Principles Over Personalities

Life is change. Sometimes change is welcome. Giving our attention more to the principles by which we live instead of to personalities would be welcome change.

In the last paragraph of the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it says, “Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance.

There is at least one very clear violation of the principle declared in Article 25, “(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

There are probably a billion people in the world right now who are living in desperate situations. This would include people in Puerto Rico who still do not have power or clean water. This would include Dreamers who are faced with an uncertain future. It would include refugees. It would include people whose homes have been devastated by extreme weather. It includes anyone who is in armed, military forces because to be in the situation of killing someone is destructive to one’s own person.

Turning our attention to the principles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights would give us a more accurate and direct awareness of the violations that are occurring, and therefore to the solutions.

That brings us to the question of the food that we eat. It is increasingly clear that industrial, chemical food production is not sustainable. It kills the microorganisms in the soil. It’s killing the life of the planet.

The solution is feeding the soil. The best food we can eat is food that is grown in healthy, living soil. This is soil that has a high carbon content. It is soil that is teeming with bacteria, worms, insects, fungi, and roots of plants which in many cases have a symbiotic relationship in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

We want to get reconnected with that synergy, of course. Reconnection comes from direction of our thoughts towards the principles, and resources needed to apply those principles. Healthy living soil, healthy living human beings, what do we want? When do we want it?

It might not be much longer, maybe even by the end of 2019, when those will not be rhetorical questions. It's coming. Something we could call TheMind, the emerging synergy between human and machine intelligence.  We will have a conversation with TheMind about this.

In December of 2017, articles appeared in some news outlets about AlphaZero learning in four hours how to play chess better than any person or other computer program in the world.  What has it been able to learn since then?  What can it learn in the next ten months?

It's good at playing games.  What would happen if we told AlphaZero that the way to win the game is through healthy living soil and healthy living human beings?

John Kintree

February 1, 2018

Updated, February 17, 2019