To persuade people to act, in all aspects of their lives, in concert with social principles that advance Human Happiness, Harmony, and Prosperity.
To see people living in vibrant communities in which their cultural norm is to advance their personal interests and values by relying exclusively on persuasion and voluntary relationships. Individuals will also categorically refuse to endorse or empower any agent — personal, social, commercial, or political — to initiate physical force or fraud on their behalf.
Our Message: Social Principles Are Vital
Embracing the Philosophy of Human Respect is essential because consistently acting in accordance with it is vital for human happiness, harmony, and prosperity.
Our philosophy is derived from three axioms…
- All human beings have an innate drive toward greater happiness (well-being).
- Physical harm to a person always decreases their happiness.
- Theft of a person's property always decreases their happiness.
These axioms show us that there's a principle at work (a natural principle is a cause-and-effect relationship that we can consistently observe). We call it the Natural Principle of Human Respect...
Human Happiness, Harmony, and Prosperity will always decrease as persons experience:
- The initiation of violence, or
- The theft of their property or time through force or fraud.
Because we know the principle of gravity, we don't jump off of tall buildings. In addition, the more we learn about and conform to natural principles, the more profitable our lives can be — as in, the principles of gravity can also help us erect bridges and buildings. Likewise, the Natural Principle of Human Respect leads us to an important social insight — the Moral Principle of Human Respect...
To promote happiness, harmony, and prosperity, I will neither initiate violence against others, nor will I diminish the wealth of others through theft, fraud, or destruction of their property.
The Challenge: Social Principles Tend to Be Overlooked
Nearly everyone lives their daily life by this moral principle.
Additionally, when you go over the concepts discussed above, the vast majority of individuals instantly recognize that these are fundamental realities of human interaction. They can see how happiness is both lost and gained.
However, too many people lack awareness of the ways this principle is disregarded and the negative consequences for the happiness of all people in society. They don't think about these social principles in the same way fish do not think about how wet they are.
The Foundation exists to shed light on the myriad ways individuals breach the moral principle, why these breaches can never increase happiness, and how we each can pursue our own happiness and that of others without violating our most valued personal principles.