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view society, to some extent, as threatening my security and
well-being—so I take precautions to minimize risks.
I often ask “Will someone hurt me if I do this?” Far from
wanting to interact with and trust them, I generally fear strangers,
especially those who seem clearly different.
I lock the door to my house at night. I own a gun to protect
myself and loved ones should the need arise.
I try to align myself with those who have power.
I believe those who break laws should expect harsh
punishment—especially if they are poor or powerless.
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see all humans as worthy of special treatment. I believe society would
work best if all people obeyed The Golden Rule: that is, treat others as
you would want them to treat you. I don’t lie, cheat, steal,
discriminate, or arbitrarily restrict, because I don’t want people
doing this to me. If I see someone suffering, beyond empathizing /
feeling their pain, I give them compassion. If I see someone in need, I
practice a “village ethic of mutual help”: I help them because
someday I may similarly need help from someone.
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from Coming of Age in the Global Village, by Stephen P. Cook, with Donella H. Meadows.