Participatory Inquiry, episode 104: Participatory Practices
“In a network, in transition, our 20C collective western affluent behavior
spells almost certain disaster for our planet and for ourselves.”
This is how the world ends — not with a bang, but with a wimp-out. The number of people who simply can’t be bothered, is a sign of a deeper sickness in our collective mind.
As of now, summer of 2017, we still lack the ability to direct our collective intelligence towards where it will make a difference for the larger story of humans on the planet.
- Does this mean that going on vacation will be a thing of the past?
- Nope. You will have to check though, make sure that your nice beach haven’t turned scorching hot.
- Flying? A thing of the past?
- We might be able to figure out different, more environmentally friendly means of transportation, eg biofuels for aeroplanes.
- Shopping? Plastic?
- Well, Gaia’s oceans can only take so much rubbish from us.
Most people, if given half a chance, even if they would know what needs to be done and even if they knew that everyone need to join and make a difference — would still prefer someone else taking charge, and someone else doing what is necessary.
“It is a profoundly erroneous truism that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.”
— Alfred North Whitehead
Yes. There’s already tons of possible projects, approaches and plenty of visionaries and entrepreneurs, who could half do with your help, your financial support and even better, your enthusiasm and hands-on engagement.
The cure and the tipping point is fast approaching — things will get worse and worse until a sufficient proportion of people realize they need to join the small minority of people who are already busy doing ecosystemic things and engage in sufficient numbers in what projects are necessary to steer humanity away from eg the global warming cliff.
We made it? What happened? We happened
Will they have a change of heart in time? We don’t know. They haven’t made up their mind yet. Is it too late already? We don’t know that either.
“If perception, in its depths, is truly participatory, why do we not experience the rest of the world as animate and alive? If our own language is truly dependent upon the existence of other, nonhuman voices, why do we now experience language as an exclusively human property or possession?”
— David Abram
What we do know is — doing the right thing — is not something that can be forever ignored.
The thing is — we owe it to ourselves, to our children and grandchildren. We owe Gaia. We owe it to all her human and nonhuman voices that move and have their being on this bluegreen corner of the universe we all call home.