We arrive here – and leave – through no choice of our own. While we are here, there is no roadmap for what to do, or, if there is, we have no idea what the right one is out of all the ones being proposed. And, to seal this (impossible) deal, we know all this.
Oh to be a dog! At 12, they never brood over the fact that their best years are behind them. And at the moment of death, all they know is the comfort of their beloved owner’s arms and the pinch of the vet’s needle.
But while self-awareness is our greatest burden, it also creates life’s most redemptive possibilities.
Central to Radical Decency is a forthright acceptance of this unforgiving equation. Instead of ignoring life’s fundamental mysteries, or presuming to answer to them, we seek to more deeply understand the inherent limitations of our biology and neurobiology, as well as its intricacies, contradictions, and potentialities. Then, working with our flawed humanity, with all of its demoralizing shortcomings and equally stunning moments of transcendence, we seek to create lives that are more loving and decent to ourselves, others and the world.