The Sum Of The Parts


As many very smart people struggle with understanding and explaining the problems of advancing sclerosis in modern society, it has begun to be clearer that if we fall prey to an inevitable expectation of complexity, we will be falling into a trap from which there will be no escape.

Complex solutions to complex problems simply create more complexity! That in turn tends to accelerate the congealing of the very processes we need and want to uncongeal.

So where can we go to look for ways to unravel the knots in our world which are strangling our society?

We probably should look deeply into our history as humans as well as how we start training our children –even as they begin to walk and talk.

Do you remember as you graduated from scooching to stumbling to walking on your own, you were taught to take one step at a time on your very own?

Perhaps those were the first steps you were taking in the misdirection’s we find ourselves in today.

 If every step we take in our lives is simply for ourselves, we will tend to care much more for our own interests than anyone else’s.

If we do not learn early enough in life that our steps need to be taken in the context of everybody else’s, we will naturally tend to go off on our own and let the other guys fend for themselves as well.  

The suggestion implicit in this observation could be a simple practical step in the direction of getting our fellow society members to approach their lives more collaboratively with everybody else.

That might in turn get us all attuned to making society work for everybody –not just a lucky few.

This is how it might work.

Instead of showing babies they want/need to learn to walk, we should show them that they need/want to walk with the other kid/s.

Then we ‘import’ the neighbor’s baby and get them TOGETHER to scooching to stumbling to walking together like two drunken sailors.

Scooching was fun, and a scooching race can make the Indianapolis 500 seem tame in our own living rooms.

There are alternatives to teaching/learning collaboration in the modern world BUT they are all complicated and as a result are unlikely to make any significant progress.

One example would be to devote curriculum time to collaboration in kindergarten. That would require reteaching teachers etc. Expensive and unlikely to accomplish much.

But, if we could get involved at the very start of life, many more kids could grow up with collaboration in every pore of their bodies and we just might be on a new path to a more collaborative world??   


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