Create All Good – Paneugenesis – in Prisons?

Is it possible to use selfish, selfless, synergy to create all good and generate comprehensive improvements by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits in prisons? Germany’s new approach to prisons, the same country that created and used concentration camps to break people, now uses a dramatically different approach that may benefit society. The first section of the 60 Minutes video below shows their recent presentation about how they are jailing people in Germany.

This new approach that helps people learn how to be to contributing members of society, rather than punishing them, shows promise. This approach also lines up with Steven Pinker’s findings that suggest society is becoming moral, see this post.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts about this development. Make it a great Holiday!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

How Helping Refugees is Good for Society

We are good people and we want to be good by contributing to the greater good. In watching  Alexander Bett’s TED presentation, “Our Refugee System is Failing – Here’s how we can fix it”, it helped me realize the great potential we all share.


His presentation also reminded me of the beneficial “Safe Haven”, the location where Ruth Gruber brought 984 European World War II Holocaust refugees as “guests” of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. As in Bett’s presentation examples, everyone benefited when Holocaust Refugees were brought to America. I visited the Safe Haven when I used to live in Oswego NY and worked at SUNY Oswego.

At “Safe Haven” these refugees were temporarily housed at Fort Ontario in Oswego, New York from August 1944 – February 1946. In saving these “random” 984 holocaust victims, the world benefitted. Below is a brief video of the “Safe Haven” story. Another example of how human refugees are not costs but are assets from which we can all benefit.


The Lady who made this happen is Dr. Ruth Gruber. I encourage you to learn about Dr. Gruber. There are many video’s about here life including the movie, “Ahead of Time” if you want to learn more. Below is a short video of Dr. Gruber and below that the trailer from “Ahead of Time“.



These stories are more examples of actions that make us feel good for doing good because it contributes to helping others and society benefit. In other words this is an example of how we can practice paneugenesis and create all good by using selfish, selfless, synergy to generate comprehensive improvements by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits. Other posts about how to create all good by Practicing Paneugenesis can be seen here, here, here, and more if you search this blog. I look forward to hearing how you create all good with selfish, selfless synergy.

Wanting & Liking; Knowing & Doing- Very Different

In contrasting fashion I have read  and are reading books that take similar concepts from different perspectives. In reading “The Upside of Your Dark Side” by Todd Kashdan I learned that just because we want something, even something we want really bad, it doesn’t mean we will like it when we get it. He explains that wanting and liking are handled by 2 different parts of our brain. In other words, when someone else tells us we should have or get something because it is great, we may realize after we get it that it isn’t great. While Todd suggests this happens because different parts of the brain handle each requests infers this may be a problem but to me it seems this is a good thing and should happen.



To me the process of wanting and possibly liking, as handled by our brain uses science or the Socratic Method. It seems what we are doing is one part of our brain, without experience, makes an educated guess or hypothesis that something is wanted or needed.  We don’t know if it is right until we test it. After we test that something we will know if we do or do not want it. Isn’t that life? Marketing of course has confused the issue by manufacturing wants and confusing wants and needs thanks to Freud’s cousin Edward Benays.  I will talk about marketing in future post.


Based on a recommendation of a respected friend I am reading and learning from Daniel Lieberman’s The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, health and disease. He explains we did not evolve to be happy and well adjusted. He also explains a lot about what Kashan says is our desire for comfort – an actual genetic desire. He explains we adapted to become what would make it most likely we would reproduce.

As he explains, adaptations to our biology happened to encourage reproductive success, not to make us happy or to have a long lived life or to achieve goals. If those needs overlap, then yes we did evolve for that purpose. However because we adapted through our evolution, what we were continually changed. Each time we adapted to optimize our situation, that optimization changed everything meaning we had to evolve again to optimize. These repeating adaptations are all part of who we are and helps explain why we are the we are. It also provides several reasons as to why we are less than rational. Our biology creates different wants and needs. We therefore are irrational because of our varied adaptations throughout our evolution.

Our irrationality is explained in detail by the Behavior Economics and brilliantly by Daniel Kahneman in Thinking Fast & Slow. For more information about these topics you can see posts here  andhere.

For example, Lieberman suggests we get chronic disease because we are doing what we were evolved to do. The evolutionarily driven choices we make for food and exercise today were created for an environment of scarcity and discomfort not for todays world of comfort and abundance. This explains much…

I am learning a lot, I look forward to sharing as I learn more about how we can best generate comprehensive improvements by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits. If you have read either of these books please share your thoughts. Thank you – I look forward to learning more…

Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference

Last week I learned a lot attending the Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference in Orlando. The topic of the conference, :”What is the purpose of Health Promotion? Money, Health or More?” inspired me to propose that Health Promotion was the Purpose: Money and more follow. All that I have learned suggests health is the underlying or latent construct that enables better performance. See more about the conference here.


If you are interested, here is a PDF of my presentation. If you went or have thoughts to discuss, lets talk. Thank you for your interest.

Becker Handout – AJHP 2016-HP is Purpose $ Follow