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Factors of Utopian Logic


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Factors of Utopian Logic

I recently watched the movie Zeitgeist Moving Forward and I agree with its tenants, but with a few modifications.
I believe the movie left out some key points:

  1. Spirituality.
  2. The Continuous Improvement Model.
  3. Tools as extensions of the human body and mind.

One of the deepest desires of mankind is to grasp the meaning of his nature and the intent of the entire universe, and in order to accomplish this he must delve into non-physical realms of existence commonly referred to as spiritual.

Mankind will not be happy without exploration into these realms, and his revelations must be expressed and ultimately influence the civilization in which he lives. 

Spiritual evolution and expression must be a part of any utopian system.

The Continuous Improvement Model:
As humans we must influence and mold our environment or we are not happy or healthy.  We must continually influence the world around us (and also be influenced by the environment around us) or we are dead.

Any utopian ideology could become a treadmill in so far as it defines perfection for everyone and everything – a static system of unchanging needs, however, if such a system as resource centric ideals could be continuously improved by the creativity and innovation of everyone involved then you could have a truly evolving system of resource management that reflects the changing needs of everyone in society.

This of course allows for the possibility of introducing an idea into the system that brings about system wide collapse whether intended or not.  But this is how life forms learn and adapt, through trial and error, however if you attempt to take the risk out of the system you wind up introducing barriers and rules and laws that serve only to protect the status quo and eventually the system breeds neuroses, coping mechanisms, addictions and disease, and therefore results in suffering and slavery pure and simple. 

However, I believe there is a way of minimizing the risk by expanding the diversity of the system - a truly evolutionary approach.

What is missing from the film is that a system, if it is well conceived, must be designed for life and death, and not merely for people, but for the system itself. 

Design products to last.  Design civilizations to change.

This means that societies and civilizations like people must die and be replaced by a more refined and more highly evolved civilization if the species is to survive.

In every evolutionary system collapse is inevitable.  The death of the system brings about new life!  Therefore a near perfect system would have to invite influences from every person living in it so that it could evolve toward a more diversified support system for the ever growing needs of society.

Every system must risk death, and in fact die and be reborn;
in order to evolve and thereby support the species it serves.

Our method, in my opinion, should be to design a system that identifies core problems and thereby introduces changes (and/or updates) into its operational policies on a regular basis.

Such a socioeconomic system would not have to go through the upheaval of a death cycle because it would be continuously improving - a continuous rebirth.  A civilization should pledge its allegiance to mankind, to the principle of continuous improvement of mankind (i.e. evolution) as its ideal rather than clinging to a static model that must be overthrown every hundred years or so.

The Continuous Improvement Model is better than the scientific model because it is a model that everyone can contribute to – everyone’s perspective (logic) comes into play!  This is also one of the ways it creates greater diversity.

The Scientific Model provides a proof for specialized phenomena under isolated conditions, which must then be translated back into human needs: the features and benefits of the phenomena must be explained, and then one or more people must determine to implement the new technology (or not), but while this approach serves the scientists working on the project it does not necessarily serve society as a whole and cannot possibly speak for everyone. 

Note: ongoing scientific research would of course continue and the resource management and global distribution systems in the film would still be required, but implementation of new scientific discovery would be determined by the core constraints of each society and/or local community. As the film makes clear not everone needs every type of resource, therefore local systems would determine their needs based upon the discovery of their root problems, and this would factor into global strategies.

The Continuous Improvement Model looks at the whole system and uses logic to determine root problem(s).  Then by changing the root problem(s) all other related problems in the model simply disappear because they all stem from one or two root problems.  (In this model the need for science is obvious and where it fits into the society as a whole is equally transparent – science contributes to the model to provide greater diversity.)

The beauty of The Continuous Improvement Model is that it is also democratic in that it requires everyone’s input on their part of the system, and when all the jigsaw pieces are put together a picture emerges that everyone can agree upon and consensus is reached because everyone sees how their part fits into the whole, and how everything fits together to make a complete picture of society. 

Everyone is able to see and agree that if the root problem(s) were improved all the systemic problems would either be solved or minimized, and therefore each person and area is improved and each person is validated for their contribution. 

Each person contributes, each person has a voice, each area of society is integrated into a unified understanding, consensus is reached, harmony is established, a new purpose is born and the group proactively evolves its policies and procedures to accommodate the new system!  (All without warring factions!)

In The Continuous Improvement Model evolution is proactive: a determined transition from the old system toward the birth and development of a new and more refined system. 

The old way of handling political change could be called reactive evolution because it roughly follows these steps: 

  1. A New System is born.  (The system could be a political system, a company, or even an organism.)
  2. The System is open to find new routes for its survival and growth.
  3. The System goes through a period of innovation and development
  4. The System goes through a period of normalization where policies and procedures are formed; routines are established.
  5. The System continues building and growing ever larger
  6. The System learns to consolidate its power.  (The system is becoming an empire.)
  7. The Empire begins to experience outside pressure from environmental variations which threaten to slow and/or stop its advancement - its growth.
  8. The Empire creates forces (internal and external police forces) to deal with external pressures by reinforcing (and fixating upon) internal structure (policies, rules, laws, dogma, etc.) while marginalizing external variables and enforcing conformity to its own ideology.
  9. Environmental variations (the rebels) view this conformity as slavery, and while the empire becomes increasingly despised, because of its enforcement tactics, it (the empire) actually becomes a rallying point for a mounting rebellion.
  10. The Empire is now in an ideological conflict with its environment.
  11. The Empire enters into physical conflict with more and more of its environment.
  12. War ensues.
  13. The Empire is destroyed by collapse of its internal structure and/or external pressure (rebellion).
  14. A period of adjustment ensues while the remnants of the old empire die out.
  15. A New System emerges from the ashes of the old empire (the Phoenix rising), but the new system embraces a broader environment and its needs.
  16. And we are back at step 1.

Proactive Evolution assumes that things must and do change and therefore designs itself to accommodate change by conscientiously and continuously improving its design, thus reducing and even eliminating the suffering involved in the transition from old systems to new improved and refined systems.

Tools are extensions of the human body and mind while machines are automated tools - tools that perform repetitive actions.

We must never forget that the purpose of a tool is to
extend the abilities of man, not to replace mankind.

Tools must be designed to serve us, and never to make us obsolete.  Machines must always be thought of as tools for extending our abilities, never as a means of reducing or eliminating our value.  (When a machine can replace the man then the man must be taught how to control the machine.)

The next thing we must consider is that a computer cannot make complex human value judgments no matter how well it is programmed, therefore automated systems must be able to be bypassed and ultimately turned off !

It is fine to run a car by GPS navigation, but one must be allowed to turn the damn thing off and put that car under manual control.

The same must apply to production automation.  It must be able to be bypassed and/or turned off, and therefore there must be people trained to not only fix the machines, but to keep the ebb and flow of civilization running manually when necessary.  Otherwise civilization could eventually reach a point where it would not understand the very technology that sustains its life and thereby risk utter annihilation, not by evolutionary pressure, but by utter ignorance and stupidity.


Rex Parker

PS I’ve already outlined much of the step-by-step implementation of the Continuous Improvement Model for anyone who is interested in exploring it.  I would also invite any exchange of ideas that might lead to a gentler transition from what appears to be an encroaching violent upheaval of the existing political-economic system into a broader and more refined model for sustaining life on this planet.

Systemic: one thing affecting or circulating through the whole system, like blood poisoning affecting the whole body

Empire: A monopoly of supreme power.