16 Mar’15 ~QofDay~ Culture

What culture most interests you?

The culture of universals; universal benefit, universal acceptance, universal security, universal freedom.

It seems to me that the best of the culture of science captures part of it, in the sense of eternal questioning, eternal questing for more efficient models of understanding this existence we find ourselves in.
It also seems that aspects of Christianity (those not infected by dogma) also capture many essential qualities – about trusting oneself, about treating others with love and respect, about accepting what is, and refraining from harsh judgements (let he who is without sin cast the first stone).
It seems that aspects of Buddhism capture some of it, in a radical acceptance of what is; in bringing “non-judgemental awareness” into focus, in noticing what is.

I am not so interested in cultures that have gone before, and much more interested in the sort of cultures we might create in our future.

For me, what is most attractive is the sort of culture that uses the accumulated knowledge and technology of thousands of generations past to deliver automated systems that empower every individual to live free of the constraints of concern about survival (work) and free to explore whatever they responsibly choose (play).
It seems clear to me that we have the technical ability to deliver such a culture now, but the incentives of our cultural history of market based valuation (money) blind most to the possibilities available (freedom and prosperity and security for all).

So cultures from the past are of interest to me only in so far as they contain lessons that can assist in powerfully creating a liberating culture for our future.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
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