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14-02-2013, 06:05 AM (This post was last modified: 14-02-2013 06:10 AM by Zat.)
Resolving conflicting loyalties
In our complicated world, individuals have simultaneous and often conflicting memberships in many tribes: immediate family, extended family, work-group, religion, political party, social organizations, country, race, species and life.

Everybody is aware of the problems caused by conflicting loyalties but I have not seen any good advice or guidelines on how to resolve them.

Can we create a systematic and logical hierarchy of obligations we face as human beings?

We as humans are halfway off the trees with mixed impulses: part of us want to cooperate, other parts want to fight for survival. This is natural on an evolutionary path from one stable state to another one.

We are all vulnerable in the middle.

It is painfully obvious to most of us that we could not live on our own outside of society, outside the benefits of division of labour. How many of us know how to grow our own food, make our own clothes, our own tools, build our own shelter, protect ourselves from wild animals? Some, not many.

So we owe something to each other, we owe something to our human family.

And this chain of obligation can be logically carried on to the utmost dependency: on our planet and biosphere.

Just as in Nuremberg it was not an acceptable defense that "I followed orders", the planet will not forgive us for betraying our highest level of obligation: to Life.

Any thoughts on this?
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Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 14-02-2013 06:05 AM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 14-02-2013, 07:26 AM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 14-02-2013, 08:15 PM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Dom - 14-02-2013, 08:20 AM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 14-02-2013, 08:41 AM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Dom - 14-02-2013, 07:11 PM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 14-02-2013, 09:08 AM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Chas - 14-02-2013, 09:15 AM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 14-02-2013, 09:34 AM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 14-02-2013, 05:15 PM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 14-02-2013, 05:36 PM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 14-02-2013, 05:50 PM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Vera - 14-02-2013, 05:57 PM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 14-02-2013, 06:03 PM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Dom - 14-02-2013, 07:16 PM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 14-02-2013, 08:53 PM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 14-02-2013, 09:07 PM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 14-02-2013, 09:16 PM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Dom - 15-02-2013, 05:58 AM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 15-02-2013, 04:22 AM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 15-02-2013, 12:46 PM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 15-02-2013, 07:34 PM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 16-02-2013, 08:31 AM
RE: Resolving conflicting loyalties - Zat - 16-02-2013, 12:24 PM
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