The individual and the community
We aim to strike a balance between egoism and altruism, so our goal is two-fold:
- to fulfill our individual potential, to give ourselves the opportunities we need to excel as individuals; and
- to actively look out for and support others in our community - the weak and vulnerable especially.
Perception of Wealth
Our understanding of wealth includes not just material things - but also ideas, knowledge, art and (perhaps most importantly) relationships between people. We feel that - in the long run - these are of comparable value to material wealth, and in one sense perhaps more valuable.
Empathy, compassion and self-interest
We feel that helping and supporting each other is one of the most important aspects of being human - but do not necessarily regard this as incompatible with self-interest. We hope, rather, to balance the pursuit of self-interest and individual happiness on the one hand, with the practice of care, compassion and mutual aid on the other.
Money and motivation
We plan to focus first-and-foremost on making
Land, property and ownership
We regard ourselves primarily as stewards rather than owners of natural resources. If we are fortunate enough to be entrusted with abundant natural resources ourselves, we feel that one of our foremost responsibilities is in sharing it with those less fortunate. Particularly important is the question of land ownership.
We feel that coercion is rarely justified and best avoided wherever possible, and that the most meaningful actions are those that people carry out of their own will.