Session 4 – A Network of Connection
We've come to a point where the global communications network is no longer working as it should, and there are many reasons for it. Experts in sociology, politics, finance, and economists all have their different excuses, but at the end of the day, there is only one simple reason for our social dysfunction: We have reached a stage where our interconnections have become so tight that they require of us to maintain even deeper connections between us, more inner connections. In order to continue our development, we must bond even more closely so we can understand and properly absorb the concept of "mutual guarantee." We must come to realize that we are all interdependent, we are all living on the one, same shared planet Earth, and we have no other choice but to feel as if we are one single, united, global human family.
Our development started when we began to trade and to send to one another our products—various machines, food and clothing products, and so on. Subsequently, we began to collaborate in manufacturing, finally establishing the World Bank and other international financial entities. Stock markets began to use computers and the internet, and today a person can trade in Tokyo, Germany, Moscow, and New York without moving from the desk of wherever one is in the world, because all stock markets work the same way and all one needs to do is decide where and how much to invest.
Moreover, the money doesn't have to actually be physically transferred anywhere. It is wired electronically. The money itself could be placed in any country in the world; the main thing that counts is the money transfer orders that are emailed and wired around the world.
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The level of mutual interdependence in the all the world requires a more internal connection, like in a family.
- The recognized system of relationships no longer works, and there is one reason: we have reached a stage in which we require a more internal connection.
"It is as if one of Life's rules were that living beings, beyond competition and self-interest, befriend each other."Article for Center for Ecozoic Studies, Vol 4, No. 4: "Organic Democracy (Part 2): Adaptive, Responsive, Life-Sustaining Communities"
"To be alive means to find one's identity in the togetherness of the community. . . . [T]here, in intimacy and togetherness is the whole web of life."Book: The Universe Story (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1992), p. 134.
"A sustainable society is one which measures its development in qualitative as well as quantitative terms, often seeking the virtue of enough rather than more."Article for secondnature.org, "Education for Sustainability: The Need for a New Human Perspective"