Sunday, February 7, 2016

Every Life Matters

“When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”

– John F. Kennedy

The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the strangling death of Eric Garner brought out a great deal of anger that had previously only simmered below the surface. The mantra “black lives matter” that came out of the events was a great mantra and articulates a new, better attitude that I (and I’m sure many others) feel needs to pervade our culture. That mantra was turned in to “All Lives Matter” here, which is the essence of the spirit of this book; to improve quality of life for the black, Latin and white poor. At the same time, there is a focus on taking the pressure off the police, because it they that have to bear the burden of bad policy. Yes, there is such thing as good policy that benefits everyone.

  1. Which idea in this chapter do you think is the best response to the current crisis?
  2. What do you think about the potential benefits of “Citizen’s Books” and annual government reports? Do you have any thoughts on their ideal format?
  3. What are some existing models of approaches to transparency?
  4. Can make the summer facilities model outlined here happen?
  5. Do you think the proposed goal for world peace is an important part of this chapter? What do you think would be a good first step for its implementation?
  6. What are four benefits of a national energy policy?
  7. How can we work toward animals being treated with decency and respect?
  8. Are there any other ideas from elsewhere in the book that belong here?
  9. What is the role of community newspapers in the twenty-first century?
  10. How are the walking paths and rail trails near you? How can the rail trail, Safe Routes or ideas be applied to your hometown?

Tell us how you feel about these thoughts. Share them with your friends and family and get your community involved in the solutions to our world.

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