Seeing a better world even while living in a dysfunctional one requires vision and persistence. Some have it, many do not. Kind of frustrating. Maybe we can improve the odds. It just takes a little reorganization.
Every human being should be given the opportunity to fulfill the full measure of their creation. This means they should have the opportunity to reach and accomplish the best they have to offer. This should be the foundation of a better world, our ethical footing. Too often we forget this.
This better world starts with organizing into smaller groups, just the opposite of how we organize now into vertical hierarchies with central control over large masses. Believe it or not, organizing into smaller groups work better.
Many years ago I witnessed dolphins in the ocean working in smaller pods to catch fish on the shoreline. They would rush the shoreline as a team and corral the fish onto the beach for an easy dinner. If you you have never seen dolphins working together, it’s kind of amazing. Even more amazing is when Dolphins work with human beings. The dolphins herd the fish toward the shoreline and the fishermen toss out their nets. As the fish scurry beneath trying to avoid a threat in both directions, the dolphins and the fishermen have an easy catch.
One of the most important principles of genuine optimism is giving everyone the chance to fulfill the measure of their best. This can only be done when we organize into smaller groups, between 9 at the lowest and not more than 18 at the highest in any group. This makes sure there is adequate room to be a part of something and be included. Can you imagine a shoreline with thousands of fisherman? If you organize people into bigger groups, like a large herd on the Serengeti, this inevitably turns the social order into a political environment run by vertical hierarchies and mini chief-tums struggling to reach the top. Yes, some animals organize this way and human beings should be better than the most intelligent animal. We should not organize like a mass herd. There is little chance each human being can fulfill the full measure of their existence in larger bodies.
Just as every individual should fulfill the full measure of their existence, so too should people in a community, and yes decentralizing community hierarchies can happen as long as we organize in a way to preserve the agency of each member. Elephants and dolphins are great examples on how we should organize. Better communication is afforded and the voice of each member is better recognized. The smaller the starting number, meaning the first original group, the more intimate the relationship and the stronger the bond with each member. This is missing in how we organize today. City councils serve hundreds of thousands. No intimacy there. Presidents and executives are so removed that vision suffers to be heard.
If you think new technologies are the secrete to a better world, you are wrong. A better world, the optimum best world, is found in how we organize. In large bodies, vision struggles to surface. Only the most political ideas that appease various power centers advance. The two points of view below explain the difference between how political people organize into popular democracies and how genuine optimists organize by common consent. A renaissance is coming and its time to see the difference.
I started this post referencing vision and persistence. Political hierarchies are terrible vehicles for promoting vision. Central control has never produced great things, minus those few benevolent dictators in history, and there are few of them. Real sustainable vision needs a better model that is decentralized and organized into smaller bodies. If you can see this new model, you are part of the coming renaissance. If you cannot see it, continue reading these posts and share. In time all will join the persistence in the new awakening, because it takes the persistence of many to give birth to a new vision.
Keith R Kelsch, The Genuine Optimist