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From my spaceship I look at our beautiful harbour Gaia. I see her getting smaller and smaller and yet at the same time the gut feeling overwhelms me that we are treating her very bad because of our never-ending quest for over production and over consumption. But I also see some beautiful light coming in from space, on its way to help us. This light tells us that we are now ready to enter a new era. A new Golden Age, or maybe even a new Golden Millennium. Where governing based on scarcity is no longer the magical means for renewal based on growth, but governing based on abundance will lead us to renewal based on sustainability. My wish is that the credo “there are enough good goods for everyone, if everyone is prepared to accept that enough good goods are good enough” will come true.
We humans tend to create new stuff more or less in an incremental way. We tend to create and then build things, analyze what we have built and compensate the flaws mainly on the exterior. Polishing here and there a little, small non-scary stuff. Often because we are scared to admit we made a judgement error when we designed something. These types of fears tend to keep us back from a more radical renewal (recreation). So to really re-create asks for more courage and true leadership. You sometimes need to decompose what you have created earlier, in order to recreate it into a new, better suiting style, more fit-for-purpose. When Marylin Monroe† still lived she once said: “sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together”. She was so right! Sometimes we deliberately need to let ‘good’ things fall apart so we can recreate better things. Then the trick is, to show respect for the ‘good’ things, agree with the ones involved that there is a better way do things and go for it together. So decomposition need not be scary at all, if we do it with the idea of a better win-win for all in mind, we can even enjoy the tearing apart of the old and the recreation of the new. Good luck with your quest for finding out your own beauties of decomposition and recreation!
In our busy day-to-day lives we are accustomed to act. We like acting. If there is action, there is Energy. We like Energy. It stimulates our adrenaline. We cannot get enough of it. So far so good. But this never-ending quest for action, being ‘Busy’ as much as possible and getting adrenaline from the Energy it gives has also some detrimental side effects. It plays a part in sustaining the useless rat races. It plays a part in doing more than we can realistically handle. It plays a part in stimulating the never-ending quest for growth. It plays a part in not willing to accept the current situation. It plays a part in many other things. But there is light at the end of the tunnel! In Taoism already 300 years before Christ there was documented some kind of way out of this action-oriented handling. It was called Wei-Wu-Wei. It is a kind of art in itself. Using it’s tenet, it can help you thinking about what to do when a situation calls for a derived action (for example transforming an idea directly into action). Consciously using Wei-Wu-Wei principle it can help you stepping back and deliberately doing nothing. It requires being more consciousness of the situation and the willingness to slow-down at unanticipated moments. It might also require sometimes the willingness to accept that plans are only plans and need not be followed all the time. Or the willingness to accept that goals are ok but not ‘holy’ because the context had changed. Or the willingness to accept that taking time and just enjoying the here and now is sometimes better than relentlessly driving each other nuts in useless self-sustaining action loops. So the beauty of Wei-Wu-Wei is to consciously and situationally take a step back, relax and just enjoy in doing nothing because the indirect effect is better. Or slow down and rethink if the action you originally were planning to do was such a good idea. Good luck in your personal quest for finding out how to use the Wei-Wu-Wei principle.
During eons of human development, we have come to believe that value is in things. We created it as something which is outside of us. We wanted to make it rational and visible. But true value can only exist in your heart. True value is not something you can rationally measure or put down as a meaningless figure in some Business Case. True value is a frequency, an Energy. It’s something which is already in the air, invisible to our instruments but definitely not meaningless. It’s called love for your fellow human beings. The more love you send out in the Universe, the higher its frequency and the higher its value. Nothing can beat that value. And the greatest thing of all is: it is totally free. No Business Case needed. Just the mindset that we as humans should do the uttermost to help, care and love each other. Nothing more, nothing less. Good luck with your quest on finding out what True Value is and how you can create that value yourself.
James Bovard once said: “As long as enough people can be frightened, then all people can be ruled. That is how it works in a democratic system and mass fear becomes the ticket to destroy rights across the board.” He must have known how fear can work to suppress the masses. This is still day-to-day practice in many countries of the world. It is rooted deep in patriarchy and has become an auto-pilot culture that many people not even tend to debate. We act as if this is the normal way to go. Just because we got used to it during many eons of time.
But if we could transition towards a new ‘ruling’ concept based on the opposite of fear, which is Love, would we also do it? Or would we fear that such a transition is impossible or too complex? Well, it is not complex at all. All it requires it that you change your mindset. Change your focus. Stop with the ego-centric competing with each other for a small piece of a very large abundant cake. Start having compassion for each other and instead compete on how good you can help your fellow Earth inhabitants. Accept that mass-fear is nothing more than a personal perception for each of us allowing the perception. Is there an antidote? Yes there is. Let’s call it a Loveacracy: a kind of democracy where compassion and Love for each other rule the development of our beautiful planet. Good luck with your personal quest for institutionalizing your own Loveacracy!
In our 21st century world it seems more and more that things (consumables, money, …) are dominating our lives more than the people who produce and/or consume them. It is as if we have lost the meaning of life as it originally was intended to be: to love people and use things, not the other way around. Our industries are lined up to generate demand by making people want things, even if they don’t really need them. A better strategy would have been to make things that people want, nothing more, nothing less. Let the demand drive the industry and not the supply. We need to make transitions to rebalance this delicate demand-supply model. It is completely out of balance. But the resources we have are more than abundantly available. So we don’t need to optimize scarcity, we need to optimize the abundance. Reduce the oversupply to a level of enough is enough. Create work weeks that are more relaxed, leading to people having less time for creating overproduction and more time to help their fellow human beings. Shift from competing in the supply markets for more illusionary created demand to competing in the demand markets for more real service-to-others. There is no reason why we should not go this way. The only thing blocking us, is that we have created too much ‘supply’, ‘market’ and ‘endless economic growth’ dependencies. Those need to be reconfigured to demand dependencies. So that we compete on service to each other instead of service to self. Good luck with your quest on transforming the world’s demand-supply balance imperfections.
The beauty of fruition requires the torture of waiting for the seed to grow. Sowing new seeds is a beautiful process if you look closely at what happens. Florida Scott-Maxwell said: “Every seed destroys its container or else there would be no fruition”. This is heads on. In nature, the process of fruition is in fact a very destructive process. The seed comes to fruition by destroying its container, it’s parent, it’s predecessor. But if we look at our human invented (societal) systems, it seems they don’t really follow nature’s fruition process. Because they do “sow” new seeds, but hardly ever destroy the containers from which they originated. Which can leave us with more and more ‘legacy’ containers that tend to make things incredibly complex, increasingly slow and difficult to innovate and increasingly costly because these “unwanted” legacy containers cannot be left totally without a basic form of maintenance.
Not destroying the containers, not cleaning up the legacy can have enormous negative side effects. It’s probably the fear for this destructive process that is withholding us from regular cleaning up. What would happen if we really destroyed legacy containers for every new fruition that is a better replacement of it’s legacy ‘container’? Who knows. It might be a better strategy in the end. But how do we conquer the fear for this kind of destruction and how do we organize it in such a way that there will be no losers in this never-ending game of creation-destruction? In nature, the legacy (seed container) is more or less automatically “recycled”, but in human invented systems, a lot of human values play a crucial role. So the real challenge is to find out creation cycles that renew what we want to renew, destroy what we think can be destroyed and all of this without harming any human concerns.
We live in a World where we have slowly but surely created a kind of ‘culture’ derived from Taylor’s Scientific Management theory where the results in everyday’s ‘management’ practices sometimes seem to be more an enabler for ‘management convenience’ than what it originally was meant for. More and more people are arguing Taylor’s theory is not sufficient anymore to sustain societal development and evolution. We see (depending on the context), that we need additional management practices and/or the infrastructure to experiment with new practices to see if we can better support human evolution. And this might be where we can flip the strategy: transforming from traditional management convenience to postmodern convenience management. A theory and/or practice that makes organizing labour or organizing whatever needs to be ‘managed’ a convenience for all stakeholders involved, not only for the management who is initiating the change. This convenience management capability should enable society to better help each other, make labour fun and enjoyable for all, create win-win for all and is therefore an enabler for a more beautiful, abundance-driven, wealth-for-all driven, convenience-for-all driven world. Good luck with your quest finding out how to transform from a management convenience culture to a convenience management culture!