Innovators World, Introduction, Overview

Moral Innovators perspectives on Diversity and Race Relations

How do we define terms like diversity and race relations today? As a former member of the Fortune 500 company’s Diversity Committee and a reviewer of Princeton University’s Prize in Race Relations for over 10 years, it is becoming clear that these terms mean equal opportunity, independent of race.

Often, race is defined by physical characteristics like skin color. A group with more people of various skin colors is considered diverse. In fact, Moral Innovators know that 95% of humanity evolved from the values introduced by Confucius in China, Ashoka in India, and Socrates among Christians and Muslims around 2,500 years ago. These values have been influenced by cultures, languages, and other factors, but they are race-blind, and together, they have oppressed women for thousands of years. While we talk about Donald Trump and his incitement of violence and hatred today, the consequences of such behavior is not related to race. We have seen white people beating up on blacks, and black people beating up on whites within the confines of Trump events alone. In a strange way, we may have started to realize the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. whose vision was “we are not judged by the color of our skin, but the content of our character.”

President Barrack Obama, as the first African American US President, has made Race Relations worse, not better, after eight years of his Presidency. The Democratic Party is no longer focused on the working class as evidenced by his lack of action on the Estate Tax which has decreased from 77% in 1977 to 40% that Obama did not change in the last eight years – meaning the rich elites do not have to work as hard to legally preserve their wealth from generation to generation. Who is carrying the core message of the working class? Donald Trump and his message to get jobs back to the USA and exclude immigrants. Trump’s key message reminds us of the Immigration Restriction League that was founded by three Harvard graduates in 1894 to build a superior American race. The Wharton School, where Trump graduated, was also home to James Young, the Director of the Wharton School and a member of the Immigration Restriction League.

How do we see through this maze? Focus on two things:
1. Economic opportunities to sustain our quality of life, and
2. Hope to reach/realize these economic opportunities now or through our children.
Neither of these two things mention the word “race.”

It is critical that as few of us give up on our hopes as possible, because giving up on hope annihilates rational thinking, and concepts like suicide bombers under the name of God begin to make sense. Adolf Hitler was first democratically elected by rejecting to pay for 1919 Treaty of Versailles as part of the end of World War I. To sustain Hitler’s popular support, and probably referencing information available in the USA, Hitler gave Germans the hope that a master race can be created by murdering the inferior Jews that resulted in the Holocaust. The word that describes the creation of a superior group of people is called eugenics.

In the 1920s, before the rise of Hitler, eugenics was taught in 276 university courses in the USA and part of the college curriculum studied by over 20,000 college students. Mentally and physically handicapped babies were murdered and mothers sterilized to preserve a healthy population in the USA, and the State of Virginia did not repeal the Sterilization Law until 1974. An estimated 70,000 individuals, mostly African and Native Americans, were sterilized without the patients’ consent or coerced at the risk of losing welfare benefits. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People promoted eugenics in “Better Baby” contests. This means the USA was a clear violator of human rights within our lifetime. The fact that USA has been a human rights violator makes it difficult to impose such universal human rights worldwide today.

With hope, we can apply the Moral Innovation framework to balance continuous improvements with morality that drives economic opportunities for all. Costco is an example of a company that committed to not making more than 15% profit on its products supported by a reasonably paid workforce, and WeatherTech promotes US laser technology for competitive automotive accessories. China has many economic opportunities and is focusing on morality in the form of anti-corruption to deliver hope for equal opportunities. Meanwhile, China is paying the price of progress with the extremely poor environmental quality that have long term consequences after lifting the largest number of humans from poverty in the last 60 years. Until India fully addresses the removal of the caste system, there will be very little equal economic opportunities for progress.

In summary, Moral Innovators know that diversity and race relations give us hope for equal economic opportunities to thrive during our lifetimes.

Introduction, Overview

The essence of Moral Innovations

Moral Innovations leverage history to highlight how humanity has evolved on earth over time.  We can learn to recognize how Christians, Muslims, Indians and Chinese behaviors evolve and take actions that hopefully will make this world a better place.

No single person can change humanity overnight.  It took over 5,000 years to reach 7 billion humans on earth when terrorism and suicide bombers create tensions after a century of world wars that took the lives of millions of humans. Moral Innovators know this trend is unsustainable.  No law written by humans can be 100% effective.  No religion can be universally accepted.  Guns and advanced weaponry deliver short term advantages, sustain conflict and will not deliver harmony among humans over time.  We must respect the existence and rights of others who may have different values than we do.  Our common thread is morality, guided by the Golden Rule:  Do unto others what you want others to do unto you.

The Golden Rule does not feed us.  None of us could survive our childhood without some source(s) of food that usually come from our parents.  Some of us achieve sustainable livelihood earlier than others, but none of us can thrive without tools to generate income to support our lifestyles that usually require a good education, followed by the work that we do and/or innovations/improvements we deliver.  Education is not an entitlement, and unless we have rich inheritances, what we do with our education dictates the lifestyle we can afford.

Our lifespan is short, most likely less than 100 years.  We have only 30-40 years between completing our education and reaching retirement.  The objective of Moral Innovations is to educate humanity so we can optimize our productive years.  What you actually do is entirely up to you, but the circle of life guides us to educate our children for a better tomorrow.

Thrive with knowledge of your place in the world.  Do the right things and make it better.

Innovators World, Introduction, Overview

Which of the four global communities do you belong?

Mar2015 Humanity Overview Chart

There is only one universally accepted Golden Rule in various forms: Do unto others what you want others to do unto you. If only all of us follow this moral rule, the world will be a better place. However, The Golden Rule does not feed us. We still have to make a living, support a family, and live in a changing world. We must work hard to innovate with our skills during our lifetime. If we can rely on the hope that our hard work can support our desired lifestyles, there would be less violence and hatred over time. When we can no longer hope our hard work can feed us or do not want to work hard, we begin to sacrifice The Golden Rule. Moral Innovations use history to remind us that we must manage our hope through adversity and work hard with The Golden Rule in mind.

Which global community do you belong? Because we use English to communicate, we are already confined by less than 1.5 billion people out of 7+ billion people who can read English, with less than 500 million native speakers in 54 countries and 27 non-sovereign entities. The chances are, you are a Christian in one of these 54 countries and 27 non-sovereign entities, dominated by USA with more than 50% of the English native speakers worldwide. If we can focus on a Moral Innovation framework in this community first, and respect the culture and rights of the non-English speakers, we are moving in the right direction.

Innovators World, Introduction, Overview

Barack Obama may be a Moral Innovator

On February 5th, 2015, Barack Obama attended a National Prayers Breakfast. Several articles have accused him of not being a Christian as a result. The reason? His speech includes historical references to amoral activities under the name of God, specifically the Crusades, Inquisitions, Jim Crow laws, etc. Faith can not be abused or distorted to promote violence.

Said the President at the breakfast: “We should assume humbly that we’re confused and don’t always know what we’re doing and we’re staggering and stumbling towards [God], and have some humility in that process.”

That is a breakthrough for Moral Innovators. We thrive with knowledge of our place in the world. We do the right things and make it better.

Be open minded to listen and learn, act with Golden Rule, and a Moral Innovator is born.

Introduction, Overview

Moral Innovators’ Reality

Moral Innovators balance innovation with integrity, but we live in a real world…

Our reality is that we must make a living, sometimes to support ourselves and our family which require a source of money recognized by society which includes, among other things, a job. If you are among the 1-2 billion humans living in poverty, you have limited choices on what is available to you, with lots of hardship to prevent you from leaving poverty. If you are among the 3-4 billion with some education, there is a better chance to create your dreams. The key is your skills and how the world around you values the skills that you have. There are three categories of skills: Manual (physical), intellectual (mental), and people skills. If you have manual skills, you could be a farmer, street cleaner, factory assembler, auto mechanic, plumber, doctor, soldier, etc. who can command comfortable lifestyles, especially if you have the respect and loyalty of your paying customers. If you have intellectual skills, you could be a scientist, designer (of games, fashions, art, etc), computer programmer, engineer, teacher, marketing strategist, financial controller, lawyers etc. with good chances of commanding comfortable lifestyles when your skills are recognized by others who need teams and groups to deliver value through scales of economy. This is partly because “companies” have processes to produce and/or distribute goods and services that require trained teams of individuals. If you have people skills, you have the ability to formulate communities of people that combine both manual and intellectual skills that ranges from human resources department of companies, psychologist, entrepreneurs, sales, artists, etc. that, together, deliver greater value than any one individual.

We all have various degrees of overlapping (manual, intellectual and people) skills, and we must have language(s), as a minimum, to communicate. In general, the scale for which our skills apply determines the options available to us in our community. What is not within our control is who our parents are.

If you have very wealthy parents, you have more options to pursue your skills. You may not need any skills if you elect to only spend your inheritance, but this is not sustainable unless you have others to re-invest your family inheritance to generate more wealth.

If you have very poor parents, you have very few options to pursue your skills, as you are more likely pressured into a lifetime of menial manual labor not valued by others. The most likely scenario with opportunities is education, if you can survive the period of time you must be educated. Even the best schools today like Princeton University lack socioeconomic diversity. The opportunities are few and far in between. The largest example of success over 4,000 years is the Jewish people who were slaves for hundreds of years to the Egyptians. By creating hope through their unity in religion, their Judaism has transformed their former slave masters into supporters in the forms of Christianity and Islam.

The super majority of us are in the third category where we have supportive parents. It is incumbent upon ourselves to be motivated through structures like the Maslow’s hierarchy (based on a theory proposed by a US psychologist Abraham Maslow (1908-1970)). The more wealth your parents possess, the more opportunities you have to pursue your dreams. The “innovator” part of being a moral innovator is the value you dreams deliver, including being a social entrepreneur. Looking through history, it is the community with large middle class members that sustain healthy economic growth. China had maintained the world’s largest middle class, mostly through family based, self-sustaining small to medium enterprises, that made China among the world’s largest economy for 1800 out of the last 2000 years. USA started the 20th century with anti-trust laws to discourage the super-rich, and had the world’s largest middle class between the years 1950-2000 when companies like Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Company had policies to pay a premium to workers who, in turn, became loyal employees and customers. While globalization has taken a large slice of the US middle class away in the last 40 years, there are still practices like Costco’s policy of not pricing products at more than 15% profit margin that sustains a healthy economic growth rate.

Your reality is what you make of it, within the spectrum of the opportunities available to you. Whatever motivates you, give yourselves sufficient time to create hope within a framework of balancing your values with integrity. Our world will be more harmonious if we remember The Golden Rule as we deliver our dreams to our community.

Our realities are not always fair. Revenge is not the answer, because people will get what they deserve over time, even if it takes multiple lifetimes. Focus on your skills and values through innovations. Don’t be blindsided by your emotions. Make sure The Golden Rule is followed. Preserve USA’s democracy, and don’t let the wealth gap destroy what had been a great society with the world’s largest middle class fueled by The American Dream. Creolize The American Dream with The Chinese Dream, and we can create a better world.

Communication History, Introduction, Overview, Pre ancient civilizations 5,000 years ago

Moral Innovators’ introduction to the “oldest” Religion

Xingraomiwo (幸饶弥沃, or Shenrab Miwo) was the founder of Tibet’s Bonismo (雍仲本教) Religion. The root of this religion, Bon (本, or Tibetan བོན་), is translated as core or moral character. Using similar methods as Irish Archbishop Ussher’s calculations to show Adam and Eve were born in the year 4004bce, Shenrab Miwo is believed to be born ~ 3,800 years ago, around the time Abraham was born in Ur. We know that followers of Abrahamic religions include Judaism, Christianity and Islam, representing 60% of 7+ billion people today.

While Bonismo was formalized 3,800 years ago, the oral tradition went back over 13,000 years when humans settled from their nomadic lifestyle. This means Bonismo pre-dates all major religions. Note that Bonismo is not the religion of Dali Lama who preaches a form of Buddhism preached by Buddha who lived about 2,500 years ago. Bonismo is also related to Dongba, among the world’s last active pictograph languages and religion popular in places like Yunnan Province, China. I have seen, first hand, the Dongba pictograph written in front of me by a teenager who interpreted what he wrote to me.

The equivalent of the book of genesis in this religion describes developing harmony with nature. The scripture has thousands of volumes and the earliest documents came from the Ali region of Tibet called “Tripitaka (象雄大藏经).” One of the books Kanjur (甘珠尔 or Tibetan བཀའ་འགྱུར ) has 187 sections that include religion, philosophy, logic, literature, arts, astrology, medicine, science and engineering. There is a recorded 4th meeting of this religion in the current day Sri Lanka back in the year 29 bce, over 2000 years ago. There is a Chinese book published in 2006 and reprinted in 2012 translated by ChaCang GaCangCaiDan (察仓尕藏才旦). The book describes the nomadic settlements that were isolated by both the high mountains and the influx of Zoroastrian, Buddhism, Chinese Dao, and other religions that have taken over Bonismo as a religion. Today, over 10% of Tibetans are still Bonismo followers, and Bonismo was recognized in 2014 as a protected cultural heritage by the Chinese government.

Geographically, the Ali region of Tibet is near the 6,721 meter high Mount Kailash (冈仁波齐峰) where the rainfall and melted ice flow into the Indus River and is sacred for Bonismo, Hindu, Buddhism and Jainism religions. As part of the Himalayas, this is where India tectonic plate collided with the Eurasian tectonic plate 50 million years ago. Today, Eurasian plate is still being deformed, and compressed at a rate of 4mm/year, meaning the Himalayas will continue to increase in height over time. The other way to look at this region is the fact that this was the coastal region for the island of Asia when the dinosaurs roamed until 65 million years ago, where the world’s largest volcanic eruption ever occurred over 30,000 years near today’s Mumbai, India that created the Deccan traps, before the island of India collided to become part of South Asia, creating the Himalayan mountain range that includes Mount Kailash. This is also near the region where 38 million year old primates were found in Asia, contemporary to African primates.

So what? So this region has a long history of changes, and their cultural heritage can tell us our long tradition of harmony with nature, living with moral integrity, free from the pressure to maximize wealth and try to join the top 1% of wealthy humans that control a disproportionately large share of wealth created by all humans. Everyone should have a chance to work hard and command their own lifestyles without exploitation of other humans. This, by definition, is zen. Among the visitors to this region to learn the art of zen? Steve Jobs.

Introduction, Overview

Moral Innovators’ knowledge and Christianity

Moral Innovators seek knowledge of our place in the world, so that we can do the right things and make the world a better place. One guide for doing the right things is The Golden Rule: Do unto others what you want others to do unto you. Make the world a better place requires innovations or continuous improvements, depending on our heart, skills and capabilities.

Seeking knowledge starts with our beliefs that we should try to confirm with facts or truths. There must be many more beliefs than knowledge because facts, or truths, remove only false beliefs, and cannot remove all beliefs. Truths or facts confirm beliefs, almost never create beliefs. We can deduce the earth rotates around the sun, contrary to the previous belief that the sun rotated around the earth, but that is a correction of belief, not a creation of belief.

Professor Bart Ehrman has many beliefs and lots of facts or truths. We can try to convert his facts on Christianity into knowledge by focusing on which beliefs can be confirmed and become knowledge. He started as a devoted Christian who spent most of his young life reading the Bible in multiple languages, seeking to find and understand the “original” version. The more he read, the less he himself became convinced of the Christianity faith, and became an agnostic in the 21st century. This is a breakdown of his claims to facts or truths that can be broken down into truths that can increase our knowledge of Christianity.

  1. Christianity claims that Jesus was, and is, God. However, this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime, and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself.
  2. None of the original Bible documents of (either Old or New Testament) exist. The earliest text of the Bible had been copied many times, not a credible representation of the “original” version.
  3. His books highlight inconsistencies among existing Bible versions, specifically on the resurrection of Jesus, the timing of the death of Jesus, and when Jesus was declared “God” cannot be reconciled, unless the inconsistencies are ignored and remain “beliefs,” not knowledge.
  4. For 3.5 years Jesus preached an apocalyptic message of “love thy neighbor.” There are others like Jesus around his time, specifically Apollonius who was also resurrected and performed miracles as a contemporary of Jesus 2000 years ago.

Others, like FE Peters and Hans Kung, have also added inconsistencies:

  1. Who created God? Can God come out of nothing?
  2. Hans Kung, a Catholic clergy, claims that Frankish (i.e. French) clergy changed documents ~1,000 years ago within the Church to strengthen Pope’s power who ultimately became “Infallible.”
  3. FE Peters presented that The Jewish “midrash,” Christian “allegory,” and Muslim “kalam” all reflect attempts to interpret scripture into moral principles for believers. Specifically, Hellenistic philosophies were adsorbed onto all Abrahamic religions.
  4. The Black Sea deluge hypothesis between 2,600-2,800 years ago may explain the references to “the big flood” among Epic of Gilgamesh which predates the Bible, which predates the Quran.
  5. There is no archaeological evidence to support the Bible’s Exodus.

Faith, by definition, means we choose our personal relationship with God based on beliefs, not knowledge. Instead of battling at the belief level, we should respect the beliefs of others, while focus on productive dialogue for harmony within the realm of knowledge, not beliefs, by following The Golden Rule.