The events of this week brought into stark relief that we can no longer rely on the good will of people to act in moral and ethical ways in societal structures.
Take charity. Individual charity is a old idea, based on the notion that wealthy individuals will take up the slack where society fails. That is good, but it relies on the goodness of people.
When we see people exploiting an economic system for their own gain to the detriment of others, we are shocked and label these people accordingly. That is the bad.
But this is an unproductive way to manage ourselves. If we want a charitable society, one that puts the individual at the centre and allows him or her to grow to their fullest potential, we need to institutionalise these intentions; change the way we think of bureaucracy, of economics, of the rules we put in place.
How do we embed, “Live and let live” into everything we do?
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