Considered action is to be emphasised over purely theoretical concerns. Philosophy, conversation, and deep consideration have great value, but to be of utmost value they must eventually be grounded in concrete action of some type.
Philosophy and ideology must serve action toward achieving our goals, rather than distracting from such action. Responsibility for taking action and the consequences of that action must be assumed by each individual, working to lead efforts themselves rather than waiting to be told what to do, assuming that the action is in accord with these Principles. This point can be summarised as: Just Do It.
Corollary Principle: 4.1.1 Statements of Identity and Affiliation
All Social Futurist groups and organizations are encouraged to make an explicit statement of their identity, values, and affiliate relationships. Such a statement helps the group to consider both ethical and practical issues in their self-governance. No constraints are made on the content of such statements, except that the entire statement must be perfectly compatible with the Principles of Social Futurism (and group behaviour consistent with that statement) if the group’s affiliation with Social Futurism is to be considered valid.
Principles of Social Futurism / Expansion & Commentary 4.1 / 4.1.1
1. Preparedness & Community
The world is changing rapidly, and wellbeing will depend on preparedness as change reaches a critical pace. Those sufficiently prepared for radical change will have a greater chance of enjoying its benefits, while those caught unprepared will run the highest risk of negative consequences. Culture, happiness, and life itself are at stake.
While individual rights, freedoms, and the rule of law are important facets of true civilization, it remains a fundamental reality that culture is preserved and advanced by whole communities, working together, and that extreme individualist rejection of the community weakens both the community and the individual. Intelligent balance is critical to preparedness.
2. Identity & Politics
All living things draw some distinction between that which is part of themselves in some way, and that which is “outside” or alien to them. Such distinction is the essence of identity, is perfectly natural, and is in fact extremely valuable in helping us prioritize when making important decisions. The ethical development and exploration of identity strengthens communities. As we strive toward inclusive cultural ideals, we thereby encourage diversity as those ideals proliferate (as the ancient Chinese poem says, “Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend”).
Once we understand the value of preparedness, community and identity, we must take steps to enshrine our values in a robust system of laws and institutions. Such a system allows an organised defence and development of the things we hold dear. Politics is a much broader phenomenon than the narrow paradigms which characterise early 21st Century human affairs, and political machinery must evolve along with the community it serves.
3. Focus & Fulcrum
All ideals must be grounded in action to have any value. Furthermore, the only actions of any value are those which have some reasonable chance of successfully achieving a concrete goal. The most efficient approach to such actions is to choose a tractable point of focus which can be manipulated with minimal resources while affording a disproportionately valuable outcome. This principle also reminds us to discard unhelpful notions of ownership when determining what resources are available; All that matters is whether resources are available for use (regardless of who owns them), and whether their use is efficient in achieving well-defined ends.