What we seem to call civilization seems to be carrying a strong feeling of separation. Matter lost its inherited sacredness for most of us and out of that a society that seems to have its roots based on heavy consumption and the depletion of Earth systems have been installed as main dominate Culture.
If we open the book of history, the one that is written in our collective memory we can easily Tag some keywords like:
DOMINATION – We believe that somehow other species are a threat, there is even a big possibility that we have wiped out from this reality all other Human species like Homo Neandertal, Upright Man, Flores Man and so on. So we evoke this collective feeling of Domination over the others species but also over each other and our modern science is doing it even by attending to create Universes by making particles collide at a certain speed in order to fully dominate Creation.
DISCONNECTION – I dare to ask if Sapiens were ever connected? True is that after starting to “Think” our collective soul started the biggest ecological Armageddon. As nomads were circulating the planet some thousands of years ago, they were also living a trace of death behind. Today we have the farmed monocultures doing similar destruction, including social networks that create a false feeling of connection and a monoculture society.
MISTRUST – We definitely stopped trusting Nature. We act like a child that doesn’t trust our beloved mother and sadly we have become a community of traumatized orphans. If “Mother” comes from the word “Matter” where does the word “Father” come from?
LOST – Yes we are lost, at least it seems that there is a big lack of vision among this almost 7 billion Humans. One of the reasons might be because we can’t see the big picture anymore. We are also orphans from the Father. We can’t see and think in patterns anymore. What if the word “Father” comes from Patter, Pattern? How does a child behave in its absence of a masculine role figure? Well, it becomes spoiled and eventually, it blames the mother for its condition. Out of this, we have become anxious about life, not trusting life and nature. On top of that our global financial system is definitely not taking in consideration neither the big picture or the smallest creature.
So, what does it really “Matters”?
Before we think about values like freedom and equality lets rather think about what are our needs?
We do we need?
The basis for life will be a very minimalistic set of things that are all provided by our beloved mother earth:
– Access to clean water
– Access to clean food
– Some parts of the planet demand Clothes, otherwise a simple tree leaf will do it!
– Community to socialize
Let’s just take a look at the quality of water, food, shelter, clothes, and social communities that we have in the mainstream society. What is happening with them? They are all sick, soulless, dying, poisoned and deeply traumatized.
Therefore I see the urgent need to start to reconnect, starting from childhood, humans to the basic needs that really matters. Needs that become values and needs that when are not met create stress, social injustice, and ecological disasters.
I can speak for myself, at school I was never taught to plant a single seed. There wasn´t any type of Nature activity rather than the possibility of joining the scouts. But for this, you have to have parents that trust Nature and Life. That was not my case. I was raised inside a belief system that was telling me not to trust nature, that water in order to be drinkable needs to be treated with poison and that all that is on the supermarket shelves is good food. Trust the government but don’t trust Nature.
My father being a Civil engineer took me since I have memories to visit concrete building sites. That’s the only world I knew almost all my life about ways to build. All the other building techniques were primitive, not safe and mainly for the poor people.
The way I was covering my body was mainly with imported products from all over the world, fully embed with unethical practices and manly inspires on several music stars or movie actors. Our heroes were carving a global trend of soldiers dressed to become heavy consumers.
I simply couldn’t go out, my local community was not safe enough. I could go and ride my bike around the same block over and over again, but unfortunately, that was my universe. The rest was not safe. I could be kidnaped, robbed or murdered, that’s what I was taught to believe. The family was also not a community possibility, they all came like refugees from the Portuguese colognes after the dictatorship fall in 1974. My family was not welcome, actually, no one liked refugees, there was a sense of scarcity towards work, food, shelter and there was a cultural clash between those that were raised in Angola or Moçambique and those that were raised in Portugal even that we were actually all Portuguese people…
The school was my community, with a totalitarian government, we were not included in any kind of decision making and violent communication was daily practiced. My delightful moment was in front of the TV watching Macgyver escaping with is swiss army knife from a submarine and playing 8 bits videos games.
What really mattered in my teenager world was not the quality of water or community, it was rather the sense that people needed to suffer to achieve a status quo, a safe position in the wheel of debt that for my father never seemed to end.
My family that I deeply admire and love were victims of their culture. Programmed inside a dictatorship in such a way to trust authority that it would be really hard for them to escape from. Still, they were raised in Africa and somehow they add a sense of freedom that Angola culture gave them as a Gift.
It took me a lot of energy, a set of lucky events, meeting my beloved companion, my dog, and some fairy dust to start to believe in Nature and become its steward.
So before I go one I just make a pause for a glass of spring water.
Yes, I trust!
What really “Spirits”?
Freedom, equality, and fraternity were the pillars of the French revolution, a revolution that seemed to have installed the new religion that unites almost all countries – capitalism. Why do I value such things? Is nature valuing freedom? Or equality ?? Aren’t we all born free and equal in the eyes of the beholder? Or at least we should!
We started to spiritually value this threefold set of values because we simply don’t have them and we need them like we need water to live. Although it is my wish to analyze deeply this 3 values I will simply share that something is wrong with the way they are distributed among the three realms of society.
Let’s investigate together.
In what part of society does Freedom take part? We easily see that one of the reasons for war in the past and present times is religion, people not accepting the fact that others are different, so let’s kill them all. The ones that survive we convert them. From Rome to the Americas, in the name of different Gods, a lot of blood was washed by the rains.
What about gender, sexual orientation, diets, traditions and many more cultural behaviors? They all seem to create tensions between people. Nowadays there is nothing worse than running a course, like a permaculture course, and having to see how much people are imposing their diets on each other.
Freedom calls for Culture, to have the freedom to circulate, to have different beliefs, to go to bed with similar or opposite gender, to be vegan or paleo, to be naked at the beach and so on.
Actually nowadays Freedom is rooted in Economics. Capitalism is the highest expression of that. We even use the word Freedom in capital markets, the “Free market” that unbalances peoples life´s and take countries into poverty and debt.
What about Fraternity? First of all, when I talk about fraternity I am not talking about secret societies, rather I talk about universal love for all that exists under the Sun. The Human ability to look to Life with mutual respect and curiosity. The misunderstanding of this word took the man to the creation of groups that have shared an interest and protected it by creating Law and the state of Right that are nothing but privileging the rich. This started more than 3000 years ago in the creation of the first cities. A total sense of Freedom seems to be the value that runs corporations.
And Equality? With globalism, we now travel to almost all the cities in the world and we can drink coffee on Starbucks or eat a burger on Mac. Equality seems to be a Cultural thing, right? Governs impose on people a mandatory curriculum in the school, fashion makes people feel ugly therefore you have Zara’s founder one of the richest men on the planet and there are so much more examples of this going on.
Take a look at Seeds. They are the perfect example of how these values are in the wrong parts of society. Fraternal Corporations creating laws that forbid farmers to save seeds, imposing equal crops worldwide instead of honoring cultural diversity and those same corporations have even the freedom to buy the seed patent for their own profit.
What about if we twist the wheel and actually have Freedom guiding Culture? We will have acceptance and compassion emerging out of this, we will relearn how to accept and trust others choices and beliefs, we will feel curious to learn more about the cultural diversity rather than sending planes to bomb and destroy entire countries.
If we place Fraternity on Economy we will redesign our financial systems so that it will become a support for life instead of a source of destruction. Countries will mutually support each other and maybe we will have for the first time the word Love or Compassion being used in Economics. Just imagine…!
Placing Equality in the realm of Law it will create magic. Not just social equality, similar Human rights and social justice but on an ecological level Pachamama, or mother earth will also gain the Right to Live. Finally, a forest will not be simply a source for toilet paper to keep our asses clean, rivers will not be stopped and poisoned, animals will not be mistreated simply because equality is not just a Spiritual value that was meant to serve humans but it is inherited among all that exists.
This big shit, this magical twist is actually happening around the planet, everywhere alternative schools with connective pedagogies are emerging, new currencies, crowdfunding strategies, universal basic income, time banking and other ways of relating to services and goods are popping out, and at the level of equality towards diversity and life we have countries like Bolivia and China declaring legal Rights to rivers and to Nature.
We need to regain our power to dream Utopia, to envision abundant systems, to feed our surrounding neighborhoods with new ideas that resonate in the heart of Humans. Nature screams more than ever in our ears for help, but not on her behalf but rather on the behalf of us that are planning for extinction. We are Nature.
Humans will evolve to something new. The integration with synthetic intelligence is happening as we also eat synthetic food. Super Humans are about to come to life and there is a big potential that this marriage also will make us see the big picture. Lest hope that by integrating the machine on us, which is happening and its inevitable, the algorithms will support us to see systems and patterns again and by doing so we will have respect towards our mother spaceship that travels throughout the universe taking us further in the so-called Evolution.
The vision for artificial humans is scary. I know. It’s coming. I make an effort to envision the best out of it…
We need to decide, the blue or the red pill?