Frugality ≠ Morality

Evidence suggests “Reason” is powerful and it is what has enabled humans move toward a more just society.  The most recent example of the power of reason happened for me when a new perspective was presented to me about charity.  I had always thought it was important for my money to go for the cause, not the overhead.  With powerful data, Dan Pallotta (in TED Video below), demonstrates how frugality does not mean morality and that spending money for a charity’s overhead is important and necessary. Reason, therefore, as presented by Dan Pallotta, demonstrates there may be better ways to raise money for worthy causes.

Violence prevalence is something that may be the most misunderstood concept because of our 24 hours news cycle that highlights the opposite.  Reason and data demonstrates we are a far less violent society today than in the past. Startling and convincing data outlined by Steven Pinker: The surprising decline in violence in the TED Video below, explains why we are safer.

The above presentations have demonstrated the power of reason.  If you want to argue the point, doing so suggests reason has the power to change minds. The value of reason was clarified and reinforced in the excellent cartooned TED Video by Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The long reach of reason. I encourage you to watch.

As demonstrated, reason has the power to alter our way of thinking and can help us create a better world.

For me, one of the most powerful TED presentations was this 2005 presentation,Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice where he used reason to challenge the dogma that having more options was good.  If you have seen it before or not, I strongly recommend his presentation and book, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less.

I look forward to hearing how “Reason” will help you generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.

Make it a Great Week for Everyone and Everything!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

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What Makes Sense Leads to Moral Progress

Morality predicated on external pressures is never sufficient.                                               – Immanuel Kant

As explained in Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s TED Presentation, “The Long Reach of Reason” (also below) moral progress has been instigated through reasoned arguments that documented inconsistency in values, actions, and common sense.  After discussing some examples of how reasoned arguments led to moral progress, they wonder if our grandchildren will be as appalled by our actions as we are of our ancestors who saw things such as beheadings and slavery as normal. Won’t our ancestors or even our children wonder why we focused on eliminating disease when we were wanting to experience better health that we defined as the presence of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity? After all, doing actions and engaging in thoughts that lead to or cause health to create gains in well-being beyond just the absence of problems is a reasoned, logical course of action. Efforts focused on eliminating problems are insufficient and illogical if improved well-being is the goal.

Eliminating problems just brings us back to where we were, not better. If we want to be better, logic and reason suggests we must first determine the better outcome, Operationalize and Idealized Outcome, we want that is not available now and then determine how to create that better reality, Discover Precursors, Optimize the Process, and Plot Progress. This idea is the objective with salutogenesis and paneugenesis and the idea is explained in the Exceeding Expectations video you can access here or below. Reasoning and logic suggests focusing on and working toward creating a better is the obvious way  to create a better tomorrow.


I look forward to hearing about how you will be exceeding YOUR expectations, doing so will generate comprehensive improvements as you create interactions that help everyone and everything benefit.


Be Well’r,
Craig Becker