There is no them
When we face seemingly insurmountable power structures with the visibility that they are not serving all of our communities, I notice a move to other the benefactors of these structures. They don’t care. How can they do this? Look at them.
When in reality, they are us. We are the ones creating these systems, holding these systems in place, and generating these systems.
Therefore, these patterns of scaled relations are artifacts of us at the time of their creation.
I always encourage peers to engage their subconscious othering of power, as it may just be the gateway to aligned collaboration.
Said another way, the insight of unique perspective is valuable to those designing and stewarding scaled governance and social infrastructure. The delivery of feedback often informs the penetration of the content. And when well articulated through the truly aligned incentives along the spectrum of authority, there is no reason for integration to fail to reach decision makers. Barring bureaucratic friction, we are participants; co-creators however small, in the systems that govern our lives.
The power of this truth is far scarier than standing as victim.
The accountability of co-creation is a product of taking this perspective.
And the result is that we do have the power to steward the developments of our governments and commercial incentives. We do participate in meritocratic policy iteration.
And the integration of this power into our identity equals “we are them; they are us” –no more othering of power.
“It is not our darkness, but our power that scares us most” -Marianne Williamson.
(photo created by me using midjourney)
Applied, we created the western medical paradigm and market cultivation tactics for pharmaceutical oligopolies. We created and continue to create the geopolitical conflicts that spur demand for military technology innovations. We create the data paradigms that underserve specific demographics in social services technology and result in the stabilization of demographics closest to those of the system architects. We are the unconscious biases of our species and still we are here to create our civilization.
It is almost a responsibility doomed to failure. As our attention shifts to illuminate what was shrouded in fear, another area falls into bias. We are finite beings.
And still there is hope in our cooperation. The coherence of diverse stakeholders across spectrums of power, and along multiple axes of relationship, we can preserve polarity of perspectives and build ecosystems of access. When we stay in our lane, our domain of expertise, we co-activate the contributions of collaborators through their expertise. We swim in parallel with well defined domains.
As water saturates through layers of an ecosystem, so too can our economic drivers distribute knowledge and capital through markets. The incentive being that our available resources may reach new minds, providing nutrition to aspects of our humanity that have yet to be integrated into the noosphere of innovation. Globalization can be more a flourishing garden, and less a mono-cropped farm. Biomimicry and agroforestry can inform distributed transit infrastructure, network states, and subscription social services.
I see a future where our self selected civic goods are delivered by legacy nationstate infrastructure as service delivery partners. Geopolitics are negotiated with a new class of network states at the table, wielding globally aggregated leverage across a truly competitive market. And power is liquid between all layers of socio-economic hierarchies.
The holes in the floor of this architecture are individual agency and self motivation towards literacy. We are our own presidents. We are the CEOs of our own healthcare. We are the owner of our destiny. And as such, we swarm together on assets we value. Leaving legacy governmental artifacts to starve in the garden as more beautiful plants earn the nutrients of our attention, time, and energy.
Can you see it?
A world that works for everyone? A world where our successes and failures are ours to author?
How might capitalism evolve through libertarianism and techno socialism to provide globally sovereign distributed infrastructure and the economic mobility of all?
When mental health is established as the catalyst for individual failure and success; in this new world, those who struggle are accountable to their struggle. And swarms of compassionate service providers can pool resources in architectures similar to nationstate’s provisioning social services today. The difference being that these organizations will be participatory and transparently regulated. Therefore the hedge against aggregating bad actors must be transparency. And the scale of network states must operate within the context of a market regulated along metrics of transparency and reputation.
This is hyper conscious capitalism. Where are my blind spots? Can we awaken true accountability in our citizenship?