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Joanne Donovan


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What are human rights? How do we decide and are they universal?

Are human rights the starting point we begin with when looking at how our societies function, or are there more important issues? How true is this statement; 'when people focus on being ethical without being pragmatic they end up being neither.'


Closing Statement from Joanne Donovan

Thanks to everyone who participated in this conversation. Some excellent threads. All the best to you and your families for the new year 2012. Peace.

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  • Dec 21 2011: Suggested universal ethical framework

    1. Life is the universal process of self-directed growth
    2. Life's creative power must be channeled appropriately in order to sustain an ever-more complex and diverse community of life
    3. All life has the privilege to choose how it wishes to contribute to this community of life
    4. By choosing to contribute to the community of life you are responsible and accountable for the consequences your actions have on the community
    5. As you create more life, treat others as you wish they would treat you

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