There are laws, there are cultural norms, there are hidden scripts – lots of rules govern our lives. Lots of them are either the domain of specialists, or hidden behind “how things are.”
The way things are, however, is not making us live well. Often enough, we are not really getting happiness from it, even when we are doing alright, making money, going on with our lives. When we expand the perspective to include the influence humanity has been gaining over the world, it is even more of a problem than a promise.
We need ground rules: guidelines for how to work towards happiness, and live in this world, *here, rather than in ideologies which sound good, but lead to trouble.