Why This is Important
Our brain supports our consciousness, identity, experiences, thoughts, beliefs, abilities, decision-making, and actions. You might say that, at least during our life on earth, a person IS her or his brain.
A normally-developed and healthy brain helps us thrive and achieve our potential as humans. A well-functioning brain is necessary for a person to be able to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
A brain that does NOT develop normally or that becomes unhealthy means an individual who is less than he or she might have been - less able to learn and understand, less able to control impulses and make decisions, more likely to react to life’s stresses with retreat or violence, more likely to be disabled by mental illness. A person with an unhealthy brain is likely NOT to be able effectively to pursue liberty and happiness.
A healthy brain is necessary for liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That means, we have a moral imperative to use our knowledge to do what is possible to ensure that all persons’ brains develop normally and continue to be healthy.
We face many challenges in our individual and family lives, in our communities, and in our world. We, as a human civilization, have sufficient knowledge and resources to support normal brain development and continued brain health in all peoples.
Healthy brains are necessary to work together with local neighbors - and with worldwide neighbors - to create a safer and better world, now and in the future.