Archive for July, 2014

106 – On Human Greed …

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Greed, in human terms, is an immoderate and selfish need for power, wealth, food, fame, recognition, that is not only beyond the dictates of basic survival needs but that exploits moral weaknesses and overwhelms common sense.

Greed is ancient in our history. It appears to be stronger in some civilizations than in others and more insidious and ruthless in men than in women.

Erich Fromm, the German psychologist, sociologist, philosopher, described greed as “a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.”

Prompted by a hunger for power, possessions, wealth, and, more recently by the dominant economic creed that “Greed is Good”, greed has come to obliterate our common sense to such a degree that most of us have become oblivious to the fact that, like greedy cancer cells, we are harming the host that provides with Life.

Immoderate Greed is a learned, not an innate human characteristic. I don’t think early humans were dominated by greed before the advent of the Agricultural Revolution. Greed may have developed in us as a perversion of the need to store and accumulate goods for the long and harsh winters, or the need to expand territory as groups grew larger, or the need for power as leaders arose. These are of course assumptions, but however the perversion from Need to Greed came to dominate human nature, it is now a powerful force that throws us into a sick, aggressive and destructive competition to have more and more without regard for the consequences of our immoderate urge. A tragic consequence of this perversion is the monstrosity of corporate greed with its rapaciousness, deceit, cruelty, and its atrocious inhumanity,

A degree of greed is elemental for survival, but not when it turns us into a civilization where corruption and hoarding are more protected and promoted than the welfare and happiness of people.

We have been taken hostage by a force that demands the rapaciousness that threatens our survival. But fortunately, we now have the technology to unite the voices of the world to help us understand, and overcome, this force that devoid us of common sense.

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105 – The Creative Order of Nature …

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

There is a creative Order in Nature – the “Implicate Order” of the American physicist David Bohm – inducing all things to seek higher orders of complexity with a degree of self-determination. But under our current paradigms, this natural order is not effortlessly perceived by the human mind.

Our understanding of the creative Order of Nature is obstructed by 1 – a scientific Paradigm that teaches us that Creativity and Self-organization in Nature are but the result of sheer Chance and 2 – by socio-political and religious Paradigms that teach us that we are creative and self-determined because we are separate from and better than Nature. And yet, upon scrutiny of empirical knowledge, the fundamental capacity of all things in Nature to self-organize with creative self-determination and flexibility becomes apparent:

All things in Nature, without exception, are utterly unique (no other one exactly like me in the entire Universe, no other solar system exactly like ours in the entire Universe), yet self-organize following the distinctive characteristics of a common genus.

All things in Nature, without exception, consume energy sources from their immediate environments (foods, oxygen for us; kinetic energy, heat for our planet) to fuel their adaptation and survival.

All things in Nature, without exception, grow into Complexity out of the fusion of fundamental elements (energy and mass) sensing the demands of environments and seeking equilibrium to endure.

The capacity of all things in Nature to self-organize and re-organize into complexity with a relative degree of creativity and self-determination is the primordial order we call Evolution. And although the intuitive creativity and self-organizing power of this order are beyond our understanding, it clearly induces all things to reinvent themselves bending the rules of genera and environments.

The capacity to perceive the creativity of this natural Order and realize we are a part of it is the most awe-inspiring feeling a human being can experience. And yet this capacity is obstructed by the same institutions with the power to help us understand it.

How different we will be when the creative Order of Nature is not veiled by the deceit, fear, hate and so much destruction induced by our current paradigms? How different!!!

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