by Floris Koot
When the whole is at stake,
take a wider angle to see.
Shifting to new
to replace dysfunctional ones.
This is an attempt to look at current global problems from a
perspective digging deeper into the root of the system.
For as Einstein
"A problem cannot be
solved from the same level of consciousness as created it."
It is also an attempt at
phrasing it so, that it builds the better arguments to challenge the
conventions and offer alternatives that shift the paradigm.
It will not be
You may disagree at
times, find imperfect arguments and or reasoning. I ask you to
help me improve or build your own new ideas aside, on top,
Stories that liberate
us from current stuck paradigms are desperately needed and
hopeful alternatives offered. I know world wide many already are
Many things are
There is hope!
Yet, somehow what
makes sense for us, doesn't yet make sense for the majority.
They have yet to begin to see or accept the stuckness in a
Do we really profit from exploitation?
biggest current problems of our planet are...
Ravaging of our ecological systems for
the profits of parties who'll do anything to keep their
corporations consciously deliver stuff of which 85% is
garbage in the making. Either it is produced to be outdated,
break, or out of fashion soon.
And we, we buy it
and ask for more.
Poisoning of seas and systems
really busy stopping the amount of plastic in our
oceans, soon to be on nano level in all our food?
the amount of oestrogens (estrogens in American)
rising in our systems, damaging fertility of men?
the rising amounts of waste, that leak and endanger
humans and nature?
I don't hear no
governments crying out loud. It can't be just the tragedy of
gap of poor and rich
The poor either
turn to crime, ravaging what few resources still available
or turn aggressive to those believed to be competitors.
The answer can't
be harsher laws or corporate owned prisons. And the promise
of more jobs when you vote the right person isn't really
addressing the core of the issue.
Wars instigated by elites for interests
that only benefit a few (read themselves)
Syria has been instigated because of a gas pipeline, that
would either benefit the Russian Elite or the Western Elite.
get the right to sell us stuff (gas in this case)
for what price?
we protest our own side more, rather than fear the
The playing out of differences between
populations, through means of religion, nationality, race,
this. And anyone with (imposed) fears, low self esteem,
racial bias, endangered jobs, strict beliefs may follow the
disagreeing may make you outcast or traitor.
The rise of depression and
disconnectedness from life and meaning
Most work is
organized around process and efficiency, rather than around
meaning, healthiness for natural systems, being of real
service to real needs, rather than boosting sales for
But we want a
career, so we don't have time to challenge this idea.
secretly feel the pain. In careers which rationale condones
damaging people and planet for profit in return for bonuses.
The danger of
financial system collapse
Isn't it scary
and totally ridiculous that when the financial system
collapses millions will go poor and probably hungry, while
there is enough food, manpower and means to provide for
That means the
whole system is built on the wrong assumptions and rules.
That means you have to play along to prevent banks from
Perhaps the biggest problem of the
future, and probably already is, will be our lack of
change our ways
big corporations will sell us
medication to treat the symptoms.
It'll be as a
overweight smoking junk food eater buying expensive
medicines, but not changing his behavior. And the side
effects of the medicine will bring new medicines.
But hey, if you
sell medicine, true healing means no sales, right? Exactly,
thus the assumptions beneath our whole profit based outlook
is sick as well.
Recognize these problems
We have to consider that
most people on our planet just want peace, a hopeful future for
their children and have a warm family life.
So they should care. But
of course challenging the way things are is scary, because you don't
know what you'll get in return.
Yet for a secure future
this is clear:
Being connected to
nature is essential.
Having enough nature,
living blooming systems flourishing around us, is key to feel at
peace, build trust and know we are part of a living system.
We are nature.
How Our Old
Solutions Don't Work
We may switch channels,
the system stays the same.
kingdoms. Didn't work.
Great kings and
queens inspired their people with ideals (of national power,
mmm...). Children of great kings can be awful. And one ruler
taking all decisions is already a bad idea.
communism. Great to be liberated from a self serving
elite... to be replaced by a new one?? Didn't work, because
everyone had to agree to (be) the same.
And you can't
plan the future. 5-year plans made up by an elite make
millions suffer. And the distribution of needed goods
We are still
trying capitalism. The distribution is great. As is the
marketing that it's all great.
It isn't. It
doesn't work, because everybody fending for himself damages
the system as a whole.
The promise that
competition will improve products and service for everyone
is clearly a lie. We can't trust our food and we can't trust
our medicines anymore, as profits seem more important than
consequences for people, nature and the planet.
And the corporate
lobbies turning governments into their advertisers (TTP!?)
promises an even more ravaged planet for a superrich elite.
The danger of a
Corporate Dictatorship is real, perhaps even already
We are still
trying democracy. Oh, the nice promises. Yet, what we have
is the choice between a few preselected candidates of...
doesn't work as long as people vote for their own shopping
list and the 'leaders' seek to win (by promising you dreams,
rather than caring for the whole).
And most leaders
serve the hands that feed them, read mostly huge
Have you seen any
government really addressing one of the issues above? Well
other than blaming 'them' and then using your vote to
strengthen their side, while not solving any real issue?
planet, life and welfare
The Root of
What is clear is that a small minority of humans are willing to lie,
cheat, manipulate all others for power and riches.
Many people are caught in
damaging paradigms that result of this. They too will support the
They endorse ideas like:
Ideas often reshaped
'Make me, rich or
more powerful, and you'll benefit from it'
'Let us raise our
profits and it will prove to enrich everyone'
'Buy this thing
or idea and become happy/safe/rich/powerful'
And since these ideas
currently provide the best jobs, anyone in a great office and view,
will be securely locked up in this rationale until the shit hits the
fan, like in some banks in 2008.
Because most people are willing, collaborative, positive kind
people, they assume what others promise them is to be trusted. We
slowly see better and better, not all promises are in our interest.
commercials to political adverbs we are being sold a dream or fears,
in return for money, transferral of power and loss of safety (both
military as in quality of food and healthcare).
Be even a bit more
What? Yes, they get
funded to heal the effects of the system, but never really change
the root of the trouble.
pollution, UNICEF helps children. Neither solves the unchecked greed
that allows for pollution or child labor. Our 'leaders' made it
normal to frame success as your capability to join their ranks and
Failing to do so, or
dropping out makes you a loser.
Everything is economized,
which means if you don't increase profit to the system, read are
old, sick or unemployed, you are ballast to society.
As if the
millions of non earning humans, think volunteers and
activists, taking care of elderly, sick, refugees and nature
As if a tree
standing in a forest has no value for the whole, even when
we don't know how it exactly enriches the whole system.
As if indigenous
people are the barbarians.
It's us, the industrial
society ravaging the planet who are the barbarians. It's us
defending 'our way of life' who are denying others theirs.
Even worse perhaps is that most of us, think within these paradigms
too. Most Americans are stuck between choosing one bad candidate to
prevent the other bad candidate from winning. As if there are no
As if it isn't clear the
system is broken, not just one or both of the candidates.
Changing leaders will change little. When crooks, let alone leaders
of damaging paradigms are replaced, others take their place and
nothing really changes.
So don't expect any next
president to be a solution.
The one big shift needed is to transcend such limiting 'us vs. them'
beliefs, including, hahaha, the my own about 'those leaders'.
Yes, because many leaders
and their cronies, eh, sorry, read managers, really worry too.
Sadly, since they seek solutions within the system or with them not
losing power, their attempts are doomed to fail.
Even tribal as we still
are, whistle blowers, and people stepping out, are seen as traitors
instead of people seeking to support a bigger value, than their
The (corporate) media aren't helping either.
They advertise and sell
consumerism and success stories within the current paradigm. They
don't inform on real needs, real issues that would challenge the
interests of their advertisers. The big media hardly mention the
rise of the change makers.
Yes, the amount of people
around the globe working on improvement of the whole, let alone
current issues is stunning.
People inventing non
corporate solutions for,
...is downright stunning.
So where are the change
500? The hopeful 500? The solution 500? We educate our youth to be
part of the problem...!!!
I could have written this
quote by Shelly Ostroff.
It is, to me an such
"When children are
forced to sit still at their desks in crowded classrooms they
become disconnected from their bodies, nature and life.
They are not given an
opportunity to develop their instincts, intuition, or critical
thinking. They are not educated to become creative and caring
problem solvers willing to contribute to their larger
doesn’t mean our biology is up to date as well.
What I Think
is The Deeper Root
this part if you want the solutions now! It's a unproven theory by
For centuries mankind walked the earth in small groups.
These small groups
suffered and enjoyed nature to its fullest powers, until mankind
started to use its brain to find solutions. Diversity within tribes
caretakers, mentors, makers arose. Biology also added psychopathic
tendencies in about 6% (I think) of the population. In small groups
the rest can balance such a person.
And they are handy when
killing, or setting broken bones of an horrible looking wound needs
to happen. That means almost every group of about 25 people, had at
best one or two of them, probably of different generations.
In many indigenous peoples we see, that solving challenges without
controlling nature is quite possible. Yet few tribes sought control
over and sought domination over nature and others as well. This
'solution' was countered by many tribes to increase power as well.
Populations grew. And
while our biology and deepest social conditioning was for small
groups, tribes became empires. Suddenly within these groups you'd
have small groups of
psychopathic individuals starting
to work together.
They could and would plan
takeovers. They could and would plan manipulation to gain control
with conscious planning.
Hence the birth of the
elites and perhaps even religious customs.
And be aware, many psychopaths are well adjusted citizens, like
surgeons, being able to cut into your body, without freaking out. Or
pilots staying calm when everything seems lost.
Be happy they are there
Yet in board rooms or as
leaders of peoples who are anxious, self serving psychopaths are
totally the wrong leaders. And our whole educational system keeps
teaching us, to be like them to succeed. We mistakenly have been
taught decisiveness is better.
What we really need is
considerate, caring, world serving doubters, who think twice about
consequences of their decisions.
People that will consider
the whole system, rather than a minority within the 'us'.
So Where To
We have to explore how to include all voices, enrich the diversity
(read let nature and poor populations flourish) and how our
endeavors can help the whole web of life grow richer.
And there is proof enough
that there is enough.
The beautiful thing is that life itself shows us. Our bodies are a
superrich collaboration. Nature is the most delicate network of
teeming diversity. Nature doesn't have cancer, where some things
grow too much, without restraint. Human civilization has. From
cancers in our bodies, to huge corporations that affect the planet
as a cancer by gobbling up natural reserves.
We need a system that is
medication, not more of the same.
So how does nature really work? The survival of the fittest concept
has, by now, been shown to be the survival of the most adaptable.
Those turning the world to their wishes might be the least
adaptable, as they don't accept things as they are.
The majesty of concrete
jungles are dangerously incapable providers of food in times of need
and huge contributors to global warming.
integration of the natural world into our cities, agriculture that
enriches the soil rather than depleting it, and dare I say, love,
care and compassion for all could become part of a new paradigm.
Or if you've been looking
around longer, very old paradigms rediscovered.
All the old, may have new uses.
The New System
All the old,
may have new uses.
Oops. Yes, it's still in the making...
Many voices around the
world talk about this.
Here are some of my
suggestions to include:
Science has to
embrace the new realities it is discovering.
If everything is
intricately connected in a delicate system, then science
can't continue being of service to big corporations,
creating lump solutions to drive profit.
should be: How is it all hanging together? And more
importantly: What impact would this 'solution' have for the
whole system of life on this planet?
Just bringing new
products to the market for fast profits has to lose out to
making choices that help heal, improve the whole web to
Better saws to
cut trees, agricultural chemicals, GMO's and cheaper
plastics would get way more scrutiny before even slightly
We'd see that
such ideas are not science at all.
The question of
what gain will we get from this, might sooner mean
charlatanic rape, ravaging and murder of our natural world
and would not be seen as science (the acceptance and
discovery of reality as it is) at all.
excludes and tramples reality as we now understand it.
Bring in a bigger
diversity of voices bringing in wisdom and more perspective
before essential choices are made.
No one with
elderly, children, people of all faiths, and colors present
will as easily make unjust laws. Healthy normal children
will cry and protest if forests are cut or other children
bombed. And kick self serving psychopaths out, however great
their story sounds or how the threaten you.
they're good at.
Learn values from
indigenous people, about relationships with nature.
Learn from the
Zapatistas and tribal Africans how to spread leadership
around, how to grow local resilience. Learn from grassroots
movements how to go really green in a way that can sustain
Accept that care
for the whole outranks any corporations economical
interests… by far.
Dare to fire
CEO's that damage the planet. Dare to stop huge corporations
that damage the planet. Dare to criminalize destruction of
exterior costs of companies back into them, so we pay real
Stop funding and
powers that be, for
everything more healthy, more green, more promising for the
whole. And stop anyone from being able to deciding their own
salary or bonus. Really.
decide, to start with, then the workers at the bottom.
Teach every child
more body awareness, more critical thinking, more eco
child that challenges school and or current paradigms to
explore alternatives. Strengthen ideals and values of young
people so they don't lose idealism, rather expand it with
knowledge while growing up.
Arm them against
brainwash and manipulative sales.
slavery and poverty. End homelessness near empty houses
(whomever accepted this idea, houses rotting away, with
people living on the streets needing one?).
People who do
have a choice, will not stay working in meaningless jobs or
unhealthy conditions. For instance with basic income all
work has to be designed to have meaning and be pleasurable.
It would change
the face of human society.
Make cities green
and self sustaining.
made it law to use every flat roof for either plants or
solar panels. Good idea. More green in cities will clean the
air, provide more food, reduce global warming, bring back
reasons not to do it, but the trouble or fallen leaves and
increase of insects. Hey it's nature. Nature is life.
economical systems that won't stop people from working on
essential things, when the money system breaks down.
Netherlands thousands of people work every day to keep Dutch
heads above water. This is an essential reality and no
financial situation should be able to endanger it.
Same goes for
food, safety, health, nature for people all around the
Breath. Play. Venture into nature.
work or service. Express your dreams. Ignore marketing and
advertising. Celebrate beauty in the moment, not products
from a shelf. Relate to and with your body. Learn to listen
to its needs and messages. Develop intuition. Be deep,
Become human and
of governments that will enrich the planet and all life on
that include nature and its needs as fundament. Develop
ideas that solve root causes of poverty, war, destruction
and pollution rather than addressing the effects.
Develop space for
diversity of ideas and voices, so no few radicals can push
large groups towards violent ideas.
And perhaps most
of all, as Christopher Chase, calls it:
are part of nature.'
We must, as our
cells surrender to our role within the whole of nature (and
not human society alone) To do otherwise means becoming
We need nature.
We are nature.
Help me, help
yourself, help the peaceful majority, help the planet to
shift. We will only win, when everyone wins.
Gentle Revolution, be developing what should come after.
Most of this post
was written in one session after an inspiring online talk with
Christopher Chase (see his blog
CreativeSystemsThinking) and fired
up chat with Shelley Ostroff (see her blog
And finally the new
science paradigm was born in a short talk with Jan-Henk Bouman.
Thank you all for your time and inspiration.