Archive for July, 2011
I was just looking at an old page on Evoke that offered probably the most thorough explanation of my developmental growth map/theory, and I noticed a nice little description of the human growth process at the personality level. I thought it was worth offering here on it’s own. It’s a nice little, simple to understand, description of who you are, at the most basic level, at each stage of life. (Note, the first numbers are the binary versions of the level numbers – 0, 1, 2, 3…):
0 – fetus to birth – aware of self input
1 – birth to 9 months old – aware of self output
10 – 9 months to 2 years old – aware of how others’ (family/friends) outputs meet internal needs
11 – 2 to 3 years old – aware of how self and others’ outputs can combine to create new things
100 – 3 to 7 years old – aware of how self and others’ needs are met by society
101 – 7 to 13 years old – aware of self outputs combining with society’s to meet others’ needs
110 – 13 to 19 years old – aware of others’ outputs combining with society’s to meet self’s needs
111 – 19 to 35 years old – aware of how self’s, others’, and society’s outputs combine to make new things
1000 – 35 to 60 years old – aware of how the planet’s outputs meet self’s, others’, and society’s needs
1001 – 60 to 102 years old – aware of how one’s own outputs can meet the planet’s needs!
Do you feel this, too?
I’ll also add that all individuals go through these general stages (not necessarily at the same rate), and that includes individual species. Right now humanity is entering a new kind of “middle age”, which is why we are starting to see the emergence of society paying attention to how the planet’s resources serve the needs of not just humans, but other life as well, both those species who are close to us in the evolutionary family tree – other social animals – and those who are part of the rest of the tree of life on Earth – from tiny bacteria to whole forests and coral reefs. We are finally learning how the Earth as a whole nurtures all of us Earthlings, unconditionally…
I’ve noticed that when spending a lot of time on the internet, I feel far more focused on “the now”. My awareness of the past and future drops away. There is simply so much information right here and right now being presented to me that there is no brain processing power left to think about the rest of reality in the vast expanse of time. It makes me lose any energy I had for thinking about something I’d planned to do this summer, and totally makes me incapable of having the energy to plan for anything that I might have wanted to do in the years ahead of me that are the rest of my life, and for the future of humanity.
But, of course, it’s certainly very valuable to be able to get all this detailed information about what’s going on in the big wide world, especially on the cutting edge of science and culture (new wave forms! a new idea on how the big bang started! the power of active vs. passive voice in getting humans to go to the election polls, etc.), but at some point I know that for all that excellent information to be effectively used for making the world a better place, I’ll have to step away from this expanse of information about the now, and take some time to be all by myself to go deeper into some of the ideas and how they might relate to the future of public policy, education, and health (and to maybe make myself some healthy green-filled food for later today so that I can have a reasonably healthy, functioning brain to do all this important thinking).
Also on a related note, for anyone who’s interested, I’m on Google+ as myself – Turil Cronburg – and I put a lot of stuff there that is related to what I post here, so you might also be interested in my offerings on G+ as well as this blog. I still plan to post the most valuable stuff here, too because this blog both prettier than G+, and because posts are better archived here (at least for search engine purposes). So if you think you might want more of me, check me out on G+, too. (And if you need an invite to get onto the G+ social network email me at thewiseturtle on gmail.com.)
If we are going to do this right…
If we are going to make it to a healthier, more sustainable, more fun future for the world, we’re going to have to let go of the old ideas that got us into this mess, and come up with new ideas.
For one, we are going to have to let go of the idea of “independence” and the idea of “dependence”, and instead start working from the idea of interdependence. We need to share our extra (currently unused) resources as much as possible, starting with those in our own circles of family and friends, and then expanding outward to the rest of the community at large and the rest of the world.
We need to set up simple, easy to use systems, which support this kind of peer-to-peer sharing of physical resources, in addition to the digital peer-to-peer networks such as social networking and file-sharing. For example, I have tons of stuff – books, lettuce, art materials, and seeds – which I’m not presently using that other people might find very useful right now. But I don’t have an easy way to share those things. If I don’t need them at all, I might be able to offer them on Freecycle, or bring them into the local library to share, but even that doesn’t work well because Freecycle only covers a huge geographical area (either a whole town, or, up here in Maine, a whole county), rather than focusing on just my neighbors or friends who I’m likely to see in the next day or so, and the library doesn’t have many hours it’s open, and has limited storage for most stuff. So it’s inefficient, and doesn’t cover things that I definitely want to use again.
The new Zeitgeist: Moving Forward movie suggests that there should be a government run global computer system to do this, but that isn’t the most efficient way to do it, as we know that the most efficient way to move resources is the way living things do it, using smaller local networks (organs) to do most of the work, unless there’s some emergency, or something totally unavailable in an area.
My suggestion is that each individual will have their own unique network “circle” for communication in which there will be a simple, easy to access list of “offers” and “wants” prominently displayed, with each item labeled as either “temporary” or “permanent” or “either”. It will be easily updated (as opposed to the one I have over in the rightmost column of this blog that takes ten minutes to update, making it really out of date, and not useful for stuff I need or have to offer periodically). The best way to do it is for people to find it easy to add and subtract things on their list daily or even hourly (permanent offer: lunch leftovers! temporarily wanted: someone to bring mom and I to see Harry Potter). Checking people’s lists will become a standard form of interaction, with people exchanging and sharing things with those in their own circle (and sometimes outside of it) as a normal part of their day. Larger organizations and government can be a part of your circle if you want it to be, so that you and they can also share resources.
Money can still be used in the world, but because it is artificially limited and takes extra resources just to make and use it, it’s generally an inefficient way of getting valuable resources from where they aren’t needed to where they are, so it’s only there as an alternative, mostly only used for anti-social things, such as personal products that don’t increase one’s health, and could be heavily taxed. The real economy will be natural, non-linear, qualitative (rather than quantitative), and freely flowing as the whole system moves the best quality things around efficiently, with no taxes that would drag down all the socially beneficial exchanges.
The question is, who will create this simple system? Not me. I’m no code geek! It will be someone who has vision and an interest and skill in creating a very practical communication tool.
In the Atlantic Monthly recently there was a thorough and well written article helping people to understand why the old school legal system based on “two wrongs” is, well, making things worse, and why a legal system based on the understandings of brain science, which approaches things from a “How can we make the situation better in the future?” approach is the way to go.
While our current style of punishment rests on a bedrock of personal volition and blame, our modern understanding of the brain suggests a different approach. Blameworthiness should be removed from the legal argot. It is a backward-looking concept that demands the impossible task of untangling the hopelessly complex web of genetics and environment that constructs the trajectory of a human life.
Instead of debating culpability, we should focus on what to do, moving forward, with an accused lawbreaker. I suggest that the legal system has to become forward-looking, primarily because it can no longer hope to do otherwise. As science complicates the question of culpability, our legal and social policy will need to shift toward a different set of questions: How is a person likely to behave in the future? Are criminal actions likely to be repeated? Can this person be helped toward pro-social behavior? How can incentives be realistically structured to deter crime?
Blame is passé. And because all intentional harm is sick, prevention of harmful (criminal and otherwise) behavior needs a future based on health care. And I mean real health care, looking at the whole human, including their environment, and what the individual needs to be their best (better quality food, water, air, warmth, sunlight, and the freedom to express one’s excess matter and energy).
The world moves slowly, even slower than a turtle. And even this article still promotes more sick, harmful, punitive, blame-based behavior by the legal system. But the world does indeed move, towards a better place for the children, a place where all human brains are treated as precious and valuable and deserving of the best possible nurturing…