Preparing the Dream (1/5)

In the following blog posts, I will detail the plan for an exceptional civilisation. What we need is a new framework for action to commit to. It will allow the emergence of a new global culture, that will provide the conditions for a new environment to emerge. As said before, we can be very hopeful. It is possible to modify the course of action and create a better path, with the objective to leave a great planet behind for the next generations.

Yet, we saw in the five posts of chapter 1, why we were not able to access the Dream. A lot of sand was still covering our eyes. So, I exposed the silent transformations unveiled by big bang II (the COVID-19 crisis), as well as some of our main illusions and the negative drivers which make us adopt both a protective and destructive culture.

My purpose was to make us start from a less biased reality. And, I had to make it clear that when the outcome is not successful, which is the case, there is a need to rethink everything. In fact, it’s a big bang #2, so we should definitely rethink everything.

But what is the Dream? It is the essence we wish to express at a collective level. The real benevolent nature of our humanity, that is there, accessible to each one of us. I like to illustrate the Dream with a musical score. A safe place, which would put us in a state to be the best version of ourselves, and to do with our full potential. Our real value would be recognised, as one contribution to a collective show. And all of us, would enjoy a partnership approach, without screams, but harmony, and a lot of respect and care.

In fact, the Dream has always been available on this planet Earth. No need to create it. However, for you to be able to benefit from the Dream, we need a number of pre-conditions, which we will now explore. In this first blog post, the focus is on education and changing the narrative. This chapter provides the plan for one global community. The “how” will be provided in the following chapter.

1/ Sensemaking of the symbols, philosophy, myths, and legends of our humankind

It is the testament coming with the inheritance and legacy from our ancestors. It is a fantastic source of knowledge for the exceptional civilisation, we need post-COVID. In them, there is a common truth, and this is also our purpose: love. It is what creates movement and can heal us all.

All these myths and legends put together and analysed, will remind us that everything is written and does not need to be reinvented by each one of us. It will avoid the usual loss of energy into the “learn, unlearn, fail until you finally grow” to finally be given the One truth at birth. This will allow us to focus on creating value, real social value our planet needs.

Our collective aim is to build on and enhance the amazing gifts we receive at birth and pass them to the next generations with generosity and care. Clearly, the sense of our existence cannot be to reinvent everything at each new generation. It is exhausting us and depriving us of our collective power and our planet in crisis needs everyone’s energy to turn the tide.

As we will see in the next chapter, adaptation, improvement, yes, these are a must. But, starting everything all over from scratch, at the risk of repeating the same mistakes, every 25 years, why?!

2/ Rethinking education

With education in modern critical thinking from an early age, our society could learn to be freed from illusions, bias, a-priori, assumptions, and abstractions, and face reality as it is, in the present. Today, unfortunately, this competency is mostly absent from the syllabus. We saw in the first chapter, that our society tends to marginalize women and children both in a conscious and unconscious way. It’s time to recognize in children a capacity for inner wisdom, on which to build power from an early age. We tend to protect them too much, in fact badly preparing them for challenging and exciting adulthood.

It’s also time to be conscious of the complex creatures we have evolved. The latest neuroscience research makes us better aware of how we function at our best. It would help people to analyse, solve problems and be innovative. Ideally, these important lessons should be learnt together with collective experiences of addressing complex issues.

Finally, as a society we could play at changing our perceptions, rotating seats between the powerful and the powerless, to understand and develop empathy about what it’s like to be on the other end of a common reality.

We should not underestimate the efforts required:

“Reconfiguring the hardware of civilization necessitates wide-ranging transformations in the software of minds” (The New Possible by Philip Clayton).

3/ Changing the narrative to stimulate hope and imagination

Hope is decisive in our economies, especially as we expect that more and more people will not see their financial situation improve throughout their lifetime, because of the shrinking of our resources. Hope is critical to fighting a feeling of helplessness and of being stuck which can benefit extreme political parties often led by narcissistic leaders.

From history, we know that it is easy in the absence of collective hope to fill the gap in any way possible, even through some fantasies. At a time where a shift seems the only way to lead a brighter future, more serene and respectful, hope will be a key component to foster everyone’s capacity for imagination, which proves to be more important than knowledge.

Note that hope does not lead to utopia. In fact, if the purpose is to make us move, there is no other choice than to make us dream, and give us hope. So, it has never been more important than to increase seriously the initiatives to get to this place. A minimalist approach will deem counter-productive.

But some barriers remain, for instance, if we do not feel like we matter as a human, our capacity for hope is limited. Second, to imagine and dream, we need to be grounded, anchored, and not in disharmony with ourselves. This is much easier when reality looks positive and hopeful – when inner growth is foreseen for example.

Therefore, in our times of crisis, we have to recognize that hope will be a struggle. So, even more than in normal circumstances, there is a need to send signals to citizens of the world that no matter where they come from, they matter. And, solutions need to be found to their problems.

To be continued… To deepen your knowledge, I invite you to watch this video with Dave Snowden and Stephen Quest, it will give you many ideas for a more desirable course of action, which would be inclusive and based on iterative learning.

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