Any number of disasters could hit any section of civilization. Is it weather, drought, war, volcano, flood, economic stress, disease, pollution, or maybe an influx of refugees? Whatever hits, suddenly we are in a panic to organize people and resources. ASAP we need alternatives presented, communications, lists, organizers, governments, transportation, volunteers, donations and shelters. Everyone pitches in to add their bit of organized response. What they all agree on is that help is needed, and no one can do it alone. What they may disagree on are the best methods to get the job done efficiently. Who knows all the facts? Who decides?
What are best methods and best efficiency? Usually people figure this out by looking at spreadsheets. So, if you have those spreadsheets handy in an emergency, then by all means, look at them. If you don’t, then we will have to deal with information as it comes in, on the fly.
On the fly, how do we organize the efforts of thousands of people and direct tons of supplies? We leave all this figuring to the local government and to the military and others trained to act in emergencies. We leave all this to the professionals, except that often, and for most of the planet, we notice their response covers only a percentage of what is needed for a functional, and beautiful, world.
To create function on the fly, and to benefit a high percentage, we need to use a very simple principle, “Many hands make light work”. Now, put them to work doing what? To know this they need information that is prioritized and pertinent to each aspect of our response. This information needs continuous updates as fast as possible. Where internet is available, this is the way to go, getting the data to everyone and right now. And if a disaster victim has no internet, maybe their family, volunteers and emergency personnel still do have internet.
One answer to responding to disaster is to organize the needs and responses on iAmSapien.com. In the Triage Matrix is the title of the disaster. In the Question Matrices are the large headings: Government, Organizers, Volunteers, Resources, Victims, Communications, Transportation, Shelters, Donations. In the Answer Matrix present your specific response to any question/heading. Tag your response with the specific location. Categorize your response with a type of resource. Say the type of your response using one of the question headings. With responses in place, then simply vote up the best response. We are crowdsourcing the best resources as well as the best means to implement those resources. Add a comment, or link to your own contribution. Return in eight hours to again vote on the best, and to update your response. However, if you are too busy to return for an update, it is probably because iAS directed you to where you were needed most.
With immediate needs being taken care of, efforts go to long term care. The people who will give more of their time will connect into groups on iAmSapien. They will form a strategy on the Idea Matrix. They will get a little support from each of you on the Activate Matrix. In this way many hands make light work. The world gains a bit of beauty. Beautiful is your compassion, your intelligence, made active on iAmSapien.
Of all the people on the earth, and I make no claim to know any figures, but of all the people on the earth, how many say things are going well enough, and if some major event occurs, it is a pretty sure bet we will recover? On the other side, how many say things are getting dire, and some major event is bound to occur, one we may not recover from for a very long time? However, is this question even pertinent? Perhaps that is the question we should take a poll on.
If we are going to have a poll maybe we should be asking the right questions. Fundamentally, what should we be asking? The question above implies asking if we value status quo. It asks if a general opinion is sufficient in determining the course of humanity. Implied is that we intend to do not much of anything, but wait and see, and that asking people’s opinion was enough of acting responsibly. Perhaps the real question being asked here is, given that we live in a lazy culture, given the uncertainty of the future, is it okay that we continue in a stupor, unresponsive and irresponsible? I fear to ask this question believing the answer likely to be, yes.
On one side of the coin, people are lazy and merely believe that the more their side wins the better life will be. On the other side of the coin, people are lazy, and choose to believe there is not much that can be done because our vulnerabilities outweigh our strengths. Certainly, though, the people must exist who are ready to do the work of responsible knowledge and responsible action. Not everyone has chosen to be lazy, self-centered, cowardice, and stupid. Is there another coin to toss? Is there another question to be asked?
Of the people willing to study an issue, weigh the options, find courage to choose reality, and take action using their own resources, of this group of people, what question divides the group into the A side and the B side? What is fundamental and most pertinent to ask about their motives that will or will not drive another evolution of our society, maybe one greater than the last two hundred years? What is the right question to ask of intelligent, courageous and altruistic people?
The right question is to ask, “What is it that empowers you as being the world’s 21st century evolution?” Of all
the foolish things they could cross off their list of answers, the first might be to complain. When someone whines, someone else wants to grease their squeaky wheel. Someone wants to shoot the messenger. All this ruckus is just that. They offer no effective solutions for success. The action of complaining even once should be our definition of stupidity. The intelligent person will say what works, and then revise their statement to say what works even better. So, our question for smart people is, “How are you empowered to take step by step changes toward a new tomorrow?
The answer to empowerment may come down on two sides. On one side, people know that the current connections that run the planet (you say what you think these are) that these webs of influence are key to evolving our future. Their power is already in place. Their resources are already in place. Their strategy is already in place. Their intelligence networks are already in place and resolve any issues that occur. Their time and effort are all that stand in the way of our society evolving to its next way of being. Personal support of these powerful influences exist simply as individuals doing the best they can to survive. We trust the process. We have faith in an outcome that is meaningful. This is one side of the coin.
On the other side of the coin, these people are largely in agreement with the above. Yes, the powers that be are definitely powerful. They are using extent resources to secure the future evolution. The timeline they created is already in place. Arguing against their intelligent and heavily supported plan would have no quality effect. But here is the difference. The resources of the powerful are not at all in place. The number one resource at hand has barely been addressed. The effect on plans for the new tomorrow is dire. To empower our tomorrow this massive resource will have to be refined and implemented. That resource is us. The answer to empowering smart people, and empowering the next tomorrow, is to resource the people.
Side B of the coin has this different outlook. Although the powers that be are just that, in the final analysis they come from us. They depend on us. Our babies are their future community. Our abilities to sweep the floor, to construct sky scrapers, and to build a new power grid are what keep them alive. Our ability to manifest the highest intelligence that will fill up Google and Wikipedia, this ability is also their ability. We educate their families. We create the culture so that enculturation may create their life style and train of thought. This last point is the important one. Who the people are is the culture as a whole. The person who is a slave owner cannot stop being a slave owner while he still owns slaves. A parent who spends each day not teaching their child cannot stop being a person who abuses children. The leaders of a world who do not lead the world to a better future cannot stop being poor leaders. On this side of the coin, smart people acknowledge we are all in this together. Empowering everyone as smart and courageous is the way to a new tomorrow.
“Ridiculous! You can’t tell people anything. All they want to do is complain and then go have another beer.” Often true. But don’t give up so easily. A handful of intelligent people have already created important evolutions in humanity. They gave us our ideas of philosophy, of religion, of science, of government, of rights, of legality, and the documents that guide nations for hundreds of years. A few intelligent people gave us smart phones and internet knowledge, and so revolutionized society overnight. The question yet on the table is how do intelligent people, even a few of them, recognize empowerment for the next revolution, the one where large masses of individuals decide they too can do the work of responsible and knowledgeable people.
The answer presented here is to say there is something no one has seen before. When lasers first were invented, and when the first smart phone was produced, people had not seen these before and so could not immediately see the utility of such a device. It takes time for new technology to assimilate into society. After a while society can’t see how we could function without the new technology. We must have our computers. We must have phones. We must have wheeled transportation. There is one more thing society must have, something they cannot yet see.
The something that society must realize, something that is a key feature of their new tomorrow, is already here. It already exists in its parts. These are things we all know about. These are things many already use daily. Just as Steve Jobs invented few of the elements that went into his smart phone, but he invented a method of incorporating various items together, and in line with human behavior. So is the solution to empowering tomorrow a matter of putting together elements into a package that consumers manage with ease. Eventually they find the utility, integrate it, and soon cannot live without the new device.
Our new device has things you may be familiar with. 1) Crowdsourcing is a way of engaging many people to do the things they have interest in or care most about. Impossible outcomes become possible when many people give a small effort. 2) Hierarchical order. We all enjoy an easy and logical presentation. A top-down order makes life easy. Ability to search and to filter the top-down order makes it even easier. 3) Personal content. People find meaning in sharing what defines their values. They need a place to present their finest. They want their presentation organized. They want the presentation to have a lasting effect. 4) Connection. It is all over the web. A key feature is how one item connects with another or with the many. Whether it is friends, coworkers, sales, trades, groups or information, all these take on a new life when meaningful connections form between what is similar or what is helpful. There is one more part to our device, one deserving special appreciation.
5) Meaning. This one may be the hardest to visualize, yet the most important. It will take time for people to realize that they can create meaning. We are moving meaning from on its static shelf and placing it in the creative intelligence of the populace. Meaning is flexible when minds associate in a manner that is flexible. All elements of our device target this flexibility. It is a beautiful thing when minds come together to create. That they can express an ability to create meaning is itself an exciting revelation. This is something new that people will assimilate as their new tomorrow. Even advertisers will employ meaning into their strategy, their connections, and their presentation. Assimilated, people won’t know how we managed to make society work without the ability to create meaning as a society.
These five elements, crowdsourcing, hierarchical order, personal content, connection and meaning, these five devices are incorporated into one device, iAmSapien. There, the crowdsourcing augments the hierarchical order. The connections help create the personal content, content that keeps improving. As content improves and is connected, crowdsourcing recreates the order into a hierarchy of new content and new meaning. In this way our society’s statement as to what is meaningful keeps evolving, changing to meet the needs of a changing, evolving society. It is a journey of creativity that evolves the individual as well as the mass, crowdsourced, effort to make things work. Our new tomorrow will be an experience of personal growth and cooperation. These, personal growth and cooperation are the two sides of our new coin.
When a person is programmed by society to behave as a “person”, this in called enculturation. In our technological society, we not only program each other, but via machines and the organizations that run the machines. I remember being taught to use a typewriter. I was instructed to sit up straight directly in front of the machine, align my hands and fingers with the machine, and then punch the keys in exact sequence. If I failed to perform exactly, there were consequences. I felt compelled to perform as the machine demanded.
That was almost fifty years ago. Now the machines have taken over. Even the farmers must have miles of flat
earth and all aligned precisely for their machines. Many humans come together to service the machines. We
call these people a corporation. The clock runs their lives. The phone runs their lives. The computer runs their lives. Then the copy machine breaks and totally ruins their lives. Everyone working there knows for certain that this is life. This is how things should be. How the machines run people is now how life works.
Machine-culturalization, this is the new normal. People don’t even realize what is happening. As with enculturation, the brain naturally absorbs the given environment so to learn how life works. This is an essential function. We are born ignorant and then absorb massive understanding in just a few years. It is truly amazing what happens in the mind of a child.
How amazing is machine-culturalization? (Let’s call it machalization) We are passionate for our technology. But is this warranted? Did we create technology worthy of our worship? Will this god grant us our every wish? Let’s compare with enculturation. Without technology, a person is born exposed to the natural environment. Conformity necessarily is to the ways of nature. Then again, all of nature is born exposed to the physics of our solar system. Conformity necessarily is to the ways of physics. All of nature makes the connection between eternal physics, the biosphere, and the life of the child. Enculturation is what considers the details from the smallest, all the way to the eternal. It is all one thing. A tree knows not to grow upside down. Birds know they will they fly south in the winter. But humans are on a different path.
What do humans do? We force trees to grow the way we design them to grow. We design cities that burn oil to stay warm in the winter. But there is nothing terrible about ingenuity, were this the goal of humanity. Ingenuity would see how the changes we make work with the whole of life. Then we would make adjustments that everything work better, together. We made a mistake however. We mistook machalization for enculturation, and let the machines tell us how life works. The machines we created in isolation do not continue to receive the ingenuity needed to connect them with the biosphere and the physics of the universe. The result is conflict. Westerners believe they should possess most of the earth’s resources (for as long as they last). Heavy traffic conflicts with needs of pedestrians and children and animals. Children sitting at desks is in conflict with enculturation where, instead, children would learn from role modeling and participation. Being happy conflicts with the machine’s need for attentive workers. And today, as robots replace humans, we have no ingenuity describing the transition of machine workers as they transition back to a real life.
The transition we need to make as humans is not away from machines but toward ingenuity. We need to be happy connecting things so that they work. Then we will be humans connected with each other, learning about life. We will be a society connected with nature, maintaining a biosphere of great beauty. We will connect with the laws of physics that we may take our ingenuity to the stars. It is all such a grand journey. The journey begins with you.
You can decide to have a real life as an enculturated person. You can connect with people. You can learn from role models. You can be a participant in life. You will learn from the whole of things as we reconnect the smallest of things with the grandest of things. You are already a part of the all. But this must be remembered. We must let go being told what to do by machines. Who we are is up to us, and a matter of our ingenuity.
“Robert”, you say, “things have changed. We no longer live in the stone age.” That is correct. We are not going back to nature, not that far back. We begin with where we are at. We have communications. Let’s use them. We have thinking humans. Let’s use them. We have computers that thinking humans use to communicate. Let’s use this technology in behalf of ingenuity, and in behalf with connecting with all that is. Admittedly, this is complicated. We have a lot of people and a lot of issues. To find solutions will have to crowdsource the people and triage the issues. We will have to sort out the remedies as to the most efficient and effective, and move these to action. We will ask broad support for these remedies that many contribute a little, and that no oligarch have total say. This is not because the oligarch is necessarily bad, but because effecting a journey that works means we all are enculturated into a life that works. With everyone then supporting both life and the oligarch, his job will be easy. He only need follow the will of the people to have an extraordinary life. We all will have an extraordinary life. With most people contributing to an expansive ingenuity, the intelligence of our enculturation goes exponential.
I said above, “this is complicated”. Yes, but complicated is now managed by ingenuity. A machine-cultured corporation, WorldWisePeople LLC, came together to build a machine that will move people. This machine moves people out of machalization and back to real life. This machine is iAmSapien. It was built to reconnect people with people, learners with role models, and reconnect knowing something with actually doing something. Because iAS crowdsources to connect everything, our social ingenuity will reconnect social life with reality. We will once again cooperate with each other, cooperate with a biosphere, and cooperate with the physical nature of our universe.
We arrive at the point of taking memberships, and finally some income. Hooray! This celebration is for us, but also for the world. We are making a real effort to move humanity toward function and happiness. You are with us in this momentous decision to make a change.
Change is not certain. Every day I walk the line between hope and despair. I question my sanity in thinking humanity could act with greater intelligence. Why did I spend my security on a venture to improve a thing called Earth? Maybe it is some sort of spiritual journey. Maybe events in my life drew me in this direction. Maybe I am insane. Who decides these things?
About five years ago I decided it didn’t make sense to just sit in my ways, counting my time, hoping for the best. Why didn’t I get off my duff and do something, anything? So I did. Two years later a fuzzy concept became a real business adventure to create a web platform. Three years after that our fuzzy logic of programming became operational as a website. The going was rough. If not for the serious dedication of our team of ten or twelve people, the project would have failed in an instant.
We don’t know what happens next. Will people see in this project that it is different, that it is creative, and that it has purpose? Will there be thirty grand per month to advance the cause? Will the people who express a greater purpose for humanity be accepted as role models, causing others to become excited about understanding life and making the most of what we have? I don’t know. So much depends on our team’s ability to reach people in the right ways. So much seems to depend on luck. In my readings about new technology adventures, timing was key. Reaching people at the right time, when they were ready, was essential to success for many businesses.
Are people ready? They are ready for something. The media we expose ourselves to says we are ready to sit and watch one side attempt to degrade or terrorize the other side. This is fun. Look at our media and we see people are ready to share tidbits about their daily lives, and tidbits about the big issues that somebody ought to do something about. This is fun. We see our emphasis on media, as phones, as music, as television, as movies and so we know that our emphasis on life is as spectators. This is fun. Eventually, we all do something, but we do something maybe not as a result of watching media. When we are moved to do something it is probably because there is a stirring inside, an impulse to get up and be someone different. There comes a moment in everyone’s life where they feel the urge to be cause of their own life.
Whenever an urge may occur, the urge to be at cause, that urge needs a connecting element to travel through and so light up a new space for living. An urge needs connection. It is like electricity needing a wire, a ground, and a motor or some device that gets the work done. That wire is iAmSapien. That device is the project you ignite or take part in. The grounding is whatever inside you happens that you feel the time is now, the motive is current, and belief in yourself has the courage to stand up. You are the final say. The moment is yours to grasp.
My moment came five years ago. I have carried it with me these years as a reminder that I can move through fear and confusion to a blossoming. When tempted to forget that moment of sanity that drives this crazy effort, Neale Walsch always came through with some quip explaining that life is a journey. He said it is okay to proceed. And so I did.
The effort it takes to try. The imagination it takes to be different. The dedication it takes to be yourself. What is it that begins your journey in life?
What’s been going on inside your head the last few minutes?
Would you call these goings-on intelligence?
Do these thoughts even matter enough to remember?
CONSCIOUSNESS What happens in our heads is just a small part of intelligence. This conscious awareness is more of an end effect than a cause. As much as we people like to think that we are cause of our lives, this bit of self-assurance is misplaced. However, we could consciously broaden our sense of self, and thereby expand on intelligence. What we call “self” and “intelligence” is about to get bigger.
NUMBERS The very practical way to see what is intelligence is through numbers. Intelligence is how many neurons with how many connections firing at what rate over what period of time and using how many sensors employing how many systems developed through what extent of resources and with x number of safeguards and feedback loops. Boring. This has no meaning. To be intelligent all this technology has to also employ the human element, the creation of meaning.
FIRST STATE The first level of intelligence begins with admitting to not knowing what is meaning. We thought we knew. We thought our role models and teachers were giving us the God-sent truth of existence. But when we look the gift-horse in the mouth, we see that their motives and ideas arise from a complex, and unrefined, set of variables. Their numbers don’t add up.
EGO Life is quite the adventure operating from chaos. The meaning we give life is the little bit of order we create and then pretend to have control. This idea of control, of an ego, is then at odds with humility which yet would create a great deal more of meaning and order.
STATES Once a decision is made that humility is intelligence, then what? This humility is one part of self-awareness. If we can gain control over other parts, we begin to convert the Trojan Horse into a meaning machine. Only the humble person is ready to look at self as possibly mineral, vegetable, animal, sapient, social and spiritual.
SECOND STATE Mineral? Vegetable? What do these have to do with intelligence? But intelligence arises from these things. Minerals allow my body and mind to function. If I fail to tend to this need, then I will deteriorate into levels of stupidity. Vegetables, not only do I need to consume them for their chemicals, but also we share an ecosystem that allows life. If I fail to tend to this need, then I will fail to tend the resources of intelligence. I will have lapsed into the slumber of stupidity.
THIRD STATE Consideration for our foundations, the mineral and ecological systems that allow life, is basic for defining intelligence. A level up from that is our sapient existence. People are aware that they are aware. Having this condition is one thing. Creating meaning because of this condition is entirely another matter. The ego wants to have already arrived at meaning so it can go on as being something, doing something meaningful. We claim this ego state of intelligence is safe and fun, but it also makes us afraid to change. People with humility, however, will ask, “What can I do with my sapience, what more is it for?”
SKY Sapience is for deciding what has meaning. The sky is the limit. We are able to think about self in this universe in many ways and come to any number of conclusions and make any number of actions. The way before us is so vast it seems unlimited. The prospect of this adventure, in the mind of the sapient, would have been sufficient stimuli to drive intelligence to evolve itself in a grand relationship with the universe. Yet are there more levels to our states of intelligence, and we do not escape their influence.
FOURTH STATE Relationship is the next level. Intelligence is social. No mind exist as a singular intelligence but rather is connected and dependent on everything and throughout time. Sentience has some small control over enculturation, but the mindset of humanity determines the mindset of the individual. Even if an individual manages to think outside the box, he is still stuck in a warehouse full of boxes. Culture is a powerful drive determining the limits of intelligence, or determining the thrust of intelligence. It depends on how much a culture fights for their ego or trusts in humility. If humility is the thrust of the culture, then a push for intelligence will be the next step. Society will work as a team to cause more neurons firing faster, and more sensors using more systems with more safeguards and feedback loops. Working together for intelligence is the next level of intelligence. This exponential leap into the creation of meaning is powered by humility.
FIFTH STATE What ever hypothesis or experience you may have regarding consciousness as more than a body, thank you. You are humble enough to ask the question. Are there unseen influences? A few hundred years ago radio waves did not exist, and it was considered foolish to even guess at such a thing. But humans were missing 98% of what was perceivable in our universe. Since then, our universe has grown far more extent and complex. In all humility, we have no idea how we will perceive life in another 200 years. As we manage control over vibrations, we may see ourselves as vibration. As people validate their experience with the beyond, we could see ourselves as connected with a greater life. The point is that intelligence is an evolving experience. As the numbers of intelligence evolve so does our concept of intelligence evolve. This evolution will necessarily happen as a culture. Then the culture will role model a larger sense of self for the individual consciousness. To proceed in this direction, it is humility that drives belief in the impossible.
COLLAPSE Given that intelligence is how we create and evolve meaning, and that society needs a big dose of humility to get intelligence back on track, what is the stimulus to push humanity in the right direction? Social collapse would do it. Pull the rug out from under ego, destroying the meaning that ego relied on, and ego disappears for the moment. Such an event would also ruin our numbers, so maybe we don’t want to go there, starting over the evolution of intelligence. Maybe we can start from where we are at. We are connecting globally, educating most everyone, and creating technologies that then produce systems that will leverage our intelligence even further. So, of what we have, where is the solution?
RESOURCES Restoring our evolution of intelligence can begin now. The power to do so lies in our systems. It is a matter of using our many sensors that employ our many systems with x number of safeguards and feedback loops. Much is already in place. We have Google and Wikipedia and Facebook and smart phones and computers. We have social networking in multiple forms. We have automated services coming up everywhere. Robotics and AI will create a revolution even faster than the last. Everything is in place to fuel an evolution in intelligence. Meaning is about to expand. What is “self” is about to expand. Consciousness is about to expand. So what is the key that turns on the intelligence machine?
RESTORATION The key is in the hands of the few, the humble, who still believe in the impossible. They leap over the ego that is afraid of change, to arrive at an adventure unlike anything before. These people understand they are here to create meaning. We have a place for them to do just that. iAmSapien was created as a system that will leverage the intelligence of the humble, leverage their mental abilities and their resources into action. These activated people are our role models for a new tomorrow. They will demonstrate that courage is the path to happiness, a bigger self, and the evolution of meaning.
“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” Albert Einstein
Should a six year old ask what is iAmSapien, my reply might look something like this.
You asked, what is iAmSapien?
“Yes”, the child replies.
It is like this. When you and your friends want to have fun, you get together at your house, is that right?
“Yes, and sometimes at Gina’s and sometimes at Bobby’s, or maybe we just play outside.”
I understand. And when you meet you have to decide what you want to do. Do you talk with each other to decide?
“Well, we might argue a little, but we decide, and go have fun.”
When you play, you share your toys?
“I share my soccer ball and goals, Gina shares her play house, and Bobby lets us play his video games.”
Playing house, I guess everyone shares their imagination, playing the part they do best. Is that true?
“We like playing house. We get to act like adults, fixing and cooking and doing the big things.”
I suppose you wish the big things all got done very well, and without a lot of yelling. Is that how you play house?
“Sometimes its just fun. Sometimes Bobby is bossy and won’t let us say or do what we want.”
Well, iAmSapien is a lot like playing house but on the computer. Everyone comes to have fun, and not yell or be bossy. We get to do the big things. We freely share our ideas. We imagine the best things. This makes playing together great. Do you understand now what is iAmSapien?
“It’s like when me and my friends are happy, and we play all day, and we do everything together. It just means you are nice.”
Any discussion of sexuality is necessarily titillating. This makes the discussion more fun, but it is also the gist of the issue at hand.
Freudian psychology solved the problem of sexuality and human integrity, or so I was told. I’m just having such a difficult time finding anyone in society who role models this integration of sexual impulses with daily life to create peace and happiness. So, even if Dr. Freud resolved the issue, we still have a long way to go.
Where are we going? Maybe we should determine this prior to wondering off. To sum up the situation, people want to live, and live well. They want to live happy. To do so will require the resources of a biosphere, the cooperation of society, the intelligence of individuals, and a culture of rules that stabilize and lubricate social functions.
Assuming the existence of resources, cooperation and intelligence, where we are going is a matter of cultural rules. What are the rules that help us cooperate to intelligently use resources? Among these rules, how do we manage procreation as means to get to peace and happiness?
To answer this question of rules, perhaps we should look at the foundations of the question before jumping to conclusions. First, procreation is fundamentally necessary to continuing life. Second, this importance is fundamentally integrated into the body’s physical systems. It is integrated as physical structure, chemical structure, neural structure, and in cognitive structure as a need to socialize. In the great scheme of things, sex is part of the miraculous sharing of data about life through dispersal of genetic code. Life not only changes to survive the elements, but also recreates itself into diverse and grander forms by way of information management. The whole thing is an experiment in creativity that feeds back on itself for more creative process.
Is creative process the essence of sexuality? Is sex a form of art, a process to be enjoyed and appreciated? That would be one option as a cultural rule. Isn’t it interesting, that in opposition to a lazy life conserving energy, instead we are genetically programmed for consistent stimulation. We are compelled to get off our duffs and go create such that the code of life recreates itself. We are compelled to burn energy and take risk as part of a universal mission to create.
Humans are interesting in that they take an extra step in the creative process. Cultural rules are anything we want to make up. As co-creators with the universe we must ask, are we cooperative co-creators with the universe? We were given the special ability to create via a self-image, an ego, that decides for itself its relationship with the universe. This is a dominant feature distinguishing humans, that we can decide what we are, apart from the environment. We can imagine that we are somehow lord of our existence. We don’t need to follow rules formulated over the last fourteen billion years. Instead we can live in an instant bubble of imagination that floats off into its own universe.
However, should humans accept the fact of living in this universe (may we call it Todd?) then we would have to modify our cultural rules to be more in line with universal rules. We would have to become congruent. We would have integrity. We could become integrated. We could find peace and happiness simply because we decided not to be in conflict with ourselves.
Okay, so what might sexuality look like if cultural rules came into alignment with what exists? What if the fighting stopped internally, cognitively? What if the argument stopped between parents and children, between schools and pupils, between religious beliefs and the needs of life? What if a space opened to breathe, to feel, to express, and to create. What if integration occurred and thus came also order and ease and understanding. Without being self-conflicted, what if everything just seemed to come together and make sense? Then what would we have?
If the working order of the universe became the working order of the human ego, then we would experience congruency. People could feel the impulse to create, and also speak of it. People could speak of the creative process and also plan their day to make it happen. People could cause a creative process while acting in line with broad intentions. Sexuality would function in line with spiritual beliefs, in line with government oversight, with regard for human health and health of the ecosystem, and cooperative for other’s happiness as well as one’s own. In short, the cultural rules that govern our day to day living would be integrated with the creative nature of all humanity and the universe.
Being dis-integrated tends to clean the slate. We have before us an open road to integration. It is a path to happiness, to ease, to peace. The impulse to take this path is strong as sexuality. But built in to the universe are other impulses, such as the desire to live when confronted with death. No matter how strong the ego impulse to live in its own fictitious universe, the universe will drive home an impulse to integrate. When this occurs, iAmSapien will be there to help restructure the ego’s image of reality.
I appreciate the simple questions, like, why the universe? But perhaps just as interesting is the question, why would anyone need to know?
You may have heard of the butterfly effect as part of chaos theory. If a butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil, a tornado
may result in Texas. Perhaps more pertinent is that a supernova exploded many light years away, and then plants and animals formed on a planet we call Earth. The point here is that everything is connected. It is also true that everything is in motion. There is change, and everything is changing together. The all of it, whatever that is, that is changing together, is our universe. We people, like the butterflies, are here flapping our wings. What grand effect might we have, maybe something in the distance we may never be aware of?
We people are broadcasting television signals across the universe. We send laser beams and radio signals. Photons and particles contact us, and then remember us, as they continue a journey through the stars. One day our space ships may journey to other galaxies. The message these astronauts will carry is currently being written by you and me. Our message, written now, is connected with, and influences, the message sent into infinity many years from now.
Even time itself is connected. Some believe the past is affected by the present. In experiments with light, photons seem to know things apart from time, and react accordingly. So perhaps the decisions we make in some way are an influence on the past.
So why the universe? Why this complicated soup that stirs itself and creates its own ingredients? What purpose might it be fulfilling? Well, if we look at the simplest explanation, the most basic, then what is different about our universe is that it decides itself. Not just that, but it decides itself and then is forced to use the consequences that eventuate to decide again. In effect, our universe creates its own direction.
Well, if that is true, what does it mean to people? We people want to know what we are in this universe in a way that has meaning. Exactly. People want meaning. And in this universe, what is meaningful has been reduced to the simplest of equations. Either add one to zero (the meaning of chaos), or subtract one from zero. From the place we are at, zero, and of no meaning, we decide to add one or subtract one and create meaning by doing so. It is important to know this because now we know we have a choice to produce an actual effect, and that effect becomes our decision now, in the future, and backward in time. People create their own meaning.
If the butterfly flapped its wings, creating a hurricane, and wiped out three hundred miles of coastal towns and coral reefs, we might say this was a minus one decision. When the supernova exploded and gave earth the minerals needed to sustain life and civilization, we might say this was a plus one decision. As each human flaps their wings in a particular way, we each have positive or negative effects daily, yearly, and into infinity. The messages we send will be managed a hundred years from now, and again by us as the decision ripples back through time. The opportunity to be our own cause of evolution, and of meaning, is of exponential quality.
Why we are here is to simply be aware that cause is effect is cause is effect. I hear Bruce Lipton repeat this concept on his website. As people think, so do we cause chemical changes in our bodies, and our health is affected positively or negatively. From personal experience I can say for certain that changes to my health are an effect that then become cause for my own thoughts. My thinking follows my health to become plus one or minus one. My choice to evolve or devolve is my own moment by moment.
As humanity plays with negativity, the many minus ones result in a particular condition, an effect we cannot escape. This is the meaning of the universe and the meaning to humans. The power of operating the simple equation is in our hands always. And there is really no intelligence to it, it is such a simple decision.
Greater than questioning the meaning of the universe is the question why humanity, with all its ability to reflect on its actions and imagine a truly miraculous future, why we would choose a minus one existence. Really, given that the simplest of equations is all there is to realize existence in this amazing universe, why would the masses choose the wrong direction? Secondly, what is keeping the naysayers from holding a plus one existence? With the advent of the iAmSapien website, the answer is, nothing. Nothing is keeping the plus ones from flapping their wings and causing the world to turn in another direction. The cause and effect of a new world is already here as your own plus one is added to the zero meaning of chaos. It is the simplest of decisions, one you make now, and thus create meaning for your self now and for eternity.
Create your own meaning, and change the course of the universe, on iAmSapien.
Harvey is a human-sized rabbit. You can’t see him but he is very real as part of the social mind of at least a few people. The pink elephant is just that, a bright pink-colored elephant. Many people understand that they could see the pink elephant if they wanted to, but almost no-one chooses to see this common creature.
Strange creatures make up the persona of our social culture. These are not creatures we commonly consider. Apparently, because they have faded into the background, we have developed a subconscious fear of knowing them and knowing ourselves. Harvey represents our wiser knowledge of self. In our split minds, the irresponsible nature has taken control of our seeing. Our responsible nature is still there, in the background, whispering, trying to get our attention. But he is no fun. The reckless life is our dominant strategy for living. We prefer to have the pink elephant occupy the center place in the room. We don’t see him, but with Harvey whispering from the closet, there is always the fear that someone might speak up.
Okay, so what is our culture as a pink elephant society? This is survival at peak use of resources. Because resources are plentiful and easy, it is also easy to focus on extravagance, expansionism, hedonism, and other selfish intentions. With all the fuss to grab up resources, society gets lost in the fuss. Our competitive push-pull occupies our emotions, our thoughts, and every minute of the day. The fuss spreads even to those lacking resources. With the cultural norm being irresponsibility, if a few individuals do a little with their meager resources, it seems a loosing battle. They construct a french drain while a tidal wave sweeps away their home.
In our pink elephant society, happiness is grabbing up resources. Happiness is knowing someone else is responsible for infrastructure, for healthcare, for national defense, and for raising our children. Happiness is fussing over technology. Happiness is silencing that rabbit in the closet with use of medications and intoxicants. At a minimum, we tune in each day to hours of mindless television and pointless bickering. Taking responsible action would be a foolish thing.
So, what is our nature as a Harvey culture? What would it mean to let the rabbit out of the closet? First of all, the people who pay attention to the rabbit will have somehow lost their fear the elephant. Or, maybe the elephant was just never part of their culture growing up. Engrained in these people is the potential for happiness not derived from competition for resources, happiness that is not the shucking of responsibility or silencing a voice of reason. Someone showed them it is safe to enjoy learning, safe to explore, safe to know themselves, and safe to act in a manner that benefits everyone.
The Harvey nature, being enculturated, still is not clearly visible. People just know it is normal, it is happiness, to understand life, to support each other, and to take responsibility that everything works right and works together. Just as taking a glass of water makes sense when thirsty, so does it make sense to be responsible and so be happy. Enculturation makes this a common knowing, but much like living in an atmosphere, or a fish living in water. There is no expectation that responsibility needs to be a topic of discussion. We all know it is our survival and our happiness. It is our way of life.
The pink elephant is not up for discussion. Nor is Harvey the rabbit up for discussion. Yet, here is society trying to manage dual enculturation where irresponsibility is happiness and responsibility is happiness. Even the fact of enculturation is not up for discussion. In spite of all our shut-up-and-put-up disposition, there is still potential at every turn. Our great minds, our reasoning ability, our deep sense of social purpose have not gone away. Does there exist a prompt to swing the persona of our culture toward a Harvey society?
Yes, people could speak up and complain. They could say that infrastructure is failing, that healthcare is failing, that our children are failing, and that technology has failed to fix these things. However, our society of fuss actually enjoys all the fuss. Fussing supports fuss. We need another way to swing the social consciousness. We need un-fuss. We a positive flow upward that also creates a vacuum, a hole, in the fabric of irresponsibility. The elephant people need to say, “What the h***, how can those people be so d*** happy?” A little confusion and a little jealousy may go a long way. A household, a community, a town that finds happiness and strength in communal wisdom could be strong role models that other households, communities, and towns might follow. But there is the issue, how to make our rabbit people strong and how to make them role models?
First, we say the base principle, the foundation of the Harvey principles. This is done here. What we were not to talk about has been said. Our foundation is this vision of life where happiness is responsibility. Second, each person signing up for our Harvey community needs to declare their part, their expertise, and their intention to learn from the experts. Do this as an avatar on iAmSapien. Third, initiate responsibility by taking part in an activity on the Activate Matrix. Fourth, show off our happy people. Make them the talk of the town. Make them the go-to icons on social media. Say how hopeful and happy you are being part of something that works.
If it weren’t for the challenges of life, what would be the fun? But life is terribly challenging. So, the thing is to make the challenge fun.
Hold your friends close. Hold your enemies closer. Might this wisdom apply to the challenges of life? What if we bring the enemy close so to win them over to our side. We might turn what was painful into fun.
Some of the challenges of life are: Finding happiness to learn after schooling has made learning unhappy. Finding joy in taking on risk after parents have worked so hard to remove risk. Being comfortable with the unknown after ego has become based in the pretense of knowing. Finding delight in emotions after culture taught us to dissociate feelings from our words. Feeling secure in one’s inherent ability to be wise though the milieu demands oppression.
Beside all these challenges, should we even mention that people must deal with life and death, the spiritual and the earthly, the moral and the unjust, order verses chaos, instinct verses reason, and a need for peace and beauty while strength seems empowered by violence.
These are life’s challenges. To turn them to our side, we must find joy in holding them close until they become our cause of joy. Embrace education. Smile at parents. Laugh at emotions. Talk about death. Hold strong your peace and beauty. Above all, sing about humility. It is the beginning of wisdom.
Think about it. How many challenges are dealt with effectively through unwise actions? If people want happiness, and surely they do, would not our culture place a high value on wisdom? Wouldn’t it be normal for people to aspire to wisdom, talk about wisdom, and build structures in behalf of wisdom? Wouldn’t people seek wise media at least as much as they seek distraction?
There is a massive challenge in today’s society. All the challenges listed above have become moot points because they have been swamped by the greater challenge, hopelessness. If hope is an inkling that one can manifest happiness through wisdom, then hopelessness is a belief that one’s mental abilities will bring frustration and pain. This is the challenge now engaging our society. Abstaining from wisdom, people find good reason to seek happiness in addictions. It is a mistaken belief that with less thought there will be less pain.
How is that working? Does unwise action lead to happiness? Obviously not, but there is a great delusion spreading across our society that believes less wisdom is more happiness. So, if this is today’s challenge, how do we hold it close? Where is the fun in dealing with this irony?
The answer is in the phrase from The Godfather Part II, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. It was more than a lesson from dad. Somehow, dad would have demonstrated the power in engaging others positively, then to use closeness to leverage change. This was dad role modeling how to achieve happiness. We need more role models demonstrating the power of engaging life. We need people to demonstrate the relationship between wisdom and happiness. This we might do in many ways. Here, we focus on one in particular.
The website, iAmSapien, is here to challenge you to role model your power. Model positive and happy engagement. The ways to role model your happiness include: Vote for what is the best wisdom and link with these. Comment because you enjoy adding to the wisdom. Create an article from your greatest joy. Link with others holding close your friends and more so those you debate. Create groups that manifest your wisdom as an expression of happiness in the world. We are here to demonstrate the relationship between happiness and wisdom. Together we are a powerful role model for the world.