SURVIVING OUR Crisis-of-Crises by CREATING A BETTER WORLD

[This post is an unintended repeat of almost the same post from  July 18, 2016.  In April 2017 I discovered a relevant doc on my NoteMap Outliner, and it had no indications (which I usually add – BLUE the Title) that I had posted it. Most of my added links were the same as in 2016. the 2016 post is longer than this post, as I added to it then. I have not attempted to compare edits. I keep this here for reference.

The 2016 post was part of a three week, intense online exchange I had with Andrew Gaines.  In 2017, I had also forgotten about this important encounter, other than his name and that it had not ended well.  After just discovering this forgotten activity, I am amazed at what I had done and how I had forgotten most of it.  Larry’s loss of memory is becoming a serious challenge.]

We cannot accurately forecast details of coming collapses and responses to them. Humankind is both fragile and resilient. The cascade of events following BREXIT is an example of fragility. Yet, sometimes surprising recovery follow collapses.

The power of human to human mutual aide between peoples jointly facing disasters is documented by Rebecca Solnit’s A Paradise Built in Hell.  However, as soon as outside authorities arise, this resilience collapses.

The often stated claim, that we need to wait until it gets worse for people to act, refers only to local social issues.  I never applies to longer term societal issues.  Also, collapses may come in cascades, and we never can tell whether a chain reaction of collapsing dominoes may cover over us like a massive technological collapse tsunami.

We cannot prepare for all scenarios, but there are some basics participants in The Great Transition might consider, but surviving collapse must not be our primary focus or activity. If we survive one collapse, we will simply be in the way of the next. We are all eventually doomed if we can’t get to the source and stop the collapses, OR create a nu, emergent quman system that gets stronger each day, better resistant to collapse of their societal environments and that will eventually involve most living humans (person by person).

The nu emergent alternative humankind will learn how to manage the sources of collapse and eventually remove them as they are designed out of the nu humanity created/emergent. Human was not misspelled, as quman, in the previous paragraph. I propose we undergo a system of major paradigm shifts, for our whole comprehension of human systems, as significant as the shift to Quantum Physics from Classical Physics.

What I call Quman Physics is like cleaning the smeared windshield, getting accurate maps and sending out scouts, getting sober, and – in metaphor – cooperating in a simulated “Wagon Train” over the “Mountainous Divide in Winter”, into the future (of sunny California).

Before WE attempt to recruit and organize others to join OUR expedition-in-time, WE need to re-examine OUR assumptions about what WE hope to accomplish and the terrain of the land WE will cross. Who is this “WE”?

Initially WE are those who have assumed we knew enough that something very significant was required, to survive/thrive. However, knowing something is wrong and that something must be done, often doesn’t equip that knower to also know what best to do.

However, in a time of crisis, this assumption is often made – and often with disastrous results. For example, many revolutions end up becoming regimes as oppressive as those overturned. The situation we face today is unprecedented, to say the least.

We must be cautious of any proposed “solution” based on what was done in the past – even if successful, then. Everything has changed so fast and often so significantly that no human knows nearly all of what IS and is HAPPENING, and the trends, many which are very dangerous, if not stopped.

As a person who has deliberately tried to be as comprehensive as possible, I have recently given up trying to explore everything that I consider highly relevant. I no longer have a “bucket list” of things to learn, let alone experience. Daily my attention encounters scores of significant new topics, blogs, movements, persons, books or articles that would, in the recent past, be put on my TODO list.  I continue to bookmark some of them, but my lists are already far too long and not well organized for searching. Also, there is no way, at 82 – or even if I was 28 – could I begin to work through this material. And then, what would I do with it, how would I share and discuss it with others, and then plan with others some projects to accomplish?

Curation and online sharing is beginning to drown us in social media. I can’t trust myself to know what best to do – even if I had the resources and a team of committed participants. Nor can I buy into anyone else’s project unless they can explicate to me a clear sketch of strategy to the time when the trends are positive.

I am not calling for a conference, as was convened by Gregory Bateson (assisted by his daughter, Mary Catherine), in 1968 in Vienna on the critical topic: “The Effects of Conscious Purpose of Human Adaptation“, although the topic is close to the one we must explore to better set direction for The Great Transition.

 

Mary Catherine, in her excellent chronicle, Our Own Metaphor, “manages to convey the dynamics as well as the content of the deliberations of a small group of brilliant (and intractable) anthropologists, linguists, psychologists. and philosophers”.

The Batesons visited Arthur Koestler after their conference. Koestler was disturbed about the scheduling conflict with his Beyond Reductionism conference – to which Gregory had been invited; and Koestler had been invited to Gregory’s conference. After learning of what transpired (and didn’t) at Gregory’s conference, Arthur wrote a short story, The Call Girls.

In this story, the world is in crisis and the best minds on the planet are convened in conference to discuss the issues and advise. There, each expert pontificates on his or her expertise, basically repeating their talks given on their lecture circuits, a metaphor for “call girls”.

I read all three decades ago and their significance has been with me since. Actually, I am calling for Blitz (the name of a month long action project, being organized by Andrew Gaines in 2017), to accomplish what Gregory and Arthur failed to accomplish 48 years ago.

{Gaine’s Blitz is reported to have taken place March 2017. Unfortunately, my attempts to dialog with Andrew failed, as he apparently viewed me as a competitor and refused further dialog. He is currently active in online dialog at NCDD. }

In 1976, as part of a summer visit to Great Britain, I visited the experimental commune, Findhorn, in Scotland. I was sad to see that its attempts to spread as a movement failed. They had a requirement, that each new prospective member had to temporarily abandon focus on his or her domain of expertise.  They were to bring to the commune their learning-to-learn competencies and to generalize from the competencies of their expertise – but apply it to the objectives and goals of Findhorn.

In a sense this is what we must bring to focus at a Blitz. The best minds need to build on their specialized expertise to mutually explore domains of relevance. No single or few “domains of expertise”, expanded and improved, will be a key or solution. What we face is not a problem, but what has been called a “problemateque”, where an appropriate response might be called a “solutionateque”.

That the problem/solution paradigm may be one of our primary difficulties in comprehending Quman Physics was pointed out many decades ago by The Club of Rome, but mostly ignored. Ignored for a reason – Problemateques and Solutionateques are but labels for aspects of a new reality that we wait to emerge in the next major shift.

When we accepted Kuhn’s term, paradigm shift, we slipped into another Quman System issue: our ease in letting a name mask the need to better comprehend “what” is being labeled. A (single) paradigm shift is analogous to the solution of a problem. A complex system of interacting paradigm shifts may characterize a “solutionateque”.

Permit me to cite another analog. My first

{Apparently, I stopped at this point, forgot, and never returned. I don’t now know what my other analog would be.}

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.

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