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  •  Yes, fear is the big one (4+ / 0-)

    The monster that feeds all the others. But how do you tackle something as amorphous as fear? I think there's a clue in the writings of Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist who now writes about epigenetics and personal transformation. He notes that, on a cellular level, the template for interactions at larger scales, organisms are always in a state of aversion or attraction, constriction or growth, but never at the same time. Another way to put it is that you can't grow or develop when you're afraid. The converse is also true. You can't be afraid if you're growing, building something wholesome and worthwhile.

    This is where community comes in. Human beings naturally tend toward interaction and community, but they start with small groups and quickly build membranes - walls - encompassing a few like types. Evolution tends toward larger and larger groups, the groups differentiate to form separate functions, and when these diverse groups find profitable ways of interacting, mega-organisms are created that have even greater capabilities. Humanity is in the process of becoming such a mega-organism, but there are a lot of back and froth movements along the way, and no guarantee that the the entire organism won't collapse or become terminally diseased. Isolation, however, leads inevitably to dissolution.

    My greatest hope lies with the new forms of interaction provided through our emerging technologies; most notably the internet. With anything dramatically different there's a shock factor though. Some aren't ready to use the new capabilities wisely. The tendency to form walls around small groups and stop interacting beyond these boundaries is always present. Reaching out is essential. Benevolent infiltration you might say. It's hard when you're filled with anger and revulsion to contact any sense of benevolence within, but it's essential that we do. Part of it is being aware and focused on the larger structures than enable greater capability. To get a little less abstract, that would be the organizations that transcend boundaries like the UN, global environmental groups, charities, etc. Focusing on the strands that tie us together as a larger organism. Works on all levels, from family through local communities on up to a global scale. Keep active and open to change that builds us up rather that tearing us apart.

    The opposite of life is not death, but indifference. -- Jaki Gefjon (A.A.Attanasio)

    by Max Wyvern on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:48:38 AM PST

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    •  Isn't it just greed? (0+ / 0-)

      Fear is the convenient spur, racism complicates it, our corporatist culture and lack of transparency make the unbridled growth of the death and destruction industry possible.

      The very simple point the diarist made was that we are making weapons faster than we're using them up or destroying them.  It's that simple, and that ugly.  So they filter down to failed states everywhere, to poor countries where powerless people see a quick route to power by arming themselves.  The deadly spiral begins.

      So finally the weapons are nearly everywhere, and their use must be justified.  

      This is the truest and most horrific version of trickle-down.

      So how do we return this exponentially worsening process back to zero?

      [Mx rex for this diary.  Always need data and new POV!]

      (-7.62,-7.33) l'Enfer, c'est les autres.

      by argomd on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 03:02:07 PM PST

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