Don’t judge too fast... all humans have qualities, if you make the effort to see them, and all have failings. That is our nature.
The planet is ever more connected and technologies ever more powerful. But countries are divided within and between each other and, in Western nations, governments and the best tech companies don’t cooperate. How from this chaos will we build a safe and prosperous world?
To advance you must trust yourself, have trust in the world, and trust fellow humans. Needed is some innocence, naïveté, and belief in things coming together and people coming through. Once alive, optimism is the only choice. Life is a bet on yourself, on others and the universe.
Brexit is also a phenomenon in that so far all politicians who have associated with it have lost : all the winners and all the losers.
The world was converging - it now has fractured. We have to find a different way to come together.
Unless we are willing to cooperate, share and give up some sovereignty at the global level for climate, technological security, and health, we are putting all of us on the planet at an existential risk. It is the classic struggle of individuals versus community.
The global identity crisis which we are witnessing reflects our need to belong , to be included, to participate. No one will tolerate being excluded from the future.
With the triumph of the individual have we sacrificed our communities?
You can have the illusion that you live for yourself, until you have children. That’s also when you learn to respect your parents in a different way.
With life go forward. Find a way - yours - and your own truth. Let it evolve over time and know it’s not everyone else’s.
If you have created something precious, share and expose it. For the danger if you hoard it is that it might be lost and then it is for no one except your experience of it.
In a world where nations and cultures are regressing towards their traditional roots, will cities be able to resist and remain an oasis for creativity, immigrants and daring?
Learn to give with pleasure. Learn to take with grace.
When we experience others it is in relationship to ourselves, and we always hold up a mirror with us in it to compare.
Growing up in Europe and up until the millennium there was a model for most: America. The globe was opening up and with it a sense of endless optimism. Today new technologies, globalization and mutilculturalism are challenged. The world expanded - now it is shrinking. Earth was becoming one - now it’s splintering. From opportunities to limits. It is as if we had reached the limits of the possible; from freedom to consumption. Now, a conservative reaction. Exploration returns to a personal journey rather than a global one.
Non-consumer societies foster a spirit of community as its greatest value is in its people - a humanity that is lost in advanced societies where that connection is not needed for survival.
The individual cannot function without the whole - conversely individuals make the whole.
If life is a journey, who would you like your fellow travelers to be?
The future can only be built by coming together, as opposed to apart - even with enemies.
Giving and receiving love, the will to live, the ability to forgive others and oneself, the acceptance of the unknown, these are the keys to life.
How do we come together to address issues that affect all : climate, technologies like social networks, AI, gene editing, and systems in need of renovation like democracy and capitalism, as well geopolitical cooperation between different cultures ?
How do we cooperate at any level when everyone is for themselves and their ideas? Are any universal values possible ?
Consciousness is manifested with the ability to think beyond the current state or environment one is experiencing.
Cultivate real human connections, beyond those of power and need.
For the world to function, individuals have two responsibilities: to themselves and to the other. A commitment to engage oneself and society.
The strong healthy relationship is one where one is not acting for the other and not expecting from the other.
There is life before yours and after. Life itself has no start and no end. Yours is perceived in time and space
What is the point of life beyond survival: conquering, enjoying, understanding, a mix of those, or ultimately, just connecting?
Be open to all signs and to what others have to say.
Don’t judge, know that all is within a context.
Then calibrate and edit.
We need global cooperation and standards. Yet how will people, who are all connected to local cultures, come together?
The instinct to care for one another, the inner command towards compassion, comes from the biological need to cooperate. It is as communities that we thrive and survive.
Accept the contradictions that make life. We, and life, are potentially limitless, yet we experience boundaries. We strive for equilibrium, yet must be out of balance to change and progress. Equally, we seek comfort and thrills. We have to prove ourselves individually to progress, all while wanting harmony with others. We must both compete and cooperate to survive and advance.
We humans live in our heads through narrations and abstractions. As creatures of language, we continuously self-reflect, endlessly crafting scenarios. By sharing these tales with others, we seek both clarity and closure. This inherent yearning for acknowledgment, for feedback, even when negative, is what fuels us. We can’t stop talking - to ourselves, to others.