG
1927-1987

from http://www.psy.pdx.edu/PsiCafe/KeyTheorists/Kohlberg.htm

Lawrence Kohlberg spent many years researching how an individual develops their own moral codes. First, Kohlberg was born into wealth on October 25, 1927 in Bronxville, New York. Even though he was wealthy, he chose to become a sailor; and after World War II, he helped to smuggle Jews through the British blockade of Palestine.

Father and Son Communion

 

Know When To Fold 'Em

When is it time to walk away, and when is it time to run? This week we have the story of an entire country deciding whether to give up on just one of it's citizens, when to hold 'em in order to win nearly a million dollars in poker, and a new story from Dave Dickerson.
 

Lyndon Hermyle LaRouche

from.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyndon_LaRouche

Lyndon Hermyle LaRouche, Jr. (born September 8, 1922) is an American political activist and founder of a network of political committees, parties, and publications known collectively as the LaRouche movement. Often described as a political extremist, he has written prolifically in these publications on economic, scientific, and political topics, as well as on history, philosophy, and psychoanalysis, largely promoting a conspiracist view of history and current affairs.[1]

Sex abuse foments aberrant behavior

http://allpsych.com/journal/sexaddiction.html

The basis of what Christ is asking us is the love of others .. defiantly not to be confused with primitive behaviors. The more we protect our children from sexual experiences or even awareness ... the more we end up with fellow adults that can think beyond than rubbing themselves together all day... shallow lives.

How to run the world

FROM... Parag Khanna http://www.paragkhanna.com/?p=1001

Most people in the world have probably seen the famous photograph of the Earth taken from the Apollo 17 mission on December 7, 1972. Spanning a swath of the globe from the Mediterranean Sea to the southern polar ice cap, the image features lovely white cloud swirls over the grand African continental massif. Much has changed since that photo was snapped. NASA satellite images of the Earth today show a vast increase in the clusters and chains of bright dots that represent cities and their night-time lights. In forty years, a new constellation of cities has emerged. The thing to notice is that the dots of light cascade across the Earth’s surface without any reference to national borders. That’s a good image for the global order now emerging.

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