Designing Foreign Aid Thought Experiment 7.7.3
- From your perspective, how should we spend our foreign aid dollars?
- If you were designing or voting on foreign aid expenditures, how would you design the system and make choices?
- What would your priorities be since there are bound to be limits to how much aid is available?
- If we give foreign aid, should we expect something in return?
- What should the result of foreign aid be?
- Should foreign aid be based on reward and punishment?
Paths and Choices: Foreign Aid for Growth 7.7.4
Based on the principle of Growth, I would argue that the best use of foreign aid is to promote and encourage the characteristics of Growth: attraction to and love of life, love of others moving from self to neighbors, strangers, and nature or all living things, and a willingness to risk standing for independence and freedom. If we ask whether our gifts are going to create the characteristics of Growth, perhaps we can make wiser choices for the long term good. We can promote a healthier world and ethically stronger and more productive people everywhere.
How can our gifts create . . . .
- individual productive activity
- economic sufficiency
- mental/psychological health
- rational judgments and critical thinking
- awareness of reality
- acceptance of truths that are valid for all peoples
- orientation to the present and future while understanding the past
- integrated personalities
- intellectual growth
- love for the processes of life that involves both feeling and thinking
- service to and defense of life
- joy and gladness
- warm and affectionate contacts with others
- lack of threats
- inner harmony and strength
- stimulating and interesting life
- equal justice for all
- dignified lives without fear or anxiety
- freedom to be active and responsible in society
- basic security
- original and adventurous intelligence and character
- a concern for the common good
- acceptance of useful tasks and equity in doing them
- acceptance of the risks and power of responsible choices
- understanding of realistic alternatives and the consequences of choices
- imagination of the possibilities for good
- willingness to struggle with the frustrations and burdens of humanness
Without Words We Cannot Think
“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” The Great Law of the Haudenosaunee (the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy)