Session 4 – A Network of Connection

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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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Topic

The level of mutual interdependence in the all the world requires a more internal connection, like in a family.

Main Points

  • 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.

References

"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"

Engage Yourself

Question 1: Do you remember the game "Monopoly"?  Yes, yes, that game that you played with the whole family, with your brothers, your sisters, your children, your friends, etc,...

The definition in Wikipedia for the game of Monopoly is:


"Monopoly is a board game based on the world of business, whose goal is attainment of control (monopoly) over the areas of the board game, by means of the  processes of buying and selling real estate.  The game is carried out by a simulation of business processes, when the players buy and sell properties, and build hotels and houses.  The winner in the game is the one who gathers the most property in real estate and in cash."

On another internet site, the goals of the game are detailed like this:
1.  The formation of experiences of communication and fun.
2.  Mutual learning and social integration, that forms a warm and supportive atmosphere.
3.  The development of life skills and social skills.

Thus, even though the game is very competitive and builds the use of trade skills and attaining control, still, one of the goals of the game is to bring an atmosphere of warmth and social interaction between the participants.

a) It would be wonderful if you could tell us about the atmosphere that was with you in the family at the time of playing monopoly? You could be helped in your answer with the following sensations: Tension/ happiness/ love/ anger/ pleasure/ contempt /curiosity/ sympathy

b. What was the goal of the game for you and your family?

c. Did the essential fact that you are a family, influence the decisions that you made?  Were there particular concessions in regard to payment or loans that you made, only because you were playing with another member of your family?  Did you reach deals quickly, since there was already an understanding of how to work things out within your family?

d. How do you think business and commerce in the larger world outside your family's home would be if people were to behave in business matters between them, as if they were all in the same family?  As if the world outside were a monopoly game in the living room?  Could you imagine how the economy would work if everyone we came in contact with was a close family member?

Question 2: According to the transcript text of this session, what conclusion did the experts in various realms of life reach?

Question 3: According to the transcript text of this session, what does the system of relationships between us demand from us?

Question 4: The economist, Dr.  Rodrigue Tremblay writes in his book "The Code for Global Ethics" about the connection that we must develop between us:

"With the current globalization of our problems, we need to extend our circle of empathy and view humanity as a worldwide extended human family."

a. Can you formulate in your own words, how the words of Dr. Tremblay sum up this learning session?

b. In your opinion can we continue to grow well here in our country, as long as there are serious problems in Europe, or in South America, or in other locations in the world?

c. Can you give an example from your own family about what happens when one member of the family has a problem?  What is the form of behavior of the rest of the family members?

If you selected "other," please specify:

Question 5: According to the transcript text of this session, why did our previous modes of relationships between nations and individuals, cease working as before?

Question 6: In the transcript text of this learning session it says that we have reached a point joint production, joint banks, the unification of stock markets, and more. An example of an organization like this is the OECD – the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

a. Can you find 3 additional examples of international organizations that are involved with joint economy? Please list them in the textbox below.

1. __________________________
2. __________________________
3. __________________________

b. Why in your opinion, in the last few years have more and more organizations of this type developed?

c. What in your opinion, can be the benefit of more organizations cooperating with each other, and connecting with each other in mutual guarantee, as though all are in one family?