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H e a l i n g t h e C i t i z e n r y
In the holistic healing paradigm, one part of the body doesn't become diseased when all the other parts are working optimally. A deceased area is only the point of acute reference for signaling one's need to initiate a multi-level healing response that is being called for by the whole body. Likewise, Bush and the hi-level international corporations that guide him is not our only problem. He is the point of acute reference ("the canary in the coal mine") for signaling the nation's need to initiate a multi-level healing response. EG: We need to heal our ways, individual and societal, by which citizens have allowed for such people to come into power.
|"A Chart of Key Qualities, Attitudes, & Effects on Society & Human Evolution by Personal, Thence communal, thought, word, and action" PolyPsyArt@iinet.com 2002|
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H e a l i n g O u r C o n d i t i o n
I´m going to begin by saying that we, as a society, have a Condition. That is, Our society´s body has a health problem. And this heath problem is a multi-level health problem, that involves our mental body, our emotional body, and our physical body. When the problem is that extensive, some might say that our condition involves our spiritual body as well. But I will focus here on the pragmatic symptoms and (from the perspective of at least one politically informed therapist) the causes of the problem condition. We could get really positive and call it all a societal health challenge, but in any case, for now...
I´d like you to think in terms of health and healing for a moment as I pose the following questions:
Keep in mind that some of these questions may be different ways to pose the other questions, as I attempt to move our focus, for a few minutes at least, to entertaining some perceptions - that are shared, if not also originated, by some of the most pragmatic visionary minds in this planet´s history:
How do we approach the condition of society (as we look first at our immediate communities, then scanning further outward until we include the planetary society as a whole), and it´s many variations in individuals, in order to accomplish a self-healing & preventative health maintenance, in ways that gets us safely through the immediate crisis to our emotional health, as well as physical health, as well as sets us on a path for increasing our emotional and spiritual health?
Now I´m going to jump from the obvious basic question that most healing practitioners, as well as political activists, continually ask themselves... I´m going to jump from the question How can we change the world into a better place? to these questions:
How is a mind changed - Truly and effectively for the health of all? Remember when you were a teenager finding out how to establish your very own identity particularly as apart from that of your parents or whoever was raising you then? How did you respond - internally and externally - when someone told you that a certain attitude, perception, and value was essential to your growth and then said that if you don´t adopt this you would be grounded or restricted from what you really wanted at that time? Well, have you ever, since you have become a grown-up (heheheh) ever felt like someone was doing the same number on you? Ok, so can you guess what´s this got to do with your trying to convince someone else how to live in such a way that you believe will create a safer, happier, healthier place on the planet? Right, in other words, we all have egos, and on top of that, most of us - who like to consider ourselves intelligent thinking types - know that we prefer to find these things out for ourselves, or at least feel like we do.
Would you believe that there exist effective means to convince those that are ready and willing (whether they realize it or not) to be convinced that they can take their power back -- with integrity intact for all concerned ? ...that there are optimal ways of accomplishing this -- as opposed to ways that tend, sooner or later, to drive people further into their hiding places -however attractively padded the insulation appears around them?
How do we define the condition -that we as a planet find ourselves in- usefully so that we approach it effectively? i.e.: some socio-pathology that combines the conditions that include blind naïveté, selfishness, apathy, and, at least to some small degree, out and out baseless cruelty?
Which one of these or other mental-emotional, now become intensely in-your-face here and now real world conditions, and problem areas can we effectively treat so that the quickest overall change in society is brought about in the time frames that also provide for treating the current acute crisis condition?
("Healing Our Condition" Continued)
Let´s get even more pragmatic:
What is the relationship of Realistic Goal Setting to changing and healing our planet´s condition? Put in another way:
I believe that a societal effort to overcome it's malaise (via it's individuals), is paramount to our changing our tendencies to war. I also believe is it realizable, certainly in the long run, if we start now. In order to accomplish that, certain principles of approach to societal change must also be considered. To follow are the main points I've come up with so far, to support these beliefs (the first few of which might sound a little intimidating if not egg headed at first, but yes, they ARE going somewhere, which the last two points summarize):
If one is forced down a path, resistance is built up, and the path will not be respected let alone appreciated, and it will be abandoned at the first opportunity.
I would like to invite you to check out a deeper study of our condition for the purpose of joining in with the self-healing-becoming-planetary-healing that many are consciously and actively engaging in. If all that reading or hearing this does for you is engage your curiosity to begin looking around at the many forms this takes and considering how you may take and give advantage through the resources this leads you to, then we've come the first step toward our objectives here. The much more developed outline and charts for the study project -as developed so far- is at the "Overcoming Political Disillusionment" page. If this sounds like the right thing for you, please check it out, consider the suggestions there, along with the various discussion points and charts on this page, if you haven't already done so.
A R e - b a l a n c i n g T r a n s i t i o n P r o c e s s
A Re-balancing Transition Process for Healing Government and the Global Warming Crisis is much like healing individuals. It requires a "transition diet," but is important to apply "the right diet that will treat the specific imbalance(s) at hand." The principles of "Treat the Individual instead of the disease" also apply. Also, too much of even "the right diet" will create imbalance in another direction. For instance, the macrobiotic diet has been very effective for healing various cancers. But this diet's lack of fresh fruits and vegetables would eventually fail to meet certain nutritional needs of many people. For every condition, there are particular processes that are required to rebalance it (an optimal diet, particular nutrients that have been missing or slow to be assimilated), and good habits that maintain that balance afterwards through various life changes. Each kind of diet is best suited for a particular constitution. It's mostly a matter of compatibility.
This can apply to political system in that it can be diagnosed as having too much capitalism or too much socialism (or even too much fascism, initiating a state of Martial Law when it wasn't the best course, and/or continuing it longer than needed); and thus some counterbalancing element(s) can be "prescribed" to transition it into something that works for that society. That may sound impossible, but the alternative has usually been to apply some packaged system with very nonobjective, albeit prejudiced, views about how it should be received, and with results similar to self-medicating with someone else's prescription. And that's even when the intentions were not colored with material or power addictions. And of course, addictions are never satisfied - even when everyone has been brought to a relative feel-good state.
"Beliefs in Potential «§» Transition"
The elements depicted represent (parts in) ALL of US. And ...the Eagle recedes, the Dove proceeds, as the Owl see's through the darkness... OUR relationship with our Earth Mother clarifies as we realize our own interconnectedness ... This is about humanity sufficiently believing in our capacities to see and make the best of opportunities now and into our future - wherein we approach the world's problems politically and spiritually, internally and externally.
(Large Version & more on it's symbology at World Healing Prayers Page)
|I don't pretend to downplay the challenge of implementing a transition in resource management styles. Not to mention getting across the overall vision and scope -- to those who would initiate, as well as to those who will allow the consideration of such broad sweeping change, let alone the implementation of it. To be included would be the fact that all the resources to properly take care of every individual on the planet do exist, and that the only reason everyone's needs have not been taken care of, is a matter of distribution and control of that distribution. Cooperation in resource management is critically needed to solve the current (<-2009->) economic impasse, thence the increasingly immediate crisis of Global Warming. (There is an artistic rendition of "the Economy" in the next section, by the way.)|
The "Chalice-Scale" (© Chris Pringer Dec'08) represents the bridging and balancing of polarities within each conscious Being. Conceptually, the bio-electric charge of opposites in the universe forms a dynamic vortex of tension, hence the motivation for humanity to evolve.
| The principles of synergy apply in respect to maintaining overall balance among the different systems - from community to national to international levels. Conditions to be considered include the nature of interfacings with other systems (individuals or communities or nations as the case applies) that may also be (and most likely would be) in one stage or another of re-balancing or balance maintenance. A cabinet of political psychology advisors might be responsible to each governing body to keep the body abreast of it's needs for balance within and among the rest of the governing bodies it interfaces with. Ideally, it would be transparent in carrying out it's duties. They would consult on a periodic or more regular basis with the advisory colleges of all other governing bodies.
Much of this is really styles of government/corporate relationship. As for real solutions, we don't need to focus on, or even have, "isms" in government. We do need to find what works best where we all work together -- instead of calling people socialists or communists whenever they try to keep a governing body from legalizing hi-way robbery or a corporation benefiting from it. Riane Eisler, a meticulous Cross-Discipline researcher, puts it right in (her book) *The Real Wealth of Nations*, where she writes about the potential for economics to reflect what we truly value, quality of life, and quality of the environment, and provides strong and uplifting evidence to backup her recommendations. She "expands the scope and practice of economics beyond capitalism and socialism to a new economics in which equity, justice, and environmental sanity prevail..." ~Morris Dees, Co-founder, Southern Poverty Law Center. [added 08/02/08]
| The funny thing about "socialism" in America - take most any system in our infrastructure, and define which parts are from capitalism, and which is from socialism. Besides all the arguments about which ones are from which, how many folks would pick up on the point that what works is what works, what doesn't is what doesn't, and who is/was it that's actually responsible for whichever? I suppose, once we Americans could ever establish a working definition (like yeah, could that even happen?), then we'd see how meaningless it's application would be for those infrastructure systems. The system that works is the one that can be upheld justly and used fairly for the citizenry of a given community, as it interacts effectively with systems of other communities. But we all know that such politicals as the "Teabaggers" (2010) are not arguing about many logical points - the organizers just use whatever they can to exite the exitable and get them where they can use them to accomplish their ends. As if "their" constitution could defend capitalism more than socialism - especially with regard to how either has actually been practiced, certainly administrated. |
But is not *Structure* what it IS *all* about essentially ? Since that is the basis of FUNDAMENTALISM (whatever the particular creed) It's also the basis of most of the major schisms in the world today, certainly of those that make the news. Perhaps it's even the basis of the "'ism'-schisms," thence resource distribution, thence poverty and all that brings (population issues, health, etc). But a much more sober address of this basis of extremism is now in the essay, "Systems of Structure & Effects on Learning" or "Spiritual Battles & Wars" (that are best if maintained INternally). [At the greatly revised "Structure & Extremism" page; link via Related Refs Section]
"Patriotism Better Defined for 911, v5a" with Ecumenical Logo Set, Balance Scale, Peace Flag, Tree & Flower of Life, Dove & Transition Mandala midground, Intertwined Hearts and Chalice Tapestry 8A1 background", Chris Pringer, 9/11/2010, rev.9'12. At my Art Gallery my artwork can be viewed at full resolution, and purchased in framed or canvas prints, greeting cards, & more.
Work is what we want to call it when we would rather be doing something else, right ?
1. Denmark’s unemployed workers get 90 percent of their old salary for 2 years. 2. Denmark spends far less on healthcare than the US. 3. Denmark is the happiest country on Earth (per "The World Happiness Report"). 4. Danes enjoy the world’s shortest workweek. 5. Denmark pays students $900 a month to attend college. 6. Denmark has one of the highest per-capita incomes in the developed world. 7. Denmark has one of the world’s lowest poverty rates. The US has one of the highest. 8. Denmark is ranked the #1 best country for business (The US is ranked #18). 9. New parents in Denmark get 52 weeks of paid family leave. New American parents get nothing.
[Moi friend]: Here's a question on your weightier topics: Was capitalism initially imagined into being as something standing separate from "core humanistic values"? How did 'we' the U.S. peoples manage to divorce free-market money-making from taking care of societies???
[Moi]: It was always about 'the money' to the profit oriented, but at some point it got taught as synonymous with "building America" and patriotism- back when the unions started getting rights for the laborers. It was also taught as synonymous with healthy competition and 'the' necessary incentive for a free, healthy economy- while the corporates were using all that to manipulate the economy.
[I could've included that "THE" economy was pretty much a hodgepoge of basic supply and demand based national economies with mergings of sorts between them - until the early 20th century, especially preceding the Great (American) Depression. That industrialism and societal movement off the farms and into the cities (in America and Europe) was at its heyday. Hence the rise of concerns for, and the question of fairness regarding, the working class. But I assumed my friend up fairly up on all that, as well as that I am no 'economics major.' That after this the Federal Reserve was created, banks regulated, and yet, more corporates were increasingly employing artificial supply and demand dynamics.]
[Moi friend]: Most copporate-sponsored advertising has grains of truth. Otherwise we (the general public) wouldn't be convinced (or duped) so easily. [sad face] M3: We point to my friend's friend who grew to adulthood eating only cocoa puffs... Provinghumans can survive on (sugared!) grains alone, for quite a while!!
[Moi]: Grains are good, but most of us need a balanced meal- especially from those we look to for sustainance. Yes, we are surviving on snack food- at the top of the 33rd floor- on the way in free fall to the concrete sidewalk! [On the other hand...] Portending Hope all-round! ANYthing is possible :-)
[Moi friend]: "Anything is possible," indeed!
Much more on *The Economy* in the next section.
|SOME IMPLICATIONS about governance of "How Exxon went from leader to skeptic on CLIMATE CHANGE research" |
Given the current amount of publicity (Fall 2015) about their role in climate denial, eg: how much they had known about the implications of their role as they were engaged in it: It should now be more than obvious to law makers and corporate board members alike, that economic players such as Exxon-Mobile, who like the tobacco industry, have so drastically abused the capitalist means of trade in the world, not to mention threaten the very survival of humankind, that such as they are a primary cause of such a high degree of regulation upon corporations, that democratic societies have little choice but to create virtual, if not actual, socialist systems of governance. Otherwise, that is, where such players survive, the governance is part and parcel with the crimes - and thus defined as fascism. Capitalists everywhere should now, more than ever, be convinced that if they want capitalism to survive and socialism or fascism to remain in the background of power, then they must regulate themselves effectively, or else lead in the creation of another economic system that actually works for long-term planetary sustainability. Which may sound like an impossible ideal to many, however, a very fast accelerating number of people see no other path for our survival.
References on Exxon's 'Leadership' in Climate Denial: "How Exxon went from leader to skeptic on climate change research (LA Times), "Exxon Knew Everything There Was to Know About Climate Change by the Mid-1980s—and Denied It" (The Nation), "What Exxon knew about the Earth's melting Arctic" (LA Times), "Global Warming and Big Oil" (LA Times)
MORE to the HEART of the matter (with climate change), pragmatically speaking, is at the "Vehicle Efficiency Resource Compendium" - with special sections on GLOBAL WARMING (Perspectives & Action), energy & conservation, rainwater harvesting, TREEs fungi & biosymbiosis, carbon sequestration, industrial hemp, and more.
|Section Summary: Briefly: If you don't like extremes, find/ create/ provide transitions. One could say that medical over-categorization has led people to be bigoted and "extremist" towards their medical conditions. This can apply to political conditions, whether they be *called* capitalistic, socialistic, communistic, right-wing or leftist (especially while the defining or labeling of various political strategies, let alone mentioning "class war," can be so controversial in itself). As in medicine, finding and maintaining the right balance of elements in any governing system requires an unprejudiced and objective analysis. That includes the appreciation of the proper place and role of almost every type of strategy and mechanism ever used in history, all considered in the context of each their settings (era, place, and circumstance), in order to develop what will work optimally for any current circumstance. And then a "Diet" is prescribed to facilitate transition to and maintenance for the truly workable system. Easy? Of course not, certainly given these requirements for transition: Time for integration of what we've learned mentally, and for healing much of what we've learned emotionally (in the "school of hard knocks") for necessary realizations regarding relationships (with self, others, Higher Power as applies), values, purpose, direction. If these don't apply, then it could only be easier (Related section below: "Favorite Alternative Solution Sites") [10/12/07, ed. 3/14/09, 3/28/10]|
A l l e g o r y S u g g e s t s
In truth, the economy has been a hodgepodge of 'Artforms' created over time and global space by men who were relatively rich and/or powerful (relative to others in the trade system of their community). And this collective economy has been co-evolving ever since -- to distribute resources according to what these men perceived/ deemed needed for personal/ business, royal, community, and/or state/ national/ global reasons.
"Resource Flow Cycle in an Economy Like that of Nutrition in the Organic Life Cycle", Thumbnail Links to Chart by Chris Pringer, PolyPsyArts 4'16
|Economists tell you they don't really know what makes the economy work predictably or dependably. And when we examine it (from/within the scientific paradigm, the one that we like to believe it works according to), as we are now trying to do apparently... Then we find a major lack of scientific backing. We see the gaps and spaces - instead of filling it in with our faith and trust. As a result, we've become disillusioned in those seen as "the experts" - who had us believe in (the science of) the economy. That is, we used to believe in the economic paradigm (world view) that was based on predictable and dependable science. [Relevence of (conscious AND unconscious) *Belief systems* to perception and politics covered in 1st section of this page.]||
Would this be asking too much?
For any amount of time that an/each elected official (in the Senate Or House Of Representatives) formally participates in a strategy that prevents decisions from being made by elected officials for an amount of time exceeding [an appropriate number of] hours, then for each of those hours exceeding for each elected member whose decision making powers have been blocked, that official shall have his own pay docked by $ [an appropriate amount]. If the bill being decided is primarily about balancing the budget, another $ [appropriate amount] is docked EG: If the Docking Penalty were $33/hour, for preventing 100 members of congress from making a decision on a bill for 48 hours (all hours of the day count), the sacrifice by each participant in the blocking strategy would amount to $1584 (4800 Hrs x $33). If that were a budget bill strategy that blocked decision making by 100 members, and if the Budget Penalty were $22/hr, each participant's sacrifice would total $2640 (4800 hrs x $55). So, can we put stock into a dock for a block? [2/27/13 at facebook]
"Slight-of-Hand, Working and Not": All along there was conventional mild slight-of-hand that worked to keep things flowing. Ever since tokens came about to represent resources, there was as-needed an occasional bit of slight-of-hand to cover un-backed tokins. But this was usually only temporary, and not necessarily disclosed. But most who worked the system knew it was done, assuming all would be covered in due time. And it's functionality (its interconnecting and unifying flow) has always depended on the faith/trust that 'fills in those gaps' - those that have *not* been filled in with actual moneys or resources *present* at any given time. Hence, the economy has been an artform, and has not been a science - except for the study of it, perhaps.
Over time the nature of the un-backed tokins became more complicated as more token systems developed. With increasing frequency in more recent decades increasingly larger tokins have remained unbacked. And this began to confuse the system, due to more players not communicating when they were not able to cover for the tokens (especially ever since initiating the era of leveraged buyouts, etc). The artform of "temporary as-needed slight-of-hand" was now being corrupted by the unscrupulous slight-of-handers (or handLERs). From the paradigm of the economy as an artform, the failure of the economy might be attributed to greedy people, those who didn't properly maintain the gaps and spaces according to the rules governing 'the econonomy as an artform.
"Pieces of Art" by Chris Pringer 1'09
(highly magnified sections of Chalice art of the "Pi-Chalice Vortex Tree Of Life" theme. Many of these are at the "Body-Mind Integration..." essay page
Tom Barnard's Blog on the Economy
|That is, they (the top-downers) knowingly took advantage of the fact *that* the unscroupulous were taking advantage, of the fact *of* the Existence of gaps and spaces. And of *our discovery* that the economy has run as well as it did, because of the slight-of-hand trickery played on occasion, in order to fill in the gaps to keep it flowing. [It's ok, read that again if you need to - this might be a little different take on things.] But it's at least as true that among the confidence men (who have been playing *more* slight-of-hand trickery than necessary to keep the economy "afloat" in our belief system about money), there were corporate players who were *leveraging our faith*, as well as the capacity (financial, medical, psychological, and otherwise) for many of us to sustain a living, let alone retire.|
Bumpersticker from VFP's national campaign, "How's the War Economy Working for You"
WE CAN go some useful directions from here. Including looking at it all from outside that science/structure based paradigm. Attitudes can effect the quality of the problem solving strategy that we engage, as well as it's development. IE: If we are bitter with un-healthfully expressed anger, we will likely not create a fix for old economy OR a useful, dependable new economy. Better: if we come to realize how important it is to properly value the various pragmatic creations as well as artforms in our world, and create an economy based on their fair distribution (and not on/according to any particular "ism"), then we will revolutionize our perception and value of humanity.
Hence, the "ism"s, instead of becoming polarized fundamentalisms, might more usefully be regarded as artforms (certainly not sciences) for sometimes painful learning and exploration, as vehicles for developing truly working models for individual communities and nations, from which effective global community systems of resource distribution evolve.
Please Note: Overall planetary resources have always been abundant - just not always abundantly distributed. Consider how much the more affluent nations and peoples have wasted, let alone kept in storage or withheld from the market to effect prices - far more than enough to have saved any number of starving peoples over time on the planet.
One perspective relates wealth to the perspective that long ago, a relative few people made themselves the judges of others' worthiness. And thus judges of distribution - of resources and wealth, punishment and poverty (hence factors in the development of our current economy). That's at " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening - A story about Language, Relationship, and the Body-Mind Split - An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context".
Who gets to say
» how much everything is worth ?
» who gets to spend a dollar
as if every penny counted ?
Who that IS,
to the degree we realize it,
is more powerful than the economic elite,
the political elite, and the religious elite -
in saying how much anything,
not to mention how much EveryONE,
WHO gets to say?
How about the one Who gets to vote
» by what they buy ?
» by what activities they engage in ?
» by whom they invite to be a friend ?
» and by what thoughts they think ?
Especially if they do that consciously ?
Chris Pringer, 3'09
"Connecting Resources for the Economy"
(a resource access prayer chart)
Some forgiveness of our blind faith might help - we certainly have some recent opportunities for experience with that (wars without foundation are the most costly by far - on so many levels - and healing from that can be an instrumental part of how we learn and transition to a world that truly works). Forgiveness doesn't have to rule out appropriate measures for accountability for those that knowingly took advantage of others for personal profit, political gain, power over resource distribution, etc. Accountability is a necessary part of the structure that teaches our children to properly value others. And, IMO, we need to address the critical value changes that occurred during the Reagan Era. Here I am referring to the phase-in of flaunt-it-if-you-have-it attitudes, the "winner/loser" taunting (competition of worst sort where cheating is ok if don't get caught), and of course, the Milken-and-Trump-"inspired" re-engineering of business dealings with the resulting fallout on the employee, retirement, and then the economy (when the message became "money and power = legitimacy"). (Related considerations in forgiveness/trust/trends-tracking here)
In going such useful directions and healing ourselves, we can create advanced systems of resource distribution (trade), including for development of those more economically isolated communities that want to upgrade to a more common or general economy. Also, systems can be worked out for 'cultural economic appreciation' for valuing and maintaining existing traditional/ indigenous systems. These can be developed for those peoples who rely on them and their products even if many/most others on the planet may not want to trade for them. We're probably talking about a decade or more of hard work, but why not go for something that does work?
Economic Activism: A collection of Pro-Active Resources for individually taking charge of our economic health towards a sustainable planet are listed at in the "Favorite Solutions" section as well as the section for Responsible Shopping & Investment, Corporate Reform, & Economic Fairness Issues at the Political Reference Page. Also Related at this site: The Economics of War & Peace - Part III - Considerations, Innovations, Accountability, Solutions, Resources
[The above perspective of allegory as related to the economy came about after practicing with my guitar. I had been employing a kind of consistent skip-a-note-but-leave-a-blank-as-keep-the-rhythm style - it still "worked," even though I was not hiting some of the notes. The mind just fills in when it's a common enough rif and kept consistent in rhythm and other context with the whole piece. (This is analogous to how our senses work to "get" other kinds of artforms as well. And, just to remind you of the economy and/or politics), the mind just fills in when such music is played confidently enough to sound like it was meant to be played that way. -- cp, 3/1/09, 3/4/09]
Selected (by relationship to the economy)
from "GO Planet! A call to the promise of our global civilization Adventures in social architecture And the story of tomorrow"
by Jim Channon of Arcturus .Org
29. SOCIAL INVENTIONS Design ways for everyone to prosper and flourish. Technical inventions and hard technology have their place. Social inventions and soft technologies will bring us a civilization.
55. MEANING Take time to review the things that have been working and assign them value. Create a toolkit of these ways and means.
56. BEAUTY An artful and delightful creation will encourage more of the same in others. Some cultures have had beauty be their highest collective ideal.
57. SUSTAINABILITY Build, restore, and preserve supporting solutions that last.
58. PROXIMITY Keep waste and reuse or convert it to another useful solution or service as close to where it was created as possible.
59. CASCADING Continue to empower and reuse every by-product generated in a production effort. Cradle to cradle.
60. PRODUCTION Manufacture appropriate products for beautiful, sustainable, efficient living.
61. WHOLE-SYSTEMS DESIGN Plan for the full use of all effects of any development, design, or production effort. Aim the total effect at the most desirable life force solution.
62. FAIR TRADE Decentralize trade to the smallest possible local transactions. Encourage an open and honest fair exchange by any means that is recognized as fair. Free enterprise will have its place but not at the expense of rampant and mindless production and its burdensome polluting transportation.
64. SUFFICIENCY Make, carry and consume only what is necessary until we can sustain the planet with natural power and a restored resource base.
96. THE LOVE ECONOMY When the world wakes up to the natural power of generosity most all work will be willingly expended to assist others without the need for a currency exchange. In the mean time there are many other ways to recognize effort besides money.
97. WASTE NOTHING Strive to find a useful purpose for all the waste that you create.
Almost Off-topic but so worthy:
25. CHIVALRY Go way beyond just generous support whenever possible. Stage the genius of others as a practice beyond the golden rule.
63. CONNECTIVITY Be aware of the awesome changes in planetary connectivity. We now have a global voice and recognizable ethics that can be monitored to serve peoples desires on a global basis. Small groups of people need not to pretend they speak for all the rest of us when our collective choices are patently obvious.
Like that of Nutrition in the Organic Life Cycle
Chart by Chris Pringer, PolyPsyArts 4'16
AND WHEN THEY ARE NOT WORKING ...
"E m p a t h y" o r "C L A R I F I E D"Clarifying where the definition has come to be re-defined (effectively)
so as to apply in limited ways and directions including as *armor*
By Chris Pringer, 4'10, 9'12 [Previously titled " 'Empathy' or 'Armor' by Definition, Clarifying..."]
In April 2010, I was invited (along with many others) to go to a presentation, one of many all over the world, in process of developing a program entitled "The Difference". Anyway, Q and A there led me to comment on empathy - That is, on how many different notions of empathy there are - that *in effect*, have become definitions or usages for the word "empathy".
It's kind of like hiding things by slight of hand, only this, I guess, would be by "slight of heart" (or is it the heart?) - hiding the fact from oneself AND others(?) that one's feelings can be so limited in direction and scope. The greater form of empathy is considered a heart (or Heart Chakra, 4th Chakra) attribute and enables feeling others AS self (ALL others AS self). Whereas the lesser form of empathy is gut-feeling based (so considered a '3rd Chakra' attribute), and facilitates awareness of others feelings (whether the good, the bad, or the ugly, as they say). And different situations require different capacities.
But in that light, it can be important to know where one is coming from. And so, equating "nationalism" to empathy is just not always accurate, perhaps rarely. And especially if saying (or communicating via action) that one can feel objectively or love unconditionally, while excluding others because they look or believe differently.Actions that so communicate include how one runs their business, including with regard as to people in 3rd world countries being worthy of access to their own resources, and of sharing resources with others through a fair and fairly facilitated economic system. And then there are peace/military considerations... but I've covered those well enough in other notes (via the Poly-Psy Citizen Healing Page).
Humanist/Gestalt and Buddhist Psychology, among other systems (but especially when these two are integrated, IMO), are based on approaches that integrate the shadow aspect with those aspects we socially accept - in such a way as to heal and organize our (inner) selves more constructively, non-violently, productively - so our outer selves get along with others likewise, AND do all that more honestly (referring to "emotional honesty" in communications).
...considering the Brain as a tool, considering that *Mind* comprises *Heart* & brain, that (the) *Body-Mind* comprises *Heart* (including empathy), brain, and *Body* as the physical Extension of *Mind* & *Heart* into the world. *Love-Wisdom* is thereby considered the ideal attribute or quality extended. How? *Information* is considered the basis of *Knowledge* after having been processed by the brain; *Knowledge* as the basis of *Wisdom*, after having been processed by the *Body-Mind*; and *Love-Wisdom* being the highest form of that. [All that is not totally original, but an integration of existing concepts, albeit somewhat metaphysical. -cp, 4/11/10]
Hence the challenge of integrating our emotional bodies and (with) our spiritual bodies: Is that not one of our spiritual opportunities while living in a body? If we are not the only species in the universe, and if the wiser ones were visiting us to teach their kids about the evolution of living beings, would they wonder if this integration was what our species was created for? Or is that just another projection of ego ? One possible assist in such considerations and "paradoxical dilemmas" is the Goal Chart page, "Achievement of Goals, Attainment, And the Role of Inner Work - A Flow Chart of the Human Psyche in..."
The section, More On Ideals..., includes the Concepts of "Perfection" and "Unconditional Love" at the "Compassion...Detouring Burnout" page.
Some elaboration and references about energy centers or chakras are included in the "Seven Phases" section of the "Evolution Trends" essay - includes explanation of relationships of energy centers (or chakras), including "...these phases of growth are based on the 7 bio-etheric energy centers within each individual's Soul-Being - as part of a system taught by advanced yogi's down through the centuries. The seven energy centers are geared to work together as an integrated whole, but individually have certain strengths and attributes. They can be viewed as tiered in a hierarchical arrangement, progressively advancing from the lower more material survival-based capabilities to those more oriented to the formless and sublime attributes of existence. ..." [NOTE: When I use the term "evolution" at this website, I am referring to the psycho-social evolution of humankind, resulting in lasting change on the physical level (particularly with the brain), and not to the science of evolution and the controversy around that. -cp]
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* [continued from above:] These beliefs, in the opinion of this author, have contributed to some of the most unfortunate, even shameful, current world situations, including class warfare. Related Essay: " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening - A story about Communications, Relationships, ..." and political implications - perhaps the very beginnings of class warfare.
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