The Human Givens Charter — A vision for good government

Three implications of this Charter

  • It follows from the Human Givens Charter that the various departments of government and public services should, at the very least, ensure that their activities do not prevent the people they serve from getting their innate emotional needs met. A clear distinction between ‘needs’, which are either physically or psychologically necessary, and ‘wants’, which arise from greed and conditioning, should always be held in mind.
  • To the extent that any leader or organisation fails to help people more fully meet their innate human needs they are contributing to the generation of mental and physical illness, the rate of increase of which is literally placing the survival of our species in jeopardy. (As we have mentioned, mental illness primarily arises when the innate psychological needs of an individual are not being met in balance.)
  • If our lives are to have meaning and purpose we need to understand the three main ways in which this is achieved. They are: i) By being needed and serving others (as in raising a family, teaching, caring, working in teams for a common goal etc); ii) By stretching ourselves mentally or physically (as in learning new skills, getting better at sport, scientific endeavour, developing a craft or art form, expanding our general knowledge and applying it); iii) By connecting our core being to a power larger than ourselves (as in a philosophical, political, religious or spiritual project).

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