July 6, 2002
The Ways of Relating Perspective on Some Practical-Political Issues
The “Natural Method” of Childraising as an Example of the Ways of Relating Perspective and the Relational Principle
I What the method is –
A Brief description; basic perspective / philosophy
B History / origins
C Current usage
II Takes the child’s interests fully (i.e., equally) into account
III After doing so, you (the parent; usually the mother) try to satisfy them as best you can.
IV Making the final decision as an example of the 2nd-order criteria.
V Trust in the parent is the first experience of the benign universe.
VI The fundamental importance of this raising for the child’s entire life.
VII Objections to it:
A “Creates dependence on the mother.”
B “Doesn’t ready the child for the realities of life, which is harsh, cruel, and indifferent to their interests.”
C I’m sure there are other objections unknown to me. I want to give the full range of them.
Getting Along with Each Other
I The Ways of Relating Perspective on Mediation and Litigation (with Dr. Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo)
II Restorative Justice
III Getting Along with Other Cultures
IV Comparing Satyagraha and the U.S. Peace and Justice Movement in Terms of the Ways of Relating Perspective
V Our Need for a Structure of Reconciliation
Comments on Aspects of Social Organization
I The Role of Religion and Spirituality in the Ways of Relating Perspective
II A Revised Understanding of Freedom of Speech
III Same-Sex Marriage
IV A Moral Philosophy of Sex Work
V Market Value and Use Value
Meaning and Crisis
II Four Crises
III Mining the Lifeworld
IV Lotteries and Legitimacy
V Advertising and Authenticity
VI Meaning, Crisis, and the Tragedy of the Commons