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  • Two Sides of the Same Coin

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    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.

     

  • Sex and Civil War

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    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.

  • Story of the Vase

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    Do you know the story of the vase? The vase is a glass jar designed to hold flowers. Simply cut the stems of the flowers for the size of the vase. It will present many kinds of flowers, holding the beautiful buds upright at eye level and appropriate for sniffing. Often elegant in design, yet made to accentuate the glory of the flower rather than the vase itself.

    Do you know the story of the human? The human is a vessel designed to process data for logical presentation. Simply allow for unlimited input, and the human will prune the data to a size that fits. The human will then present to the world many kinds of opportunity appropriate for others to act upon. Often elegant in appearance and personality, yet made to accentuate the glory of the community rather than the personal self.

    The simply answer to the question, “What are we humans here for?” is inherently answered in our  design. Just as with the vase. You could use the vase for many things… your afternoon tea, or to hold a bouquet of weeds. But when used as designed, then there is beauty to life and ease and sustainability.

    So, what is in the design of humans that answers what we are here for? That we have five senses and a brain means we are here to process data. That we are animal means we are here to engage the biosphere, as part of the biosphere, sustained in the same ways the biosphere is sustained (e.g., sexuality, death, communication, cooperation and competition). That we have an exceptional prefrontal cortex among the animal kingdom means we have a special duty to modify our behaviors in line with exceptional processing of data. That we used this ability to create technology is not really the point. The real point is the whole of our design, being made to listen to all of life and then respond to all of life using communication, cooperation and competition in behalf of beauty and function. To pass the design test, people must do these things we were designed for.

    Just as a vase can be used to hold weeds, so can intellect be used to create functions that humans were not designed to perform. Productive use of technology would be to accentuate data collection,  communication, cooperation and competition in behalf of beauty and function. Our prefrontal cortex is designed to project usage of our functions into the future and across the globe. People are remarkably equipped to enable sustained beauty. This is our function.

    Such being the case, there was just one more thing to do. Activate our function. To activate the human purpose we will use our exceptional minds to operate a web platform. The web platform will function according to its design, to enhance data collection,  enhance communication, enhance cooperation and enhance competition in behalf of beauty and function. Welcome to our real life.

  • Need Exist

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    Our society, by an large, acts as if need does not exist. But let’s step back and take a look at what we are doing with the planet. Society sees the planet as if we have unlimited everything, and satisfying unlimited want. All the oceans, all the arable land, all of the wild habitats, and possibly even all of the sky and the near space around the planet are being exploited as if unlimited. People feel free to maximize their wants and satisfy all their needs.  If a breaking point exists, each day we see if we can push this point a little further into the future. With great faith we believe need does not exist. Such is the magic expected of our industrial and technological revolutions and exponential growth.

    Is it real… our idea that need does not exist? Maybe technology will rush to fulfill every desire. If we step back even further maybe there is an answer in the context of the larger picture.

    Purely physical and Newtonian, any logical person knows we will use up most of the resources and kill most of the life on the planet. Need will indeed exist. We will need ways of creating resources and ways of restoring balance to the biosphere. Only the dead will experience any lack of need.

    Purely metaphysical, any “idiot” knows we have no real need. Mentally and emotionally we each decide every moment how to experience perception. We can want something, or not. We can be satisfied, or not. Even hunger, pain and death can be accepted as merely passing perceptions. These are illusions we conjure to demonstrate an existence that never really existed in the first place.

    Science seems to share the insanity. The perceptual world does not match the mathematical world. Our perceptions are here for our sense of survival and not our sense of reality. That being so, need does not exist as a measurable thing. Humanity was right all along.

    Now the choice it up to you. Does need exist? Look at it this way: Because you are an individual and because you live a complex life full of mystery, you get to choose. From the depths of your being, you get to choose. The real question then, the real need, is for you to choose how deep and how vast will you make your choice? The meaning this has is to you as an individual, and who you want to be. So, who do you want to be?

  • We Are The 2%

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    Who are the responsible people making life happen? College professors? Scientists? Moms? The guys operating heavy machinery? We all do our part. The people operating large industries, massive operations with complex communications and management, these people are principal in getting bread to the table and turning on the lights. The 1% wealthiest and most powerful people are doing 99% of what it takes to make life work. The rest do our part preparing society to receive manufactured goods.

    There exists a caveat. This is in regard to what it takes to make life work. If life is all about satisfying immediate needs then the system is working great. Now, what if the game of immediate satisfaction is not your game? What if you are playing the long term game? What if you are creating a world for your grandchildren, a world blessed with abundance, beauty and joy? Now what do you do?

    What you do is join the 1% that live for a brighter tomorrow. You join minds with those fulfilling long term needs. You link with them on iAmSapien to wrestle with our vast knowledge until actions come forth demonstrating wisdom. This is the 1% difference.

    What is the 2% difference as the title above suggests? The powerful 1% are not waiting for protest marches, news reporters, or legal attacks. They are waiting for 1% to lead a plan of action. The powerful 1% are busy just keeping us alive. Reorganizing our thinking and our behaviors, that is our job.

    We, the 1% activated, will organize the best method to make life happen. Money will shift direction. Then the politics will shift direction. Then the news media will shift direction.  The reality is, the powerful 1% is the sail, the 98% is the wind, and the 1% who choose to come together as activated, to create a brighter tomorrow, we are the rudder. That is how we get our lives, and the world, to shift direction.