A Universe of Conversations
There is a whole universe of conversations out there.
Ever since Covid, this world of conversations has been expanding very rapidly.
And now with the world falling apart in so many ways,… More and more people are joining this world of conversations…
Asking questions like, what do we do?
Now that the world is falling apart, exponentially overheating, the Amazon and other remaining rainforests are being intentionally decimated to make way for palm oil plantations, soybeans for livestock, cattle ranches, etc.
And what of all the things that we know we should be doing, at the level of a whole world, but we can’t seem to get our act together as a species, and collectively figure out how we all need to work together to make it all happen?
The documentary Thrive and the recently released Thrive II show many different technologies that would change our world, which we have, as a species, failed to get behind, support, and implement at planetary scale.
And those are just the tip of the iceberg: we have all the tools and methods we need to cool the planet, arbitrarily quickly in fact, through SRM – solar radiation management. The fact that we are not deploying these tools and methods in a timely manner now that exponential planetary overheating and its impacts have become, well, exponentially worse …. Inexcusable does not quite capture the essence of this epic failure on the part of humanity, which is supposed to be the caretaker species. This is analogous to the 18-year-old older brother of younger siblings, left in charge of the household for a long weekend. And instead of caring for his younger siblings properly and responsibly, he instead shoots up on heroin, and through manipulation and violence pimps out his younger siblings in order to get more, more, more…
Humanity as a whole, we are that drug–addicted 18-year-old, and all of Mother Earth’s children species are like the younger siblings in the preceding paragraph, bearing the brunt of humanity’s collective irresponsibility.
So, the question remains: What do we DO about it all?
The obvious answer is to organize ourselves into a singular, planetary Network of Conversations. Transformational conversations, that is: those focused on saving, healing and transforming life on Earth.
The following 10 minute video shares this all in a hopefully humorous way, getting down to the brass tacks of attracting humanity to participate in the Network of Conversations:
Onward with the philosophical inquiry:
But who is responsible for humanity’s collective irresponsibility?
Um, might it be… The President of the United States?
The lyrics of Ozzy Osbourne’s song Crazy Train, sum it up well: “One person conditioned, to lead in control. The media sells it, and you live the role.”
OK, if one person is conditioned to lead in control… And the rest of us are conditioned to follow, and assign credit to that leader for the gains society makes… And also assign blame to that leader for society’s failures (consider, for example, how much American society blames Trump for her failures).
I am using that “one person” as a metaphor. One could equally well blame “rich people” as a group, or perhaps “capitalism and money” as the basis for our current economic mode of production, causing so much concentration of wealth, poverty, starvation and death at the other end of the spectrum, as well as planetary destruction, as everything is reduced to the lowest common denominator of the current market price for board feet of mahogany, for example.
I would like to shift focus from the preceding inquiry, of basically “who is to blame, or who is responsible, for doing the conditioning … which is responsible for humanity’s collective irresponsibility.” With a nod again to Ozzy Osbourne’s lyrics above, “One person conditioned, to lead and control”. Regardless of such questions as ‘who is currently doing the conditioning on a daily basis?’, to ‘Who set up the conditions for the present conditioning as an ongoing reality?’… regardless of all of that (and it is all very important, please do not get me wrong), I have a very simple hypothesis:
If we can succeed at creating a collective superintelligence which grows exponentially over time, with its growth spanning myriad dimensions, such that collectively the whole of this multi-dimensional exponential growth covers, holistically and respectively:
· Collective sense-making of all that is going on
· Holistic design of literally all of the solutions we are going to need over time
· Holistic design of the implementation plan of all of these solutions, addressing all dependencies, etc. (to paraphrase Winston Churchill, ‘all plans are useless, but planning is essential.’ Or to quote the great philosopher Mike Tyson, “Everybody has a plan, until you get punched in the mouth.”). The essential point being that planning itself is an ongoing activity, which ultimately informs the very next decisions we must take.
· Holistic monitoring, with myriad feedback loops, of the moment by moment implementation of all the preceding.
And off into the sunset…
OK, so tell me more about this exponentially growing collective super intelligence.
Here, check out this page on Radish.org:
OK, now in immediate practical terms, how do we set about unleashing this exponential growth of collective superintelligence (CSI for short)?
Fortunately, the process has begun, and is well underway. Back to the beginning of the story: the planetary network of conversations spanning all of the preceding, and much, much, much more of course, has been growing exponentially since well before Covid. And now with the combined forcings of Covid, and the myriad other facets of our present collapse trajectory, most of which are exponential themselves, all creating the perfect conditions for these kinds of transformational conversations to become very very popular, not because they make us feel good, but because they make us feel sane… In an increasingly insane world.
Because those of us who are awake and playing the real game, to paraphrase President Vicente Fox: