we’ll start with the bad news in part one, and move onto the good news in parts two and three
from sexism to racism, mental illness to religious extremism, dark money to war, climate change to famine, pandemic
the blind leading the blind: literally, as i am partially blind, and so are we all.
pot calling kettle black: in the days of smoky fires, soot stuck to the cooking utensils, and a pot would be as black as the kettle. in recent history, this phrase meant that the pot should not call the kettle dirty, as it was dirty itself. but it can also mean that the pot has some understanding of what it is to be blackened by soot, so is well prepared ro understand the blackening on the kettle.
fair to explain first the conclusion we have reached, then axioms assumed to start, then process of how we reached it
living a more responsible life
recognise how abusive society is supported — not the stories of this but the reality of it — by fossil fuels and imagined money. we must change this to renewable energy and common income that describes the worthy flow of resources through our responsible civilisation
what we do with our lives makes us more or less susceptible to certain behaviours, more or less able to learn or adapt to information or change, more or less capable of acting responsibly
create environment where you can do so
the knowledge of how we should live in order to cherish the earth, this is already known. what is still to be done is for people to unlearn the abusive behaviours that our culture has taught them.
it's all very well to say we need to love one another and the world and that we need to be sustainable and responsible, but how do we actually do it?
wu wei, de
expression of wu wei – doing without doing. not a simple concept to grasp but very rewarding of contemplation.
my take is “enlightenment cannot be described in words but the path to enlightenment can”
flourishing in and changing a dysfunctional world
morality of evolution, wittgenstein style
with a few levers, we can lift the curse, the poison, under which humankind has suffered for millennia.
on thriving in diversity: beyond the limits on knowledge, understanding, and action
If we've been able to communicate through this book, you know and understand that flourishing is a process that comes not from an individual, but from a group, a culture, a superorganism, and also that we must choose and act, in reality to live in flourishing.
understanding that we have limits to our knowledge, we can try to go beyond those limits by learning what we do not know, and what we cannot know.
understanding that we have limits to our understanding, we can try to go beyond those limits by reflecting upon our understanding and reexamining what we believe, and what we cannot understand.
understanding that we have limits to our ability to act, we can try to go beyond those limits by living and acting together in groups and societies and superorganisms, and letting our diversity help us flourish in an uncertain world.
hydrogen H (ὑδρο γενής hydro genes, water creator)