Although Green Spirit experiences do not lead to dogmas or fixed truths, in order to form a community we need a set of basic values and common ethical standards. Here is the basic set of ethics proposed by this Green Spirit Community:
See also “The Wisdom of Crowds” by James Surowiecki,
See also "Citizens’ Assembly, Referendum in Ireland" The Guardian,
1. Over the past decades there has been a global increase in economic inequalities. Wealth has been transferred to the wealthy. Many states have lost their assets and have lost power and influence according to their losses. Read the WID world report by Thomas Piketty et al.:
1. In 2014 a scientific article was published in Ecological Economics, showing a mathematical model for civilizational collapse which consists of four factors: (1) Nature (carrying capacity of natural resources), (2) Commoners, (3) Elites (economic stratification of society) and (4) Wealth. The model shows that if a civilization reaches the carrying capacity of natural resources the Commoners will suffer. Due to their amassed Wealth, the Elite, which is also in power, will not change course, because they are protected from negative feedback by their Wealth. They will overstretch the system until a total civilization breakdown occurs where all knowledge is lost, the Elites are wiped out and the population falls back to subsistence levels or ceases to exist at all. This has occurred many times in human history and few to none of the lost civilizations have ever recovered their former grandeur. The model also shows that with a stratified population it is difficult to avoid collapse in the long run (200 to 500 years). Steep economic stratification of society, i.e. high levels of inequality are a recipe for disaster.
|2. We reject the theory of “trickle-down economics” which is nothing but self-serving to the already rich and powerful. Have a look at billionaire Nick Hanauer's TED Talk: |
3. Decisions should be made in councils and circles using the principles of non-violent communication. See also: “Nonviolent communication” by Marshall Rosenberg,
|4. Democracy is not a free ticket for any kind of belief. Some religions and some political belief systems favour inequality, authoritarian and fascist world views, and the brutal suppression of opposition. Fascists of all colours believe that democracy is obsolete and they regard the mobilization of society under a totalitarian one-party state as necessary to prepare “their people” for (armed) conflict. They have a positive view of violence and promote masculinity and charismatic leadership. We look upon those world views - with a religious or political agenda - as criminal and dangerous to a peaceful society. Members of these groups violate other people’s rights in words and deeds and are therefore not to be tolerated. There is a limit to tolerance.|
1. Energy has to come from renewable sources. Walk the Green Path.
2. Instead of an economy of eternal growth and eternal enhanced use of resources, goods and materials we strive towards an economy of steady state, perfect cycles and reuse. The only constant growth sectors can be knowledge and renewable energy. We strive towards a Sustainable Green Economy.
We support Doughnut Economics. Read Kate Raworth's book on „Doughnut Economics“
|3. The market does not reward public or environmental benefits of a given product. If two products are equal in quality the market will always favour the product with the best price. Products which are manufactured without any concern for the environment or any protection of the people creating the product will always have a better price than those of companies which spent money on environmental protection and social benefits. In a global economy, the dirtiest company always wins. Neoliberalism aims at the rule of a free and unregulated market. In the Western hemisphere, neoliberalism has started to continuously undermine and dismantle the social contract of states which aim at equal opportunities for everybody. Only states and international organizations which have the public interest at heart with strong regulatory laws to protect the people and the environment can provide an acceptable and stable framework for markets.|
|4. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of their interests. Trade unions are crucial to enforce the right to a just remuneration. Sweden and Germany with their law-enforced worker’s participation in management (Mitbestimmung) are our role models.|
|5. In contrast to the “fundamental right to work” many people are unemployed. More and more products are produced with less and less labour. Great financial upheavals like those within the Eurozone in 2015 or the financial crisis of 2007-8 lead to further unemployment. In the developed Western countries, work intensification, IT supported workflows and automation are continuously reducing the number of jobs available. The EU crisis has led to over 50% of youth unemployment in some southern member states. This is inacceptable.|
6. The concept of an unconditional basic income is also worthy of serious discussion. The independence it provides would radically improve living conditions in society and reduce many social problems. Jobs would have to be either attractive or well paid, mobbing and bullying in the workplace would vanish, the stigmatizing of those unemployed would cease, small businesses and start-ups would increase, women (and men) could leave their violent partners, improving the living conditions for their children. Many economic think tanks are currently discussing the concept of various universal basic income models. Some states/countries have already experimented with this concept (Alaska, Brazil). In Germany, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation considers the version of a universal basic income proposed by Dieter Althaus to be financially feasible. The city of Utrecht in The Netherlands is about to start a first real-life experiment with a basic income (2016 onwards). In Finland and Scotland other experiments are planned or being carried out.
|7. The financial crisis of 2007-8 has highlighted a paradox of the current financial system and politics. Banks usually lend money to governments. Many governments are in debt. But the same governments had to bail out banks in 2008 with credits they had to borrow from banks and now have to pay interest on the same money that they used to save the banking sector. This is absurd. Today's worldwide financial system looks more and more like a cross between a casino and a runaway train which no one is able to figure out let alone control anymore. Governments need to take the reins firmly back into their hands. |
Ha-Joon Chang: “Economics: The User's Guide: A Pelican Introduction” Bloomsbury 2014
|1. We cultivate an attitude of thankfulness for all that we have received from the plants, the animals, from our fellow citizens, from the earth, from nature. |
|2. We face our personal problems. We stop the legacy of emotional damage of previous generations and try to heal ourselves, thereby improving the life of our fellow citizens, our children and our children’s children. After several thousand years of crime, conflicts, wars and struggles - and two world wars within one century - there is probably no-one on this planet who will find inner peace without a little help. Fortunately, ways of achieving this are nowadays available in abundance.|
15. We have adopted the beautiful focus statement of the Earthlight Community as an outline of our goals (slightly shortened): » www.diggersanddreamers.org.uk
“We are a spiritually based community of people intending to consciously create a caring, loving, joyful life together, committed to learning and practising a sustainable way of living. We believe we are experiencing a major planetary shift and need to align with this, both individually and collectively. We understand that all life is connected energetically and therefore we all share responsibility for our world and its future. Within this understanding, we aspire to live by the following intentions: