What got us here won’t get us there
Today we continue to live, racially, religiously, politically, and economically segregated. We have unprecedented wealth inequality, hunger, and homelessness. We have a global pandemic and a global climate crisis.
Meanwhile we are more distracted, infatuated, and inebriated with technology than ever before.
“We only see what we want to see, we only hear what we want to hear. Our belief system is a mirror, that only shows us what we already believe.” ―Don Miguel Ruiz
All of the resources and technologies required to eliminate most human social, economic, and environmental ills already exist today.
We are capable of supplying enough food, clothing, shelter, education, health care, as well as social and spiritual fulfillment, to more than sufficiently meet the basic needs of all 7.8 billion human beings living on planet Earth.
So what is truly preventing us from establishing new systems to sustainably and humanely meet these challenges head on? What are the obstacles? What are the real constraints? What needs to change?
Our old worldview
Our current worldview is obsolete. It is “old world.” It has been pieced together and rationalized over thousands of generations and is derived from archaic societal beliefs that originated tens-of-thousands of years ago.
How we currently view the world, and our place in it, is distorted by entrenched, antiquated human beliefs and systems that no longer serve present human and planetary needs.
Our old worldview limits us because we continue to believe:
- Everyone has the same opportunities.
- Some people are better than others.
- Some people are entitled to more than others.
- Scarcity is intrinsic and resources are finite.
- There simply isn’t enough.
- In manufacturing desire.
- In profits over people and planet.
- In convenience over maintenance.
- In comfort over certainty.
- In quantity over quality.
- In all-or-nothing systems or ISMs.
- Technology is the solution.
- We are isolated, divided, and disconnected from one another.
- How we live today is how we live tomorrow.
- Human inequality, inequity, exploitation, and suffering are inevitable and acceptable.
- Exploitation and degradation of the planet are inevitable and acceptable.
A new worldview
Solutions which extend our current worldview, from our current biases and from ongoing unconscious assumptions, are fundamentally incapable of solving our current problems.
Solutions derived from within an existing paradigm only serve to prolong and reinforce the current paradigm. Without disruption of the status quo, no meaningful progress is possible.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” ―Albert Einstein
By drawing on our collective unconscious biases and beliefs, we can begin to replace old world thinking with new modernized assumptions, to incrementally shift the entire trajectory of humanity. By acknowledging the limitations of our present beliefs and biases, we become capable of overcoming, and advancing beyond our current paradigm.
What if we instead decided to believe:
- Everyone does NOT have the same opportunities.
- Some are NOT better than others.
- Some are NOT entitled to more than others.
- Abundance is intrinsic and resources are infinite.
- There simply is enough.
- In manufacturing acceptance and gratitude.
- In planet and people over profit.
- In maintenance over convenience.
- In certainty over comfort.
- In quality over quantity.
- In flexible public open-source systems.
- Technology is NOT the solution.
- We are whole, united, and all connected to one another.
- How we live tomorrow is NOT how we live today.
- Human inequality, inequity, exploitation, and suffering are NOT inevitable and acceptable.
- Exploitation and degradation of the planet are NOT inevitable and acceptable.
What would that world look like?
“You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us. And the world will be as one.” ―John Lennon