Bare Bones Biology 208 – New Ethic

I believe the corposystem is actually moving, just a little, at the bottom levels, which is where it must move if we are to make any real changes. And I see more and more people who understand that we humans have painted ourselves into a lethal corner. I see that our urgent need now, if we are to survive, is to concentrate on describing the new ethic, or world view, that we must grow if we are to save ourselves. Trying harder within the old corposystem ethic will only increase the problems that it has created.

We take it for granted, our world view. All humans do; it’s part of how our brain works. But that’s our challenge now. If we want to take responsibility for growing something really fine out of the old mess, we need to question and discuss everything we believe – especially everything that we take for granted.

140608-Canyon-ASC_9321RLSss copyThis last part, individually taking responsibility for the new ethic, I do NOT see happening. What I do see is the same old cycle and recycle of past mistakes – the yin and yang of the corposystem world view, around and around, back and forth from one extreme to another, neither extreme sustainable. It is true that more people are asking good questions, but unfortunately it seems also that more people are coming up with bad answers.

The only way to change our ethic is to discuss these ideas outside the box of the old ethic, and that is more or less what Bare Bones Biology has been doing for the past four years. But frankly what I also see is a lot of people who look right at the new ethic and do NOT SEE IT AT ALL. It is fascinating how people can listen to what is being said and not hear what is being said but simply convert it to something different that is not what was meant in the first place, but is inside of the corposystem ethic. That is one way a system (or ethic) maintains itself.

Our problems cannot be solved by converting every new idea into a different version of the same toxic corposystem ethic. It would be far better to convert the corposystem ethic into a new world view that is based in constructive communication and factual reality. We do this by growing our skills in inquiry, discussion and evaluation.

Our inquiry and evaluation should consist of comparisons. The toxic corposystem ethic is based on growth, debate, competition and dominance, either by force or by manipulation. Growth beyond balance is not an option because it unbalances all the other parts of Life. We can’t survive that. Does your new ethic espouse growth? Then it is not a new ethic, it’s the same old growth ethic, no matter how compassionate it may be. Does your new ethic involve debate, competition and domination by force or by hype or by dishonesty? Then what you are doing will empower the corposystem. Make it stronger. That is not the new ethic.

If we want to reach a common goal/vision we must overtly recognize it – and it must be: sustainable human survival within a healthy Biosystem. Otherwise humans won’t be here on earth, and whatever else we want can’t happen. Then we must at least try, individually and/or collectively, to research and discuss until we can find positive solutions to our human problems. That must be our new ethic.

I do not see us discussing anything. Dissing yes, ignoring unpleasant realities, arguing, fighting, lying in order to “win,” and trying to use human emotions to resolve problems that are not about humans but are nevertheless essential to our common goal/vision. But I do not see discussion.,

If I did see discussion — inquiry and discussion — I would be seeing the new ethic. It’s as simple as that, and anyone can do it.

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Behind all Religion is Human Ethics

Often it is very well disguised. That doesn’t mean anything about the ethics. Just about some humans in all cultures. We probabaly will not be happy with our lives if we are one of those who do not look Beyond Religion for a better future. I downloaded it for free from I thought it was a gimmick. Of course the gimmick was FINDING what I wanted among all the digital diversions, but the book itself came up for a free download straight onto my computer. Or you can get the real book. The music of this Youtube clip would set you teeth on edge, but in the download it goes away quickly.

His Holiness and Ecology

I am forwarding this to our whole group of nearly 200 people and posting it on my blog, at the last minute, because I sincerely believe we will require the blending of the practical compassion and practical ecology if we humans are to make it through this biological bottleneck. As the Mind & Life announcement states (see the announcement below, a sincere effort at synergy is needed. Not only lip service and not a vague, fuzzy-bunny understanding of what is a hard-edged biological reality. Neither free-floating, unfocused compassion, nor prayer can save us from ourselves if we fail to also fulfill our obligations — both as individuals and as organizations — to our human future and to the earth.

Mind and Life Institute works with His Holiness The Dalai Lama to coordinate scientific research with issues of importance to the compassionate community. In the past, in my opinion, the Mind and Life science initiatives have expended far too much of their unique potential in the study of human physiology that won’t even exist if we don’t get our act together. I hope the work they describe here is fruitful. I know it is of the highest possible priority, and many of you will be interested in the outcome. The webcast begins in our time zone at 9:30PM today (Sunday) streaming live on line. I will download the podcasts and share them.

I hope they include at least one qualified ecological scientist in this workshop. So many people believe that they understand ecology simply because they do understand interconnectedness. Because we are interconnected doesn’t mean we can do anything we want to do with the ecosystem. If we want it to stay alive and healthy, we need to know specifically HOW the ecosystem is interconnected – how it functions — so we can avoid breaking the critical connections. If we haven’t already.

Let’s see how well the meeting is able to accomplish this effort and let’s support them fully if they are effectively addressing our real survival problem. We do need to unite behind an effort that has a chance to succeed. I don’t think the Peach Clubhouse can do it alone.

The regular Peach Clubhouse newsletter will follow later this month

The minimum requirement to grow a viable human social structure is that the citizens must be educated in the skills of: practical compassion applied to problem solving; the nature and needs of a healthy ecosystem; a rule of law that recognizes the conflicting human values at the individual level and the level of the whole.
___________________________________Here below is he announcement
Mind and Life XXIII
Ecology, Ethics and Interdependence
with His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Dharamsala, India • October 17 – 21, 2011

Live webcast
Live broadcasting by Ustream
Unfortunately, as this will be a small, private meeting, it will be impossible to invite additional participants to attend Mind and Life XXIII. However, the proceedings of the conference will be webcast live, beginning October 17th. Please note that the sessions begin at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm Indian time. If you experience problems viewing this video, you can also see it at The sessions will be available for streaming and download after the event at

Conference Overview
The slow meltdown of Earth’s capacity to sustain much of life, as we know it, poses an urgent challenge for both spiritual traditions and science. These two ways of knowing have developed distinctive responses, which are potentially synergistic. The goal of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to articulate an engaged environmental ethics. This would include the understanding of interdependence through an examination of the most recent data on the scientific case for effective ecological action. Furthermore, it will be a unique opportunity to meet with other faith traditions that have arrived at a religious basis for motivating environmental activism. A dialogue between contemplative scholars, activists and ecological scientists could enrich the response to our planetary crisis. Insights from the new thrust in ecological science evoke the deep interconnections between individual choice and planetary consequence as well as through cross-fertilization of ideas and meaningful action among activists working within their own spiritual framework. We will explore many dimensions, from the human-caused deterioration in the global systems that sustain life, and the role each of us plays as seen through the lens of industrial ecology, to a view from Buddhist philosophy and other faith traditions, to the on-the-ground realities faced by ecological activists. Our hope is that this conference will be a significant catalyst for the formulation of new research ideas in these fields and solutions to our planetary crisis.

Ethics in the Blogosphere

090422_dsc0492ssAs you all know, I am taking a course in Political Blogging.  I’m not really into political; I think it’s too much about winners and losers, but I wanted to develop a blog and it’s easy enough to claim that all human behavior is political, so I did.  My goal was to get up a blog, and here it is.  I think the professor’s goal was to arrive at a good discussion of ethics in the media, and he also succeeded.

It is a question, isn’t it, about ethics.  It’s a fine thing for each of us to express an opinion that someone else actually can listen to, rather than to have a few media bigwigs control our communal flow of information.  But it might not be so good for the community that we bloggers, as a group, have no written-down code of ethics to guide us.  The media, especially the long-standing newspaper sources of information, mostly took pride in a code of ethics that prevented a secretive bias of the information.

So I was thinking about ethics and blogging and various scenarios, and I thought of the Huffington Post, that seems to be trying to make itself into a newspaper on line, and its recent creative foray into public information gathering about the TEA parties that were held all over the country on May 15 — and here are my questions:

1.  Was it ethical to send out the word to everyone online that they are welcome to attend whatever local TEA party that caught their interest, and then to contribute pictures and news reports by email to the Post?  Even if the contributors don’t know anything about news gathering or codes of ethics?

My answer is – Sure, why not?  The amateur reporters get to have a lot of fun, they get exposed to ideas that may or may not be different from their own, and they are doing something that couldn’t be done by a reporter.  The Post gets a real bonanza of pictures and stories they can use any way they want without paying anyone for the time and effort.  And the TEA parties get advertising.  It’s a win-win-win.

2.  Is it ethical to sort out these media to represent the bias of the publisher?

I say sure, why not, if the publisher acknowledges its bias from the get-go, but this is only a win-win, which is not as good as a win-win-win.

3.  Is it ethical to claim that you have posted all the photos and then selectively edit which photos that you post — or don’t post?

I say No.  Honesty (or as one of the speakers at my TEA party said) “honor!” is a bottom-line essential component of a media code of ethics, no matter your bias.

Furthermore, as it is obvious there are no either/or answers to these sorts of questions, I say we should evaluate them according to the “win-win-win” system.  I’m really tired of hearing from politicos that everything in the world is a “win-lose” emergency. Almost nothing in the world is a win-lose emergency, and I say anything less than win-win doesn’t fly. If we care about our community.

(And besides, my pictures were better.)