A Woven Agenda

November 16, 2009  Volume 41…Number 25

Intent Sources Action Knowledge
“Constructing Conscience and Intent”

On November 12th, the Unitarian Universalist Church unveiled a “Charter for Compassion” which complements the efforts of late 2009 to focus attention on Justice, using Michael Sandel’s book, lectures and the apparatus created by Harvard and Station WGHB in Boston.
It defines compassion as “the principled determination to put ourselves in the shoes of the other, and lies at the heart of all religious and moral systems.”  The charter goes on to say “One of the most urgent tasks of our generation is to build a global community where men and women of all races, nations and ideologies can live together in peace.  In our globalized world, everyone has become our neighbor, and the Golden Rule has become an urgent necessity.”

Excerpt from the Charter:

“The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves., to dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everyone, without exception with absolute justice, equity and respect.”

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From Leonard Cohen, last concert of world tour-2009:

Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We’re both of us beneath our love, we’re both of us above
Dance me to the end of love

An editorial note:
The idea of the “woven agenda” is that we weave a design that includes
our intent and our knowledge, brought to bear on current developments.
Page one reviewed considerations around intent.
Page four reviews considerations around knowledge.
These facing pages in three columns provide a way of thinking about
how some appropriate considerations regarding intent and knowledge
converge on current developments.

The Leonard Cohen reference reminds us that the arts house our
meanings in metaphor and narrative.

The seven references to our knowledge help us focus on those
aspects of some important current developments.

With a view to action, you may just pursue these matters in casual
conversation or you may find other vehicles that your find more
effective in leveraging your views.

Current sources about developments and possible actions

What new reactions do you observe in your locale regarding Chinese-
American/European relations?

Did you have reactions in you locale regarding Leonard Cohen’s concert
Last Friday Night in San Jose?

Do you sense any new reaction to the tension between concerns of the end evidenced by 2012 versus the Long Now of 10,000?

Would you go so far as to declare Leonard Cohen a secular prophet?

What reactions do you get to the Mammogram controversy?

What reactions do you get to the US Health Reform process coming down to the wire with the Senate considerations?

As the Late 2009 season advances in the arts and politics and economics, do you catch any new developments or themes?

Continuing knowledge/consciousness considerations

1. How do persons in your locale set the stage for constructing their ordinary knowledge and blending in the knowledge they acquire from experts?

2. How do they handle their sources of extraordinary knowledge?

3.    How would you characterize their ordinary knowledge,                         
especially their view of human nature?

        4.    How would you characterize how they relate their ordinary
      knowledge and their extraordinary knowledge?

5. What about what they do with expert knowledge?

6. How much philosophical reflection is there?

        7.    How does the swirl to everyday life work out?   


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