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Christopher Dukes

Business Process Manager, Gordon Food Service

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Restrictions to control behaviors: When is enough . . . enough?

The idea that we can legislate, litigate, restrict, take away things or rights in an effort to control behaviors seems to be common and becoming more prevalent in our society. At the same time, common courtesy, that personal touch, care for your 'fellow man' seems to be disappearing. Are these two things related? Is it a fact that the more restrictions we place upon society as the measure of enforcing appropriate and accepted behaviors, we are actually creating a society dependent upon those very restrictions to provide their guidelines for living? Shouldn't we be re-educating society on how common courtesy and care for your 'fellow man' provides those same guidelines?

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  • Jun 22 2011: "Is it a fact that the more restrictions we place upon society as the measure of enforcing appropriate and accepted behaviors, we are actually creating a society dependent upon those very restrictions to provide their guidelines for living? Shouldn't we be re-educating society on how common courtesy and care for your 'fellow man' provides those same guidelines?"

    Any such phenomenon is most likely due to the perception of conflict within society, and the resulting stress. If someone is seen as being on the opposite side of an ideological divide it is less likely they will be helped.

    One of the most immediate of these conflicts currently, is the disparity in thought over whether society should be encouraging people to "earn as much money as possible" or whether it should be encouraging people to "only earn as much as you need to survive and be comfortable, and sell goods and services at a level where other people can benefit from the excess value that you do not need". This manifests as the anomalously high unemployment rate in seemingly 'advanced' countries like the United States, and can be fixed by introducing an additional progress metric that conflicts with total income earned: http://pastebin.com/Q86Zhgs9

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