I made some paper airplanes so that you could share your highest goals for the kinds of things you want to add to the world.
I imagine these little gifts of good intentions might make a fun flash mob sort of event. Can you picture handing out a pile of copies of this PDF, along with some markers or other colorful writing implements to a whole group of people and then encouraging them to make and propel the planes into the air all around your community? I can!
My own high hopes are that I can add more courage to follow your dreams to your life! Your dreams are beautiful, and the world will be so much better off when you choose to aim high!
As an offering to the future generations of human beings, and others, I present:
Dragonfly: Prosthetic Goddess of an Awkward Idealist
It’s a book! For adults!
This is the latest work in my Speaking Up series, encouraging folks to explore their own, and others, highest goals for what we all want to add to the world, using our most uniquely awesome skills, talents, interests, and visions.
This book is aimed especially at the younger adults: college age folks and other twenty-somethings. However, it may be appreciated by adults of all ages.
The back of the book blurb gives you an idea of what you will find in the book, though there are also a few surprises in store for those who choose to explore the story!
What happens when a young woman is given the time, space, and inclination to honestly answer some of the deepest questions facing humanity, all while struggling to simply be herself in a very messy world, full of urban artists, geeky bicyclists, social media, and the infinitely fractal edges between it all?
The spiraling journey this woman takes — from her past, to her present, and into her future — offers an inspiring and compelling perspective of what it means to be a human being on this small blue-green marble of a planet, spinning through the universe with it’s lunar companion and solar vanguard keeping pace with us all.
The book is currently available as a free digital download, in PDF form, as well as being available in print from Amazon. You also might be able to get a printed copy from me directly, for whatever you want to pay, if you can track me down in person.
(If you want an ePub file copy, instead of a PDF, email me at TheWiseTurtle on gmail, and I can send it to you. WordPress doesn’t allow me to upload ePub files here.)
If you want to donate anything to me in return, money, science books, housing, or whatever (see my list of requests on the right sidebar for stuff I’m in need of), let me know in an email! And, if you want to toss me a little bitcoinage, this, apparently, is my wallet address: 1KH9wQmrRrpaMKYM3WFrMJBTGhNGhjBHLo
The Foundational Questions Institute, Scientific American, and a few other organizations hold an essay contest every year on a topic related to science and the deepest questions of reality. This year’s contest is titled “How Should Humanity Steer the Future?” and I’ve created an entry that has so far delighted many who’ve read it.
Perhaps it will delight you as well!
You can read the abstract and commentary, and download a PDF of my paper, titled, Planetary Procreation, on the FQXi page here:
The basic idea is that by looking at the patterns of evolution so far we can extrapolate that in the future humans will continue to expand our consciousness into more dimensions, in time and space, and that in order for us to be most successful as a species, and planet, at it’s most basic level, all we need to do is to focus our resources and research on understanding and providing the things we naturally find most valuable to have and do in life. And that the way we do that is going to be emergent, bottom-up, and natural, rather than the artificial, top-down, and, um… unemergent? way we’ve often tried to do things recently, in government, business, and family. In other words, following our heart, and using our mind to find ways to get where we want to go more effectively, is the way to an evolving future.
So, yes, I hope you enjoy my offering, if you are curious about where we might be headed in the future. And I hope you can find time and resources to seek your own most meaningful path through life, to wherever and whenever you are most excited about going in the universe!
(This essay might be considered a version of my Speaking Up project that’s aimed at the wise elders of the world, adding to the children’s book and a forthcoming book for the older teens and younger twenty-somethings, and the Prime Directive Earth government system proposal which is aimed at the older twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings, I think. The long term goal being a media offering that supports all the different stages of development in feeling positive about themselves and finding ways to express their highest ideals about what they want and want to do in life.)
Perhaps it’s time to reassess what our goals are. Perhaps it’s time to get back to basics, and rebuild our social system in a more enlightened, more scientific, and more proven effective way. Maybe it’s time to ask what we, as a global community, want for and of ourselves.
If so, I suggest looking at systems that are already well evolved to work in a huge range of diverse environments! I suggest that we model our society, and it’s basic functions, especially the global infrastructure area, on healthy, living biological systems, such as us social animals.
In animals like humans, there are only two basic functions that run throughout the entire system, governing the system’s basic organization of all it’s smaller organs and individual cells in a shared, collaborative effort at keeping everyone functioning well. Those two functions are the circulatory system and the nervous system. These structures do two basic things for the whole system, and that’s to move informational and material~energetic resources from where they are created to where they are needed. That’s it! Evolution has shown that keeping things flowing is what is needed when it comes to system-wide infrastructure, no more, no less.
What if we chose to work to create a planetary government system that worked just like we do?
You can download a black and white version of this as a poster, Which you can hang up around your community, as a way to get people talking. (Feel free to add your own contact info to it, so people can get in touch with you if you want to organize folks in your community around this.) Download here: Government poster.
Also, check out a similar project/idea in the form of the http://primedirectiveearth.wordpress.com, which is another of my sites.
Here is a simple, obvious, and explainable to a five year old proof of the primes and their locations relative to other numbers.
6n±1 is the magic location where all primes (after 3) are able to live. All primes are located at 1, 5, 7, or 11 on a normal 12 hour clock, and have “ones digits” of 1, 5, 7, or 11 in base 12.
See for yourself! Click the image!
It’s all about the waves. The repeating cycles of waves for each number, that is, and how they either interfere with one another or not. The primes are the troughs in a whole ocean of regular wave patterns.
(Oh, and if you want to contact me, my email is TheWiseTurtle over on gmail.)
My highest dreams for a better future:
1. To help use the internet to create a global brain for the Earth, where each individual on the planet, flora, fauna, and otherwise, has the ability to share it’s own wants and offers, so that the world’s resources are easily directed to wherever they are most useful for creating health and wellbeing for all.
2. To find a group of people who are interested in helping me build a network of CREATE Spaces (Community Resource Exchange: Art, Technology, and Education Spaces) where artists and scientists and other creators are fully and freely supported in making the most awesome projects possible solving both local and global problems, for the benefit of all.
3. To help my beloved husband, of ten years as of today, and my force of nature soul mate, David Rodenhiser, identify and achieve his specific dreams of the most grand and inspiring flight, both literal and metaphorical!
4. To be free to do my work, using the best quality resources the world has to offer, so that my creations and projects can help the world most effectively.
Peace, Love, and Bicycles,
Turil Sewden Cronburg
We’re all small in some way, and we all need to be spoken for sometimes. So I’ve written a new children’s book that is really all for you!
This book supports human beings, and other people, in finding a healthy, compassionate, loving, and fun way to deal with anger and sadness and fear, through storytelling and drama and, believe it or not, composting, too! It’s got some of my favorite photographs in it, of some of the beautiful people, places, and things I’ve discovered in the world, as well as some very interesting people, places, and things that I’ve entirely invented. I truly hope that this book both delights and inspires many individuals all over the planet, and helps many people find ways to heal some of the pain that they’ve been going through. The world can really use some healing these days, can’t it?
A free, high quality printable PDF (28 mb!) of the book is available for download.
An $8 professionally printed paperback book is also available for purchase at Amazon.
The same professionally printed paperback book is also available from me, in person, with a sliding scale donation option for those who want to pay more or less than the retail prive of $8. (Email me at TheWiseTurtle on gmail if you want to try to organize picking up copies from me directly.)
My goal is to help every parent, teacher, counselor, and kid who wants to support kids in finding ways to use their negative emotions for positive effect, through storytelling. And my hope is that everyone else might find some benefit to the book as well, either by reading it and creating their own stories that transform their negative emotions into positive ideas, or by simply living in a world where more people are inspired to do this.