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An Increasing Gap between Capability and Complexity

The following story is to help give you some understanding between one’s capability and the exponential expansion of modern complexity and why it is important to understand this gap so that we may find some solutions which Living @F-L-O-W helps to address.

 

First off, I’m not a big democracy guy in the face of accelerating complexity… since I often feel a bit depressed myself that I can’t imagine how I can keep up with emerging energy and information.  My dissipative structure includes a significant amount of emotional entropy at times…
 
THAT being said, in my laboratory here in the Philippines, I get to see things you guys can’t imagine and that is how people with nothing are affected by modern times….
 
I’m watching the family that you all helped me get the brother out of jail last night huddled around a small CP/TV watching a Philippine soap, and they were laughing and enjoying it, all huddled together watching a 2 inch screen.
 
And similar thoughts occurred to me, as Brian writes below — where were they in this "food chain"…
 
They lived on the street, unlike most street people, they had a make shift house 1 square meter for attempting to crawl into, out of the weather when it was raining, and to keep their things in one place… No electricity, no running water, and a stove for cooking rice…

Their 1 square meter house – a Pedi-cab

 

Here they were in my condo, along with a number of others who often gather on Sundays to watch TV, eat and hang out… and I get to watch them closely to try to understand where they are in this "food chain"… whether they are in fact… "victims" of some pre-meditated design by the winners of nature’s lottery.
 
I suspect to some extent they are–as Brian eludes — victims of a sort.


The question that arises (for me) is what is this human experience?
 
It often comes with a pre-ordained way in which the world should be (usually driven @BS by composite standards — including Philippine soap operas)… commercialized in some form to guide benefits among the participants.
 
TOO many people make the mistake (IMHO) of thinking that other people experience reality in the same way they do…
 
I watch people as they are ingrained… by the "machine" Brian points to…
and I wonder… are they happy… even if in our definitions of success, they would be lacking in some form…?
as I watched this small family…
 
[Side note: the girl who is the acting mother said one early Sunday describing to me her dilemma of no sleep, no life outside of caring for her two brothers and two sisters, and the occasional siting of the mother and father…
 
And her putting her foot down and telling the father that if he is going to eat their food that she is in fact accumulating through various activities, that he needs to contribute — no free ride, as has been his practice — and before we judge him too much, you have to understand that 3 billion people lack a dignified job opportunity — thus being pulled into a centrifugal force that resembles free-riding…
 
She told me, she told her parents that she would leave the children if they didn’t provide some means of support, including emotional, rather than letting her as a 20 year old carry the entire load of these four kids on her back…  It was her only way out per se, on her own road to ruin… as she described she goes to bed at around midnight, arising at 3 am to get the kids off to school by 5:00 AM, which she takes them…

 

Her life at this point, isn’t one and I can see the strain in her, so much so that she threatens the biological parents with having to accept responsibility for the children because she will leave — which I don’t know she can do, because if she could, she might have, rather than assume this enormous responsibility…
 
In any case, in the picture (which INSPIRED ME TO HELP HER, after an initial Easter scaffold) I had pulled back because:

1) we have too many right now, and 

2) she formatted some lies to construct a reality that coerced more support more quickly…
 
Largely because (these situations become developmentally complicated, which is my occluded point for writing)… once we got the brother out, where do they live if he is eventually driving the pedicab.  Where do they keep their things… so a shelter of some kind has to be configured… and that is where the mother comes back in, who has a new boy friend in the squatter area.

 

I’ll pass along some pictures once I get access to a government "assigned" squatter area (where the government takes an area, where people are congregating and makes it an official "squatter" area, so they can begin to integrate some civilized standards.  Although when you see the pictures, you will wonder (picking back up Brian’s comments) whether a democracy really exists anywhere….
 
And here’s my tie-in and back-out of the side note (which I wanted to work in because all of you who donated bought a vested interest in this small families journey by allocating some funds to scaffold them some… (I have the problem going forward of whether to walk away leaving the scaffold that is provided by the brother being out as enough density to carry some of the weight of this girl acting as a parent — as the picture demonstrates, keeping 3 of them in school) which requires daily funding and believe me, she doesn’t have a dignified job, she has to do everything from panhandling, to begging, to street work at night to keep money coming for daily bread…
 
…the existence (or so I think) of a democracy means that citizens of the democracy are informed, or will inform themselves and "vote" this information in a form that improves life for all… or I imagine this might be what it is…
 
In the FACE of accelerating complexity, fewer and fewer people can and will be informed, pushing the scaffold for all into fewer and fewer, more dense and powerful supports…and what emerges is what Brian seems to indicate is a pre-ordained (for different reasons) social asymmetry where few have power and resources and the others may suffer as a result…
 
The question that I have…
 
Under these conditions, is democracy:

1) possible;

2) a good idea;

3) warranted, or

4)any parts of the above…?
 
My sense is… is that democracy is an illusion created by those who believe a certain way… and perhaps not such a great idea… not that it ever was such a great idea, because throughout time, some people have, and other’s have not…
 
To go along with this democratic delusion is the idea that because democracy is a good thing (which it’s clearly proving challenging)… that people will be or even can be part of the machinery, using the majority to make rules that solve the social dysfunction…
 
My sense is that Brian is appropriate to question the ideas, but what I have tried to do is explain why it might be important to question the premise, that democracy itself, or it’s illusion is in fact, the generator of the problems…?

 

My point is that under accelerating complexity, we fractionalize reality which promotes dimensional polarization in the coping process, so we have more solutions from different perspectives, a la blind monks and elephant–>each is partly right!!
The Blind and the elephant

Attempts at holistic responses are shot in the foot with the acceleration of dimensional complexity, because no matter how complex you get, you can’t get complex enough leaving the problem space incompletely occupied with solution space…  In some cases, the dimensional byproduct is more complex than the original problem… (Emergenics)

So much energy goes into solving the wrong problem –> somebody is right and we all have to get there… rather than looking at fit and alignment, moving the rifle site off of polarization — realizing diversity in perspective (polarization around my view or theirs) has us emotionally hooked on right and wrong stuff that eats up available energy and information for dimensional problem solving/elephant designing…

My feeling is…

If we accept that polarization is a natural response to AC [Accelerating Complexity]… then move off of it being a problem.  We then send energy and information in other places… so trying to move people to the middle may create too much entropy…

So what happens if we just allow people to continue to fractionalize and while resources become an issue (which may not be a bad thing) we naturally will start to mimic reality (fractionalized) as multifaceted and therefore promote increasing diversity, less zero sum and collaboration because I realize I have a partial solution because in some areas it works great but has limitations in others calling for additional dimensional solutions which may have to be layered — mimicking reality…

The time of holism has expired because of AC… the domain of what nobody knows is growing faster than domains of what somebody knows and doesn’t…

The arrogance we have in thinking we are solving more problems than we create are about to be shattered in which the consciousness may be required to shift backwards out of instead of forwards into AC…

Our species is NOT wired for what we are able to create…

Therefore a new species will emerge which has a different set of skills… and until/while that happens, we need to be careful we don’t accelerate our own exit, hehe…

So for me — polarization — is the wrong fixation because we are all also… partly wrong too, which means we will need scaffolding and support in areas largely that are in fact responsible for our fractional views — which doesn’t have to be a bad thing… because, more than likely, it may help us shatter the ego delusion which maintains the need for polarization…

This was my comment about slipping into diminishing returns around values conflict…

In the face of fractionalization–we all run home to mama (Jonesy talking to seaman Beaumont in RED OCTOBER)… and mama is our values set…

So future AC will naturally lead to accelerated values conflict… unless we take the sting out of that by moving off good and bad and trying to understand what fits where in the puzzle –where are the missing pieces in your life, work, and play… the missing cards –> because nobody is playing with a full deck!!

For me, de-personalizing the values conflict could lead to accelerating collaboration once we begin to realize none of us has "the" answer…

Or fully perceives the problem…

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