Great sharing here Cindy! We all have such an opportunity for inner growth and healing with this subject. For my opinion and stance see Can you Own an Idea? RE: Why I’m not going on OPAL Tour — by Chase Binnie (Patents hold back Humanity).
According to American psychologist, Lawrence Kohlberg, moral reasoning is the basis for ethical behavior. So let’s approach Chase Binnie’s and Brian Kelly’s arguments from a moral standpoint as presented by Kohlberg. But first, if you haven’t see Binnie’s video, you may watch it here. For Brian Kelly’s perspective,click here.
Kohlberg offers 6 stages of moral development, occurring at 3 levels:
Level 1 (Pre-Conventional)
1. Obedience and punishment orientation (How can I avoid punishment?)
2. Self-interest orientation (What’s in it for me?)
Level 2 (Conventional)
3. Interpersonal accord and conformity (Social norms, the good boy/good girl attitude)
4. Authority and social-order maintaining orientation (Law and order morality)
Level 3 (Post-Conventional)
5. Social contract orientation
6. Universal ethical principles (Principled conscience)
Chase Binnie expressed that he feels the OPAL Tour taking the technology on the road is wrong because the inventor doesn’t want them to. The inventor has, apparently, reported the OPAL Tour to the authorities who will now be on the lookout for the supposed patent violation. Binnie also states that the inventor is concerned someone may be hurt by implementing the technology in the wrong way. So, looking at Kohlberg’s stages, it appears Binnie is operating at Pre-Conventional and Conventional Levels 1 and 2, stages 1-4.
Brian Kelly feels that releasing the technology will demonstrate freedom according to Natural Law and and provide a way for everyone to operate vehicles for a fraction of the cost. He is not concerned with patent violations or the “authorities.” Brian appears to be operating at Level 3, states 5 and 6.
So who is right? They’re both right according to the stage of moral development they are operating from.
The upcoming shift from Corporate Law to Common Law will require us all to polish our abstract reasoning a bit. Being able to accommodate several opposing viewpoints at the same time will help. We all approach issues from different angles according to our background and stage of development, so tolerance and patience is the name of the game at this point.