in troubled times


‘Oil’s current market price leaves out its true costs to the economy, national security, and the environment.’*

We live in an amazing and endangered world,  For hundreds of thousands of years hominids have been exploring how interactive and spontaneous they and their environments are.  Throw in randomness and it gets very spicy indeed.

Our ‘dynamic spontaneous power’** is monopolised by some and ignored by many.  I find myself an explorer of many things but have little certainty.  Unable to get to where I want to be from where I am, perhaps when I give up my dependence on certainty, I find something better.  Certainty may often be ignorant bliss.

I am unarrived.

‘It certainly takes bravery to remain sceptical; it takes inordinate courage to introspect, to confront oneself, to accept one’s limitations – scientists are seeing more and more evidence that we are specifically designed by mother nature to fool ourselves.’^

‘[R]e-examine all you’ve been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body’^^

It is our trusting in certainty and our susceptibility to being fooled that rob us of the contribution each person has to make.  Perhaps, more than ever before, we have the ways and means that make it possible for people to make their best contribution, rather than being pushed to the place of their greatest frustration and popularism.

‘If your community can provide a legitimate release valve for people’s frustrated passion, you are unleashing one of the most potent forces in the history of the world.’*^

(*From Amory Lovins’ Winning the Oil Endgame.)
(**From Patrick Dodson’s Psychotic Inertia.)
(^From Nassim Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness.)
(^^From Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.)
(*^From Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler’s Bold.)


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