Response to Bill Joy on TED

How we define ourselves and the world around us forms our intent, which in turn, forms our reality. Generally speaking, if we define ourselves as human, we’ll act human; if we define ourselves as men, we’ll act like men; if we define ourselves as women, we’ll act like women. However, if we define ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience, our options change. The world becomes different. We become different and our options expand exponentially.

Currently, our dominant world view is rooted in beliefs of separation and scarcity, which puts us in competition with each other (a process similar to separating wheat from chaff). Instead of asking what’s going to work best for me, wouldn’t it be better to ask ourselves, what’s going to work best for ALL of us? This way we acknowledge both our oneness and separation, which takes us out of competition and puts us in partnership with each other.

The full question would be: What’s going to work best for ALL of us – in personal terms, and in terms of business, education, the environment and peace. Rewriting our basic script is a lot cheaper and more effective than wringing our hands and spending massive amounts of time and money trying to make a system work that’s designed to fail. It’s like trying to put a square peg into a round hole.



We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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2 Responses

  1. People are selfish. They’ll never care about what’s best for all of us, and if they do it’ll probably be on a second plane, right behind their own selves. As part of the cosmos, in which change can never be sudden or unexpected, we drag what could be called genetic baggage, sets of mind that made sense in Apetown, thousands of years ago, and that are counterproductive, or just pointless, nowadays.

    We are not humans. Humanity is an idealization that doesn’t correlate at all with our flesh and bones. We are hominids. And, even though it is possible to live like a human, it will never be the easy option, not while most of the population is ruled by self-centered thoughts. Survival incstinct (or egocentrism) may make no sense in the first world, but it hasn’t disappeare, It’s been so importnt during so long that the though of it banishing overnight is really hard to me.

    Your idea makes sense, unfortunately its implementation is impossible, unless you change some primitive and obsolete aspects of human nature. Maybe technology, which is gradually giving the conciousness control over everything, will someday enable us to do so.

  2. If we can see that pure selfishness is going to cause us more harm than good, we’ll change. We’re not stupid. We want to do what works best for us. If that includes considering the whole first, we’ll do it. It’s just a matter of understanding that the well being of ALL is important to our survival.

    Nice to hear from you! – Pete

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