“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”–Aristotle. A hundred years before the birth of Aristotle, the pioneer of wisdom Heraclitus is credited for the following quotes: “Much learning does not teach understanding.” and “Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.” Five years after the death of Heraclitus, in 470BC, the father of Ethics and Moral philosophy (and Western philosophy, and Plato‘s teacher among many other things) was born in Athens, and his name was Socrates. Among many of his inspiring wisdom quotes he is credited for saying: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” My post follows the direction recommended by Socrates and after presenting a frame of the world as I see it, it suggests a few ways to identify and overcome the old limiting ways with the purpose to build new ethical constructs which will help us move the world in an ethical direction.
Part 1: The bigger picture
I think that everything we do is an indirect consequence of what we learn, or what we deduct cognitively from what we analyse around us and then compare with the foundation of knowledge we have gathered up to that moment. Now, if our thoughts/words/actions do not bring balance in our inner/outer world, then a new education is required to shape a new ethical behaviour which will bring balance. And I don’t mean a college degree, or schooling in some private or public institution with standardized testing norms. I am referring to a new model of parental education, primary and secondary school education, higher education and public education. I personally disliked the education system ever since I was in secondary school and all the way till the end of college. Most of the time I found the information I was asked to memorise and regurgitate as useless and the whole competition on who has better memory bored the hell out of me. Nevertheless I went though it mainly because my parents really wanted me to get a degree and make the family proud, but it was a painful process where I constantly had to fool myself that what I’m doing in school will matter. Well I didn’t understand why I felt like that until I saw Sir Ken Robinson‘s 1st video on TED:
This 20min video by SKR (best-selling author and world renown expert on education, creativity and innovation) convinced me that I am potentially one of the creative ones. There are a large number of other takeaways from this video and SKR’s talks, books and writings, but one of the most important things I learnt from SKR is the following: considering our education shapes our minds, therefore shapes our thoughts, our words, our actions and everything we create through our ideas and actions, then we need to make sure we learn what really matters so we can study all the right things which are necessary to bring positive change and balance in our micro-world and subsequently, in the macro-world.
In the age of Star Trek and technological progress/bubble, I think we live in the past. No, unfortunately I’m not referring to the wisdom-abundant past of the extraordinary Greek philosophers like Aristotle, Heraclitus, Socrates and Plato, I am referring to the Dark Ages of the human thinking which dominated our species for the last 2 millennia. While for the last century we’ve had the privilege to learn from extraordinary individuals such as Sagan, Einstein, Gandhi, Picasso, Ali, Earhart, Ford, Fleming, King Jr, Beatles, Lennon, Turing, Guevara, Mandela, Lee, Curie, Chaplin, Joyce, Malcolm X, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, Vujicic, Snowden, Pilger, Berners-Lee, Hawking, Musk and Tesla -who received infinitely small credit for literally powering our electrical world (among a multitude of inventions way ahead of their time), society has also given us Hitler, Bernays and truly unfortunately for us, the private owners of the world money supply – the unelected ones who don’t represent the interests of the +90% of the population, who through their financial power and political influence, kill more people than Hitler ever did and who harvest the world’s innovation for profit and power.
I want to state the following from the beginning: I am no expert in anything, I am just an observer. I have no particular social/political/religious/etc affiliations, I am simply an individual who is pro Life and pro Ethics, and as such, I am not against any country or citizen or individual on Earth. I respect that everyone has the right to a choice and I only ask for vice-versa. To quote Socrates yet again: “I am but a citizen of the world” and one of my principles is “Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.” This statement is important due to what I’m about to write. Therefore please note that you might agree with what I write or not. I don’t mind either way but feel free to express your opinions as even if “I may not agree with what you have to say, I’ll defend to the death your right to say it!”
While I can find a few reasons to explain this, I feel that our systems of thinking at world level have never came out of the industrial age of the 19th century..The reason why I’m writing “I feel” and not “I think” is because I find it infuriatingly frustrating to be constrained by the tracks of a system set up by brilliant innovative thinkers of the 19th century for the 19th century society, but which is being perpetrated and used en-mass on the majority of the population by a very small percentage of individuals which have the power to turn things around and make a positive difference but they chose not to do so. These limiting industrial systems of thinking we have today and which most of us learnt in school, at home, from friends and peers, in public and from the media, need to be unlearnt, rejected and put into the history books where they belong because they have no place in a highly intelligent society.
It took me my whole life to date to gain a nano fraction of understanding of the mechanics of my own life and it will take me the rest of my life to gain another nano fraction, but at the present moment I think I understand that the reason why we’re being held back from our true human potential is not lack of technology, lack of money, lack of appropriate geolocation, lack of temporal location or lack of any other reason/excuse. Just like all the plants, animals, birds, fish and all living creatures on this earth, Nature gave us everything we need to survive, flourish and evolve. What we really lack is an ethical educational model which is evil-proof, thoroughly documented on multiple medias (digital, analog and physical), and which is continuously improving in an ethical direction so it will never be dependent on human ego and greed. We need an educational [r]evolution to jump start our human potential!! If I’m not making much sense, then please allow me to share another Sir Ken Robinson talk and I’ll continue after the video:
I agree entirely with Sir Ken Robinson and I consider him my virtual mentor (I’d love it if he would be my real mentor) and I believe that if our education engages and trains only small parts of our intellect (memory and in rare occasions logic) so we can compete at silly IQ and/or standardised tests, it is very limiting, misleading and disturbingly incomplete.. For our education to be complete, in my view it must encompass: 1.The whole Intellect, 2.The human Spirit, 3.The Physical body and 4.The Soul (the Emotional). I call this “personal conclusion” my TrinityOne (3+1) system of human development and for my whole life I’ve tried to equally develop the 4 major areas of what I feel it makes me human. (“feel” because I’m referring to all my senses, not just the 5 standard ones identified by Aristotle, but the 18 ‘common’ human senses and my Intuitive sense).
Part 2: The problem
Almost all negative/awful things happening in the world are due to one reason: money or lack of money. In my opinion, the individuals who sponsor and guide our industrial education (which is limited to those with money/resources anyway) and our manipulated economic system, are to blame for our handicaps in human development, not our parents or our teachers, or our lecturers, trainers or employers.
I, like many others with similar views, keep talking about our economic system being deeply corrupt and flawed without a hope for a fix. Therefore it needs to be replaced. The current system is so unequal that not just educates only the ones who have money to pay for this industrial education, but it also fuels the 1%ers by programming the students with concepts like focus on economic growth , and: you must learn/know X to increase profits for you and your employer, and by the time you finish your secondary school or college if you’re lucky, then you are well aware of that fact that if you don’t make money for your employer, for your client, for yourself, for the society, then the society will either re-educate you or discard you and you end up in some hole or box. This system which keeps the 99% in check and under control is what’s considered fair in a society where after a global financial crisis, the number of billionaires in the world doubled. This sounds like a conspiracy and unfortunately for us, the increasing 99%ers, it is one. However, as I wrote in my previous blog post, “A country in debt is powerless but its people are not. We can make a difference together!”
As the story goes, since late 2013, I started reading more news on many different channels and I tried my best to try and correlate and decode the information “puzzle” to find out what was really going on. I read and I am still reading a lot about: our Universe, ancient knowledge, current climate change, climate imbalance, sustainability, various IT and scientific topics, but also about the Ukraine conflict, since its so close to my country’s borders and it has the potential to start a major world war. However, this can only happen if the public is misinformed and ends up following the terrorist propaganda of unethical governments. Knowledge is our true power and Time is the real currency for us Humans so we need to focus on what’s actually important for each one of us.
Now that being said, in the age of information, ignorance is a choice (but due to mass surveillance and public information manipulation, this choice is an increasingly difficult one to make). However, if you want some actual news from massmedia, then read/listen the same story reported by news channels from multiple parts of the world and if possible in different languages, not just local or continental or same language (use translation websites). Also, to help you find the truth, read articles written by investigative journalists (i.e. the Intercept team) who are fighting the unethical system and the media manipulation pressure: i.e. John Pilger in particular is an ethical investigative journalist from whom you can actually learn how to decode the news and not just absorb them without using Critical Thinking.
We need to understand that in imperialistic warmongering regimes (“democratic” or federal or whatever other brands are used for the eyes of the public and especially media followers), a very small group of highly unethical people rule over a very large number of good people, good citizens. This small group of unelected individuals (I conclude that most of the time the elite are not politicians in the public eye) use and will use any atrocity you can think of so they can gain more power and fulfil their sociopathic egotistical agendas. This is a fact and it is happening today in our “civilised and fair” world. Just observe carefully..
And this brings me to my point which describes our current problem: our world is unfortunately led by highly intelligent and very dangerous sociopaths similar to Hermann Goering (see attached quote) and because of men like him, we, the free citizens are restricted from exercising our free will in a what-is-led-to-believe a free society. If the reader wants to find out how mass manipulation is taking place in our intelligent society ever since the beginning of the 20th century, and how we, the large majority of good people are puppeteered to fulfil certain agendas even when those agendas are unethical, and how the result of the actions of good people turns into the death of thousands of other good people, then please watch “The Century of the Self” documentary till the end.
While researching the facts behind my statements in this blog post, I came across a very good neutral example of the unbelievable power of propaganda and public opinion manipulation of what I thought it was an unforgettable event in our history: Which nation contributed most to defeating the Nazis in 1945? (Polls in France from 1945, 1994, 2004). OK, I need to correct that. The fact that the main contributor to defeating the genocidal Hitler in Europe only 70 years ago, is actually a not-so-unforgettable event is nothing to worry about, I’m sure there are more pressing matters today. Even if we see that such an important fact of our recent history can be “corrected” over such a short period of time, it must raise no questions like: is there any hope for the truth about what matters to come to light now or in the next century? Nvm, we have better things to do..
Sarcasm aside, I found a very interesting post on Quora from which we can all learn a significant amount: a very large percentage of the transitions of our society’s structure throughout human history were done through the use of leadership/government force, aka tyranny and the main motive of action for public activation was fear of punishment, which allowed the leaders to implement their various agendas. So a large majority of people apparently respond more to the emotion of fear than any other factor. They are unfortunately the cowards of the world who need to be scared into supporting an illegal war, taking a flu shot, or into serving a political figurehead/repressive government. Think medieval peasants, or massmedia/education brainwashed western citizens, or citizens of communist countries. Or simply religious cults. They all act out of fear of punishment. That is what triggers their motion to do what they do.
The next motive of action is that of greed. This type of individuals start off responding to bribes and graduate into power-lust. They are those who want all the power, money, and control, and stop at nothing to enact the kind of change that most benefits them. They seek to dominate the will of subservient fearful sheep to gain high positions of authority and to use such positions to play God. These people account for about a small minority of the population but they have very significant power to decide outcomes for the majority fearful type.
The last and most noble of the three types is the self-contented man. This individual type probably makes up a very small percentage of society and represents a (wo)man who believes in equal liberty for all under the law and in self-responsibility. These individuals are willing to tolerate ignorance and stupidity so long as the reason is free to combat it. They do not need to be bribed to do something right or threatened to not do something wrong. They act out of clear conscience and ethics, not out of fear or greed. In short, their integrity is not for sale. Think of creators, thinkers, movers, and shakers. Think innovators, inventors, and pioneers. Think Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Nikola Tesla. Think Howard Roark(Fountainhead).
So where am I going with this? If you are the fearful type, you are easily ruled. Society is designed to put you in your place and keep you safe and silent. If you are the greedy type, society has a place for you too ruling the fearful and manipulating them into serving your power. But if you are an intellectual without negative motive, otherwise known as a self-contented man, where do you fit? You refuse to be a servant so you are punished. You refuse to be a warlord so you are never respected or listened to. Instead you are just there, observing the world and wondering where and when you will find your place in it.
This is not because you are not great at many things, that society has no use for you, or even that you don’t want to engage, but that the societal structures that were designed by the average human being of master and servant do not normally permit you to shine within them. (source: Quora)
Part 3: The solution
There are countless other examples on how good people are being “guided” by the unethical self-proclaimed puppeteers but I won’t expand further as I think I made my point above. In this final part of my post, I will simply remind the reader (&myself!) to watch “The Century of the Self” documentary and afterwards to actively exercise Critical Thinking (i.e. be assertive, question what you’re thinking, saying, doing and make your mind your own; don’t be an advocate of an agenda/dogma you’re not even aware of). Also if you don’t have time to read Aristotle’s Ethics or a book about ethics then I’m hoping that my own concise definition of how to apply ethics in real life will provide some value to those that want to follow this path:
A while ago a dear friend asked me what is my criteria for defining what is an ethical action and what is not? She asked me how do I personally define and discern what is right and what is wrong? My answer was, is, and most likely will continue to be:
An ethical action must respect two fundamental rules:
1. First rule: Respect human Life and act to protect Life, or act in a way which does not harm Life.
2. Second rule: Take positive action which is in favour of the individual, but only if:
- 2A: it doesn’t violate the 1st rule,
- 2B: it doesn’t hurt or disfavour other peer individuals,
- 2C: it doesn’t damage the environment which the individual and his/her peers belong to. (The environment in our case is: room-building-estate-city-county-country-continent-Planet Earth and the impact must be considered at our maximum reach which now is global level, not just personal and local.)
There is a desperate requirement in the world for men and women who’s integrity is not for sale. If we want to free and evolve the human race, we need to drop the ego-driven and profit-driven approaches to progress and learn from ourselves, from our virtuous children and from the knowledge of the ancients. As counter intuitive as this sounds, we need to observe our children and actually learn from them! We also need to give the ancient innovators credit for their discoveries and creations, and then pick up where they left off. Instead of rejecting the ancient knowledge and labelling it as myth, we need to merge our contemporary knowledge with theirs, with what they shared with us, with what they discovered and drive the human race forward. The dark ages and the unnecessarily long industrial era has held us back enough!
In the end, this is not about good/evil/ethics/immoral concepts. It is about the quality of our education and the wisdom we gain from it so we can win the battle of consciousness within us and wake up. “Once the mind has been stretched by a new idea, it will never again return to its original size.” Therefore as anti-IP/patents as this sounds, the most important thing we can do in our life is share with the world what we learnt and detail on how we discovered our uniqueness. “The sole purpose of Life has been to pass on what was learnt..just like any cell going through Time.” And this, in my observer’s view, is the path to Transhumanism; but before we can be more tomorrow, we need to learn how we can be everything we can be, today!
PS: Since I’m posting this on the 1st of December, Happy Birthday / La Multi Ani Romania! 🙂