Archive for February, 2019

215 – We don’t have a Vision for Humankind …

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Businesses, Governments, Religious organizations, Education Systems, Groups, Individuals, all tend to have a Vision, a goal – what needs to be achieved, what we want to be, where we want to go. A Vision is a Promise for the future of the company, the country, the church, the university, the individual. But amazingly enough, there is not a Vision for the future of humankind.

The future projected in movies, media, science fiction is oftentimes a portend of horrible cruelty, darkness, deceit, violence, death; always, for some reason or another, a future in which we are at war with one another.

A worldwide focus on Division – we against the other – is not only separating us but incapacitating thoughtful discussion about a Vision for Humanity, a Vision that could unite us all in our individuality and diversity. The closer we came to achieving something of that ilk was in the concept of the United Nations, but that dream got buried by the self-reassertion of the supremacy of the stronger nations. It is now but a vestige of what it was dreamt to be.

We do not consider Diversity a source of ideas to achieve the equilibrium between us and Nature so desperately needed in this time of unprecedented environmental crisis. Diversity is instead seen as a threat to our norms, beliefs, ways of life.

Diversity is a part of Life. It is the driving force behind the creativity of Nature. We all have a mind, yet each mind is different with its own dreams and aspirations.

I believe, sadly, that in a world dominated by Division and Intolerance, what we need to unite us as a race is either a species-changing discovery (finding an advanced civilization on another planet) or the threat of forthcoming danger (a meteorite on its inexorable path to hit the planet or the decimation of millions in industrialized nations by climate change).

A consensus of the future based on our perception of historical global events is that advanced civilizations are doomed by socio-economic disruptions, the conquest by another power, the consumption and growth that overwhelms the environment that supports them. The examples of the Roman Empire and Easter Island reinforce this claim; they are unequivocal models for the kind of shortsightedness afflicting our civilization today.

Leading us on this shortsightedness is the deceptive idea that to save ourselves we need to ‘save the planet.’ Earth does not need to be saved; the planet, as it has done innumerable times in its past, will restore equilibrium, albeit of a different order once the disruption is repaired. It is we, the human species, which needs to be saved.

The fundamental nature of our Diversity is that Life will always be an unequal struggle for survival – there will always be the adventurer and the demure, the go-getter and the straggler, the activist and the conformist. But when we see the incredible odds of our journey from Africa into our current situation, it is impossible not to see our determined and creative progression toward complexity. Each one of us is a player in the continuation of this progression. Each one of us holds the potential to start a world-wide transformation. Have we not evolved – step by step, human by human – from simian-like creatures into the awareness of our own power to transform ourselves and our world?

Instigating Division, the power of a few individuals has led humanity into a world of constant conflict, terror, destruction, intolerance. But we are changing; we can not only see the destructive power of our divisiveness but the power of organized demand for change. But as with any demand to affect change, we must have a Vision.

The reverse of the world we created through Division could be instead a world where tolerance, peace, love, knowledge, impels us into a Vision where the ascendant power of the human mind comes to understand its connection with the Universe from which it arises into Life.

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214 – Imagine if you will …

Friday, February 1st, 2019

In my previous post, I said that we have nothing to compare the vastness nor the complexity of our Universe, but I realize now that that is not true. The perception of attributes like ‘vast’ and complexity is relative to the dimensions from which they are perceived.

Dimensions are relative spheres of reality. For example, a DNA molecule is a microscopic system if perceived from the dimension of a human being, and a human being is a macroscopic system if perceived from the dimension of the molecule, and a human being is a microscopic system if perceived from the dimension of the Universe, and the Universe is a macroscopic system if perceived from the dimension of the human being, and so forth.

To have an idea of the relativity of Perception, let’s imagine, if you will, how a human being would be perceived from the dimension of a DNA molecule, but with the agreement on the molecule’s advanced communications skills and its capacity to reflect upon itself and the world in which it exists … how would the molecule otherwise encode the same genetic sequence to an immensely diverse variety of living organisms in oftentimes drastically different environments?

As indefinite as these questions are, there is an undeniable connection, a self-reflective relationship between the vast world beyond the immediate environment in which the molecule is embedded and the inner world from which it is composed; a connection that brings the vast and the immediate worlds together into a synthesis: To abide by the rules that ensure its survival while endowed with the power to overcome them, a molecule must be a self-reflective catalyst for transformation.

Now, let’s read the previous paragraph once more, but replacing the molecule with you and me. There is an undeniable connection, a self-reflective relationship between the vast world beyond the immediate environment in which we are embedded and the inner world from which we are composed; a connection that brings the vast and the immediate into a synthesis: To abide by the rules that ensure our survival yet endowed with the power to overcome them we are self-reflective catalysts for transformation.

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