Designing the future of the Earth cooperatively.

September 2, 2012

For us to live in a world suitable to us all, we first have to know what such a world should look like, so we can together strive for it!

The Need for Designing the Future Collaboratively:
To Whom the Future of the Earth Might Concern.

by Mr. Jan Hearthstone – http://www.ModelEarth.Org

 

The differences that there exist among all our ideas–ideas of all who share this planet, about what our common existence on this planet should ideally be like–should be resolved by any what-so-ever expedient, appropriate means first: by modeling (computer modeling, or any other kind of modeling) at the global level, round table style discussions at the community level, before those differences resolve in real life, causing real waste of lives, resources, and time in the real world.

Once there would be a clear idea of what we all agree that our common existence in this world should look like, only then it would be possible to achieve this commonly held ideal.

This contrasts with the way in use now when we are mostly trying to improve our existence in this world by forever fixing the infinite problems stemming from our past mistakes that plague us, and usually causing new problems to arise with our fixes–never knowing well what kind of existence we are trying to achieve, and therefore never achieving any kind of existence that would be fully acceptable by anyone.

Why There is a Need for Designing the Ideal Earth Cooperatively:

Normally we sort out the differences that we have about how our collective, social lives should be conducted in real time/space with the familiar results: our collective existence on this planet is becoming worse in many vital aspects.

We have to find a way of effectively resolving our differences before those differences start being sorted out in real life.

It is imperative that we find a way of collectively deciding what kind of a common existence on this planet we all want–we have to have a collectively shared “vision” of what we want the Earth to be.

This “vision” (Meadows 2004), or a “choice” (Fritz 1984) has to be based on what there, in the ideal reality, we would really like to have, without considering whether this would be “realistic”, “possible” (Fritz 1984), or any such considerations for the nonce. It has to be ideal; as ideal as possible–to the point that one could not improve on the vision any further, as if.

“By vision I mean the inner crystallization of the result that you want to create, so that the result is conceptually specific and tangible in your imagination–so tangible and so specific, in fact, that you would recognize the manifestation of the result if it occurred.” (Fritz 1984, p66)

Only after this, once a vision is formulated in as minute detail as possible (Fritz 1984), would the finding of ways of how to achieve this vision start. It would not do to start looking for such ways without the vision not being fully defined, or at least as well defined that we would recognize this vision should we encounter it (Fritz 1984, paraphrased again).
It has to be understood very firmly that creating a vision of what one wants (I paraphrase Robert Fritz in his The Path of Least Resistance [Fritz 1984] frequently without always acknowledging this) is in no way forecasting the future!–Sometimes this is not clear! It means deciding on a goal to be striven for consciously, not waiting for a vision to descent upon us from above (or wherever from)!

This approach is very different from the hit-or-miss, band-aid superficial approach that we, the humanity, have been using so far in trying to improve our conditions for life on Earth, with the results clearly observable–increasing environmental and societal crises that have no precedents in humankind’s existence.

So far we have mostly been responding to problems as they occur, with the result that we have been able to successfully deal with some of the problems, but, on the whole, although we have achieved a lot of “progress”, we usually manage to create even more difficulties in this way due to our not dealing with the root causes of most of our problems.

Most of us know what kind of a world we would like to live in. And to make sure that we end up living in a world that we all would like to live in, we have to reconcile any possible differences that there might be among our individual ideas of what the world that we would like to live in should be like before we start striving for it–just to make sure that we, each of us, are not striving for different objectives! As much as we share the same place, the same planet together, that much we have to share our planning for our common co-existence, our common future together.

We have to collectively create a model of the world that we would like to live in in order to have a “visible”, a referable to portrayal of the commonly designed ideal, and while we all cooperate on constructing the model, we all work out all the differences that there might be among our ideas of what our ideal world should look like as we progress on construction of the design.

Of course, constructing the model of an ideal world would never be finished–it would be continually improved upon–but we would start eventually getting the idea of what it is that we are all agreeing on, and we would start working towards the ideal world in real time and space as soon as the design would be clear enough to permit this.

This forever ongoing cooperation of us all on creating of an ideal Earth agreeable to all would be far better than the way of resolving of our differences on occasions, then going our separate ways, and then getting into difficulties with each other again–over and over again, as we are accustomed to doing “normally”.
While continuously trying to improve the model of all of us existing together, we would spot potential trouble spots long before those would develop in real life to cause real problems–an improvement over the cycles of violence we adhere to presently! It would be dealing with problems before those occur–not after problems occur!

It is very important that everybody would have an access to the process of creating of the model, so that anybody’s ideas of the ideal that might differ from the ideas of others would get sorted out in the model, rather than waiting for those differences to be sorted out in real life, causing real damage!

With the free access of everybody to the modeling/designing of the ideal world everybody would be able to and forced to learn what they would need to learn “on the job”–first by taking a part in designing of the ideal, then by cooperating on actually achieving the ideal in real life–the best possible education for anyone, an education that would relate to our existence on this planet directly.

The ongoing designing of the world would become a permanent feature in everybody’s life. It would be a feature that would be consciously encultured into the social/cultural fabric of the society from generation to generation seamlessly, and thus (I hope) would prevent any future possible reversal to our current way of conducting politics. After all–resolving problems, differences, controversies, and complaints before those could engender real life damage would, at all times, be clearly superior to any other ways of living.

It would fundamentally differ from the way “politics” is being done in our world now-a-days in that, that it would not be personalities fighting for partisan and personal power; it would be ideas that would “compete” for inclusion into the ideal world design; only ideas that would best fit in with all other components of the design, and with all that we know about ourselves and about the world would be included in the design, to be replaced when better ideas would be submitted. It would never be necessary to know who is behind which idea! One’s satisfaction would not depend solely on others’ approval, but from actually seeing one’s good ideas put to good use.

This imagining of what the ideal Earth should be like should start on the global level and from there the design would be putting each local community into the global context, because were it otherwise, in the end, during the process of each community’s becoming what the whichever community might consider “ideal” might interfere with what other communities might consider “ideal”–they would be wise to check on the global design just to prevent any future conflicts. In this case the “think globally, act locally” would have its rightful application. In practice this thinking and acting would occur simultaneously.

Please read “Designing a Lasting Peace Together“, where the need for collaboratively designing the future of the world could be seen best.

Please, also see The Ideal Sustainable Earth Model: Proposal.

N.B.
The concept of designing the future collectively described in these pages owes its existence to Mahayana philosophy and to ideas presented in The Path of Least Resistance (Fritz 1984) by Robert Fritz, which I paraphrase and quote from often, not always necessarily acknowledging this.

Bibliography:

Fritz, Robert
        1984 The Path of Least Resistance.   Salem, MA: DMA Inc.

Meadows, Donella H., Jorgen Randers and Dennis Meadows
        2004 Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update.
        White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Company

N.B. Any conversations in these email communications (modelearth at gmail.com) might be made public for the purpose of reference.

Designing the Future of the Earth Cooperatively:
http://www.modelearth.org

MAHAYANA: Sustainability.

July 22, 2008

MAHAYANA:
ECOLOGICAL and SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY.

(The following reflects author’s own understanding of the terms “Mahayana” and “Bodhisattva”).

Mahayana is a view that acknowledges the interconnectedness of all phenomena across all time and space, and that any one’s well-being depends on the well-being of every other being across all time and all space.

A Bodhisattva is one who strives to realize the ideal of Mahayana, and therefore regards the well-being of all other beings as important as one’s own.

To live ecologically and socially sustainably means to acknowledge the need of all other beings to live well also.

The need for living ecologically and socially sustainably is implicit in Mahayana.

Therefore an aspiring Bodhisattva would help all beings to be mentally and physically optimally well, and therefore an aspiring Bodhisattva would promote the way of living ecologically and socially sustainably.

MEDITATION:
Find, or imagine that there is, a mental space in which all the ideas of what anyone might think that their future should look like would be reconciled with each other, so that conflicts in real life would be prevented from occurring.

CREDIT goes to:

Mahayana Philosophy
and
The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz
Salem, MA, DMA, Inc., 1984, ISBN: 0-930641-00-0.

More about Robert Fritz’s work is at http://www.robertfritz.com .

DEDICATED

to the optimal physical and mental well-being of all beings anywhere and anytime.

May all differences that there are among beings in this world resolve harmlessly in meditations, prayers, gedanken experiments, and models, before those differences resolve in real life, not infrequently causing harm to all involved.

!OmManiPadmeHum!

Please dedicate your practice to the optimal benefit of all beings of all three times and ten directions of space, starting here and now on Earth.

Creating Peace: http://www.ModelEarth.Org/peace.html
© – 1999 – present day – “ModelEarth”; re-producing of the above is permitted only without changing of the content.

Appeal to Academia.

July 22, 2008

An Appeal to Academia.

Despite the advances that are being made in amassing of knowledge by humankind, not enough of this knowledge is being used to improve the overall quality of life on Earth, even though, arguably, there is enough knowledge available that would enable humankind to improve the living conditions of all Life on Earth considerably.

That humankind’s knowledge is not fully applied to improving the quality of Life on Earth might be mainly due to the fact that the application of knowledge to the what-so-ever various problems that might exist on Earth rests in the hands of people whose power and wisdom to apply knowledge to solving of our problems is limited at most times.

This creates a situation where on one hand individuals who specialize in creating and enhancing of humankind’s knowledge are free to create and enhance as much knowledge as they can and want, only to see, on the other hand, this knowledge not being applied to its full potential extend.

Humankind’s knowledge has become very specialized–it is impossible for anyone to know enough on most subjects in any of the fields of knowledge. This situation limits our ability to plan our future effectively–it is difficult to achieve an agreement on what the ideal future should be.

This situation might be helped by creating of a model that would present the composite of what each participant creator of the model (ideally any and all humans on Earth) would think an ideal state of affairs on Earth should be, in which any and all knowledge available would be applied to optimally portraying of an ideal Earth.

Creating of such a model would permit a vast co-operation across all the fields of all sciences–the closest thing to unification of sciences there might ever happen. The model would be based on the best reason for the existence of science: an actual application of knowledge for the benefit of life on Earth. The on-going creation of such a model would eventually start presenting a picture of life on Earth as it ideally could be–the model would be an “ombudsman” without any executive powers, however one that would be powerful by the strength of presenting a model of for life on Earth optimal conditions based on the knowledge available, to whose opinions the powers-that-there-might-be could gradually be attuned and subsequently sufficiently educated to apply their powers appropriately to the real needs of life on Earth.

No situation, or a research objective modeled could be too small, nor too large in scale, nor would anyone be prevented from trying to improve on any instance modeled, since the model would be ideally accessible by anyone on Earth. Any solutions to any problems would have to be, beside being consistent with the knowledge available in the database, open to anyone’s critique and to anyone’s improvements.

All the components necessary for the creation of such a model are readily available–potentially all the PC’s in the world linked together by, perhaps, using “distributed computing” (which would enable the model to exist without requiring any particular physical location) and the existing data-bases at all the institutions of learning there are. The labor necessary for running of the model could be gotten by diverting of the effort that goes into research that is being done already on solutions vital to humanity into conducting research within the model, thus reducing unnecessary redundancy and improving the quality of research by enabling more researchers from many more fields of science than is currently possible to work on those research problems together, and so vastly enhance the quality of any such research.

The Earth has only one possible future, a future that is the result of all the individual actions that are meant to improve the lives of all the individual actors and their progeny. By resolving conflicts that are a natural consequence of carrying out the individual actors’ wishes for better conditions of their lives in a model, rather than in real life, a great amount of unnecessary suffering could be avoided.

Thank you, Mr. Jan Hearthstone – ModelEarth.Org .

CREDIT:

Mahayana Philosophy

and
The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz
Salem, MA, DMA, Inc., 1984, ISBN: 0-930641-00-0.

More about Robert Fritz’s work is at http://www.robertfritz.com .

DEDICATED

to the optimal physical and mental well-being of all beings anywhere and anytime.

May all differences that there are among beings in this world resolve harmlessly in meditations, prayers, gedanken experiments, and models, before those differences resolve in real life, not infrequently causing harm to all involved.

!OmManiPadmeHum!

An Appeal to Academia: http://www.ModelEarth.Org/acappeal.html

Designing Lasting Peace

March 10, 2008

DESIGNING A LASTING PEACE.

Knowing that every time of peace in human history ended in a war, what should “Peace on Earth” look like, so it would not result in a war again?

Unless we can answer this question, and unless we can unify and the eventual answers in order to prevent any discrepancies in the answers to cause strife in real life all over again, we can never achieve real “Peace on Earth”.

We should learn how to imagine, in as much detail as possible, what would constitute a real “Peace on Earth”, and then, since we each have different concepts of the idea, we should learn how to constructively reconcile all the differences in a model (or any other expedient way, e. g. in “gedanken experiments”, meditations, “think tanks”, etc.) in order to arrive at a unified design of “Peace on Earth”, because the Earth can possibly have only one future.

Unifying of all the different ideas that we might have about the future of the Earth in a model would prevent conflicts from happening in real life, since, after all, wars happen because people go to war so that Peace happens their way.

The idea of modeling the future of the Earth is also presented, in more detail, at
http://www.modelearth.org/modelearth.html

MEDITATION:
Find, or imagine that there is, a mental space in which all the ideas of what anyone might think that their future should look like would be reconciled with each other, so that conflicts in real life would be prevented from occurring.

CREDIT goes to

Mahayana Philosophy
and
The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz
Salem, MA, DMA, Inc., 1984, ISBN: 0-930641-00-0.

More about Robert Fritz’s work is at http://www.robertfritz.com .

DEDICATED
to the optimal physical and mental well-being of all beings anywhere and anytime.
May all differences that there are among beings in this world resolve harmlessly in meditations, prayers, gedanken experiments, and models, before those differences resolve in real life, not infrequently causing harm to all involved.

!OmManiPadmeHum!
Please dedicate your practice to the optimal benefit of all beings of all three times and ten directions of space, starting here and now on Earth.

Creating Peace: http://www.ModelEarth.Org/peace.html
© – 1999 – present day – “ModelEarth”; re-producing of the above is permitted only without changing of the content.