THE ORIGIN OF MIND AND LESSONS FOR VCs & ENTREPRENEURS
"...Any new set of conditions which renders a species' food and safety very easily obtained, seems to lead to degeneration...." Ray Lankester (1880) Degeneration: A Chapter in Darwinism.
The Origin Of Mind
Our minds are our bodies. Our minds are our ‘souls’. And they are made of particles that carry radio waves. We vibe to the tune of our DNA and environment, like chicken. The 'collective mind' is a collection of neutrinos and other elements vibrating. And yet, we have written books we declared holy, we waged wars, and screwed up relationships between the sexes in the name of a bunch of particles.
The mind is both, internally and externally driven. In the past, we were able to live with our clan-like families and be one with nature. This grew our minds and caused the evolution of more mindful humans. Clans were developing together and passing on experiences to the next generations. In tribes, everybody was diverting to the median to stay as one. There was slower, yet shared progress. With individualism, the differences between the variety of humans became obvious. Some advanced more while others were lagging behind. The mind was getting internalized as mindful bonds between nature and individuals were diminishing.
The Fall Of Man To Higher Planes
The industrial revolution changed how families organized. Individualism detached humans from one another. This allowed everybody to develop their own 'vibe'. The industrial society also brought a collective fall of individual mindfulness that was before drained from the ‘whole’. In clans, there is no barrier of money in relationships so mindfulness in groups is developed by selfless giving to one another. These relationships foster the ability to connect to one another.
This ability to connect to the One is like raw potential. It takes training to turn mindfulness into a useful mind by developing a healthy ego, not egocentricity. When we are in groups, our healthy egos oftentimes also develop in human-based adversity (men vs women, old vs young). This is one of the ways our mindfulness becomes our conscious tool (ego) in capitalism too.
In industrial society, money is a barrier to selfless giving while adversity can have abstract culprits. We were getting detached from other humans as a source of our common mind. Suddenly, internal biochemical rather than wider physical processes were making our thoughts. Having lost the connection to others they needed explicit confirmation of their existence. Egocentricity was devouring healthy egos.
As civilization grew, we were getting detached from the natural producers of radio waves too. People were ever more focused on abstract social products such as money made from dead trees rather than on harvesting soils. This is how our minds were becoming even more detached from nature. The more humanity became externally rather than internally driven, the less we were able to sync with the mind of the universe.
With innovation and technology, surviving was becoming easier. The abundance of resources in the past centuries made people on social welfare live longer than Jakob the Rich 500 years ago. The motivation to advance from one generation to another diminished. This mindful degeneration led to smaller efforts to advance. Additionally, as civilization became more money-oriented, people focused more on material resources rather than the invisible nature that produces our minds. This is why colonialists were risking their lives for wealth and status which are visible, contrary to the invisible mind. Generation after generation externally-oriented people plundered the more mindfully developed countries. Native people were focused on their internal worlds that were in balance with nature. They couldn't defend themselves against those who only sought money and power. For them, it was unthinkable to travel across oceans to have more land as they rightfully felt there is enough for everybody (95% of the planet is unpopulated today - it was 99% back then). The colonialists had a scarce mindful connection to nature, producing a scarcity mindset.
Yet, colonialism inspired by lack of mindful development paradoxically started protecting minds. Rising economic standards in the developed countries, along with diminishing levels of mindfulness, led to increased appreciation of mindful power. Authentic thoughts connected to nature were becoming scarce and thus, more valuable. The people of economically developed countries had to set up rules and procedures to cherish the rare resource. Hence the IP laws and respect for an individual's mindful ability. This trend led developed countries to rise to higher planes of abstract thought, albeit because of the reasons mentioned above oftentimes detached from the nature that sustains such thoughts. Great ideas that don’t work in practice were a reification of this state of mind. Western thinkers started becoming ‘Marxists’ in their detachment from reality. Yet, they were still on a higher plane. A plane of abstract thought. Completely natural people are happy if they have enough food and warm homes. They don't need to invent an abstract fairytale to feel happy and fulfilled. They simply take any fairytale and adjust it to be happy.
As people in developed countries were detaching themselves from nature in the industrial civilization, they couldn’t tell apart between authentic minds and fake ones. Progress in society was becoming a public performance. People who acted the best and could get support from the naive rose to power. The internal mindfulness of the industrially developed countries was decreasing as mindful people couldn't progress in society. They didn't want to 'perform' limiting roles but wanted to fully experience life. Acting or adjusting to a role felt like cheating themselves and reality. They didn't want to lose their minds.
Given our minds are part of nature, the electromagnetic spectrum is balancing out the world naturally. Roles slowly switch. Mindful people teach peers in the developed world how to advance mindfully. Sometimes, people in developed countries get scarred by the lost depth due to their ancestors! Nature wouldn't leave them behind. It is bridging the gap between the Mindful East and the Higher Plane West every minute. But it's slow.
Once humans become aware of the great mindful gap, people in developed countries accept they cannot fix the problems inherited from their ancestors in one generation only by moving to the countryside. That's why they more often rest their hopes on technology. Returning back to mindfulness will improve their human capacity to create and experience life. They want to get ‘back to the future' of being wholesome. Many today share that promise of technology to make us superhuman. The danger is that what 'superhuman' means may turn out to be opposite from what is natural. Instead of growing an omnipresent mind, egocentric humans may continue building up powers to perform better. Is acting in a public role more important than being happy? This grave danger can make our species unhappy human beings who trade their blissful mindfulness to be empty shells who live for the performance art. Detached from others and the natural reality.
Case Study 1
A VC was detached from nature on a higher abstract plane. He tried to teach the entrepreneur of a Canadian company how to structure the C-Suite. The VC touted beautiful charts based on prestigious references. However, he didn’t know the people in the entrepreneur's organization. This deductive approach brought a lot of hardships to the entrepreneur who tried this top-down approach to his own demise. The VC didn't understand the unique talents & traits of the team. So instead of adjusting the system to fit the people, they went in the opposite direction.
I call this approach ‘Marxist’ because an abstract concept is implemented on a naturally evolved reality. It is like a bucket that needs to catch a fish in a river. The bucket only prevents the natural flow of water while it makes catching the fish more difficult. By using a net instead, that lets the river pass while being large enough to catch fish, the entrepreneur would have optimized results. The VC would have made more money.
The VC should have started with the natural state of things first and connect his higher plane to the empirical reality.
Case study 2
Inexperienced but mindfully developed people have a major flaw when put in the executive seat. They are one with nature and their minds are originating outside of them, not only inside of them. They also want others to be like them so they often promote their kindness and generosity to their own peril. They believe they should give as much as they take. But we all know that capitalism is about extracting extra resources rather than redistributing them. And, they sometimes feel omnipotent so they do the exact opposite and give more than take to balance out society. This led to erratic spending of capital instead of supporting key strategic initiatives.
Additionally, these mindful founders thought other employees and partners are like them and they shouldn’t have any top-down approach. 'Why not treat everybody equally?', they asked. This blind trust in the kindness and goodness of people led to massive thefts and principal-agent problems.
Entrepreneurs mustn't assume others are like them, but judge them by their concrete actions. They must have an explicit model to communicate with each individual they are in touch with long-term. For this, they have to exit their mindful comfort zone and enter a higher plane.
Written by Aleksandar V Ribak