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Taking a Stand: The Philosophical Statement

Sionito sources its philosophy within the human rights aspirations of humanity. Sionito as a CSO stands against both the intolerance of bad people and the indifference of good people. The focus of Sionito is to be involved in our society, involved in producing intentional targeted change. There are two large scale fundamentally different methodologies for change; one is by authoritarian declaration, the other is by teleological motivation. One perspective pushes, the other perspective pulls; one orders, the other persuades; one is bureaucratic in form, the other entrepreneurial. One perspective is a mechanistic lens focusing on constant deterministic relationships the other is a relational lens focusing on evolutionary responses to a changing environment. It is the Sionito position, that the overall cultural evolution experienced by human beings seems to be moving along a continuum from authoritarian forms of centralist society (fascism and communism) towards teleological forms (democracies, societal participation, free market economies) of civil based open societies. Whether it is a societal paradigm, a social service program or an individual personality; they all can be read as to which of these two methodologies prevail or where they stand on the continuum between them. Since we will be examining a program approach that is eventually based on a recovery model, a predominately teleological socio-psycho motivation model, it is important from the outset to build a conceptual understanding that clearly states, beginning from the societal level and moving down towards the program particulars and then to the individual, how this most basic of theoretical dichotomies informs the Sionito program presented. The Sionito Model affirms that if we are to have a unified philosophical approach to life, we must develop the personality disposition that supports our professional involvements and which further informs our overview of society. Only then will we be able to understand and be directed by the statement of Gandhi "be the change that you want to see in the world." He had an abounding faith that one person or a small group of people could actually do a great deal to change the suffering of others. The resultant end statement in terms of the Sionito program presented in this business case will be that a civil society is the societal equivalent of a mutual support recovery program which in turn is the equivalent of a self-energized, self-directed, "service to others" driven personality. A civil society requires personalities attracted by compassionate empathetic civility.