- Language Discourse

Rise of a New Dawn

Red was painted the sky of man’s grey history, blood rained from clouds heavy, pregnant with the neglected structures and individualistic anachronisms that is our society.  Individualistic rhetoric carried over from biological sciences went unquestioned as it is introduced into social conceptions of human nature and figured in shaping institutional structure and political policy.  Neglect for spiritual insight and enlightened conceptions of human collective nature, social structure persisted under outdated and animalistic thought processes until disaster and ruin forced a questioning of the thought process. Pain heightens spiritual perception. Spiritual perception invites conceptual reform. Re-conceptualizing human nature allows structural reform at all levels. New versions of unity follow, Justice, Knowledge as the central process of human society. Finally power is reformed. Within this gamut specific discourses arise for conceptual, structural and practical reform. Discourses of politics, development, the harmony of science and religion, and discourse emerge first. Discourse on economics follows…

Crimson complete, red supervenes over the grey of humankind’s neglect of outdated policies and self-conceptions. The mediocre and lazy stance towards conceptions of human nature and society’s neglect of all-important spiritual discourse allowed neanderthal slogans and fragmentary conceptions to occupy the sacrosanct seat of mankind’s ideology and self-conception. Ancient and simplistic conceptions were derelictly accepted as doctrine. The grey of this neglect formed the backdrop of storm clouds that gathered over mankind’s destiny which as it poured its pregnant product mankind realized rained not rain but crimson blood. Blood of our kind, blood of our brothers, blood of our species, blood of our nieces and babies. Blood rained from the clouds of our neglect, from the clouds of our neglect of ideologies, from our neglectful ideologies. Red blood rained from our structural primitiveness. Spirituality is now forced. Pain breeds spiritual enlightenment. Blood has served it purpose. Grey neglect has bled its purpose. Crimson complete.



- Empowerment - Governance Development Human Nature

Building the Capacity to Build Capacity

When one examines social structures, processes, and relationships, one can identify numerous factors that influence them all.  Yet one that is a never-changing and ubiquitous factor upon which ultimately depends the efficacy of civilization-building is the individual – the values, qualities, and capabilities developed and expressed.  On the one extreme, people will not spontaneously arise to perfection when institutional maturity demands it; and on the other extreme, people are not incorrigibly selfish and inept.  As has been stated numerous times regarding human nature, individuals have the potential for both egoism and altruism – and that attribute that is manifested depends, in large part, on the surrounding environment.


The environment, however, includes, of course, social structures and institutions.  And they are, in turn, shaped by the individuals who participate in them.  Thus we have set up a profound reciprocal dynamic between individual and structural change – and any lasting change must focus on both simultaneously (as aspects of the same process of advancing civilization).  All of this means that the goal of effective governance requires the building of capacity in individuals who are to shape governance, which itself requires institutional structures, particularly education, that build capacity in individuals.  Education must empower individuals to create systems of governance described in the last few posts – with this goal, we see how important moral, intellectual, and spiritual education actually are.  The quality of honesty and humility in a statesmen, the capability of consultation and cooperation in a leader, and the attributes of open-mindedness, of freedom from prejudice, of rectitude of conduct, of a world-embracing vision, of thinking in terms of process, of systematic inquiry, of reflecting with others, of seeing unity in diversity, of a spirit of service, of being able to communicate well, in this context all take on a fresh and urgent importance for education, even at a childhood level.  Justice – a capacity often attributed to the level of state – is fundamentally a faculty of the human soul.


The highest purpose of institutions is to nurture human potential – those being governed, as well as those serving within the institution.  In the process, and also as a consequence, effective governance is built – it cannot be any other way.  The goal of social structures is to empower individuals; the building of these social structures is through empowering individuals.  The end is simultaneously its own means.


Where do you see examples of individuals empowering structures of governance?  Where do you see examples of structures of governance empowering individuals?  


How can education foster these mutually empowering relationships?





- Governance Knowledge

A Learning “State”

Continuing the discussion on governance and some principles that it is informed by, the last post on consultation leads to a key attribute that should characterize effective governance.  We know that human society is diverse, that its dynamics are becoming increasingly complex and interdependent, and therefore, that structures and organizational models must evolve in order to serve the needs of humanity.  It is crucial, then, that governance be approached in a mode of learning.

Previous posts have already discussed a culture of learning, and it is extremely important in the context of government.  Collective decisions made by institutions are always limited by the best insights available at the moment and by the individuals involved.  The limited factors seem to be 1) number of individuals, and 2) insights of individuals.  In order to make better and better decisions, all the plans and policies need to be tested against reality, within a social context or the community.  This will involve a large portion of people and generate immense insights.  Over time, decisions are refined as knowledge is advanced.  It is helpful to, again, use the analogy of a path of learning – and to view decisions as points of this path.  Institutions, just like individuals, can periodically reflect on decisions in light of experience, consult on them, adjust, create new policies, and test them.  Without adopting a humble posture of learning, any structure of governance will become obsolete and useless as quickly as social change.  And how fast is society changing?

Relevant to a learning mode within the context of governance is the idea that unity facilitates learning.  Current structural models of opposition and protest sabotage learning efforts.  If interest groups or factions are constantly competing and fighting against each other’s decisions and policies, then any attempt to learn from action is undermined.  (Not to mention all the energy dissipated in power struggles that could be used towards learning from action).  To properly implement policy within a mode of learning – action, reflection, consultation, and revision – requires a degree of unity to then scientifically and reasonably analyze the results of any plan without being biased by efforts to undermine it.  Otherwise, nothing looks like it works – and no strength can be built upon.

How do we foster a spirit of unity to enable social structures to operate in a learning mode?  

What are other characteristics required for governance to adopt a culture of learning?  

Do you see examples of organizations which learn?