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or power are deemed valuable and worthy. A world beyond patriarchy and capitalism will place value on our essence, our psychologi- cal and spiritual health, on the well-being of our planet, and on our capacity to be loving, kind, generous, compassionate, and caring. It will place value on the absolute miracle of life itself—human, plant, animal, Earth, the uni- verse itself. In a world beyond patriarchy, when assessing whether products should be produced, services provided, or jobs performed, rather than ask how much money we can make, we will ask in- stead, will this contribute to healing people or the planet? Will it enhance our capacity to be more loving, kind, generous, and compassion- ate? Will it help us connect with and celebrate true awe of each other, the planet, or the uni- verse? If the answer is no, then why do we need it? Simply because we can produce it—that kind of thinking has gotten us in the mess we are in. Rather than seeking judgment, meting out punishments, or giving rewards, we will ask, how can we repair the damage that has been created? How can we honor people for their contributions without placing a monetary val- ue on those contributions? Rather than assess people based on their income or possessions, we will strive to see their humanity and explore what it is that inspires them, what they are passionate about, and what gives them mean- ing in life and help them engage in activities that enhance their capacity to do those things. To get there, we need some concrete proposals. In our Path to a World of Love and Justice, we set forth a vision of the world we want and how we can get there in 10 different areas: support for families and building a caring economy; personal responsibility; environmental respon- sibility; a love and justice oriented education system; a loving and just health care system; 22 W W W .T I K K U N . O R G global peace and homeland security through generosity; separation of church, state, and science; a cooperative and caring legal system; ending racism; and balancing identity group struggles and universal solidarity. In each one of these areas, we set forth actual policies that we will work to achieve, such as a basic income for everyone, mandatory living wage, and work place policies that nurture and support time for personal well-being. Immedi- ate bans on fracking, prohibitions on drilling on public and native lands, keeping fossil fuels in the ground, and an Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. An education system that values the whole child/student and sees each student as an embodiment of the sacred, thus nurtur- ing the student’s spiritual and psychological development. A health care system that in- cludes comprehensive “Medicare for All”, holis- tic healthcare, and government controlled pric- ing of pharmaceuticals. A foreign and domestic policy based on a recognition that homeland security will only be achieved through generos- ity, not domination. Thus we support a Global and Domestic Marshall Plan that provides reparations for the damage we have caused nationally and globally by unbridled support of corporations and governments that fur- ther U.S. economic and political interests at the expense of the people around the world. A legal system that utilizes restorative justice processes. An end to racism that includes mass education about the history of slavery and the genocide of Native Americans, reparations for both, and guaranteed full and equal funding for all public schools (at all grade levels). All of these fall within the larger vision, of which we have spoken about in Tikkun over our 33 year history, a New Bottom Line in which rather than measure success based on money and power, we instead measure success based on the extent to which it enhances social, WINTER 2019