Category: 2. Other Musings & Creative Projects

Prague Photos-2009


1.  Personal Willpower & Freedom          7.    Social Awareness

2.  Personal  Physical Needs                       8.    Intimacy/Shared Emotions

3.  Personal Rational Thinking                   9.    Shared Beliefs & Knowledge

4.  Personal Emotional Security/Home  10.  Responsibility to Society

Home & Family                                                     Career

5.  Personal Creativity/Self-Expression  11.  Social Progress & Altruism

6.  Personal work / Physical healing         12    Spirituality & Transcendence

This 12-sided model of life emphasizes that all sides of life are equally important and necessary to the health and well-being of an individual and, in larger terms, of society.  Each individual is challenged to first acknowledge that these 12 different sides exist, and then is challenged to acknowledge that they are all equally important and necessary.  Then the individual is challenged to acknowledge where his/her biases are in relation to the other sides.  These are the first steps in being willing to recognize other points of view and to be able to accept other points of view.   More important these initial steps allow individuals to find ways of working together with others and finding common agreements.

Different individuals will gravitate to different sides of life more naturally, and will want to express the value of their orientations.  This positive need to express the value of a specific side of life becomes negative and destructive when other sides are not seen as valuable or necessary for existence.

Michael Franti

Crystal Bowersox



A good and just society seeks to serve all of its citizens, as well as respecting and caring for the well-being of people and life forms existing throughout the world.

A good and just society cares for and seeks to not destroy the natural environment not only in which it exists as a nation or community, but throughout the world , and other realities that may exist.

A good and just society does not bestow or allow privileges to be hoarded by a few at the expense of other people, society as a whole and the natural environment.

A good and just society seeks to provide public education to all of its citizens from preschool through higher education.  The focuses of this education should not be to teach to pass tests, but to encourage “critical thinking, historical knowledge and a love of learning in each child.”

A good and just society seeks to make sure that no citizen goes without basic needs of shelter, food, clothing and health care.

A good and just society seeks to keep all of its citizens informed through media, while free, is not monopolized and controlled by concentrated wealth and power.

The term, democracy (or representative democratic republic) is a positive form of governing of, by and for the people, not for the elite and wealthy.  The founders of our constitution believed that the greatest threat to democracy was concentrated wealth, and sought to put safeguards to keep democracy in control of the general population.  But over the past two centuries at various times the wealthy have succeeded in undermining the U.S. democracy at the expense of the well-being of the working and middle classes.  In the 1930, Franklin Roosevelt was able to pass the New Deal, which provided among other things, a safety net for workers and others in the general population.  Since Reagan, many of the key safe guards, regulations and safety net social programs have been either removed or reduced in scope and funding.  Currently, we are facing one of the worst inequities in income between the wealthy and the middle/working classes, and we are facing reduced funding for social programs, climate control, public education, health care, housing, etc.

We need campaign reform to resolve these issues, and to get us back to being a good and just society.