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Who are you cheering for?
On the flip side (pun intended), who’s cheering for you?

Hi Laurie,

I am slightly overwhelmed by the “Cheer” that you shared from your youth.

Lean to the left – Democrats
Lean to the right – Republicans
Stand up – get involved
Sit down – become resigned or otherwise disconnected
Fight, fight, fight – unrestrained competition at all levels.

Such a deep political commentary on US society – in a simple chant.

I am cheering for all humanity, to be so much more than that.

I am cheering for the possibility of a world that is based in cooperation, and supported by highly automated technology that allows every individual to creatively explore any aspect of the realm of the possible in whatever way they responsibly choose, where responsibility in this sense means showing a practical respect for the life and freedom of every other sapient entity (which by logical extension includes all the ecosystems of life that we rely upon to survive and to gain inspiration from).

It seems that each and every one of us has to go through a process of development.

At the lowest levels we are simple stimulus response beings, responding to the world in which we find ourselves on the basis of the systems our genetic heritage has delivered to us. In this mode we start to learn at ever more complex and recursive levels. In the first instance we learn, make distinctions, absorb culture and language.

At some point it seems we use language to declare a new form of self awareness into being.

It seems that the simplest of distinctions we can make in any domain is a binary. Simple ideas like light and dark, hot and cold, heavy and light, smooth and sharp, true and false, right and wrong.
It seems that reality is for the most part composed of far more diversity that such simple distinctions allow for.
It seems that most possibilities are infinite (even if at any specific instant reality is finite).

So all people have to start with simple ideas, like true and false, right and wrong; and it seems powerful to go beyond them into infinite grades of distinction, and from knowing in the sense of absolute and unchangeable truth to knowing in the sense of a probability that one can be confident of in specific realms that are well known, and less confident of in realms where one has less experience.

It seems that evolution is an amazing process.
It starts out simply, and from the simple filter of differential survival of variants (competition), evolves successive levels of complexity by combining new levels of cooperation into the systems.

We as human beings appear capable of developing technologies that support us in delivering global universal security of life and liberty to every individual – through cooperation; yet many of the dominant competitive modes of our past are in the way.

So I am cheering for each and every one of us.

I am cheering for every individual developing a level of awareness that allows for them to see past the truths of their youth, and to acknowledge the profound uncertainty in all knowledge of reality; at the same time as they acknowledge the logical power of cooperation at all levels.

I am cheering for a world beyond the scarcity and competition based values of money and markets – a world of abundance and freedom and security beyond anything experienced in history.

I am cheering for universal abundance, and the profound diversity and tolerance of difference that this requires.

I am cheering for the profound magic that exists in the vast complexity that is every human being, every sapient entity (human and non-human, biological and non-biological).

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