A Great Society


For me a great society is one in which peace and nonviolence, social justice and equal opportunity, and ecological sustainability are core values.

In a great society, all persons would have equal access to healthcare, equal access to education, equal access to the political process, and equal access to pursuing happiness in marriage.

In a great society, poverty would be seen as an urgent problem to be solved, and private prisons based on profit would be seen as moral failure.

In a great society, there would be a human dignity net to insure that people do not go without shelter, clothing, and food.

In a great society, there would be a balance between competition and collaboration and a recognition that we are all members of both the human and ecological communities and that our flourishing depends on our working together for the common good for all.

In a great society, we would be concerned not only for our generation, but for all generations to come.

In a great society, instead of arguing about whether we are the greatest society, we would be more concerned about simply making sure that we are a better society today than we were yesterday and that we will be better tomorrow than we are today.

I believe we can be a great society.

About Mark Y. A. Davies

Mark Davies is the Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. He is the Executive Director of the Leadership, Education, and Development (LEaD) Hub North America of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church and an Oklahoma Humanities State Scholar. Mark has published in the areas of Boston personalism, process philosophy and ethics, and ecological ethics. Dr. Davies serves on the United Methodist University Senate, which is “an elected body of professionals in higher education created by the General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church.” He and his wife Kristin live in Edmond, OK in the United States, and they have two daughters. The views expressed by the author in this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Oklahoma City University or the United Methodist Church.
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