Are we all critically dysfunctional,
relative to our needs to perform optimally facing our
Crisis-of-Crises and Abrupt Catastrophic Climate Change?

To put it another way:
Does each of us
need to change

Must all humans migrate to
new settings and communities

new life/work/play-styles?

There are many types of dysfunction, and each type is relative to tasks we have difficulty functioning adequately to meet needs. I offer one possible dimension of functionality, related to the degree of disorder<>order  in the behavior of a person, team, institution, society, or the whole of humankind.

I know persons whose lives are a dream come true. Everything is in order, including just the right amount of fractal chaos (the font of emergent order, distinct from dis-order). What they are doing is relevant to the future needs of humankind. Many others are aware of what they are doing, and approve. They have no motivation to change, they enjoy life, and feel good about their accomplishments. They are not bored. How I might consider them dysfunctional, I will get to soon.

At the other extreme is someone like myself. I live in a highly disordered habit, have a disordered work space (both physical and digital), and live with good persons, but who are also disordered and dysfunctional. I do things that I hope will contribute to a better future. Although I know that I am not having the effect we need, I am addicted to my lifestyle and seem quite unable to will myself to change – although I plan to all the time.

The vast majority of humans are trapped in situations somewhere in between. Whatever the setting, a refuge camp or a high ranking position in an established institution, there is a range of dysfunction: disorder<>order.  Many are changing, but not necessarily becoming more functional. Importantly, the collective functionality of humankind is today grossly inadequate to our needs for survival/thrival. My query seeks to call attention to this AND that there are no trends towards the needed functionality – although many would claim their are such trends and that they are part of that activity.

What is Missing ?
A system may be said to be dysfunctional
if it is missing a vital component,
or a necessary relationship is broken.

Humankind is dysfunctional,
not because all human persons are dysfunctional.

Humankind is dysfunctional,
because critical task, requisite for functionality
are not being performed, and
and are often viewed as unnecessary,
or are in the blindspots of most,
totally oblivious to the need.

System Dysfunction <> Personal Dysfunction


to be continued …. 06/27/2016

Author: nuet

01/24/1935. BS-physics RPI 1956; MS-physics UofChicago 1958; PhD-physics Yale 1965; PhD-Edu Psy Uof MInnesota 1970. Auroral Research Byrd Station, Antarctica 11/1960-02/1962. MINNEMAST curriculum dev 1964-68. Woodstock. faculty Pima Community College, Tucson 1974-1997. Transdisciplinary scientist, philosopher, educator, futurist, activist. PC user since 1982. "Wife". daughter, 2 grandsons. 5 dogs & 7 cats. Lacks mental imagery in all sensory domains.