I like the concept of the birth of the Ego in parallel with the development, as human beings, of our capacity to think. We gradually became our thoughts at the expense of our direct connection with what is. Before thinking there was no Ego.
Hopefully the nascent movement towards detachment of these thinking patterns and into awareness without attachment (to our thinking) will grow in strength over time. With a more peaceful world as consequence. See amongst others, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.
Our society seems to have migrated deep into its ‘conservation’ phase. Our response to the increasing scale and complexity of the structures we have created is more standardisation, more rules and procedures, more regulations etc. Thereby gradually reducing the flexibility and resilience necessary survive as a system. As a consequence our potential is increasingly limited. What can we do to reverse this ‘downward’ trend?
And for a view from Monte Nuvolone on Tremezzo (trail # 39)…
Nice ‘travel story’ by Baba Dam Rass (formerly Dr. Richard Alpert, Ph. D ;o)
and his ‘Hanuman Foundation’ with a compassionate eye for specific ‘western’ challenges
along the road (including a nice list of books to ‘hang out with’).
Thanks to John Milton and his ‘Way of Nature‘ for introducing me to him.
Susan offers great help in understanding and accepting the part of my behaviour that is influenced by the introvert side of myself. And in explaining these characteristics to extroverts. Should be part of early curriculum… Available in audio form as well! ;o)
With thanks to Susan Cain. For short version listen to her Ted Talk
David Fleming is not so positive about our collective future as a species but focusses anyhow on the life style you an I should migrate to in order to create communities that are truly sustainable on the long run. Worthwhile even if you think it is too ‘late’ as David does.
In ‘Surviving the Future’ he digs much deeper than becoming ‘circular’ etc and offers a comprehensive set of key ingredients necessary to achieve such an alternative. With, and that appeals to me, a more human scale as starting point.
The future will take care of itself.
Samento (or Cat’s claw): my partner in Lyme!
Bob Chapman shows us how to integrate the often missing human
component (ourselves & the people we care about) through Purpose
into valuable contemporary business concepts such as lean and self-organisation.
Thereby making both much more interesting, valuable an effective!
I am of course aware that my words have an effect on others around me. That is one of the reasons why I’m so interested ‘non violent communications‘. Until recently I have however never fully realised how large and direct the contagious effects of my emotions, thoughts and intentions (both positive and negative) on others are. I believe this to be true not only when ‘expressed’ but also when ‘hidden’.
The ripple effect on their interaction with others also makes me more responsible for our collective behaviour than I thought. The good news is however that if my mood is enriching for my environment, the same ripple effect applies. That means that the ‘impact’ of paying attention to positive radiation from moment to moment is already quite material. And more consequential than many of the other things I do.