- Mechanism, Chaos, and Creativity
"What we can do, and often do, is miss-measure what is happening. We
think we have seen the pattern of how things work, and are wrong. It
doesnt mean that there isnt a pattern, that there isnt mechanism, it
only means we havent seen it properly. Whenever a creature walks into
a trap, this is what has happened. The mechanism of the trap has not
been seen properly. What looks like a good thing, the bait, is actually
a bad thing for the creature. The bait was not an easy bit of food for
continued living. The smooth looking pathway ahead was not really safe
passage to more food or shelter. There are unnoticed mechanisms
actually there that will capture or kill.
"It is the inability to see the mechanisms of things that lead a person
to despairingly say that there is none. But blindness doesnt mean that
things dont exist.
"We see a pattern of movement sometimes, that we call chaos. We also
see movements that we call orderly. We have an understanding of
something we call creativity. What mechanism underlies these
Arthur Noll writes in response to Dee Hock's essay
Understanding the Industrial Age which can be read here:
You can read Arthur Noll's full Article here:
"Leader presumes follower. Follower presumes choice. One who is coerced
to the purposes, objectives, or preferences of another is not a follower
in any true sense of the word, but an object of manipulation. Nor is the
relationship materially altered if both parties accept dominance and
coercion. True leading and following presume perpetual liberty of both
leader and follower to sever the relationship and pursue another path. A
true leader cannot be bound to lead. A true follower cannot be bound to
follow. The moment they are bound, they are no longer leader or
follower. The terms leader and follower imply the freedom and
independent judgment of both. If the behavior of either is compelled,
whether by force, economic necessity, or contractual arrangement, the
relationship is altered to one of superior/subordinate,
management/employee, master/servant, or owner/slave. All such
relationships are materially different than leader-follower.
"Induced behavior is the essence of leader-follower. Compelled behavior
is the essence of all the others. Where behavior is compelled, there
lies tyranny, however benign. Mere behavior is induced, there lies
leadership, however powerful. Leadership does not imply constructive,
ethical, open conduct. It is entirely possible to induce destructive,
malign, devious behavior and to do so by corrupt means. Therefore, a
clear, meaningful purpose and compelling ethical principles evoked from
all participants should be the essence of every relationship, and every
You can read Dee Hock's full essay here:
Community Requires Shared Values
As much as the best of humans would like a world where we all win, that
cannot happen without dealing with those humans that cling to the values
of animals. Adversity is the law of nature that applys to the animal
kingdom. Might makes right. Survival of the adversarily fittest. This is
the lose-win world we live in today.
In a Positive Future means and ends cannot be separated. You cannot kill
innocents and accomplish anything good.
The core of community is shared values. Tolerance can be one of those
values you choose to share. As a synergist, I am happy to tolerate
different behaviors, lifestyles, opinions, religious practices, etc..
However when is comes to core beliefs, purpose, and principles these
must be shared and held in common.
Thousands of years ago the synergic way was discovered intuitively by
Jesus of Nazareth. He gave us the rules in his sermon on the mount:
Love our enemies, do good to them that hate us, bless them
that curse us, and pray for them that despitefully use us, I
say unto you, that every one who is angry with his brother
shall be in danger of the judgement. Go be reconciled with thy
Jesus of Nazareth may have been the first human to embrace synergy. His
words seem to capture the very essence of synergic morality. Synergic
morality is more than not hurting other, it requires helping other.
Jesus was the first human to state the fundamental law of synergic
relationship. It is known as the Golden Rule:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to
you, for this sums up the Law.
What would you have others do to you? The best one word answer I can
find for this question is help.
Help others as you would have them help you.
Synergic Morality is helping. Andrew J. Galambos in his lectures
describing Moral Capitalism often quoted the negative version of the
Do not do to others what you would not have them do to you.
What would you not have others do to you? Here the best one word answer
Do not hurt others as you would have them not hurt you.
This is where Galambos Moral Capitalism is incomplete. The negative
version of the Golden Rule is just and right, but Synergic Morality
requires more of us than simple not hurting. It requires more of us than
simply ignoring others. It requires us to help othersto help each
Jesus of Nazareth understood this on the deepest of levels. He did not
call for simply a prohibition against hurting others. He called on us to
help each other.
Synergic Morality is more than the absence of hurting. It is the
presence of helping.
Read more of my writings here: http://www.synearth.net/
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