After my personal crash in 2008, I went to Biarritz France. Gazing at the sea I was thinking: ‘There I am, 35 years old. A new life ahead. The body thankfully in good shape, and thankfully I don’t have to go back to school!’ Reborn I felt, but rich with the experience and knowledge. ‘I want to be maximally happy’ was the first thought for my new life. This felt a bit egoistic, but than, I also understood that being ‘sound-full’ egoistic, is also an altruistic thing: You can only help others by being enough sound full your self.
Than there came: ‘I want to bring goodness to the world, and use my experience and talents for that’. The third saying in my conscious was ‘But what is goodness? How can I be sure for instance when I want to help to create a more sound banking system, I am not creating a bad system again?’.
That was a starting point for a quest which lasted for almost 1,5 year: My quest for a definition of goodness on half the size of a page. I wanted a compressed definition, not a big book in which people get lost, or can read ‘anything’. And I wanted to express it in such terms that it would be concrete: If I act like option A towards a person, is that option more good than option B? Goodness principles based reasoning I call that now. And it helped me a lot.
So, this ‘new’ definition is rocket science? No. I read many articles on the internet. I read philosophical books on ethics (strange that this field could not come up with a definition, maybe because this field is too much related to the ratio, and does not think with the heart?). And I did a lot of study on the major religions and the origins of there believe system. The essence I found out (or found back is maybe a better term) has been actually already there for thousands of years. So it is not my invention. You can read here which Principles of Goodness definition I made. And I invite you to do something like the same. Or at least, take once a year some hours to wonder on your definition of goodness, and whether you live goodness. A note on living goodness: I believe our universe works (quantum physics / spirituality) in a reflective way: the more you do good, the more goodness (happiness, fulfillment of your dreams, etc) comes to you. So better be good? Or even better: better act good. I prefer the practitioner of goodness above the preacher…
Next to your personal life, why is this goodness-definition so crucial? I wanted to create a ‘good bank’. After many months of research and designing and talking to people -and digesting the reflections they gave me- I found out that on the nowadays financial system it is impossible to design a good bank. I made a ‘balanced score card’ with which banks could be scored from minus seven to plus seven. They all scored below zero. Not strange, I took principles as ‘Does the organisation to something to somebody else, what it would not like to be done to itself’ (answer: mostly yes = Not Good).
I I did not have those principles of goodness figured out, I wouldn’t have been able to dig so deep to find out what I found out: before we can create good banks, we need to design good-money [More on Good-Money, or ‘Good-Currency’ you can read in the books Novaglobe or Deniesa’s Manifest]
Another act of cosmic synchronicity: I was on this journey of finding out about goodness, and sort of all out of nothing a girlfriend I had been climbing with gave me a part of tissue with the symbol below on it:
Figure: Basque Cross
She said: ‘Iwanjka, this is actual a symbol of goodness. Hitler and his allies turned it into something bad. As did the romans soldiers’. This girl gave me a representation of a quest I was working on (and as far as I know, she didn’t know about it).
So I already spoke on why this can be important for you as a person: by doing good, the chance raises you’ll ‘get’ what you want…
But than, what is in there for us as a society as a whole?
Well, for instance: Take a half hour, and watch the debates of our political leaders. I noticed that in say each sentence somebody says: ‘Well, I don’t think that is a good idea!’. I dear to state that if you would ask that politician (leader) ‘Tell me, what do you think is a clear definition on the word good´ ? It would remain silent.
So, what I want to make clear, is that as long if we don’t have debates on the essence like what is goodness, political debates are doomed to end up into mist. As they -for my feeling- many times do.
And the same goes for company boards, product designers, etc. And I think also in churches, between religious movements, etc.
I plead, with this article, for an upgrade of the focus on goodness itself. When we learn our children -our they learn us- about being good, bullying is over. When we find common sense on the essence of goodness religion based wars and terrorist attacks are over. Because, I believe, in essence each religious system has the same kernel in it. Based on what is good.
And I plead for a specific subject on this at Universities ‘the (con)science on goodness’. And at schools. And have training programs, role playing for instance, to play real life situations and how to apply the principles of goodness. Because it might seem simple: ‘Don’t lie to person X’, but what it it means that speaking the truth will hurt person Y deeply? There a so many nuances in applying ‘goodness principles algebra’.
An almost last note. This all seems a rational (head-matters) based story. In my wondering on the role of emotion, I figured out that next to use the ‘principles on goodness’, that our emotions might be bakens. More on that in a next article…
And than the final note… Within the banking system I have been information analyst, system designer, information system architect and system migration manager for about 10 years.
So, redesigning systems, based on clear requirements was my daily occupation. And in 2009 I thought: ‘How would our social ecosystem look like, when it was redesigned, based on principles of goodness‘? The result of this redesign, you can read in the Novaglobe book in this section. Not saying that the described direction is the ‘only direction’.
I hope to inspire policy makers, people working at university and schools, the ordinary and powerful. I hope to inspire artists, which have because of their reach a far bigger influential power than they often think. But are often reluctant to support specific political parties, because they don’t like the political system (see the redesign of this part named harmonicracy) in the Novaglobe book. After my experience in party-politics in 2010, I started a ‘topic based’ approach: I do not campaign for a certain party, I promote certain solution areas instead… I hope to inspire to use goodness as a base requirement in all things they (re)design and guide…