Turning a blind eye

Sleep and turning a blind eye

Do you ever intentionally turn a blind eye?

Hi Laurie

Many really interesting aspects to this one.

I too like my sleep.
I need to get a good solid block of 7-8 hours from time to time, and I am married to a girl who rarely sleeps more than an hour at a time.
I have gone 72 hours straight work without sleep, but the hallucinations started to become impossible to distinguish as such, and I just had to head back to shore and get some sleep.

I do find creativity enhanced by sleep, but oddly not on the day after I get the sleep, but the one after that.

And having spent so many years at sea, and at university amongst a group of pranksters, I trained myself to wake if anything in the environment changed (at sea, a change in the pattern of motion or noises can be an indication of danger, and needs to be investigated). At university I used to spread a little sugar on the floor in front of door and windows, so that if some practical joker did come in, the crunch of sugar under foot would wake me (prior to developing that habit I did wake one morning in the middle of a parking lot, having gone to sleep in my flat).

As to turning a blind eye, that seems to be all about judgement, at so many different levels.
These days I tend to let anything go unless I see it as a matter of risk to survival. So if I see someone dropping litter, rather than telling them its wrong, I might talk to them about the cumulative risks of many small actions, and how things being poisonous involves the notion of risk profiles involving concentration over time, and also involving variations amongst individuals in a population; so what is safe for everyone in the population over their entire lifetime might be a concentration a hundred times lower than what is safe for half the population over a 90 day period (the sort of thing regulators can test at a reasonable cost). We have some very strange standards and processes in our systems, much more attuned to making money than to providing a safe environment for everyone.

And there is no such thing as being risk free.
We do not live in a closed predictable system.
And I love David Snowden’s Cynefin (pronounced “Kinevin”, its Welsh) framework for responses to different sorts of complexity in systems.

And there is so much more we could do to provide a safe and interesting environment for everyone. And it wont happen so long as we allow our systems to put profit above people. We need a baseline in society, of systems that provide the fundamentals of life and liberty and security (in as much as that is possible) to everyone, no exceptions.

We are still a long way from that at present.

What people do beyond that is very much a matter of choice.
The current systems of finance and governance are fundamentally based in scarcity at every level, and some of the scarcest things are truth and integrity. Lies and deception seem to pervade at all levels of governance structures (particularly the legal and political systems).

So I can turn a blind eye to many things, but I am no longer willing to turn a blind eye to that.
Not that its wrong.
It just does not work.
It doesn’t deliver long term security to anyone, at any level.
It is all illusion, and even those at the top of the heap are starting to see it for what it is.

Human beings are fundamentally cooperative entities, and it is that, and that alone, not any set or rules or regulations, that are holding things together right now.
It is the good intentions of individuals that are keeping the system running in spite of the rules and regulations and bureaucracies and injustices that are threatening us all.

And that realisation is starting, just starting mind, to work its way through the levels of awareness present.
And the systems are getting very stressed.
If things don’t change soon, some boundaries are going to break.

And it is a very tricky thing, creating sufficient awareness and motivation to act towards a positive outcome, without creating so much fear that people respond with catatonic shock.

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 www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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