Rights Vs. Responsibility And Care

When Piaget (1965) and Kohlberg (1981) published the findings of their studies on the manner in which people make moral decisions they ordered their results based on their own assumptions that the best justice was blind and that the best way to negotiate social relationships were through abstract laws and universal principles.

Since that time critiques of their work have shown that the assumptions of their research were narrow and inherently biased.  They found what they found because that is what they were looking for, predetermined by the structure of their research itself (Gilligan, 1982).

An expanded understanding of human development since that time now includes understanding the context of moral choices rather than simply the immediate needs of individuals in relationship to general rules and principles.  Dialogue and exchange of views allows individuals to be mutually understood and honest consensus worked toward.  Humans are oriented toward care and responsibility.  The adjuration of disputes will always be insufficient based on rules.

Canadians are inculcated to ‘believe’ in the rule of law from an early age.  In fact this belief is as sacrosanct for them as militarism is for Americans.  But by continuing to run its affairs based on the promotion of so-called unbiased impartiality the Canadian government separates itself from genuinely caring for its citizens.  This is reflected in its very form of government and the resultant ideologies that undergird its policies.

The truth is that a closed system based on rights has no way to even make sense of genuinely healthy, life-giving ways of decision making that benefit all citizens.  And that is why political leadership today in Canada is both an oxymoron and a joke.  Genuine collaborative, respectful dialogue is impossible for people who are brain washed into being rights-religionists.  This is what is promoted when we hear government officials speak about the absolutes of the rule of law.

There is a better way.  We founded and operate this farm based on our desire to actually relate to others and live in this place based on compassion and collaboration.

Perhaps you can discern these differences in this investigation into how the Chagos Islanders were evicted from their home in by the British and US governments…

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This week I am getting close to finally finishing the insulated doors that will close off the workshop that houses the farm’s power loom, which  brings us one step closer to producing blankets as a community for free distribution.  They should be installed by tomorrow.  I had to mill the lumber myself, both because of the dimensions of the insulation, as well as to reduce the cost of wood and our dependence on corporate products.

 

The reasons for the delay in completing this part of constructing the shop  includes severe health issues, catastrophic machinery break downs, and money.  Now our health is better.  Our machinery is repaired. But we still need a substantial amount of money in order to buy insulation (1600 square feet of 6″ insulation) and interior wall covering (1420 square feet of metal siding).  Donations to finishing up this shop would be treasured and immediately installed since doors allow this closed space to be heated and worked in this winter.

We did not come here in order to farm.  We came to establish a place of hospitality and sanctuary for anyone.  We work because we are workers.  We farm because that’s what we know.  But we work for others.  This is the model of the first Christians.  They sold everything and laid the proceeds at the feet of the apostles and gave as others had a need.  Christians have the same option today.  You either die to yourself (death is absolute) and follow their model, or you justify living your life in such a way that allows you to promote your own wants and desires and to add an element of faith to that selfishness that will help you to live with your guilt.  This is not an easy choice.  We sweat blood when we first made this decision as young people.  It has hurt us deeply that in serving the church for three decades that few others have allowed themselves to even hear this, let alone responded to this mandate. Society today is an unbelievable wreck because of this insistence on rights and the conditioned responses of selfish people.  You can change it through dying to your self in a personalized, respectful, responsible, genuinely hospitable, caring community based on compassionate love and personal impoverishment.

Christine’s depression never seems to end,
cuz she’ll never be as skinny as the girls on Friends.
She’s got fat hips, and thin lips, she’s jealous of a q-tip
she’d take stupid over fat.
She stuck her fingers down her throat for the very last time today,
And she walked away

(ooooh they walk away)

Malcom’s got his image,
there’s rock in his Glock,
And if he lives to see 20 he will have beat the clock.
He’s got his ride, and his pride and girls by his side
He makes his stand with a gun in his hand.
He saw his best friend lying on a stainless steel tray,
and he walked away.

(oooh, they walk away, hey hey walk away)

and the destination’s clear,
anywhere but here.

Doesn’t matter that you’re lying in the gutter,
doesn’t matter that you’re brains all cluttered.
Doesn’t matter that you’re covered in scars,
you’re never in the gutter with your eyes on the stars

Doesn’t matter that you’re lying in the gutter,
doesn’t matter that you’re brain’s all cluttered.
Doesn’t matter that you’re covered in scars,
you’re never in the gutter with your eyes on the stars

(oooh, they walk away, hey hey walk away) x2

So walk away from the boyfriend losers and
the the shame of the game that your brain knows your loosing,
and that job that you do,
it just robs you of who you can be when you’re free from this mentality.
So you’re home by the phone, getting stoned all alone
With your chatroom friends, your Korn and Ramones,
but the phone don’t ring,
Joey just sings,
sedated.
You’ve gotta learn to hate it.

Doesn’t matter that you’re lying in the gutter,
doesn’t matter that you’re brain’s all cluttered.
Doesn’t matter that you’re covered in scars,
you’re never in the gutter with you’re eyes on the stars.

Doesn’t matter that you’re lying in the gutter,
doesn’t matter that you’re brain’s all cluttered.
Doesn’t matter that you’re covered in scars,
you’re never in the gutter with your eyes on the stars.

(oooh they walk away, hey hey walk away) x2

Doesn’t matter that you’re lying in the gutter,
doesn’t matter that you’re brain’s all cluttered.
Doesn’t matter that you’re covered in scars,
you’re never in the gutter with your eyes on the stars.

Doesn’t matter that you’re lying in the gutter (gutter, gutter)
doesn’t matter that you’re brains all cluttered (brains all cluttered, all cluttered).
Doesn’t matter that you’re covered in scars (scars, scars),
you’re never in the gutter with your eyes on the stars. (stars, stars)

(ooooh they walk away, hey hey walk away)