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The State of our Paradigm – January 2013

January 7, 2013 2 comments

I have the awareness that the paradigm we are all within is due for a reality check soon, if nothing changes, perhaps in the next few years … unless there is a planet wide epiphany which substantially changes the values that our current culture is based upon, other than that the outcome is inevitable … one can only speculate as the structure of the new paradigm, after the bumpy journey we will take to arrive there.

To me the world we are in is like watching the inevitability of a disaster in slow motion … while we run around looking busy, as if arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic (after it struck the iceberg) … strangely all this is known, predicted even, but no hard decisions are being taken … we are in denial … ineffective … we are in a continual state of stamping out “spot” fires that crop up, as with Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain plus, plus and possibly Italy and of course the European Union as a whole and the USA –  and the worldwide spiralling deficit .… . Once we have done all this, it only takes us back to where we were before, we are still in crisis.

Without taking any hard decisions, the outcome is inevitable as deficits grow, we have in place the ideal setting for the death knell of the European Union, the USA and many other countries in the world as we know it.

Please see countries ranked by External Debt here –  Worldwide, we are in a terminal situation …

For me … we are past the time to make those hard decisions –  surely some of these decisions should include abolishing all debt that was directly caused by the meltdown and change the laws so that all people whose illegal behaviour caused it, confiscate their money and let Banks and other institutions that were and still are vulnerable fail, as even today, Big Banks have failed the OCC Risk Tests –  their Corporate governance is terminally flawed, for their is no plan of what to do, and no one is in control anywhere … here is the link to that report concerning risk tests from an American Bank article … and those men and women whose greed caused this catastrophe, and so directly benefited from it, pay for their crimes. It won’t happen of course, but hard decisions are needed, that spread the load of cuts across all … not just focusing on social programs which always seem to be such a easy target –  for a start lets look at Political and bureaucratic sizes, salaries and perks.

The only country that did see the light after the Global Financial meltdown was Iceland. Instead of bailing out the banks and the status quo, they bailed out the people, the citizens and put the bankers into prison … beautiful… the Short Video story of that event is here

However when the system of money itself breaks down, say within the next 5–6 years, definitely within the decade – we will have no defense, we will be leaderless … as Governments which are at best ineffectual … although they would like us to believe otherwise, will not have the answers … because they are all paralysed with fear, whilst the people in Government are clever at manipulation, they are hardly intelligent nor have the taste or the backbones to make the decisions necessary … because the status quo will be chaos, they will ask what to do, because they won’t know, they will do nothing effective, and what they will do, will be to try and maintain the status quo –  which of course is already in transition and so no longer exists –  we may, I believe trend towards a state of anarchy, then at some point after the darkness and the inevitable gross hardships … we will hopefully see the dawn and Humanity will start again.

All those learning experiences we will go through – but will we learn, going on the past, we won’t, because in the future as now, we will say how could that happen to us ….. so because we have no backbone, no ability to see the situation as it really is … all of us are living in a kind of fantasy future … Now we look to a future, in “x” generations from now, we are told we will surface as we come out of the fiscal hole that greed and our leadership have dug for us … meanwhile the Politicians themselves don’t seem to be in any state of hardship …. however the costs of this head in the sand approach will lead to hardship on a untold scale as essential infrastructure breaks down – transport, food, communications …. the only upside is at the end of all this … those of humanity that survive will in effect have a clean slate.

Basically the cause of this tragedy is our own Arrogance, indifference, indecision, ineffectiveness and greed … what will they say of us … it was inevitable, why didn’t they see it coming … when it is so inevitable, why aren’t we doing something about it now ?

The only way we can stop this recurring Groundhog day cycle, so that it doesn’t happen again in the future is to change what we value, and that requires that we educate our children, now and for all time, so that in our arrogance and ignorance in the future, we might say “that was then, this is now, it won’t happen to us” –

But of course it will !

Let’s look soon at how we can minimize the effects of the transition from where we are now … to where we will end up !

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Perhaps Time will be the equaliser ?

August 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Time is like a blind drawn on the past, shrouding what was  … I sometimes wonder how many times Gaia has been through this same scenario … where civilizations have reached their use by date as ours has … with the passage of time, nothing left to remind us of what was …. perhaps Atlantis was one …. will what we have now, also become the stuff of fable and legends  … perhaps … Gaia has been patient with this experiment called humanity … but now we have the capacity to do her irrevocable harm .. her patience is at an end … For even Manhattan was farmland once, and it will be again …I once worked out how long it would take for concrete and steel to be blowing in the wind … with little left to reveal what was … perhaps as little as 200-300 years, certainly less than a 1000 … for Gaia, but a blink in the eye …

Perhaps in the future .. the archaeologists of the time will look at the rubble and wonder what was this place ? … what were these giant penile structures to the sky, perhaps a religious center?  In a way they will be right … for it is worshipping money … an idol of our own creation ….. to which everything that is spiritual and right had been sacrificed.

Veritas Gravitas and the MBA Oath

May 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Here is the website in question the MBA Oath

In my opinion it is window dressing, ethics, values and principles is not something you can swear a voluntary compliance with … it is something that you learn through life, either in essential relationship with your parents and during your childhood or you learn it in the military or in some sort of value driven public service organisation …. that actually does something … to the oath giver .. it is the basis of honour, truth, loyalty …. values which have a profound meaning …

For those that take the oath and it is not part of their soul, it will have no effect on their lives, the whole idea that you can swear a voluntary adherence to leading a  life based on ethics and principles is a nonsense …

It might look good on your PR brochure but it means nothing … as they will always default to the values that they learnt .. usually a reflection of the society as whole that values nothing, create nothing .. and only values consumption and excess.. and money of course.

Only those leaders that have grown up in an ethical and principled based learning environment or those exceptional military leaders that know that the result of their work has to create value for all … such voluntary oaths are of no real value to society .. otherwise this comes back to the essence of society .. that it looks good, sounds good … but means nothing … unless you are swearing compliance with something that has teeth or means something to the oath giver … its just so much spin.

Which it seems all our society is about …

Its gets more political as we move forward .. it is about how it looks, how it sounds rather than how it actually is…

The Art of Discussion and Communication

December 28, 2011 2 comments

Communication between two people indeed conveys much more than the words, it is a total experience or tone, eyes, facial expression (perhaps even complexion) posture and the total perception of the body language … Yes tone and the attention you give to the other party through your focus are not only key indicators of communication, but also the depth of your attention. If you respect the other party try involving your feelings, then you start to create a real relationship … from then on, from my experience anything is possible.

We need to invest in the discussion … and then we will have a commitment to a practical outcome,  as well as the right attitude is something I have spoken of before …. if you believe that a positive outcome will make a difference in people’s lives then you will fight with your every breath to make it so.

When I am in a meeting, I also have some insight to what is going on below the surface … but truly if you are in a discussion with someone, surely the best place to start is to understand the needs of others; what is important to the other party … as essentially this gives you a starting point .. well really an end point to know why they are in this room with you … a lot of these also comes in through the other senses in the form of cues, particularly in their response to you … that is why when I am in a meeting … I like to watch how the parties respond, I sometimes receive much more insights by this observation, than by listening to their words.

But first things first, you need to go into any meeting, any discussion in good faith that you actually want to achieve a positive outcome, not to merely take up time. I was born in Asia, when my Dad was working there. Discussion there is a true art form, it can be overly polite go on forever and decide nothing, sounds a bit like Statesmanship … which to me seems all about taking days to purposefully achieve nothing, but to say gee we have tried to achieve an understanding, when there was no intent to do this in the first place. Again these sorts of flawed strategies are there to give a perception of doing something, when there never was any intent in the first place of reaching an understanding –  you know how it looks and not how it actually is – well back to politics again.

Perhaps if we start with the point when you know what others want, what is mission critical to them, by being truthful and open (now there’s a new idea) and say, OK .. I know that this is what you want, I cannot give you that, but I can go part way there and give you this – then if the other party perceives you are being truthful as you have already built up a relationship a positive outcome, which may only be partly what each sides want will occur, it’s called a compromise … works better than brinkmanship.

Being open and approachable has always worked for me, I suggest you focus, take your ego out of gear (or at least control it), engage your feelings, and relate to the other party and seek to understand why they are talking to you, that way you will understand what it is they really want, not only what it is they say they want.

I sincerely hope you are right about Peace … peace would bring Creativity, Collaboration, Community, Co-operation, Conservation, Co-Existence, Communication & Compassion and perhaps even a meeting of the minds to establish common goals and dreams … lots of powerfully good words start with C … unfortunately a negative one as well … control .. a favourite of Governments and bureaucracies around the world.

We just need to communicate with each other and through co-operation make some decisions about what we want to create in our future … and set about changing things that don’t fit with the new paradigm we envisage.

The Sleeper has awakened – Charlie Chaplin; The Great Dictator Speech (1940)

October 30, 2011 Leave a comment

This speech by Charlie Chaplin in the Great Dictator 1940 (directed by Hans Zimmer), is seemingly even more relevant today.

Without change, our Species prognosis is extinction – unless we take time to understand & value the people behind the labels we apply ..

Socrates Fundamental Principles

July 24, 2011 2 comments

My aim is simplicity and therefore clarity.

I came across a happenstance, a link to my childhood, and a time when philosophy and ethics of living were a integral part of my upbringing, that moulded my character, my values and therefore my integrity – in other words all that I am.

Socrates’ fundamental principles

P1: We must always act on the basis of good reasons and good reasoning, not out of fear, mere self-interest, etc.

P1(a): We value the opinions of those who know, not the many

P1(b): The principles on which we rely must stand the tests of time and change of circumstances, and the conclusions we draw from them must be ones which we can be constantly faithful.

P2: It is not enough to live; we must live well, nobly and justly.

P3: We must never do wrong willingly, even in requital.

P4: We must always keep our agreements, provided they are just.

You know looking at these Principles, I do not think our current society complies with one of them .. not even close.

Engagement & Content ..

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Content of an interesting discussion …. starts the thought processes !

My thoughts at the moment, seem to be focused on “engagement”, the reasons why we aren’t and the bigger picture of flawed corporate cultures caused by basic systemic issues …  as I said in the feed yesterday “Everyone is connected, but are we really connecting ?” – I think not .. or worse if we are … we are not listening.  I have some views on the reasons for this … but it amazes me that organisations including governments seem to just go through the motions and are seemingly indifferent to the reality .. which is why their stakeholders .. us .. are not engaged (normally) with their strategies … this comes down to the education of the “masses” as well, as for the Gods in the marble halls – we are just too ‘aware’ for their own good.

However with the fragmentation of the mass market in all areas, including mass media, the outcome for me is that instead of organisations making systemic changes to move with the social and technological changes to improve their internal cultures and thus the engagement and transparency with “us”, they basically keep going the way they are going, and one day when the financial world is sorting through the carcass of what were “great” organisations (including governments probably) …  they will ask .. too late .. “How did this happen” ? 

To cut a long story short, there has to be change in the way things are done … we all need to realise that so far as the Universe is concerned we don’t amount to a hill of beans as individuals (but together ?? ) … as Carl Sagan said in his own meditation … we are just this little blue dot in a relatively small galaxy, within the infinity of the Universe, that’s the reality of our significance … numberless blades of grass or the grains of sands on every beach … in every world springs to mind …

So what can potentially makes us different .. one thing, which is “what if”  we believed in engagement with each other, in true transparency (not just the words) we can become magnificent working together .. so what exactly is stopping us .. fear of “everything”, ego .. perhaps !

But we need to start, with one small step, how about within your own circle of influence, and then the circle will grow, and soon (this relies on engagement) .. we have the ability to foresee the magnificence which can be a social engaged one world …  utopia, even possible ?? … it must be possible as I can see our potential …probable .. I hope so .. I hope I see the start of it before my time is over .. well this time around anyway.

There needs to be one thing,  a world wide social revolution, that holds Governments at all levels accountable and likewise all levels of business … how about we bring all levels of abuse and inequity to the surface …. without all of the hype and b/s of the news organisations who are basically there to sell their own product, their content… so we come back basically to transparency and accountability … so long as there is a “rating” to be improved .. we cannot trust in the ethics of the organisation, who are only motivated by money .. for me (now) money is like the mythical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow .. when you get to it, there is nothing there … and I can tell you from personal experience that money and materialism does not make you happy  … but I guess that is something you need to find out for yourself.

By the way, if I hear one more time, “We have always done it this way … “ but this is my point exactly … and here you are talking with some organisation that is in need of change, sometimes surgical change. In any  organisation, you must be proactive and always be curious and strive for excellence. To drive policy … that is the function, or it is supposed to be of the Board / owner and the CEO .. to work on the question .. here is the direction we we want to go, how do we get there ? Too many CEO’s work in the company and therefore never understand the reality which is that their company is not entitled to anything .. they may have the best / greatest most exciting wiz bang product or idea in the Universe, but unless you really engage with your market, (before – you take it to market, so they are part of the process) – it will rarely succeed.

Ok .. time for my exercise …

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