April 25th, 2016

Live #41: Working on OpenCiv

My first thought had been about the liability of officials for doing their jobs. Accountability is a key value, and being immune to prosecution for not doing one's job is not being accountable. But, while *my* first thought, it's not the first thought for OpenCiv. What *are* those jobs, and what are they intended to accomplish? What are the goals?

To create as much human fulfillment as possible. To create joy, love, and beauty. Who defines those? The citizens. Who are they? Whoever they say they are. It's *possible* they'd say so and be *wrong*; people are capable of error. On a first approximation, if someone is capable of saying "I am a citizen, and here is how I discharge my responsibilities as one", then so they are and so they do. We need and have ways of figuring that out -- and sometimes *those*'ll be wrong too, but I think we're pretty good here. And then there's my own pet terror, the narcissist amoral opportunists; we need a way to deal with them. I have one, but again while this is vital to *me*, it's about a third-order consequence within the bounds of the system.

As a living entity, an Open Civilization is both a top-down *and* a bottom-up structure. Also deeply interconnected and interdependent. It's a life-form, life-forms are messy, and there's no way to get around that. But it *is* possible to do a decent job of describing what one is, what *this* one is, and how it works, and that's what I'm working on.

I want to love as much of humanity as I can get my arms around, and I want to expand the definition of what it means to be human as far as I can push it.

Edited to add:
Second point is partial homeostasis; the OpenCiv needs to regulate the rates of change so they stay within the capacities of its constituent humans to adapt to. That's still too broad; the basic principle is self-care, for an expanded definition of 'self'. Possibly too broad still; the problem of figuring out how much resource it's "fair" for me to use on *me* has been an open question for as long as I know. Other primates are still wrestling with it also. Argument here is for much broader distribution of resources, and vastly less attention to blame-games. But I need to have the elegant argument for how to do it.