This post was triggered by my reading the following proposal of intent: “The aim of the study group is to create an intellectual platform to theoretically discuss and empirically analyze co-production and its implications for the organization and management of public services”.
Is this SPINNING OUR WHEELS, Afraid to face reality?
Do YOU, really deep down FEEL, as a continuing frame to your being, the multiple, interlocking crises “we face”. I use “crisis” in the classical sense of both Opportunity and Danger. We can’t rank the multi-dimensional (except one variable at a time); yet I would place myself among those most devoting their lives to both comprehending and acting on these crises.
Yet, I don’t really feel the emergency for survival, as if I were on a sinking ship, or lost in a forest in a blizzard. I intellectualize our threats, short and long term alike. I acknowledge the potential of worse case scenarios for climate change and that we probably have already crossed critical tipping points with no real engagement on these concerns among our “leaders”.
Nor do I do everything I can to capture the opportunities; as if the crops are ripe and we must harvest now, or to play with an infant child during those formative, but fleeting, moments. I live, intellectually above the fray. Even for my own personal health and well being, I take no real actions to insure personal survival of self and loved ones; or even take the time to tune up my life and work styles (e.g., learning to use my cell, new apps for my computer (even a new OS), commune more with nature, and “exercise” more. And, to make my life more reesee: Relevant, Effective, Efficient, Sufficient, Enjoyable, Elegant.
Yet, when caught in the fray are we most able do what is really needed? Especially that our crises don’t call for a quick fix-it and then a return to normalcy. Indeed, any actions we might take will generate new crises – and this may go on for a while.
The most frequent salve I am recommended is to just wait until things get really bad and humans will show their true goodness and ingenuity. Can you really believe this? True, humans will claw and kill to survive, if pushed to it. Communities will really pull together in disaster, as that is in our DNA for tribal survival, but the cooperation seldom holds for the long term rebuilding.
When things really go bad, most humans go mad. And, in their madness they may “save the day”. I can’t depend on this for Humanity and GAIA.
- Do we really need to FEEL the threats coming or the opportunities potentially lost – to think/act more appropriately?
- What are the ranges of the spiritual/emotional needed to really face crises of such dire emergency and even cosmic opportunity, yet so seemingly distant?
- The answer is not to embed oneself in the day to day suffering and attempt to alleviate it or dive into the most recent fad promising immediate riches or enlightenment.
And please, don’t raise your mirror and project these issues on others – how might we get others to really FEEL and the ACT appropriately. I address this query to myself and others already deeply engaged with our Crisis-of-Crises. I deeply feel that we are not doing what is needed, and somehow don’t really feel concerned about it. But, do I really feel deeply enough?