Compassionate Integrity Training Final CIT training manual 11-30 - Page 136

Compa ssionate Integrit y Tr a ining A S e cu l a r Ethic s A ppr oac h to C ulti vat ing Pe rs on al, S o ci al and E n vir on me n tal F lo u r i shing Series III: Engaging in Systems Skill 9: Appreciating Interdependence Interdependence is a basic fact of our reality as human beings. Learning Outcomes We require others to come into the world, grow and survive into adulthood, and even as adults we require countless others for our food, water, shelter, companionship, protection, and so on. Moreover, everything we depend on for our well-being and happiness itself depends on an extended network of other people and things stretching ever outward. Recognizing our interdependence is a powerful way to cultivate gratitude, as seen earlier, but it also supports holistic, long-term and systems-level thinking, whereas ignoring interde- pendence can lead to short-term thinking and poor decision-making. Content ● Participants will learn about the radical interdependence of the world, which includes ourselves. ● Participants will learn about the impor- tance of context in systems thinking. ● Participants will learn about the way identity is constructed in a contingent and fluid way. ● Participants will learn about “structural inequality,” “structural violence” and “cultural violence.” ● Participants will learn that, due to interdependence, any truly compassionate solution must be sustainable and account for collective flourishing. ● Participants will learn to approach dilemmas through the lens of critical inquiry. Practice ● Participants will practice evaluating ethical dilemmas through the larger context of interdependence. ● Participants will familiarize themselves increasingly with interdependence by analyzing how objects, situations and actions come to be. Ce n t e r for Compa s sion , I nteg r i t y and S e cu l ar E t hics | L ife Uni ve rsi t y | M ar ie t ta, G e or g i a - 130 -