What is ABetterSociety.Info, Inc. About?
What It Is and What It Is Not
Sometimes it is easier to explain what something is by also explaining what it is not. We use this approach in explaining our reasons for starting ABetterSociety.Info and what we are attempting to accomplish.
As Christians we believe fulfilling the Great Commission involves working to make world better society. It reads as follows.
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 - New International Version (NIV)
We believe the Commission includes more than bringing non-believers to Christ. For example, would the Commission be fulfilled if Christians had only focused on saving the souls of slaves held in bondage in the United States prior to the American Civil War? We do not think so. We think Christians should have worked to improve world society by striving to free the slaves. We think many people in the world still live in different types of bondage and should be set free so that they can fulfill their personal needs to be self-fulfilled humans.
Our ABetterSociety.Info efforts do not involve attempting to convert non-believers to be Christians. We think attempting to do so will alienate many people from understanding our ideas and applying them. We think world-wide application of our ideas may make people think about being Christians but that is not part of our efforts. Our thinking goes along with Martin Luther’s concept often stated as “a priesthood of all believers.” In our way of thinking every human answers to God through his or her own way. We are not to be judges regarding another person’s beliefs.
In our studies of world society, we think the concepts upon which the American republic was founded provide the best example of how world society should be structured. We Americans have not yet fully implemented these concepts. Many of these concepts are not taught in our schools. Many are not well understood by the American and world community. This can be seen mainly because our actions as individuals and as a government do not reflect them. At ABetterSociety.Info we strive to increase understanding of these concepts and propose improved approaches to applying them.
In presenting our ideas we are not proposing that a better world society will be created by attempting to enact a copy of the American Constitution in every nation in the world.
Our ABetterSociety.Info ideas and proposed actions can be considered “out-of-the box” and include concepts not commonly discussed. They come from a holistic study of world society viewing it from a gestalt, interrelated point of view. World society functions as a whole and the greatest insights can be achieved through viewing it as such.
Our ABetterSociety.Info ideas and proposed actions are not based in one of the many separate social sciences fields such as history, economics, psychology, political science, etc. We see little value in studying society in fragments being as it does not function that way. How can we identify approaches to improving world society by not studying it the way it functions?
Our ABetterSociety.Info concepts are designed to identify new approaches that have greater potential for improving society. We think conservatives are right about some things and wrong about others. We think liberals are right about some things and wrong about others. We assume some of our ideas will support some ideas as promoted by both conservatives and liberals. We assume some of our concepts will seriously challenge some ideas promoted by both conservatives and liberals and each group will be greatly irritated.
Our ABetterSociety.Info writings are not designed to support a particular political point of view. It is our view that the polarization and divisiveness of the current dialogue (shouting at each other?) drives people apart and hinders creating thinking. We are confident our positions will make it extremely difficult to acquire funding for our efforts.
In developing our ideas, we study society as a whole, attempting to identify common patterns of thinking and behavior. It is our belief that increased understanding of these patterns and the why of them can enable us to make cause and effect judgements about approaches to improving society.
In developing our ideas, we do not study societies by identifying unique characteristics of one society as opposed to others. We do not think such an approach, although common in the study of societies, lends any useful information in attempts to improve society.
We are recognized by the IRS as a non-profit. Your generous donations will be tax deductible.
© By Joseph L. Bass, EdD and Barbara P. Starkey-Bass April 2016 - ABetterSociety1@aol.com