Our opinions and views on the world are often based on stories that we tell. They don’t have much of a foundation. For example climate change, vaccination, investments. We don’t understand these things better than we understand how our TV works. Yet, we have opinions about them. Once we have one, our brain will automatically collect data that supports our point of view. The remaining arguments are made up by us on the spot. We improvise.
“Don’t listen to what they say about you. Find your own way. You are your own master. You can choose where you want to go.” No matter how hard we try to be independent by our surroundings, we always are. Pretending not to be is an illusion. You can pretend as much as you want.
Ask yourself the simple question: if you grew up in Aberystwyth who would you be? Most likely not the same.
You are made up of all that you experienced. If you had different experiences, you’d be different. If there were nothingness, you wouldn’t experience yourself. You need relation to be. To others. To the planet. No one never needed nobody.
I have talked before about a new kind of communication in order to tackle our challenges.
A new way of communication might be the greatest leverage there is. Through our communication and conversations, we enact our culture. It represents how and what we think about the world and about each other. In order to come to new, co-created, transdisciplinary, emerging ideas, we need conversations that connect the different disciplines and tribes, instead of separating them. We need to be able to speak out the unspeakable, we need to stop arguing and overcome the boundaries of what separates.
We often argue about which of the two is more important. In regards to sustainability we wonder what is „the true nature“ of humans and if we can create a world that is more in line with this true nature. Although an interesting discussion, it becomes obsolete when we understand and become clear, that who and what we are is determined by our relationships, to others and the world, that one changes the other and that their is no hierarchie. Identity is formed in relationality. The logical conclusion to that thought is that there is no one true human nature, but that it is determined by the environment, becoming nurture. Nurture and nature are not separate. What‘s innately human is changing in relation to the environment, to the nurture.
We are all related. The human to the non-human. Your grandma to your dog. To act out of this relatedness is a key to make the next step in evolution. To make it work. To make us work. We are currently not measured for our fitness, but as Bruce Lipton calls it, we are measured for our “fittingness”. The great opportunity of humankind is that we are conscious co-creators of the next step in evolution. Congratulations.