Total Nested Hierarchy of Issues
Inherent in every Community of Life is a Total Nested Hierarchy of Issues that must be solved if the elements of Community are to develop into the fullness of their Potential and Flourish in Harmony.
This is not an Absolute list, but the general themes are obvious. If we loved someone, we would want to address the inherent issues of:
- Meaningless or Demeaning Work
- Irresponsible Production and Consumption
- Actions that Harm or Degenerate Life in the Water, on Land, or in the Air
- Lack of accountability, transparency, and truth
- Weak / corrupt institutions
- Lack of coherence, cooperation, and continuity
- Lack of Spiritual Realization
- Supply Chains, extraction, oppression, and abuse
These issues, and their corresponding Goals, have been nearly universally validated by 193 nations and the vast majority of international organizations and institutions through frameworks such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
If we look at any Organization, we could develop a similar hierarchy of issues.
If we look at any Individual, we could develop a similar hierarchy of issues.
In short, a heart of Love would want for all things to develop into the fullness of their Potential and Flourish in Harmony.
The vast majority of Issues that any Individual, Organization, or Community faces are General Issues and General Problems common to All.
If we developed General Solutions to these issues, problems, and challenges we would not need to continually "reinvent the wheel", and could instead cause the solutions available to All to Become A Little Better Every Day.
The Total Nested Hierarchy of Issues gives rise to a Total Nested Hierarchy of Goals. Goals are the positive expression of what can or should be done in response to the problems or desires we are facing.
The Meta Project and Meta System exist to ensure that this Total Nested Hierarchy of Goals is accomplished for the Good of All.
The Lionsberg System is being co-created to instantiate / embody these solutions.
To evaluate the parts of the prototype, we synthesized comprehensive lists of the challenges and opportunities facing humanity and life on earth.
As we look at the many challenges facing the world today, it can be overwhelming to consider the complexity and interconnectedness of these issues. From poverty and hunger, to conflict and environmental degradation, to corruption and injustice, it is clear that no single challenge exists in isolation. To effectively address these global challenges, it is critical to approach them from a systems point of view, considering the root causes and interdependencies that contribute to these issues. By understanding the bigger picture, we can identify key leverage points and prioritize solutions that address the underlying systematic causes rather than just the symptoms. This approach can help us to forge more effective and sustainable solutions that address the root causes of global challenges and work towards a more just and equitable world for all.
Challenges identified included issues such as:
- Root Causes:
- Solution Hypothesis:
Health and Wellness
Discrimination, Inequality, and Lack of Access
Hunger and Malnutrition
Family and Social Cohesion
Crime and Justice
Youth Development and Juvenile Welfare
- Mental Health
- Addiction and Substance Abuse
- Hunger and Malnutrition
- Poverty: Despite significant progress in reducing global poverty, billions of people around the world still live in various dimensions of poverty, lacking access to basic needs such as food, shelter, water, sanitation, education, and healthcare.
- Hunger and Malnutrition: Around the world, over a billion people still suffer from malnutrition that stunts their development and wellbeing.
- Health: The world is facing a number of health challenges, including the rise of non-communicable diseases, the spread of infectious diseases, and inadequate access to healthcare in many parts of the world.
- Education: Many children (and adults) around the world still do not have access to quality education, which can limit their opportunities and prospects for the future.
- Gender inequality: Women and girls continue to face discrimination and inequality in many parts of the world, including in areas such as education, employment, and health.
- Environmental degradation: Pollution, habitat destruction, exploitation and other factors are causing rapid loss of biodiversity and changing the climate, posing significant risks to the planet and its inhabitants.
- Conflict: Armed conflict and terrorism continue to threaten stability and security in many parts of the world, and can have long-lasting effects on communities and individuals.
- Human rights: Many people around the world still face violations of their human rights, including the right to life, liberty, speech and security of person.
- Terrorism: Terrorism continues to pose a significant threat to international peace and security, and can have far-reaching effects on communities and individuals.
- Forced migration: The number of people who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution, or other crises continues to rise, and many face challenges in finding safety and security in their new homes.
- Drug and alcohol abuse: Substance abuse and addiction continue to be major challenges in many parts of the world, with negative impacts on individuals, families, and communities.
- Corruption: Corruption undermines trust in governments and institutions and can have negative impacts on economic development and social stability.
- Human trafficking: Human trafficking, including the exploitation of people for labor or sexual purposes, remains a significant problem in many parts of the world.
- Cybercrime: The increasing reliance on technology has also led to the rise of cybercrime, including online fraud, identity theft, and cyberbullying at the local level, and emerging cyberwarfare on the global level.
- Access to justice: Many people around the world do not have access to fair and effective justice systems, which can prevent them from seeking recourse for wrongs and seeking protection of their rights.
- Social inclusion: Many marginalized and vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities, indigenous communities, and minority groups, continue to face discrimination and exclusion in many parts of the world.
- Disaster risk reduction: Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods, can have devastating impacts on communities and economies, and it is important to invest in measures to reduce the risk of such disasters.
- Water and sanitation: Access to clean water and proper sanitation is essential for human health, but many people around the world still do not have access to these basic needs.
- Climate change: Climate change resulting from natural and human forces is a major global challenge, with impacts including rising sea levels, more frequent and severe natural disasters, and changes in temperature and precipitation patterns.
- Sustainable development: Ensuring that economic development is sustainable, taking into account the needs of future generations and the planet's natural resources, is essential for the long-term well-being of all people and ecosystems of life.
- Sustainable energy: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy is essential for economic development and the well-being of communities.
- Sustainable agriculture: Ensuring that agricultural practices are sustainable and support the long-term well-being of soil, farmers and communities is essential for food security and the health of the planet.
- Sustainable cities: As the world's population becomes increasingly urbanized, it is important to ensure that cities are sustainable, with adequate housing, transportation, and infrastructure to support their residents.
- Sustainable consumption and production: Ensuring that consumption and production patterns are sustainable, taking into account the needs of future generations and the planet's natural resources, is essential for the long-term well-being of all people.
- Oceans, lakes, and rivers: The health of the world's oceans, lakes, and waterways is vital for the well-being of all people plants and animals, as they provide water, food, transportation, recreation, and economic opportunities. Ensuring that the the world's water systems are healthy and sustainable is important for the long-term well-being of all people and organisms.
- Forests: Forests provide a range of important ecological, economic, and social benefits, including carbon sequestration, habitat for wildlife, and economic opportunities for communities. Ensuring that forests are managed sustainably is important for the long-term well-being of all people.
- Biodiversity: The loss of biodiversity is a major global challenge, with impacts including the loss of important ecosystem services, such as water purification and pollination, and the loss of important species. Ensuring that biodiversity is protected is important for the long-term well-being of all people.
- Income inequality: The gap between the rich and the poor is growing in many parts of the world, with negative impacts on social cohesion and economic stability.
- Aging populations: Many countries are facing challenges due to aging populations, including challenges related to healthcare, pension systems, and economic growth.
- Mental health: Mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, continue to affect people around the world and can have far-reaching impacts on individuals and communities.
- Political instability: Political instability and conflicts can have negative impacts on communities and economies, and can lead to conflict, violence, and forced migration.
- Cybersecurity: As the world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, protecting against cyber threats such as hacking and data breaches is becoming increasingly important.
- Terrorism financing: The financing of terrorism, including through illicit activities such as drug trafficking and money laundering, continues to be a major challenge.
- Drug resistance: The rise of drug-resistant diseases, including antibiotic-resistant infections, is a major global health challenge.
- Unemployment: High levels of unemployment can have negative impacts on economies and communities, and can lead to social and economic inequalities.
- Inadequate infrastructure: Inadequate infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and transportation systems, can limit economic development and impact the quality of life for communities.
- Natural disasters: Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods, can have devastating impacts on communities and economies, and it is important to invest in measures to reduce the risk of such disasters.
- Access to clean water: Access to clean water is essential for human health, but many people around the world still do not have access to this basic need. Additionally, recent studies show that all rainwater on earth is now polluted with toxic chemicals.
- Access to electricity: Access to electricity is essential for economic development and the well-being of communities, but many people around the world still do not have access to this basic need.
- Access to education: Many children around the world still do not have access to quality education, which can limit their opportunities and prospects for the future.
- Food insecurity: Many people around the world still do not have access to enough food to meet their basic needs, and food insecurity can have negative impacts on health, education, and economic development.
- Drug trafficking: Drug trafficking is a major global problem, with negative impacts on communities and economies. It can also be linked to other challenges, such as organized crime, corruption, and terrorism.
- Gang and militia violence: Gang and militia violence can have devastating impacts on communities, and can be linked to other challenges such as organized crime, drug trafficking, and terrorism.
- Military and police corruption: Military and police corruption can undermine trust in these institutions, and can have negative impacts on human rights, security, and stability.
- Proliferation of nuclear weapons: The proliferation of nuclear weapons poses a significant threat to international peace and security, and can have far-reaching impacts on global relations and stability.
- Artificial Intelligence and Robotics: The rapid advancement of artificial intelligence and robotics has the potential to bring about significant changes in society and the economy, and raises a range of ethical and policy questions related to the development and deployment of AI. AI has the significant potential to displace much of the human workforce, while providing capabilities of mass destruction far in excess of nuclear weapons.
- Environmental pollution: Environmental pollution, including air, water, and soil pollution, can have devastating impacts on the health of soil, microbiome, plans, animals, humans, ecosystems, and the economy.
- Deforestation: Deforestation, the loss of forests, can have negative impacts on biodiversity, climate change, and the well-being of communities that rely on forests for their livelihoods.
- Water scarcity: Water scarcity, the lack of sufficient clean water, is a major challenge in many parts of the world and can have negative impacts on human health, agriculture, and economic development.
- Overfishing: Overfishing, the practice of catching more fish than can be sustainably replenished, can have negative impacts on marine ecosystems and the livelihoods of people who depend on fishing for their income.
- Invasive species: Invasive species, which are non-native species that are introduced to a new ecosystem and cause harm, can have negative impacts on native species, ecosystems, and the economy.
- Habitat destruction: Habitat destruction, the destruction of natural habitats, can have negative impacts on biodiversity, climate change, and the well-being of communities that rely on these habitats.
- Civil conflicts: Civil conflicts, which are conflicts within a country or community, can have devastating impacts on communities and individuals and can be difficult to resolve.
- Financial stability: Financial stability is essential for the smooth functioning of families, economies and societies, and financial instability can have significant negative impacts on growth and development.
- Governance: Good governance, including transparent, accountable, and responsive institutions at all local, regional, national, and international levels, is essential for the effective functioning of societies and the promotion of human and natural flourishing.
- Trade: Trade is a key driver of economic growth and development, but trade tensions and protectionist measures can have negative impacts on the global economy and international relationships.
- Migration: Migration, both international and internal, can bring about economic and social benefits, but it can also pose challenges for countries and communities, including issues related to integration, social cohesion, and employment.
- Historic traumas: Many communities and individuals around the world continue to face the impacts of historic traumas, including colonization, slavery, genocide, and other forms of internal or external violence and oppression. These traumas can have lasting impacts on individuals, families, and communities and can affect the social, economic, and political landscape of countries.
- Political division: Political division, including polarization and extremism, can have negative impacts on democracy and social cohesion. It is important to find ways to bridge divides and foster more inclusive and respectful political discourse.
- Corporate and special interest group influence in governance: The role of corporate and special interest groups in national and international governance is causing distortions and subverting the accountability, transparency, and wisdom of governance processes. It is important to ensure that the interests of these groups are balanced with the interests of the public and that appropriate safeguards are in place to prevent corruption and abuse of power.
- Lack of affordable housing: The lack of affordable housing can be a major challenge for many people, particularly in urban areas, and can lead to homelessness and other social and economic problems.
- Aging infrastructure: Many countries have aging infrastructure, including roads, bridges, buildings, and other structures, which can pose challenges for maintenance and repair and can have negative impacts on safety and economic development. Investment in upgrading and modernizing infrastructure can be costly, but is often necessary in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of systems and communities.
- Uneven distribution of resources, knowledge, and technologies: The unequal distribution of resources, knowledge, and technologies can lead to imbalances in economic development and opportunities and can perpetuate inequalities between countries and within societies. Addressing these imbalances and promoting more equitable access to resources, knowledge, and technologies can be a key factor in promoting sustainable development and reducing poverty and inequality.
- Short-term thinking: Short-term thinking, or a focus on immediate rather than long-term consequences, can be a major challenge in addressing complex global issues. It can lead to a lack of investment in long-term solutions and a failure to anticipate and plan for future challenges. Promoting a long-term perspective and considering the long-term impacts of decisions and actions can be important in addressing global challenges effectively.
- Misallocation of non-profit resources: The annual misallocation of hundreds of billions of dollars of resources within the non-profit sector, whether due to inefficiencies, lack of transparency, lack of knowledge, lack of coordination, or other factors, is preventing the private sector from achieving their shared goals and having the maximum impact. Ensuring that non-profit resources are used effectively and efficiently is important in order to address global challenges and achieve positive change.
- Misallocation of government resources: The misallocation of government resources, whether due to inefficiencies, corruption, or other factors, can prevent governments from effectively addressing the needs of their citizens and achieving their goals. Ensuring that government resources are used effectively and efficiently is important in order to address global challenges and achieve positive change.
- Lack of systems thinking: The lack of systems thinking, or the inability to understand and consider the interconnectedness of different systems and factors, can be a major challenge in addressing complex global issues. It can lead to a focus on individual problems or symptoms rather than addressing root causes, and can result in ineffective or even counterproductive solutions. Incorporating systems thinking into decision-making and problem-solving can be important in addressing local and global challenges effectively.
- Unaccountable national and international bureaucracies: National and international bureaucracies, or the administrative systems and processes of governments and other organizations, can sometimes be opaque, unresponsive, or unaccountable, leading to issues such as corruption, inefficiencies, and lack of transparency. Ensuring that bureaucracies are accountable and responsive to the needs of citizens and stakeholders can be important in addressing global challenges and promoting good governance.
- Disproportionate influence of national superpowers in international institutions: The disproportionate power of national superpowers in international institutions, such as the United Nations (UN), World Trade Organization (WTO), World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others, can prevent other countries from effectively participating in global decision-making and can perpetuate inequalities. Ensuring that the power and influence is properly balanced in international institutions is key to addressing global challenges and promoting equitable and sustainable governance and development for all communities.
- Corruption of religious leaders: The corruption of religious leaders by governmental and economic forces, who encourage them to use their positions of religious authority to unduly influence the thinking of the populations, can undermine the integrity of religious institutions and hinder the promotion of ethical values. Protecting the independence and integrity of religious leaders and institutions from outside interference can be important in addressing global challenges and promoting just and fair societies.
- Supply chain challenges: There are many challenges and issues related to supply chains that can impact their sustainability and effectiveness. These include environmental impacts, social impacts, lack of transparency and accountability, risk and resilience, and inefficiency and waste. Ensuring that supply chains are sustainable, transparent, and efficient can be important in addressing global challenges and promoting just and fair societies.
The Top Issues Dividing the United States and the World, by Category
The government should never compel any individual or locality to act in a manner that is contrary to their conscience.
1. Vision and Values
- Wisdom, Principles, and Values
2. Culture and Society
- The function and role of culture and society
- Polarization and Division
- Social Justice
- Income Justice
- Racial Justice
- Identity Justice
- Gender Justice
- Marriage and Family
- Drugs and Alcohol
3. Government and Politics
- The function and role of government
- The proper role of individual government
- The proper role of local government
- The proper role of regional government
- The proper role of federal government
- The proper role of politics
- Political Parties
- Social Safety Nets
- Election Integrity
- Election Interference
- Election Finance
- Government Surveillance and Privacy
- The function and role of the economy
- Private Deficit and Debt
- Monetary Policy
- The Federal Reserve
- Economic Justice
- Equal Opportunity
- Socioeconomic Mobility
- AI, Robotics, and Advanced Technologies
- The function and role of religion
- Religious Freedom
- Religious Tension
- Religious Harmony
- The function and role of the environment
- Stewardship of Natural Resources
- Climate Change
- Environmental Collapse
- Micro Plastics and Toxins
- Healthy Soil
- Healthy Air
- Healthy Water
- Environmental Regeneration
- Parks and Reserves
- Regenerative Society and Economy
- Animal Rights
- Animal Testing
- The function and role of energy
- The energy ladder
- Fossil fuels
- Renewable Energy
- Nuclear and Plasma
- Responsible Energy Transition
- Energy Policy
8. Security and Defense
- The function and role of security and defense
- Family security & arms
- Community security & policing
- National security & military
- Control of Advanced Tools and Technologies
- Violence Prevention
- Veterans Affairs
9. Technology and Communication
- Internet access
- Internet censorship
- Privacy and Surveillance
- Data Sovereignty
- Social media
10. Justice and Law
- Universal Justice and Law
- Criminal Justice Reform
- Restorative Justice
11. Foreign policy:
- Foreign Relationships
- The Role of Nations in the World
- The Role of the United States in the World
- The Role of the United Nations in the World
- The Role of Lionsberg in the World
- Trade Policy
- Foreign Aid
12. Human Rights and Responsibilities
- Rights and Responsibilities of All
- Rights and Responsibilities of Women
- Rights and Responsibilities of Men
- Rights and Responsibilities of Children
- Rights and Responsibilities of the Unborn
13. Environmental Rights and Responsibilities
- Natural Rights and Responsibilities
- Soil Rights and Responsibilities
- Water Rights and Responsibilities
- Air Rights and Responsibilities
- Plant Rights and Responsibilities
- Animal Rights and Responsibilities
14. Human Needs
- Family Planning and Assistance
- Heath and Wellbeing
- Love and Belonging
- Learning and Education
- Physical Mobility
- Socioeconomic Mobility
- Purpose and Meaning
- Self Actualization
- Self Transcendence
15. A Whole Systems Approach
- Systems Thinking
- Throughput of The Goal
- The Critical Chain
16. Government Funding and Spending
- Public Deficit and Debt
- Fiscal Stewardship
- Prioritizing Spending
Issues to Incorporate Above
- The Advance of The Giants
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