16,000 : Pottery in China
10,000 : First things made from metal
5300 : the Wheel
250: Internal Combustion Engine, Automobile
200 : Telegraph, Aluminum
150 : Light Bulb, Telephone, Electrical Power Grid, Anesthesia
100 : Aircraft, Penicillin, Aspirin
50 : Personal Computer, Transistor, Copier, Nuclear Power Grid
We are adolescents of the universe. Our species is just opening our eyes in wonder, learning to communicate, understanding pattern, making connections, figuring out relationships, deciding who to trust, experimenting and testing boundaries, starting to gain control over our immediate world, dominated by hormones, activated by primal instructions, overwhelmed by input, dependent on forces beyond our cognition, fixated on what is immediate and close, dominated by hunger and driven by forces and a world we do not yet understand. We are complex generative organisms, more powerful than any who has lived before, both delicate and resilient, learning by trial and error, educated through moderators and by consciously teaching ourselves. We collaboratively possess the potential to achieve almost anything imaginable and unimaginable.
Adolescence is characterized by awkwardness, by thinking one is invincible, by believing we known more than we do. Adolescence often includes poor choices, short term self centered motives, and a desire to grow up faster.
Our species has just experienced a quantum leap from childhood to adolescence. We have many new resources and ideas and challenges and powers that involve greater responsibility and accountability. Adolescence is a time of turbulence and change, and it comes without the useful perspective afforded later by hindsight. And unique to our situation, there is no adult in sight. No one has traveled this way before. We are all equally adolescent. It is up to us to find our way. But it is strangely comforting to believe that as with adolescence, there is nothing wrong with us that cannot be remedied by compassion, understanding and more dedicated time to systemically evolve.
For us, the successful maturation of a human race demands that we, you, adopt the systemic wisdom of a few principles that are the essence of wisdom and human life.
Unlike most adolescents, the conscious, subconscious and corporal identity necessary for prolific human evolution requires the mastery of:
principles and behaviors enthusiastically engaged in systemic nurture and equal standing for oneself, others, and all life
the vigorous and eternal pursuit of systemic truth.
Like most adolescents, we instead throw impotent words at each other, throw limited ideas and idolistic money at each other, without recognition of where value lives. Value rests in equalizing nurture and the pursuit of truth. If you want to play word games, then at least agree to the rules of principled engagement which demand that nurture and the pursuit of truth trumps (yes, trumps!!:) everything. The American presidential election should not be about how Hillary or Bernie or Donald or Ted and the complacent media frame their marketing. These candidates, better candidates, every candidate, should be scrambling to prove to us that they are about nurturing all of us, transparently, honestly, systemically, logically and scientifically toward a measurably better future, with continuous feedback loops and adjustments directed at specific investments in strategies to achieve specific objectives. It is insane that we the people do not demand wisdom, integrity and deep inclusive caring from everyone we hire (elect) to serve us.
Belief in democracy, peer to peer, socialism, elected officials, capitalism, religion, courts, police, public education, science or even systemics is not enough to prevent massive harms to people and life on earth. Each of these institutions has become deeply and widely corrupt – because we have let them lose their way. Every moment of all of our lives, our Wayfinding, has to be dominated by the autopoietic internal code and compass of systemic nurture and the pursuit of truth if we are to stop the crimes against humanity and life on earth. We have to care every moment, we have to learn every moment how to care, and we then need to become the systemic holistic caretakers of ourselves, those around us, and life on earth – without compromise. This is the core, the seed, the essence of what many of us seek. Wayfinder proposes that we collectively assemble and live within a new dimension of systemic thinking and doing that is never about the fabrications of corporations, media, politicians, inherited dogmas and the corrupt framings of everything.
Stop talking systemic nothings about candidates and spewing code words for hate, discrimination, fear, lies, greed, terrorists, prejudice and selfishness. Stop playing the adolescent games of our ancestors. Stop generally wishing things were better without making the effort to frame the reality and the hope. Make the effort to shape what you touch, to reach out beyond, and engage deeply with the few core principles that define systemic sanity and a world shaped around a unifying vision of our potential. The corruption of the core principles of equalizing nurture and the pursuit of truth, the essence of wisdom and love, is the corruption of everything. It is the enemy and the only game in town if we are to ever become the adults of the universe. By framing the systemics of your life and our planet around the only principles that matter, you become 1 with the universe, which right now is such a lonely number.
1 + 1 +… = nurturing truth
1 = the loneliest number