Note: I wrote this blog in 2011. It was timely then and even more timely now. This updated blog has minor edits…
We have at our disposal, many great new social media, mobile computing technology tools and folks using them — all external resources. BUT people refuse to look inward to work on their human frailties.
💡 Our failures to embrace and address these individual frailties is fundamentally why we are in the pickle we are in as a society…
New technology needs to be utilized better than the window dressing of a Ferrari engine powering a golf cart.
What are some of these frailties?
- Many folks have a propensity to let others do the thinking that they should be doing for themselves.
- Some people who have figured this out, become “leaders” and use it for their own personal material gains/profit and self-aggrandizement/ego.
- Desire/lust for wealth and power over others is a powerful narcotic to which humanity is addicted — to the detriment of societal growth.
- Both the flocks and shepherds practice inadvertent and purposeful myopia. They fail to see uncomfortable truths that stand in the way of their agendas.
- Like a horse wearing blinders, many people refuse to see or ignore the interconnectedness we all share. That is, the dire need to come together as a species in spite of our perceived differences. This ignored interconnectedness is very real and goes way down to the subatomic level.
If you are lamenting about why society stands poised to fall into a deep, dark abyss: look within. This applies to everyone (including me). And yes, some of us are working to guide society in another direction. Even those of us heading in a positive direction absolutely need course correction from time to time…
Perhaps there is a big piece of the puzzle missing – even if people start to work on their inner selves as I suggest? So what’s missing?
Community in the 3D physical world
There is a need for people to seek community once again, and not just on the Internet/social media. Traditionally, community has been defined by a church, mosque or temple.
💡 But we also need physical spaces for atheists, agnostics and people guided by spirituality. The cyber world and technological gizmos can’t replace everything. People have walled themselves into cocoons with big-screen televisions. We have forgotten that we have living, breathing neighbors!
As well-meaning folks try to right the sinking ship of society, we may inadvertently seek to dismantle institutions that actually have a place in real solutions.
By the same token, we may want to revisit ideas of the past that have either faded or are in the process of fading…
It’s been a long road for me as well — I grew up in what I would describe as an atheist family. But seeing something by the long road gives a panoramic view of what others see. And there is no substitution for experience to gain the deepest understanding of something.
If any new institutions sprout out of my idea, they should consider this tidbit that I thought of:
💡 The Law of Sustainable Organizations: One of the primary responsibilities of an organization is to serve the common good for all humanity (which includes the group’s constituents and opponents).
Building community does not mean structural walls between neighboring communities. A church and a mosque may be separate buildings and different faiths — but the people who attend them are neighbors nonetheless. And neighbors have shared values and a shared fate under the Web of Life.
“Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” –Chief Seattle (attributed)
Depending on one’s paradigm, I feel all paths lead to the Creator, source, singularity, or enlightenment. A non-spiritual paradigm includes a path to create a better world for future generations. I believe these are all fundamental manifestations of the same core truth: striving for love, doing good and celebrating our shared heritage.
Ironically, returning to the past for solutions is a form of innovation: Think: Retro innovation, looking backward and forward (learning from the past to improve the future).
2011 was the 70th anniversary of the attack on Peal Harbor. Yet, here we stand poised for WWIII. The status quo is a series of repeating and destructive cycles. Unless we think differently, the cycles will spiral into the abyss.
Surely we can do better than this?
“Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves.”