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With reference to my previous blog I decided to visualize the situation of Europe by using my model of the human complexities (first published in 2008) expressed by two lines (to be + to do) crossing. These lines symbolize at their intersection the eternal conflict between our actions (to Do) and our moral ethics (to Be). This happens at individual but also at cultural and institutional levels, creating societies in cyclic situations of greed, chaos, awareness development or around wellness. In each country individual people and institutions can be in the different phases themselves yet what I show here is the dominant situation of the majority, not the minority.
The “saving” of countries in the chaos zone is nothing more than an attempt to pull them back into the area of institutionalized greed at the bottom right hand side. This is necessary to avoid the collapse of others in that area. It is just a matter of time for all to go down in a violent confrontation with ourselves by ending up in chaos all together. Still it is not necessary! There is another route, not by pulling back into greed but taking responsibility for wellness and sustainable human progress.
This desired European situation represents a jump along the line of ethics, responsibility and awareness. This line (To Be) consists of various levels of awareness. At the conflict crossing at the center we situate the area of self-awareness, a point where the pain of consequences are converted into knowledge and conscious understanding. We have gone through this point very often already, as individuals when we grow older and wiser through personal experiences, and as communities throughout time and the same. Chaos is often represented in society by depressions and even wars. Chaos represents a violent letting go period, painfully creating room again for renewal through awareness. Awareness often comes when the blindfold of greed and control is taken away. There is a sincere possibility that this is going to happen again, in Europe and anywhere else in the world. Enough signs are showing and can affect us at any time.
The big difference today with our past is that we can now pinpoint where we need to place society within the human complexities and act accordingly. In the past societies only knew that they collapsed or were surprised by the collapse of something else causing their own. Knowing the 4 areas in the model as a logical sequence we can also position ourselves where stability and sustainable progress occurs. This is a simple ethical choice of educated awareness. The only excuse that people can have in our current Europe is that they have not yet seen this blog. When they do, then they have no excuse anymore to make the choice and take responsibility, as an individual and as a professional. Each of us can take personal responsibility now, get educated to deal with it or we can be asked by their surroundings to do it. At first it takes guts to decide. If you do not you can be blamed in the future. What is worse? Guts now or having to give painful explanations afterwards?
The choice of ethics of all people involved is to let go of the Euro as the sole dominant goal and adopt European wellness as something to take responsibility for, not by creating it but by allowing it to be created by everyone together. This can only be achieved by working in purpose driven processes in which money is a means, just like anything else needed for this process. It is a choice but once the choice is made the complex process starts to make it happen, based on the new ruling of such wellness based self sufficient European society. This is where the need for a new European constitution comes in. Our current constitutions are based on managing greed and avoiding chaos. We need to work on new constitutions that develop and protect ethical awareness and co-create wellness, avoiding greed.
This cannot be done in the fragmented jobs and self interests of politicians, civil servants, business people, bankers, individual consumers, scientists, educators, etc. In our current society they interact through money based systems and dependencies. None of these institutionalized individuals can take the initiative, if they are aware at all at professional level. Professional blindness tends to rule making people incompetent to ethics and responsibilities beyond their professional position. The only one that can take responsibility is the human being itself, liberated from all previous dogmas, professional limitations and dependencies. This person, any person, on the verge of absolute material poverty in the old world, but totally free from burdens, can invite all the powerful fragmented authorities to come over to the new world together and become instrumental to it.
That is what I did when I created Sustainocracy. I invited all people whom I had made aware through my personal interaction and explanation. They were invited to take that personal choice to position themselves in the new wellness based society and come join me in purpose driven human co-creation processes. In these sustainocratic processes all fragmented responsibilities of the old world are represented together, in equality, without dependence of each other but through the authority they represent (entrepreneurial creativity, regional government, knowledge based science and education, and behavioral cultural populations). They come from a fragmented structure of self interest into a holistic environment of common purpose.
The city of Eindhoven and province of Noord Brabant is the first place where Sustainocracy is applied in the world of complex societies. The combination of the right people with the right ethical attitude and awareness, on the right levels of authority, were found to make it happen in AiREAS (health & environmental quality), VE2RS (self sufficiency) and other initiatives. It is first step and still far from getting the entire nation or Europe to adopt the process. But with the precedent in Eindhoven en Noord Brabant I expect that more and more will follow.
Of course, the same counts for America and China and any other area in the world.
Now that you have read this, you can choose too and take responsibility accordingly.
Consider that you are driving on a road and reach a T junction. You can enter the blue road which gets you to a ravine in which you will certainly crash. The road is however one big fun fare filled with goodies (plenty of food, sex and rock & roll, mountains of gold and properties along the way) for you to enjoy quickly before you crash. Once in a while you hear a scream and wonder whether it is of joy or fear just before the crash?
The other road (yellow) is dull, even very difficult to drive due to the many horrible looking obstacles, no goodies at all, even hardship to expect, but it gets you along side the ravine safely and eventually turns away from it.
Which road would you pick? The yellow one for the long term safety where you see hardly anyone? Or the blue one for the short term joy yet unsafe and where you see a lot of people?
When you make your choice and finally encourage yourself to go for safety, the yellow road, despite the powerful attraction of fun, you notice a little man sitting there. He controls a big barrier, preventing access to the yellow track. When you ask him why you may not continue he tells you that he represents justice of a democratically chosen government and local banking system who both control the blue road and all the attractions along side. It has been decided by law that everyone has to take that blue road and he is there to assure that this rule is followed, if necessary by applying the law.
“But this will get me killed” you exclaim. The bureaucrat shrugs his shoulders and says that he is just doing his job. It’s a free country and everyone has the right to vote democratically. Short term fun was chosen so everyone has to have fun even if it gets you killed. Dullness is not allowed and long term dullness is even banned from the choices, even if this saves your life. All banking and government investment goes into placing more attractions along the blue track and upholding the system that has been chosen for.
He even pinpoints far in the distance where you can still see a very narrow bridge over the ravine. “See”, the bureaucrat says “that is the place where the bankers and chosen politicians stand to assure that this system keeps running. It is a small bridge and has only room for them and their interests, nothing else. And look at poor me, I have to sit here and have to tell everyone to take the blue road full of attractions. A hell of a job”.
Now it is again up to you. What do you do? Do you follow the rules imposed onto you or do you make up your own mind?
The story reflects our current system of economies of growth. They are on social and ecological crash course but still oblige people by law to stick to the money driven dependencies of consumption, even if you want to take another route. Sustainable progress is blocked by bureaucracy. The only choice we really have, if sufficiently aware of disaster, is to avoid the bureaucrat, jump the gate and walk the road of safety even though we travel alone in a desert.
Strangely enough most people still take the road of consumable pleasure knowing that it ends in disaster. They do it either for the short term fun, out of lazyness to build a new life out in the empty desert or out of fear for the authorities that impose the laws. What is needed for the masses to pull down the barrier, fire the bureaucrat and build a new society along the empty road?