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Why science does not get it

Today, during our weekly zoom session, we reflected back on what happened to each of the participants since last week. During our previous zoom we decided to experiment with media to extend our new narrative about happiness, abundance, cocreation, freedom and equality. Despite te predictiveness of the media options each of us experienced a great diversity of inspiring engagements related to the challenge. Although the diversity presented to us seems chaotic, unprogrammed and opportunistic many of the programs and engagements encountered are very much ordened and structured. This got us to reflect about the difference between complexity and complicated processes.

The phylosophy shows the law of opposites that interact. Chaos versus Complex, Simple versus Complicated. It is very much related to our evolution as a species from an awareness point of view and the way we structure our society (To Do) around new waves of awareness ( To Be). There is another way of drawing this which is by positioning the interpretation of science of life and the way life functions.

Here we see the law of understanding. Science is predictable, replicable and complicated if many pieces interact. But still it can be taken apart into levels of simplicity and brought back into its complicated state without disrupting its working, understanding and the axiomas applied.

Life on the other hand is complex. It is difficult to understand, to replicate and when we try to simplify it we see chaos but never get it back again to its original complex state. That is why science does not get it.

In our society life we find hierarchies that become expert in the complicated world but will never understand the complexity of life. Decisions are made within the field of the complicated, then fall back into a crisis (chaos) to then get to a new level of organizational simplicity to grow. The option is within the field of complexity by letting go of predictability and control, like we do in Sustainocracy. We then get into a state that one of us called:

Chaordic

Our progress is chaotic in clustering unexpected experiences yet ordened in objectives, tools and programs. Science may predict a potential level of success. It will not be able to describe the path nor the content or the definite outcome of what we do, only that it will make the world a better place. Just like in real life we can have mathematics courses that focus on 1 + 1 = 2. In real life we find that 1 + 1 is often much less than 2 (value consumption), and many time much more than 3 (values creation). So Sustainocracy is a chaortic society model.

Chaordic is always adapative and hence positively oriented, just like the World Happiness Bird that we created to extend the message of responsibility, cocreation, shared abundance to the world. Also our latest challenge of the month “media” is chaordic as we can see from the way we invite musicians and poets to create ballads as part of our communication exercise.

Three different prophecies

Three prophecies for human progress are seriously proposed around the world.

Prophecy 1: Robots take over

Ever since Orwell’s “Big Brother” in his book 1984 we see robotics taking over our lives. We are being “served” by all kind of institutions that supply us all our needs in a virtual reality called consumer economics. The only way we can get the robots to provide us wellness and luxury is by putting money into their systems. The money we need is managed by banks and governments and provided against a debt. This individual debt can be settled by serving the functioning of the robots. The servant institutions are being managed by people who  have become experts in getting these robots to earn as much money as possible.

Automated facilities surround us increasingly and technology even goes further every day. One of the argument is that we have such a large global human population now that we need automated processes to keep us going. From a consumer economic point of view the more fragmentation occurs in robotizing our needs, through artificial and money based robot intelligence, the more growth the economy shows. The analysts look for ways to keep us connected to the system by innovating the financial debt system through dependencies that already mortgage our lives for decades. Even money itself is a virtual system that is given virtual values through manipulation and speculation. Material scientists, economists, politicians, bankers, etc rule this world. Food, medicine  housing, clothes, energy, etc forcefully (by law) need to be purchased. Governments give human health credits to financially based virtual systems.  They defend it with strong arguments backed by the growing populations in city environments, attracted by this servant environment of perceived securities. These cities are concentration points for economics with the related robotics, as we can observe by analyzing city dynamics and human mobility. And humankind loves it. In a way we only have to worry about having enough cash. Everything else has been taken care of by the money driven robots providing us with a sense of abundance all the time. People have never lived as long before as they do now and we have never had such a wide selection of goods to choose from at the distance of the closest shop.

Prophecy 2: Sustainocracy

This prophecy is of course the one I incline to, even though I supported and worked for a long time in the “prophecy 1” system of consumer economics. However when I had to make a profound choice between the safety of my children and my executive career I became aware that money and robots cannot solve everything. Heath and safety are responsibilities that cannot be substitute by a coin slot machine. There are certain things that I have to take care of myself. When I wrote the blog “the universe and me” I realized that I AM the universe. From a molecular point of view I am the same and life has gotten into those molecules for God knows what reason. The only difference between my garden and I is that I am a conscious being that can walk, talk and think about it. When my surroundings gets polluted I get polluted. So when I realized that my key responsibilities are health and safety, I understood that robots can help me but cannot BE me.  So from an evolutionary point of view I remain dominant and robots are servant, even if they are large and powerful, institutionalized and rationalized in our world. A human being is not just a compulsory, lazy, all consuming service and tax number. I am inclined to believe that we are a bit more than that, even though I understand perfectly well the mechanism of risk and fear avoidance by surrounding ourselves with luxury and services.

The human being is a purpose driven evolutionary miracle of a certain physical,  emotional, spiritual and intellectual complexity. We have become aware of that and realize that our health and sustainable progress is much more delicate than an insurance policy for healthcare. One out of three persons has cancer, many people die prematurely of lung and heart problems, behavior is altered due to environmental unbalance  etc. It has become clear that our health has to do with the health balance with our natural surroundings. Else we become sick and disappear, not just as an individual but also as humankind. The global pollution is not just leaving behind a footprint on the face of the Earth that future scientists and archaeologists can explore as Anthropocene, it is also leaving a footprint in our own genetic DNA. Our genes reflect for generations to come our irresponsibility causing people to be genetically coded already for all kinds of deceases. That is the reaction of nature to our robotics and we are becoming aware of it.  We expelled nature, our universe, from our lives and surrounded us with a virtual world of simulated wealth. We have forgotten that we ARE nature and need that to prosper in a sustainable way. If we eliminate nature we eventually eliminate ourselves and nature remains.

So when we refer to heath and safety we refer to taking one own responsibilities as a living species of the universe. If I am so responsible then I should behave that way and I do. That’s how Sustainocracy got alive because now more and more people realize that we cannot leave such key issues of life to instruments. The instruments need human hands which are preferable guided by standards of universal ethics rather than economic standards. In Sustainocracy applied wisdom and universal awareness through consciousness (open awakened mind) rules.

Prophecy 3: Death and destruction

The third prophecy has been made known in 1972 by the Club of Rome, in 1990 by the Club of Budapest and in 2000 by the Earth Charter. They all agree that if we continue our human system of over-consumption, pollution and destruction of natural resources, three out of four human beings will die by starvation, war, chaos and crises by 2050.

Again I agree on this prophecy just like I agree on the first one of robotics. The third is the consequence of the first. It has happened so often before in history. The Mayas or the Roman Empire for instance. They lost their powers due to blindness to their surroundings and speculation as a matter of fact. When you neglect the human being and the universe you will be overruled by both.

The second prophecy is an odd one out because it skips the traditional path through renaissance,  the era of enlightening that follows periods of chaos. But as said before human evolution is about applying knowledge and conscious awareness, not just the imposition of greed. History has shown us how disastrous the consequences are for humankind when greed dominates common sense and universal ethics. So Sustainocracy does not skip renaissance, it just places it in perspective with systems of greed, inviting the human robotics to become sustainable themselves by accepting universal ethics and co-creation as a guiding factor. It addresses the sense of human responsibility and global awareness of those who carry responsibility and authority. Their own position of power is in jeopardy if the do not go through their own enlightenment, producing a personal renaissance before the systems do. We need to allow complex co-creation to allow our greed to renew itself too. They then use their position of authority to make the difference.

Human complexities

The model I use for the translation of abstract ideology and practical understanding through awareness, is a result of divine inspiration. The human complexities that I have drawn up, including the historic processes of trial and error in our human evolution, can show the prophecies in the picture.

Co-creation feeds sustainable progress

Co-creation feeds sustainable progress

Route of least resistance – law of opposites

In various places of the world there are forthcoming general elections again, so are in the Netherlands. The public media circus has started again in which politicians compete with their lies to see if they can lure people to them. New political parties are not granted access to the commercial media that finds its friends in those who have most to give. New initiatives can’t grow in the darkness below powerful structures and need to wait until they fall over.

Or they find the route of least resistance.

Well-being is located at exactly the opposite side of the human complexity model from chaos. In human evolution societies reach the state of chaos normally due to the inflexibility of a long period of greed. Wellness is something that people tend to want to keep conservatively, creating systems to preserve it against progress. Progress is risky and could put wellness in danger. Greed gradually appears in the systems.

Never fight the system

Greed is a brick wall for those who wish to move from chaos to wellness

So when people or institutions find themselves in or near the field of chaos they can do two things:

  1. Move back against the line of human evolution (clock wise circle) to get to wellness via greed. They would either have to become greedy to fit in (criminality, manipulation, aggression) or try to force their way through the massive opposition of hierarchies, bureaucracy and system rules. (the red line)
  2. Or choose the rout of least resistance through awareness, trust building, cooperation (the green line) and development of pre-paradigms until one breaks through to replace the old one.

Interestingly in the model the opposition between greed and spiritual awareness is also well visible in reality. The more greed develops in the system the more people oppose through spiritualization, still highly individual but with a gradual built up in the field of awareness. This group is also fed by people who follow the traditional line through chaos and search the enlightenment of conscious reflection when facing the aggression in chaos. They create renewal by proposing true alternatives.

The green line is the route of least resistance but needs the talent of organization and willingness of people to build a new, parallel society. People can group together and use the modern means of social and alternative media to communicate and build up sufficient strength against the organized dominance of greed. In the field of greed competition and self interest is high and deadly. It has the tendency to inflate as a bubble to explode into a crisis with chaos as a result. My people keep up powerful positions managing the old system out of self interest.

In the field of awareness the process is exactly opposite. People become so aware of themselves and society that they need to be challenged to join and become organized around progress. The more greed collapses into chaos, the stronger awareness can organize itself eventually into wellness.

The law of opposites rules here. When people claim in public that they want to go back into recent history because of the wealth of that moment they can try the difficult (impossible) or the easy way (complicated). The way back is the one in which no lessons are learned, no forward reflection takes place. There is a simple anxiety to relive something of the past. The way forward is the one where abundance of the past is learned from in perspective of the scarcity of today. Steps can be taken through awareness to develop a new society based on accumulated knowledge. The route of least resistance is the one of awareness, hence an inner one of reflection, and action based o trust in each other. Sustainable human progress hence has to do with applied knowledge in  the warmth of social innovation. It can be applied, not by fighting the system of greed but by avoiding and even neglecting it, positioning your society building outside the dominant structures. If the latter are greedy for money, organize yourself without money.

Use the law of opposites and you will follow the green line without finding resistance.