FREE TOOLS for
humanity's mental toolboxes
We hope that with help from a few more (free)
tools, most humans will be able to figure out how to pursue their
happiness WITHOUT doing to others what they would OBVIOUSLY NOT
want done to themselves.
civilized people never neglect this pair of steps
when making decisions:
1. Imagine fully
exchanging roles with everyone affected by each
decision you contemplate
so one can then
2. DECIDE AGAINST DOING TO OTHERS WHAT
YOU WOULD OBVIOUSLY OBJECT TO.
The following simple (& free!) tools could
significantly advance our self-civilization process if
people like you help them catch-on.
A root word that can tell
people who have obviously decided to break THE
GOLDEN RULE in some big, obvious way....that they
are behaving less than fully civilized.
- If you don't have such a word in your
vocabulary, consider making one up! It could
help to have more than one catch-on!
- Alternatively, adopt one (or all) from
the collection at:
- Combine the root
word(s) with your favorite prefixes and suffixes to
add a versatile toolset to your mental toolbox.
A graphic symbol to convey that
same basic message: Hey, don't break the golden rule
- Here's one based on the single sided
object known as a "mobius strip" --->
- It's as single sided as the decision
NOT to break the golden rule is for civilized people.
- A half-twist mobius
strip with the correct length to width ratio
(~5.2:1) can be flattened into a hexagon baring a
retro-cool resemblance to the "peace
sign" popular in the 1960s. --->
- Making up your own
graphic is also welcome. The main idea here is
that we need ways to ask decision-makers to apply
the golden rule's
simple thought experiment of exchanging places
so they can at least ACT civilized.
A hand signal that
asks: Can't you at least stop breaking the golden
rule in big, obvious ways?
One idea is to mimic
the 60 degree angle within the mobius strip symbol.
It has a retro-cool
resemblance to the "hand peace sign" from the
Note: to get to 60
degrees, most people will need to have their palm
roughly perpendicular to the person being signaled.
Making up your own
hand signal is also welcome since each of these
suggested tools will probably be demeaned by rich
golden-rule-breakers. A sequential series of
symbols, signals, and root words may eventually be
needed as each one gets attacked.
BONUS TOOL: You can use Mobius
Blue Ribbons as tools to help the above tools
(Tools for tools!)
here for some ideas for ways to earn a Mobius Blue Ribbon.
The National Science Foundation sponsored National Public Radio
Show Radiolab created these 2 excellent segments highlighting
how critical words are to thinking and perceiving:
Without an action-word for the act of applying "The Golden Rule
will we remain blind to its violators somewhat like the Himba
people in the above clip seem blind to the color blue?
Are there significant regions of the moral spectrum that simply
have no words assigned to them yet? (and remain practically
Might there be a normal progression to the assignment of names
along the moral spectrum just as there was for the color spectrum?
After listening, ask yourself whether team-humanity has been bad
at ballot-box questions in a similar way as the people who lacked
"think-words" were at the toy-box question.
Are you amazed that humanity has survived inventing nukes so long
before inventing root words for "doing" the Golden Rule