Daniel Raphael, PhD
Cultural Agent Provocateur
Cultural Leadership Training and Consulting
[email protected]
PO Box 2408
Evergreen, Colorado 80437 USA


  • Values always underlie decision-making.
  • The Homo sapiens species has been in existence approximately 200'000 years, and we, today, are descendants of those ancient ancestors.
  • Homo sapiens made decisions through those years that sustained their survival.
  • The values they used for their decisions are organic to our species; they are not taught.
  • Values are at the core of every culture.
  • Humanity is a culture.
  • Values are the fundamental and essential elements of ethics.
  • Values always underlie ethical and moral decision-making.
  • Values and ethics are the essential elements for developing priorities of decision-making.
  • Values and ethics are the essential elements of philosophy.


•   Homo sapiens possess seven innate urge-impulse motivator values. These have been proven statistically to exist in all individuals.

This logically confers certain characteristics to those values: They are universal to all individuals, timeless as our species is timeless, irreducible in that more basic definitions of these values do not exist, they are immutable by not changing, and are self-evident once their existence is pointed out. These are illustrated below.

•   These values underlie ethical and moral decision-making, for deciding what is beneficial or harmful to individuals and our species in the short term and long term.

•   These values underlie a hierarchy of decision-making to sustain our species, the individual/family, and the organizational matrix of the three sociological pillars of communities-societies-civilization together as a civilization. These are illustrated below.

the three sociological pillars of communities-societies-civilization
•   Combined, these elements lead us to create a philosophy of social sustainability1 that becomes intrinsic to a simple organizational development plan.

This begs us to determine the socially sustaining

  • Vision of civilization;
  • Intention for civilization and national societies;
  • Operational Philosophy of those societies;
  • Missions of those societies; and their
  • Measurable Objectives.


The crux of our civilization is to determine its intentions for its survival, existence, and transcendence into the coming centuries and millennia; or to fail to do so and suffer the consequences.

This will require a group of pragmatic, futurist, strategic planners to begin the process of cultural leadership to make preliminary suggestions to guide public, private, and corporate decision-makers as part of a 50-year plan for the social sustainability of humanity.

1 Raphael, Daniel 2022 Organic Human Motivation, A General Critical Theory for the Social Sciences
Available from the author’s Google website.