The Declaration of Post-Modern PaternalismPosted: December 4, 2004
Integration of Foreign, Domestic & Personal
Draft 3, 12/6/2004
Ernest N. Prabhakar et
We who are blessed with various
resources (e.g., insight, freedom, money) believe our greatest happiness — and
highest self-interest — is cultivating those in others. At the same time, we
humbly acknowledge our ongoing need to cultivate these in ourselves with help
In light of this, our
universal policy — in our personal, professional, and political lives — is to
others as ourselves. In particular, we commit ourselves to developing habits,
relationships, and systems
We will support those who
empower and reform those who
starting ? but not ending
? with ourselves.
We will give, deserve,
and demand respect
as the only viable basis
for human relationship.
We will effectively and
constructively receive, submit & interpret
in the context of empowerment and
respect ? even for our
We will maximize the
usefulness of all natural, intellectual, and human
for the long-term good of both
producers and consumers.
And in support
of this policy, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and
our sacred honor.