LIsten to the essay first if you’d like… for an interesting perspective.
I particularly like #4 in his list… of a new vision:
A New Conception of Progress
Here is what that new story and new conception of progress might look like:
☆ Real security comes not through control, but from relationship and belonging.
☆ Nature has a fundamental tendency toward complexity and wholeness. Our destiny is to participate in the coming alive of the cosmos, to be part of the unfolding of complexity and beauty into new domains.
☆ Now is the time to turn the technologies of control toward a new purpose: to serve life and beauty on earth. That starts with healing the damage we have done.
☆ No technology is inevitable. We have the power to collectively choose how we will develop. We can choose technologies that conform to our emerging values of beauty and life.
☆ More is not necessarily better, because reality will always escape the primal cognitive technologies of control called labeling and measuring. In the future, we learn the limits of quantitative reasoning, and turn our main energies toward qualitative enrichment.
☆ Life and earth are sacred. When we reduce them to a finite value, we commit sacrilege. All resources of the earth are therefore meant for sacred use. When we use them, we always ask whether this will contribute to more beauty, more love, more wonder, and more life.
☆ Labor is also sacred; meaningful labor is necessary for human well-being. Therefore, technology should seek not to replace it, but to extend its creative powers.
☆ Because we humans are not the sole possessors of intelligence, order, and purpose, we can achieve much more by allying ourselves with an intelligence larger than ourselves than we can relying on our own power to control the world through force.Portion of the Charles Eisenstein list on A New Conception of Progress from his essay “Reinventing Progress“
alwayscurious Apr 22
This is very thoughtful, optimistic and spiritual. However, as Aquinas would say, you can’t have good without evil, as you can’t have light without darkness. Control is more than a need to connect, it is fundamental to narcissism and psychopathy.
I LOVE your name! I too am always curious…Response on Charles Eisenstein post on Reinventing Progress
Agree on your closing [“Control is more than a need to connect, it is fundamental to narcissism and psychopathy.”], as I’ve been learning MUCH about narcissism in recent days.
Though on Aquinas’ point, it feels to me like there is black in white and white in black – as is shown in the Tao. I see the “evil” in me – the fear-based pull for control. Though I also see it’s far more engaging and enlightening to work within my community to allow what is… which I call “good”… as I work to make minimal negative impact on those around me.
Not easy work!!
We can’t understand light without knowing darkness. This is true? As far as I can see.
Though I am working to understand that There is No Bad. What is IS.
And what I learn from this is my journey.
May your journey be blessed.
i urge you to consider what progress means to you.
Is it the “convenience” items that make your life easier, faster, more full?
Or do you long for a progress that makes life more beautiful, delicious and connected?
Is satisfaction found in a “Happy” Meal? Or the PB&J made with homemade jam, from berries picked in the local wood and peanut butter made fresh at the local co-op?
Is convenience delivered in tiny plastic cups and Styrofoam packaging? Or is that packaging actually what is making it harder to breathe each day? Not being able to breathe isn’t very convenient, is it?
Do you find joy in racing to and fro to practice, lessons, games, and the all-important shopping? Or is joy found in the walk around the block, greeting neighbors and discovering a new tree or bug or flower friend?
Progress is what we call “forward movement toward a destination”.
Consider where you’re headed today?