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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.
This is not an attempt to make any suggestions or even fun of the male tradition of successions of popes in the Vatican. The masculinity of this position closest to God has been formally inherited from the Apostle Peter who witnessed part of the life Christ and established a church in his name to pass on the holy Word.
In reality the Church became the parallel structure next to Greed, the moralization of a celestial responsibility and the humanized absolution of Guilt. Two very masculine worlds of “the doing”, with abundance of hierarchy, power and control. It is said that when the Roman Empire collapsed the high level bureaucrats from the Empire crossed over to the Church as bishops. Thus they could continue their elevated position and avoid personal chaos or, worst even, the anger of the public tribune that would most certainly blame them for the collapse of the empire. But this article is not about the disputable morality in churches.
Morality and Ethics have nothing to do with hierarchy, external powers or authorities of control in name of God or Money. It has to do with the inner learning process of what is truly meaningful in life, the existential processes of learning “to be”. This is a recognition of birth as a Holy miracle of life, the power of evolution and the secrete to eternal human progress. The cradle of birth is in the womb of our women and hence the true wisdom of ethics and morality is feminine. If anyone should symbolize this it should be a woman.
In my model for human complexities I show the continuous battle between “the doing”and “the being”, the masculine and feminine that together clash and create progress. Both men and women are the same but essentially different, the yin-yang of life that melts in a burst of harmonic excitement to generate eternity through renewal.
In our money driven era the masculinity of the doing has also extended to the women. In consumer economies women have become as masculine as their counter parts, emancipating for financial independence at the expense of femininity. In the area of greed (see drawing) the true feminine meaning of “being” has been abolished. Its evolutionary meaning has been taken over by the meaningless invention of money and individual financial independence within the modern tradition of financial growth. Money indeed has freed women from a home bound slavery and formalized equality in human rights between men and women in many parts of the world. This tendency is well received and essential for sustainable human progress even though the original motivation to free women from their masculine suppression has logically been more economical and political than based on universal truths and ethics. Nevertheless it allowed a new culture to arise in which the true equality can be developed in a new era of awareness.
Meanwhile the system of freedom has made men, women and their children slaves of the consumer driven economies. There is no ethics or morality anymore in this society that has abolished every little piece of interpersonal warmth to procreate and educate our children with true universal values. Human equality is in the right to consume and create debts. We have exchanged our existence for short term cash and hunt for it in a generalized, dominant masculine institutionalized way. The “underworld” I call this, since it is the world of fragmented, individualized greed and chaos below the horizontal line where most of humankind resides today. We are equal in “the doing” and had to deliver our identity, “our being” to the system.
Collapse of financial markets
With the current crises in the financial world a lot of people are waking up. When we loose our protective securities from a virtual system than we learn to see our dependence and naked incapability of self sufficiency. We notice that we have been neglecting our children out of selfishness. They grow up cold, rational and individualistic. Some call it “the lost generation” which I hurry to dismiss our of experience. The adult ones that suggest this loss of a generation are the same ones that have lost faith in our youth to continue the destructive life style and attitude of their parents. Many young people look at life’s challenges indeed in a different way than their parents. They feel the need for the interpersonal warmth that they have missed when mum and dad were both working overtime for their individual independence. They tend to want to do it differently and start to search for meaning in life. A meaning that they have not been taught at home or in the schools where everything was focused on robotizing the children into a materialistic, rationalized system with its inhumane expectations and devastating nature.
The pollution of our environment, the crudeness of abuse of a financial system in hands of modern criminals against humanity, and our universal vulnerability (as shown so beautifully in the overview from astronauts that brought us a new perspective of MOTHER Earth), together with the collapse of the consumer economic systems shows us the crude devastating reality the hard way. We have lost track of our true inner values and became addicted to our own externalized greed. We have reached the rock bottom of the vertical line, the part were only the having counts and we eliminated our consciousness, our awareness, our identity and even our guild, surrounding ourselves with fake securities, worshiping money above our selves. Until we wake up and find ourselves in panic, in personal chaos and pain. We loose everything we have just to find out that we are shamefully without identity anymore, a robot that does not know how to live LIFE. We are a number in the system and when freed we discover that we do not even know anymore what ethics are, let alone live to it. We have to learn to be human again and interact in community within a universal reality. We have to break out of our imprisonment and find a new harmony with our surrounding.
In my own spiritual experience this illumination is immediate when time has come. The warm touch of God deep inside opens up a river of spiritual energy that cannot be stopped and acts like water through mountains. It does not allow itself to be blocked by obstacles and flows straight up the line of intense awareness. It represents a spiritual birth that lets go of old dependencies and looks at life from the perspective of a true universal identity, God alike. Bottom becomes top with the challenge to interact in a different way than before with one’s surroundings that still resides in the entrapment. Freedom and true equality are contagious and slowly others find their own inner light and fire.
We save ourselves and let humankind travel the “TO BE” line, the feminine line, all the way up to the highest level. We feminize the human globe and identify ourselves as a species that is vulnerable to itself but also able to recognize that when time has come and do something about it. There is absolutely no reason, with all the historic awareness, lessons learned and modern scientific knowledge, that we cannot pass on to the upper layer, the “world above”, the heaven on Earth of true Ethical values, true feminine and masculine equality in its essential differences and create sustainable human progress for ever. It is a new world downside up, flipped over. Many people, including myself, already claim that Sustainocracy is such tipped over approach that is accessible by mere choice. It symbolizes the “TO BE” process also in society, business and education as well as society as a whole. It is an instant switch that makes everyone look differently at our selves and our surroundings acting accordingly. The a complex process of co-creation starts where we build a new society in harmony with our universe and leave the atrocities of millenia of destructive learning behind for ever.
If for thousands of years masculinity has symbolized this learning world through kings and popes, time has come to change our symbols and start living to it. That is why I say that the next pope…..is a woman, without a church. She resides deep inside all of us, man and woman, to finally bring justice and balance in a troubled, adventurous species.