We Promote a Practical Political Philosophy:

The Live and Let Live Philosophy

The Live and Let Live Philosophy contains two sub-parts or principles. The end goal? To separate our own personal morality from the law for the purpose of achieving global peace.

One Philosophy, two parts:

Part One – To “Live”

This means you are in charge of your life. You get to define and pursue your own happiness; you get to decide how to live your life on your own terms. You should be solely in charge of your body, all your peacefully acquired property and money, and all your time. Stated simply, you are in charge of you. You own your life! Be an Excellent Human.

That said, the Live and Let Live Movement intentionally seeks to inspire you to be the best version of yourself you can be. We urge you to stop for a moment and reflect on the good and the not so good about your existence on this planet. We challenge you to bring a new and best possible version of yourself to the planet.

Bring that best version, not for us, not for the rest, but for you! You are in charge of your happiness. Own it! You are in charge of your own mind, body, property, and time. Own yourself and everything that implies.

The Live and Let Live Movement seeks to inspire all people to simply be good humans. While we may disagree about some aspects of being a good human, most people have a general idea of the concept. We embrace and promote the aspirational values that will take your life to the next level.

We refer to this effort to inspire others to voluntarily be good humans as, “The Live and Let Live Moral Principle.” To “Be an Excellent Human” means to accept and promote certain aspirational values.

The aspirational values we promote are as follows:
  • High Character
  • Commitment to Mutual Benefit
  • Open-Mindedness
  • Compassion & Kindness
  • Tolerance
  • Civility & Respect
  • Commitment to Truth, Facts, and Rational Thought
  • Justice
  • Building High Levels of Trust

We promote these aspirational values because we seek to optimize human happiness and wellbeing while also reducing all suffering. Indeed, this is the overall goal of the moral principle.

If more people voluntarily adopt these aspirational values, we will improve our chances of achieving global peace.

Let’s challenge ourselves to be happier, healthier, and more ethical people. Let’s also seek to make the lives of those around us less complicated and more fulfilling.

We seek to empower YOU to be in charge of your decisions, actions, and outcomes.

What is an Excellent Human?

In Our Founder’s Words…

I suspect you already have a sufficient general understanding of what this means.  However, as with the 3L Legal Principle, honest disagreement is at the edges.  That notwithstanding, there is more agreement than disagreement regarding the general meaning of simply being an excellent human.  While being an excellent human certainly requires that a person not aggress against others, it also includes the following aspirational values: 

    • High Character – A person’s character results from their core values and motivations for acting.  It is the quality of doing the right thing for the right reasons.  Traits like integrity, honesty, loyalty, responsibility, accountability, compassion, empathy, gratitude, fairness, patience, fortitude, and others that promote good behavior encompass this concept.  The traditional four virtues present in both ancient philosophy as well as in many of the world’s most successful moral traditions include practical wisdom, courage, justice, and temperance or balance.  The 3L Moral Principle specifically promotes these four virtues as part of aspiring to a high degree of moral character.  Always striving to improve one’s character and act accordingly is arguably the most basic, comprehensive, and important aspirational value.   

    • A Commitment to Thinking Win/Win – We should always seek ways to align our self-interest with the interests of others to achieve mutually beneficial results.  Not only does this approach foster free trade and thereby raise standards of living for both parties, but it also fosters cooperation, mutual benefit, long-term relationships, and a high level of trust.  Investing time to genuinely understand another person’s thinking, preferences, and proclivities to determine what constitutes a “win” for another person is a necessary prerequisite to achieving and engaging in a win/win agreement.  As such, carefully listening to others is an important skill to be refined to realize this aspirational value.        

    • Open-mindedness – We should always remain willing to consider new or different ideas, opinions, and conclusions from the ones we currently hold.  This open-mindedness should be the case for all issues.  If we confront a better idea, opinion, or determination, we should not be afraid to modify our current position on any subject.  This willingness to change does not mean we ought to be fickle.  However, we should recognize that none of us is perfect, and we all currently hold some incorrect views.  Remaining open-minded is the best way to learn and improve.  There is simply no downside to being open-minded.  

    • Tolerance – We should recognize that people look, speak, celebrate, love, think, act, and even live differently.  We should aspire to accept genuinely the peaceful behavior and beliefs of others that differ from our own, even if we do not personally agree with or approve of them.  We recognize that all people are imperfect and therefore act imperfectly at times.  Let’s resolve, at least legally, to tolerate the rights of others to live, however, they choose so long as they do not violate Rule #1.       

    • Voluntary Kindness Towards Others – We should aspire to be caring, compassionate, generous, and helpful towards others in need even when we are not required to do so, and there is nothing tangible to gain.  While we reject forced kindness, we seek to inspire people to voluntarily be kind towards others because it is the right thing to do and for the sake of creating a peaceful world.    

    • Civility Towards Others – We seek to inspire people to maintain a dignified demeanor of friendship, politeness, goodwill, and respect toward others.  We reject the idea of harboring unjustified hostility towards others, calling people derogatory names, or being rude.  We should set an example for others to emulate.  This remains the case even when others act in uncivilized ways.  Harboring anger, hostility, and resentment are unproductive and does not foster peace.  We can always agree to disagree in a calm and respectful way.  Let’s treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves.       

    • A Commitment to Truth, Facts, and Rational Thought – We should be firmly committed to pursuing knowledge about what is objectively true about nature and the universe.  This commitment remains the case even if the facts of reality overthrow our current beliefs.  We should not cling to beliefs merely to be “right.”  Instead, we should pursue the limits of human knowledge wherever it leads.    

    • Building High Levels of Trust with Others – Trust is the foundation upon which all productive human relationships are built.  Our best relationships are the ones where we have earned a high level of trust.  We should never miss an opportunity to build trust with another person.  To build trust, we must first be trustworthy.  We should always act in ways that inspire others to believe in our integrity and underlying high character strongly.  We should encourage all people to honor their word and do what they promise to produce ever-increasing high levels of trust with others.   

    • Consistent Self-Improvement – We recognize no person is perfect.  We all make mistakes, which we should enthusiastically own, accept full responsibility for, and constructively learn from.  We should foster and maintain a commitment to excellence in all areas.  We each have countless opportunities to improve in all ways.  We recognize that learning is a life-long process requiring practice, diligence, and commitment.  As part of being an excellent human, the 3LM attempts to inspire all people to frequently bring the best new version of themselves forward and continually work towards self-improvement in all areas of life.   

This list of aspirational values is non-exhaustive.  These aspirational values, and possibly others, are necessary to achieve the 3LM’s overall goals of achieving global freedom and peace while optimizing human happiness and well-being and decreasing suffering.  To minimize the suffering of all sentient beings is an aspirational goal of many in the 3LM. 

Thanks!
MJV