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New society, new claims, new perspectives

Sustainocracy was born ideologically in phases. First (in 1996 and 2005) out of frustration around the lack of humanitarian focus of the ruling system. Placing human wellness in terms of core natural human values at the kernel of societal development opened up a totally new way of thinking and handling. New claims were introduced for societal framing.

This claim cuts us loose from dependence of financial, political and material dominance, motivating us to work freely with our natural environment directly for our health, safety and basic needs.
This claim introduces our own responsability for our own sustainable wellness and progress

When we claim our natural freedom as human being we also need to accept the responsability that goes with it. No one will fullfill our needs but ourselves. No one can do this alone, hence we need to cocreate. With the current state of scientific and technological development we can become selfsufficient in abundance in even the most harsh environments. Sharing abundance among sustainocratic communities can overcome regional shortages. This also introduces a new way of dealing with our institutions…..

A new positioning of institutions including government makes such entities not financially focused but recognized expertise oriented.

So secondly Sustainocracy became a positive invitation to join. Institutions that develop authority in servant partnership with sustainocratic communities created a core values driven identity and related importance for the community in terms of available knowledge, technological innovation, etc. They become expert instruments in the hands of result driven projects…

Dominant are the core human values, not financial investors. Return on involvement is in terms of shared values and recognised expertise, not money. A totally new economy arises.

Money, talents, expertise, involvement, commitment, etc are means that are gathered on common project tables. Noone has more authority than others as the development of the core human values is leading. Equality and trust reigns. Result driven multidisciplinary action unites all into permanent values driven innovation.

The metamorphose from our global capitalist reality, that provided us with great instruments once placed in the sustainocratic context, demands a great leadership effort at all levels of society. The reward is a new balanced relationship with ourselves, our institutions and our planetary resources, as well as sustainable human resilience and wellness for all.

In the third phase Sustainocracy became a genuin practical choice, not just an ideology. To go for Sustainocracy we need no permision from anyone. It is a simple choice, as was demonstrated since 2009 with the efforts of the STIR Foundation in the Netherlands. After formulating the option the population and institutions were invited to join. When they did they started their own metamorphose and eventually consolidate the Sustainocratic communities that arise through the authority each brings into the process.

In 2015 the Sustainocratic way of working received public recognition after receiving a European Award and the analytical review in a paper. Now it is subject to PhD research in all fields, mentioned in scientific papers and published in general review papers. Sustainocracy is a new reality that grows in acceptance as an evolutionary step in the evolution of human societal participation structures for sustainable human resilience, progress and wellness.

Where in life do you stand?

Let’s do a little exercise. A bit of awareness development does no harm. Feel free to interact when you are done.

4 clear phases

4 clear phases

4 unique phases
There are four universal phases in the cyclic patterns of life that have been identified. Each affects the way we perceive and┬ádeal with life’s circumstances. The phases are reflected in the drawing above. For the sake of awareness and understanding I have given them simple names that can be replaced by many other with a similar significance as you can see in the brackets:

1: Change (also: a new life, pioneer, awareness, young, renewal, hope, innovation, space, birth, adaptation, spring)
2: Balance (also: harmony, togetherness, adult, co-creation, trust, love, peace, construction, optimism, wellness, equality, stability, summer)
3: Stress (also: fear, bureaucracy, control, hierarchy, systems, old, growth, automation, speculation, greed, negation, pressure, autumn)
4: Crisis (also: break down, death, depression, competition, confrontations, theft, criminality, hate, distrust, individualism, discrimination, chaos, winter)

These four phases have also teased many economic, philosophical, mathematical, spiritual, anthropological, biological, etc analysts that you may have heard about. I am going to ask you to define where you stand and where you find your surroundings to be? Please decide at first sight where you feel you stand personally today as an individual? If you have difficulties with the bold names to identify your own status you may find it easier to refer to some other word in the brackets. You may feel in winter (referring to a cold spell in your life with crisis, problems, etc) or maybe a new period of passion and idealism (number 1)…

The four situations are not static. They follow each other up in the chronological, numerological order with 4 jumping into 1 again: 4.1.2.3.4.1.2.3.4….. It does not always start at 4 nor 1 of course. It starts when you become aware of the cycles and start to use it for guidance. Your own starting point today is the number you chose at the poll.

So if you chose 2 (balance) you know that 3 (stress) will follow. This will lead to a crisis (4) and eventually to some kind of change (1). The cycle begins than again with a new moment of balance (2) for you. One situation always leads to the other. Sometimes slowly, sometimes very fast. Out of all four situations we always desire balance (2) most yet no matter how hard we try there is never a status quo in life. To achieve balance we need to accept the other three states also.

Life is on the move
Our life is far from static. We are influenced and challenged all the time by a large variety of impulses. Life is an adventure. We need to act to provide ourselves with the (primary) resources to stay alive. There are moments of abundance and scarcity. When abundance occurs we fear loosing it. When scarcity happens we become inventive to try to get back to abundance. We never really have balance because living life is by definition a permanent search for it through adaptive interaction with our surroundings. The amount of personal security we find in our surroundings determines also the amount of willingness we display to challenge it through change. When there is abundance we react relaxed to change, when there is a situation of crisis we are likely to suffer one too.

Where does your surroundings stand today?
If your surroundings influences our situation, behavior and decision making by providing abundance or shortages, opportunities or threats, how would you judge the current situation? You may take your family life as a benchmark, your job, the society you live in…..whatever determines your current situation today most? Don’t worry, the polls are anonymous. They are simply for the sake of awareness building while showing that you are not alone, what ever your specific situation would be.

When you compare your personal answer with that of your surroundings, how do they relate? Do they coincide (1 -1, 2 – 2, 3 – 3, 4- 4)? Are you ahead in the cycle (1-4, 2-1, 3-1) taking a crisis as a breaking point? Or are you lagging behind?

What are you going to do about it?
With this simple exercise of two projections on a universal cycle you make up your mind on how to deal with the situation. The exercise adds the cyclic view to your awareness, a kind of predictability that can be influenced by your level of self awareness and acceptance of these universal realities. So far it has just been a rational exercise of interpretation of these realities through a model by picking a number. The question “what are you doing about it?” draws you into the field of emotions.

Just imagine that you are happily living a harmonic life in the stability of situation 2 (balance). You suddenly now become aware that this situation may not last for ever. This may already be enough reason to enter the phase of stress (3). You will blame me for causing this stress and may want to get back into the dormant state of satisfaction.

Maybe you are in stress (3) of having to work in a job that you intensely dislike simply because you need to pay your mortgage. Your family is living in harmony (2) thanks to your salary. You may not dare to go out to find something else out of fear for a financial or relationship crisis (4). Many risk a burnout like this and enter a mental or physical crisis instead.

There are plenty of other situations thinkable in which you voluntarily or involuntarily have to deal with choices. At hindsight you often say “if only I had known” or “if I had done this or that”. This “if I had…” is of course frustrating but even more complicated is to take action with foresight when at first sight no action seems to be needed. We may call this leadership but we also often call it obsessive worries. Where the differentiation lies has to do with your own wisdom, vision, determination and guts. You are considered crazy or stupid by others when you fail and a hero when you succeed. Does that prevent you from considering action?

As an individual you determine your own life’s adventure. It becomes a different emotional story when you have responsibilities over other people. How do you deal with all this when you are a father or mother taking care of young children? Or the CEO of a large company with many employees? How does a city council deal with this responsibility or the country’s president? Or me, a person who wants the current societies to convert into sustainable human progress with Sustainocracy?

Harmony can be a place to be even when you are elsewhere in the cycle.

Harmony can be a place to be even when you are elsewhere in the cycle.

Conclusion

Understanding where you are is very helpful. Awareness about the cycle is key to take proactive action when time has come. Many organizations invest in a R&D to produce position 1 opportunities of change but find that the world has grown too complex and fast to come up with novelties alone. A good understanding of the psychology of human complexities is key, not just for business or political structures but for humankind as a whole.

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.