"...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 chickens. The 'collective mind' is a collection of neutrinos and other elements vibing. 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 ever-smarter and ever-stronger humans. Clans were developing together and passing on experiences to the next generations. Yet, in tribes, everybody was diverting to the median to stay as one so there was slower, yet shared progress. With individualism, the differences between the variety of men became obvious. Some advanced more while others were lagging behind. The mind was getting internalized as mindful bonds among men were diminishing.
The Fall Of Man To Higher Planes
The industrial revolution changed how families are organized. Individualism detached humans from one another. This allowed everybody to develop their own 'vibe'. This also brought a collective fall of individual mindfulness that was before drained from the ‘whole’. As there is no barrier of money in relationships, mindfulness in groups is developed by selfless giving to one another. The relationships foster abstract thoughts. When we are in groups, our minds oftentimes also develop in adversity (men vs women, old vs young). This is one of the ways our mindfulness becomes aware mind in capitalism. In industrial society, money is a barrier to selfless giving while adversity can have abstract culprits. And as time passed, 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. Suddenly, internal biochemical rather than wider physical processes were making our thoughts.
With innovation and technology, surviving was becoming ever easier. The abundance of resources made people on social welfare live longer than the Rockefellers 100 years ago. The motivation to advance from one generation to another was diminished. This mindful degeneration led to a larger focus on the external world. Everybody focused on the ‘visible’ rather than the invisible nature that produces our minds. This is why colonialists were mindlessly looking for wealth and status which are visible, contrary to the invisible mind. Generation after generation mindless 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 the mindless savagery of foreigners.
Rising economic standards in the developed countries, along with diminishing mindfulness levels, led to increased appreciation of thoughts and mindful power. Authentic thoughts connected to nature were becoming scarce. Humanity in the developed world had to set up rules and procedures to cherish the scarcity of thoughtfulness. Hence the IP laws and respect for an individual's mindful ability. This led developed countries to rise to higher planes of abstract thought, albeit oftentimes detached from the nature that sustains such thoughts. Great ideas that don’t work in practice are a reification of this state of mind. Western thinkers started becoming ‘Marxists’ in their detachment from reality. But they were still on a higher plane. A plane of abstract thought. Natural people are happy if they have enough food and warm homes. They don't need to invent a fairytale to take more than they give to nature and one another.
As people in developed countries were detaching themselves from nature, 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 mindless or naive, rose to power.
Given our minds are part of nature, the electromagnetic spectrum is balancing out the world naturally. Roles slowly switch. Mindful people teach entrepreneurs from the developed world to advance mindfully. Nature is bridging the gap between the Mindful East and the Higher Plane West as you read this. People in developed countries cannot fix the problems inherited from their ancestors in one generation. 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.
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 showed beautiful charts based on prestigious references. However, he didn’t know the people in this organization. This deductive approach brought a lot of hardships for the entrepreneur who tried this up-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 the fish, the entrepreneur would have optimized results.
Ultimately, using deductive buckets is useless as the river will keep on flowing around it, and catching fish would be made more difficult. This VC should have started with the natural state of things first and connect his higher plane to the empirical reality.
Case study 2
Inexperienced 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 just 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. This led to erratic spending of capital instead of supporting key strategic initiatives.
Additionally, these mindful founders thought others are like them and they shouldn’t have any up-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