These models and simulations have been tagged “Ethics”.
Fritjof Capra said that from a
systems perspective, ethical behavior is always related to community; it is
behaviour for the common good. Using this perspective, I would define Meta-Values
as those values that promote the well-being of human beings and safeguard the biosphere
on which that well-being ultimately depends. Considering meta-values as an overriding
criteria and rejecting an automatic acceptance the narrow options offered by
doctrines and ideologies provides a much larger choice on which to base decisions.
Doctrines and ideologies could then
serve to provide explanations, views of how the world works, that could be used
if found appropriate in a particular situation - but
viewed from an agnostic stance and not from a quasi religious belief in
their truth. As Donella Meadows once said, 'No paradigm is true'. Actions based
on aspects of doctrinal beliefs that are
false are very likely to lead to unintended negative consequences. Can carefully considered decisions based on
Meta-Values avoid most of these negative side effects? The CLD shows the
dynamic that could be at work if this assumption is true.