Compassionate Integrity Training Final CIT training manual 11-30 - Page 33

Compa ssionate Integrit y Tr a ining A S e cu l a r Ethic s Appr oa c 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 Notes Foundational Concepts The First Fundamental Shift: Our Basic Orientation Toward Kindness - Shift from a worldview of narrow self-interest to compassion - Our biological basis for kindness and compassion - Humans require relationships with others to survive - Humans are wired for fairness - Selfish vs. Self-interest - The Dark Side of Our Need to Connect - Our empathy can be limited and at times irrational The Second Fundamental Shift: Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis - Neuroplasticity - Neurogenesis - We can cultivate compassion and other pro-social values with measurable changes to our brains, health and behavior Linking the Two Shifts Together: Secular Ethics - Tea and water metaphor - “Two Pillars” - Common Humanity and Interdependence - Common Sense, Common Experience and Science The Value of Every Life - Utilitarian value versus inherent value - The fact that we are alive shows we have all been valued by others Ce n t e r for Compa s sion, I n teg r i t y a nd 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 - 27 -