All of their principles are insightful and important, and I draw your attention to a few:
- the solutions to the social problems that exist in this society are to be found within the context of the daily activity and work of people;
- human beings are social animals and it is through human interaction, dialogue, and action that we draw inspiration and direction;
- people have the capacity to deal with the challenges and obstacles that impede their development and serve as obstacles to positive social change. However, in order for people to grow and prosper they must have at their disposal the most basic of resources: healthy food, adequate shelter, sufficient clothing, a well-rounded education, etc., as well as a belief in their capacity to change their own lives;
- as individuals and as an organized body within a community, we have a responsibility to contribute the resources that lie at our disposal for the betterment of the communities in which we live and society as a whole;
Our view of social change needs to be the view from the commons: requiring the collective effort and thought of people, not the individual effort (however noble) of one person at a time. For those of us raised in the USA, to value individual effort and heroism, individual need and sacrifice, this is a big change, and one worth pondering deeply.