Archive for February, 2011
I’m looking for a word to use for this new field merging art~science. Some word that will fit well into mainstream culture that describes the sort of work that comes from both the spiritual, creative, deeply philosophical/religious/moral side of human behavior as well as from the practical, analytical, technological side of humanity. A term to use when we do the more personal science that we see emerging in the world.
What happens when adults truly value and honor humanity’s children as the amazing beings that they are?
I’ve asked this question before. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard many responses. And the ones that I have heard are mostly full of unrealistic paranoia. Many people seem utterly afraid of the question. They are afraid to really see children as amazing beings. They are worried that anything other than good things will come of it, presumably because the bizarre idea that kids are “lesser beings” — incompetent, broken, and dangerous — compared to adults has been drilled into them since, well, since they were children themselves.
But if one can get past that operant conditioning of such an insane form of inferiority complex, one can really begin to consider the real possibilities of what happens when we adults learn to honestly respect children, and to recognize the awesome and unique power of their brains and bodies.
to advance child honoring as a universal ethic: a holistic code of conduct with a children-first approach to transforming society and restoring our ecosystems.
Yes, children are different from adults, and that’s important to be aware of. They offer the world not only a less prejudiced awareness of reality, but also knowledge that is far closer to the source of nature and science, as they are still very much governed by the most evolved instincts of life itself.
In other words, kids inherently know more about how to survive, grow, and be healthy than adults. Kids know more about what quality food, water, air, warmth, sunlight is, and know more about how to best express their body’s excess matter and energy. Once we realize this we can not only learn to trust, respect, and cherish human children, but we can learn invaluable information from them that will solve many of human kind’s current physical and mental health problems. Kids are kind of like the canaries in the coal mine, they are more sensitive to environmental toxins and deficiencies than adults. When kids aren’t happy and healthy, we automatically know something is very wrong with their environment, and we can look to them for solutions about what they need. This means we adults will have to become fluent in the language of young people and to really, really listen to kids for a change, as opposed to the ineffective approach of lecturing at and ordering around children.
When we look at human kids as being the most natural experts for assessing the basic human needs for physical, emotional, and intellectual health, then we will finally learn how to most effectively be the best humans possible.
And if you aren’t totally convinced yet, just consider the current Dalai Lama. As a young child, the adults around him believed that he was the most important being in the world, and treated him as such. His Holiness was given pretty much all he needed — from the basic physical requirements of life, to emotional belongingness and respect, to a world of ideas and technology (even if he did have to sneak out to play with it sometimes!) — so that he could grow into his best possible self. And because of this he become, perhaps, the most compassionate, intelligent, honest, curious, unprejudiced, and brave human being on the planet. Now, maybe he really was the reincarnated Dalai Lama and would always have become such a great human being, but I’m putting my money on the way he was raised — believing in himself, and being given nearly all any human needs to become their best self — as the primary cause of his exceptionally healthy emotional and intellectual and spiritual development.
For now that’s only a sample size of one, but it’s far more than a good enough finding to warrant many, many more long term experiments of truly honoring, cherishing, and treasuring children, and giving them only the best quality resources that they want, to see if we can indeed raise a generation of the best humans ever, don’t you agree?
Instead of filling them full of whatever random junk we have kicking around in our big box stores and such, and forcing kids to try to survive off of low quality mass market matter and energy that turns them into either mindless addicts or leads them into some other form of mental and physical illness (literally “spoiling” them), we can focus our public and private energies towards truly serving the children’s real physical, emotional, and intellectual needs as the children, themselves, most clearly desire. We can combine adult’s learned knowledge of what is actively harmful (pollution, industrial chemicals, highly processed and degraded resources, heavy things moving at high speeds, dishonesty, etc.) and helpful (fresh foods, clean air and water, comfortable shelter, factual information, etc.), with kids’ inherent knowledge of what their own bodies need for growth, to help us gain a far more effective approach to taking excellent care of us all.
It may not be easy to learn how to respect children and all of their desires and motivations as being extremely important and valuable, but it’s well worth the investment of time and energy to do so, if we want our species to not just survive, but to really thrive well in the future…
For a very long time the focus of economics has been based on Newtonian physics – of particles and quantities and linear equations. Ever since the ancient Egyptians started measuring land, defining boundaries, and counting food crops, we’ve been overwhelmed by an economy that was obsessed with the very specific details of who, what, where, and when of the various things being exchanged. It’s been an interesting experiment, to say the least!
Now that we’ve discovered quantum physics, the double slit experiment, and the understanding that what looks like particles from one way of observing things also looks like waves from another way of observing things, we know that there is a whole lot more to the big picture than mere details of measurable quantity. We now know that there is also quality, which is fuzzy, and that some of the most powerful things are very truly immeasurable and unquantifiable.
Quantum physics leads the way to an economics of things that don’t just “matter”, but that flow as well!
Quantum physics helps us know more than just who, what, where, and when, but also how awesome it all is!
In physics, we know that real things flow non-linearly. In the real multidimensional world, exchanges aren’t just quantities of particles moving back and forth from point A to point B, but also are probability waves spreading out and interacting all over three dimensional space — with some areas of highly stable concentrated energy (those “highly probable” solids), and other areas of unstable low concentrations of energy (those far “less probable” vacuums), and many other areas of stuff in between, all naturally, and probably!, occurring.
Which means that we can expand our economic attention to include all those non-linear, fuzzy, qualitative exchanges that we all normally participate in, such as random gift giving and receiving, natural body processes such as breathing, eating, and sweating, our normal motivations for learning and teaching, and the unimaginably vast forms of interspecies sharing of resources such as organic waste being turned into soil via worms and microbes making compost, and plants and animals exchanging gases in the form of breathing, and the immense power of the wind, water, sun, and molten core of the Earth. If we tried to quantify all these nearly infinite local and global exchanges of resources using the old Newtonian particle approach, we’d go insane very quickly. But when we use the more quantum wave approach to assess the general quality of our overall exchanges going on in our lives, we can easily understand how well we are doing. And because the more primitive parts of the human brain have evolved over millions of years to function quite well within the environment of the Earth, we can allow our unconscious minds — which are the experts in using our built in sensory equipment to do complex physics equations fast — to assess crucial quality of life issues such as whether the air quality is good, whether we’re getting enough sunlight, and whether our families are free enough to fully express themselves of their body’s excess matter and energy.
Since this ability to assess the quality of resource flow in our lives is naturally built into humans, as long as we consciously allow ourselves to trust our instincts, we will find that we easily and quickly start working towards increasing our quality of life in the most efficient and economical way possible. And that means spending less energy creating more health for ourselves and those we exchange resources with, from other humans, to all other Earthlings, and perhaps, even to life beyond the planet.
So… are you already consciously deciding to allow your unconscious mind take over the job of chief economist, and make the important decisions about how to let your resources flow?