“ECO-TOPIA EMERGING” 1981 that year.
Interesting, Thanks. I’ve pictured it cooperatively, which each person coming to an understanding but it might take awhile.
And it also might agreeably take awhile …
Yep ,we are the toddlers of the universe a primitive species with some advanced technology.
This is a deadly combination.
Advanced technology without advanced thinking leads to demise not advancement.
Can we Awaken The Species in time ?
Bring back the real Tesla , he had an electric car that went 90 miles with no battery.
Moving from a Power and Possessions economy to a Use and Access model were people don’t own their individul copy of everything but cooperate and share the stuff of life.
De-growth is the way forward not bigger ,better more .You can’t grow grow grow the worlds economy in a never ending upward spiral, but we all know that don’t we !¿
Who knows, maybe all species who have become intelligent are destined for self destruction. Maybe sapience itself is an evolutionary dead end. Or maybe humans are indeed just that terrible.
No that means we have no free will and are all at the mercy of evolution.
Evolution is a process we can consciously guide buy using certain principles.
We Are All One and everything is related, interdependent, interrelated and connected would be the first principle I believe a higher evolved race of beings would use to solve this problem.
The word evolution means movement towards unity.
However we must make the change and consciously choose principles to guide our evolutionary path.
If we understood We Are All One it means War would end virtually overnight, starvation would end .
The Apple Cart would be turned over forever.
You might be right. I heard also the argument that humanity simply hasn’t evolved the needed mental capacities to solve problems such as the ones we are facing. Or at least not enough to overcome our more selfish desires. In any case I hope humanity can do like you suggest.
Here is a longer reply on what I believe.
It’s why my name is Hemp…
HEB,s Highly Evolved Beings .
HEBs also share. They share everything. With everyone. Not a being goes without. All the natural resources of their world, of their environment, are divided equally, and distributed to everyone. A nation or a group or a culture isn’t thought to “own” a natural resource simply because it happens to occupy the physical location where that resource is found. The planet (or planets) which a group of species calls “home” is understood to belong to everyone – to all the species in that system. Indeed, the planet or group of planets itself is understood to be a “system.” It is viewed as a whole system, not as a bunch of little parts or elements, any of which can be eliminated, decimated, or eradicated without damage to the system itself.
It’s not just ecology – which is the relationship of the planet’s natural resources to the planet’s inhabitants. It’s also the relationship of the inhabitants to themselves, to each other, and to the environment. It’s the interrelationship of all the species of life . What we’re talking about is larger than the ecosystem. It’s truly the speciesytem . The effect on the speciessytem is uppermost when considering any decision. It is understood that the speciesystem supports all life and every being, at the optimum level. Doing nothing that would harm the speciesystem is therefore a statement that each individual being is important . Not only the individual beings with status or influence or money. Not only the individual beings with power or size or the presumption of greater self-awareness. All beings, and all species, in the system.
You are moving dangerously close to the time when you will not be able to experience “life as you know it” precisely because you have insisted on subordinating the needs of most species to the desires of only one – namely, humans – and even all members of that species, but only a few. Not even the largest number (which might have some logic to it), but by far the smallest – namely, the richest and the most powerful.
Your civilization does not deserve a tirade; any more than a roomful of small children deserves one. Human beings will do what they are doing – to themselves and to each other – until they realize that it is no longer in their best interests. No amount of tirades will change that. If tirades changed things, your religions would have been far more effective long before now. If these simple observations are stinging you, look to see why. This much we both know. The truth is often uncomfortable. Yet this book has come to bring the truth. As have others which God has inspired. And movies. And television programs. For better or worse, television is now the campfire of your society. It is not the medium that is taking you in directions you say you do not wish to go, it is the messages you allow to be placed there. Do not denounce the medium. You may use it one day yourself, to send a different message…
The needs of all species in a speciesystem are treated equally, but the needs themselves are not all equal. It is a question of proportion, and of balance. HEBs deeply understand that all living things within what we have chosen here to call the speciesystem have needs which must be met if the physical forms that both create and sustain the system are to survive. They also understand that not all these needs are the same, or equal, in terms of the demands they place on the system itself. Let’s use the two living species you call “trees” and “humans.” Obviously, trees do not require as much daily “maintenance” as humans. So their needs are not equal. Yet they are interrelated. That is, one species depends on the other. You must pay as much attention to the needs of trees as to the needs of humans, but the needs themselves are not as great. Yet if you ignore the needs of one species of living thing, you do so at your peril. The book God mentioned earlier as being of critical importance – The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight – describes all of this magnificently. It says that trees take carbon dioxide out of your atmosphere, using the carbon portion of this atmospheric gas to make carbohydrates – that is, to grow . (Nearly everything of which a plant is made, including roots, stems, leaves – even the nuts and fruits which the tree bears – are carbohydrates.) Meanwhile, the oxygen portion of this gas is released by the tree. It is the tree’s “waste matter.” Human beings, on the other hand, need oxygen to survive. Without trees to convert the carbon dioxide, which is plentiful in your atmosphere, into oxygen – which is not – you as a species cannot survive. You, in turn, release (breathe out) carbon dioxide, which the tree needs to survive. Do you see the balance?
The oxygen manufacturing plant which you call the Amazon rain forest can be replaced in its capacity to balance your planet’s atmosphere in, say, two or three thousand years. Not to worry. You’re clearing thousands of acres every year, but not to worry. You clear the land so that you can raise cattle to slaughter and eat. Raising cattle is said to provide more income for the indigenous peoples of the rain forest country. So all this is proclaimed to be about making the land productive . In highly evolved civilizations, however, eroding the speciesystem is not looked at as productive , but rather, destructive . So HEBs have found a way to balance the total needs of the speciesystem. They choose to do this, rather than serve the desires of one small portion of the system, for they realize that no species within the system can survive if the system itself is destroyed .
Human beings have been trying to solve problems at the “doingness” level for a long time, without much success. That’s because true change is always made at the level of “being,” not “doing.” Oh, you’ve made certain discoveries, alright, and you’ve advanced your technologies, and so, in some ways, you’ve made your lives easier – but it’s not clear whether you’ve made them better . And on the larger issues of principle, you have made very slow progress. You are facing many of the same problems of principle that you’ve faced for centuries on your planet. Your idea that Earth exists for the exploitation of the dominant species is a good example. You clearly will not change what you are doing around that until you change how you are being . You have to change your idea about who you are in relationship to your environment and everything in it before you will ever act differently. It is a matter of consciousness. And you have to raise consciousness before you can change consciousness .
Stop being quiet about all this. Speak up. Raise a ruckus. Raise the issues. You might even raise some collective consciousness. On just one issue, for instance. Why not grow hemp and use it to make paper? Do you have any idea how many trees it takes just to supply your world with daily newspapers? To say nothing of paper cups, carry-out cartons and paper towels? Hemp can be grown inexpensively, and harvested easily, and used not only for making paper, but the strongest rope, and the longest-lasting clothing, and even some of the most effective medicines your planet can provide. In fact, cannabis can be planted so inexpensively, and harvested so easily, and has so many wonderful uses, that there is a huge lobby working against it. Too many would lose too much to allow the world to turn to this simple plant which can be grown almost anywhere. This is just one example of how greed replaces common sense in the conduct of human affairs.
Intelligence inherently entails agency–a capacity to cause change. At the very minimum, it entails the capacity to change the agent itself. Change is the process of transition from one state to a different state. Change is creation and destruction simultaneously. The person you are today is the product of a long line of change that proceeded from the organism you originally began as, but that organism is now almost completely gone. That organism was built for change, and could only realize its potential by changing itself. In a fundamental sense, it was destined for self-destruction for the sake of future versions, and you could not have arrived here as you are today if it had been otherwise. Even now, you are still in the process of becoming something different from what you are.
We have no free will. The term is a conjunction of inherently incompatible concepts and is thus self-contradictory. That which is the product of will is the product of causes. That which is truly free is not the product of causes. A thing can only be free to the extent it is not will, and can only be will to the extent it is not free.
Imagine time rolled back to before any given decision you have made in your life and letting it replay, and imagine this happening an arbitrarily large number of times. With that hypothetical, we can consider whether it is possible that you ever could have made a different decision. If some replayings of that decision could have resulted in a different decision, then where could those different outcomes have come from? They could not have been caused by anything about you or your circumstances, or any of the precursor conditions of that decision event. In that respect, the different outcomes would be free, but they would also be, to some extent, uncaused, that which is uncaused is indistinguishable from pure randomness, and randomness is not will. On the other hand if, given the same start conditions, you would always have arrived at the same decision, then where is the element of freedom?
“…and are all at the mercy of evolution.”
Evolution is change. It has no mercy. And for us, change is inevitable.
“Evolution is a process we can consciously guide buy using certain principles.”
We can cause change, and we have the power to direct change by selecting the changes we prefer. This also applies to changes we make to ourselves. For now, this mostly applies to changes to ourselves at the individual level. But soon, we will gain the power to bring about changes to the underlying code that defines our species. At that point, engineered change will replace random and naturally-selected biological change, and the pace of change for our species will increase by orders of magnitude.
“The word evolution means movement towards unity.”
This is incorrect. It originally meant a process of unrolling, opening out, or revealing. (Evolve and revolve have the same word roots.) Today, it refers to a continuum of change that represents a development from previous states. In natural evolution, the dominant trends have been towards increasing diversity, complexity and instability. This is because natural selection not only operates at the level of individuals and species, but also between modes of evolution themselves. Forms of evolution which favor diversity, complexity, and instability outproduce and outcompete slower and more stable forms of evolution. And when we gain the power to engineer ourselves, engineered biological evolution will outcompete the relatively slow and ponderous natural evolution that got us to this point. And then our species will shatter and splinter off in myriad directions–unless, of course, we happen to give rise to another form of evolution which can vastly outrun engineered biological evolution–which might actually be happening. We have given machines some very rudimentary learning capabilities to give rise to what looks like the earliest beginnings of intelligence, and we are using that to help design new machines which can advance to the next stage of development. So even as engineered biological evolution holds the potential of being orders of magnitude faster than natural evolution, purely synthetic evolution could wind up being orders of magnitude faster than engineered biological evolution. And while it is possible that synthetic evolution will develop towards increasing interconnectedness resulting in movement towards a unity intelligence, the early indications at this point are that it will splinter off in a zillion directions as well.
Thank you. i logged in to note Cole’s first statement:
“It is astonishing to me that we still have 287 million gasoline vehicles on our roads and that 20 percent of our electricity comes from burning dirty coal. We just go on blithely pumping over 5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, a powerful and dangerous heat-trapping gas, into the atmosphere annually.”
And to note, it is not only “our leaders” who have built this holocaust (holo = all, caust = burn). Millions of “happy consumers” have also played key roles in this.
To add to Cole’s astonishment, i’m astonished that ANYONE is still driving and flying. Except of course when absolutely necessary, which is a tiny percentage of total driving and flying.
“We” need to (needed to decades ago) see the world as it is, see nature and ecology as they are, see the economy as it is, and reject the looting-class propaganda (“advertising”, “public relations,” “news,” “education,” etc.) that plainly seeks to bamboozle us to serve the power and profit of the few.
“Our” movements do not even mention our power to refuse to drive. We should have been long since mobilizing millions of people to STOP DRIVING, explicitly as an act of organized resistance to this unfolding holocaust.
i always appreciate your posts here.
I always found it so very strange that people would retire to places like Arizona and California because in the place they came from it was “too cold to go out for 5 months of the year” only to end up in places where it “too hot to go out for 6 months of the year.”
Thank you for your kind words.
Once I unhooked the opiod of owning and driving a car because of medical reasons, I felt more free than I had in years. Damned things are expensive, but people ignore that. From the insurance to the maintenance, to snow removal and chemicals on parking lots, driveways, and roads…the personal vehicle is an ecological nightmare, right up there with lawns composed of grass. Again, we use the internal combustion engine to deal with that mess, from lawn mowers to weed wackers to leaf blowers to lawn edgers. Just adds to another environmental nightmare-noise. Young people today present with hearing loss to health care providers.
Sorry to vent and rant, but very soon, the decision of being able to use a personal motor vehicle will be out of our hands. Along with owning every new gadget and device that keeps coming down the pike.
Again, thank you for your kind words. Live in hope and stay safe.
All races and species are evolving we observe what serves us make behavioral adaptations .This seems to keep moving in one direction- towards unity ,and away from separation.
Unity is the ultimate truth and “evolution” is just another word for " movement towards truth."
The process is evolution, the principle that guides the process is what directs the course of our evolution.
We better make it concious evolution and put in a first guiding principle based on observing We Are All One and devise political, social, economic, and spiritual mechanisms which undergrid,rather than undermine, that First Principle.