A conscious revolution

About a year ago I wrote “How we are contributing to a healthy society is the real question every responsible leader has to ask himself. Leaders who understand this are the winners of tomorrow.”

Today, more and more media are reporting about the negative outcomes and implications technology can play, like The Ethical Minefields of Technology or the Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend articles.

“Fixing the issues requires technology leaders to have a much wider view of the world. The industry doesn’t need more programmers, it urgently needs more women, ethicists and philosophers.”

I’m sure most of the leaders at the big technology companies have good intentions, lately however, the outcomes can be quite catastrophic — as Mark Zuckerberg showed last week in a completely avoidable public-relations disaster demonstrating the new Facebook Spaces app exploring a real destination like hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Hello Silicon Valley?

Or what about the ethics of the current bitcoin craze and the greed of many investors, traders and speculators, knowing that processing a single bitcoin transaction consumes more than 5,000 times as much energy as using a Visa credit card.

With human works design, we want to focus on what technology — as a good force — can bring to us, to improve humanity and reflect on the ethical and moral questions before we develop new things, making sure to check what is going on around you and your business, thinking about the impact of your actions, and how your products and/or services can impact society, our planet and our future generations.

We need to heal our thinking, in order to heal our world.

The scientific revolution improved the state of humanity in many ways, but it also fostered a worldview neither ultimately helpful nor deeply humane. That worldview is mechanistic and rationalistic, without the slightest bow to the primacy of consciousness. Yet consciousness supplies moral vision and ethical purpose, without which all the science in the world won’t keep us from destroying ourselves or the planet on which we live.

“Humanity doesn’t need to make another machine; it needs to make another choice. We need to consider the possibility of another way, another option, another path for the human race to follow…one in which we do not bow before the laws of science, but rather bow before the laws of love. The mind will no longer be our master, but our servant. Science will no longer be a false god, but a truer help.”

Have you asked yourself recently, what does it mean to be wealthy?

Looking it up in the dictionary, here’s what comes up:

1. an abundance of valuable possessions or money.

2. a plentiful supply of a particular desirable thing.

3. well-being.

It’s time to invert the order of things in our dictionaries, thoughts and actions. Maybe it’s time to learn from the wisdom gathered over thousands of years by our indigenous Amazonian tribes? Read How to be happy — lessons from an Amazonian tribe.

“You need to understand your world view. The problem is most people don’t usually think this through. Your world view determines everything else in your life because it determines your decisions, it determines your relationships, it determines your level of confidence. What we believe determines our behaviour and our behaviour determines what we become in life.”

Or as Umair Haque puts it “You Are Always Becoming What You Think the World Is”.

“When we think the world is beautiful. We see the heart stopping beauty in every sunset, rainfall, autumn. We are willing to look beneath people’s anger and fear, and find the beauty in them. We can be gentle, kind, creative, loving, defiantly grateful, wise. Now we are beautiful, too. We are always becoming what we think the world is. It is as true for you as it is for me. It is a great and abiding principle of human existence, when you really stop and reflect on it.”

The only answer lies within us, we need to find the answers to what we want in our lives and how we want to live our lives in the future. Only when we vibrate positively to what we really want in our lives, we can create a community and movement that can outgrow the negative spiral many of us are in today.

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Rudy de Waele, Istanbul, October 2017.