is this wise?

17 and the people

If wisdom is ultimately about all things thriving, here are six tests to see if this is wise:

Is there interdependence?  Is the whole being greater than the individual parts?

Is there multiplication?  Are more and more people benefitting, to the extent that everyone becomes a teacher?

Is there energy transformation? Does this wisdom welcome and incorporate the energy everyone brings?

Is there multi-usage?  Is wasted avoided or minimised, everything produced becoming energy for new things?

Is there symbiosis?  Is there a diversity of membership and expresui9sion, including collaboration over competition?

Is there function?  Does this wisdom bear fruit, rather than existing for its own sake?

Christian Schwarz named these biotic principles.*  They exist in the world around natural wisdom which we are capable of extending through Human creativity, charged with honour, nobility, and enlightenment

‘Human creativity suggests a thin fissure, a cracking a purely cause-and-effect view of the world.’**

I suggested, wisdom is about everything thriving – at least, this is our hope and intent. Everyone is a creative being and ought to be encouraged to express this.  All are worthy (honour), capable of creating and giving (noble), and, through their lives, to bring  everyone brings light into the world because of who they are (enlightening).

(*From Christian Schwarz’s Natural Church Development Handbook.  Whilst this comes from the world of religion and faith, a book from the business world which also seeks to use natural understanding to improve how we live in the marketplace is Pascale, Millemann, and Gioja’s Surfing the Edge of Chaos.)
(**From Alex McManus’s Makers of Fire.)


spontaneous “me”

15 be a spontaneous me too

Who you are when you are not trying to be anyone or anything else.

We can pursue roles and titles when we feel ourselves to be not enough.

Yet, the spontaneous me is enough, not least because this me is the me who can be grown and developed best of all.

Eckhart Tolle coins the phrase spontaneous me as who we are beyond roles, but then adds: ‘But don’t try to be yourself.  That’s another role.’*

Whilst this “thoughtless” kind of personhood feels similar to telling someone, whatever they do, they mustn’t think of elephants, I appreciate what Tolle’s trying to take us to.  Roles and titles can threaten our incredible capacity for exploring, questioning, adapting, developing, failing, beginning over, connecting, collaborating, and creating.

I’m beginning to read Stephen Pyne’s fascinating history of fire** – our discovery of how to make fire has changed life on earth.  Fires require the triangle of combustable material, oxygen, and heat.

To embrace this imagery, we are heat.

The spontaneous me is the particular heat we are, our special ability to start fires, including the kind of fires we seek to combust, as all fires depend on the material they are consuming.  Fire is a synthesiser of its surroundings – without oxygen and fuel, there could be no fire: we cannot make fire without connection – to others and to our world.

Your spontaneous me is the most pure heat you can be.

Believing you are not enough, trying and be someone or something else, only isolates your heat and robs the world of the fires you can make.

(*From Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth.)
(**Stephen Pyne’s Fire.)