I love philosophing about world-improving subjects. Our world is becoming more and more ‘flat’ not in the least part because of Internet and social networks that bring people together who otherwise would never have found eachother. It’s part of a global consciousness transition which could take on astronomical effects. Based on the universal law of free-will and driven by many (most?) humans wanting to handle as autonomously as possible, our world might evolve into a new kind of networking ecosystem. An ecosystem where we learn how to organize things that need to be organized in a totally different way than via our more traditional autority-based techniques like e.g. hierarchies. So, while I am a proud member of several “local” teams close to me, operating mostly in a well defined context, I am also more and more proud to be member of what I like to call “The World as my other team”. This “other” team as I envision it, is a virtual team where you and I share ideas, thoughts etc. and inspire each other towards world-scale improvement. That is holistically thinking and I am a believer that we need that more and more if we really want to solve todays many world-scale problems. The best way to do that, we all have yet to find out, but there are clear signs everywhere that we are willing to let go more and more of old ‘systems’ that helped us get to where we are now, but fail to get us really further. Perhaps by experimenting and using “the World is my other team” paradigm we find the breakthroughs we so desperately need. Happy team finding!
In this article from HBR a nice figure was embedded that caught my attention. It said literally in the figure “People behave less ETHICALLY when they are part of a larger group”. I don’t know if this is just a theory or knowledge gathered from analysis or science. But I have the gut feeling this statement is correct. It can be noticed whenever people gather in larger groups, regardless the context, their ethic ‘ceiling’ tends to lower, take f.e. with football (hooligans). It seems also true in ways many (large) businesses conduct their (greedy) growth with total disregard of the bigger (humanitarian) picture. If these businesses would reoganize themselves so they break up in many smaller highly autonomous groups (in fact a heavily networked, decentralized organization with a loth of local, decentral autonomy), this could demonstrate that these business still can work together optimally for society but in a much more ethic way. Especially those businesses that highly value integrity could lead the example.
Share the change you want to see in the World – transforming from personal to collective responsibility
If you are a bit like me, chances are you will also see a lot of stalling ‘systems’ in the World and at the same time you see a lot of opportunities for improvement but don’t really know where to start. You might suffer from existential loneliness. You might have feelings like “why am I seeing so many misfits and why do so many people in my environment think everything is all quite ok?”. You might even have experienced people saying to you “that every person has the birthright to their own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth” and thereby they trivalize any attempt to change or take some form of collective responsibility.
Many people still advocate the “be the change you want to see in the World” strategy which is very ok but also very convenient: now they don’t have to take collective responsibility. They now can say that it’s the reponsibility of the other. And hide away behind this because it’s convenient. But that’s ok. Not everyone is a “change agent”. So we need to help each other. The ones who are desperate for change but don’t know where to start and the ones who know where to start and are desperate to (unconditionally) help the others. What more would be needed for collective responsibility for those changes that need collective action because it benefits the collective?
Every change, small of great, incremental or radical, transformation or disruption allways starts with a single person. There just is no other way. So each of us have to take responsibility in fostering the change we so desperately want. It all starts with consciousness. Work on getting more conscious. Read a lot. Books. Internet. Listen a lot. Music. Other people talking. View a lot. Meditate a lot. Learn more and more to filter the real ‘news’ from the main stream media indoctrinated news designed to keep the current systems in tact. The more conscious you become, the more you will feel lonely (existential loneliness) and the more you will long to find ‘soulmates’ that share your worldviews but you will also feel increasingly more free and less enslaved. For me, this has been a beautiful personal experience which has made me so much stronger.
Your increased consciousness will make you become more and more aware of your own personal power. You start to discover how focus helps you walk away from the stalling systems and stalling approaches from the past. We need a lot of experimental/next practices, current “best” practices increasingly should be reconsidered again. You become more and more aware of the illusions you live in: the systems we as humanity have designed collectively and given our power or authority to, even if they hinder humanity’s progress. But these systems work now more and more against humanity than they are beneficial for us. Who wouldn’t want to change that so it helps us really progress? Start by talking about it, discussing it, making small local changes, experiment a lot bottom-up with new alternatives, share the results, build communities, change the system from within.
So take personal responsibility for the aspect of the change that you can handle. Ask for assistance for the parts you want to handle but cannot for whatever reason. Awaken the personal leader inside yourself. Find co-creating personal leaders that are willing to build this better World together with you. So that your personal leadership becomes collective responsibility taking. Start small. Ignore the current stalling systems and stalling approaches. They have their place too and should be loved for what they have brought humanity. Put no blame on people. It’s not the people, but the systems we collectively agreed upon that are sitting in our way. It was a giant learning experience from humanity to come to where the point we are now, let’s not forget that. And go on, and really progress humanity towards a we-all-benefit World. Leave behind the duality-driven, fear-based, competitive winner-takes-all World. It no longer serves humanity.
By sharing this article, I have taken the initiative to inspire you who is reading this, so you can inspire others. And because I think unconditional love for humanity benefits us all I post this message now from an unconditional love for humanity. I don’t expect anything in return.
Today I handled a comment from denisemward on an earlier blog We Need New Mastermindsetters To Help Change Humanity’s Mindset. Denise wrote: “I’m really enjoying this blog. In fact, are you still around?” She inspired me to restart blogging, thank you Denise!
I stopped blogging at the end of 2013 and reserved 2014 for a ‘blog sabbatical’. During the blog sabbatical I decided to put more quality time in the development of my mental, emotional and spiritual growth. It has taught me a lot of new insights. It also taught me to let go more and more of things, activities, experiences, that hinder my own growth. So far, this has worked out as planned (yes, you can plan spiritual growth).
I think I will focus this year on blogging about my own growth and my inspiration for humanity progress. Don’t know yet if that will be on a regular or random base. If you liked my earlier blogs, keep watching out for new ones!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
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!