This is the manifesto for the Facebook Possibility Magazine. If you share this vision, you are welcome to join the group and engage with us in inspired discussion: http://www.facebook.com/groups/thepossibility/
“A writer can do nothing for men more necessary, satisfying, than just simply to reveal to them the infinite possibility of their own souls.” – Walt Whitman.
1. QUESTION EVERYTHING:
We are surrounded by certainty, we feel we have somehow stumbled across such original thoughts, we feel our ideas are our own. Yet if we stop to look around, if we step back a moment and take a hard look at what it is that defines us, we can’t help but be struck by the fact that quite a few of our beliefs are shared by society. Have we stopped to think about where our intrinsic beliefs come from? The critical question here is – was it an ingenious act of persuasion? – you know, are we victim to the ancient art of convincing someone to do what you want by coaxing him to believe that it was his idea to begin with?
Just how much of what you think is you is really you? When we begin to ask these questions, we begin to retrace the origins of our very thinking – a kind of thinking that more than often happens to be shared by communities – in other words; a common, fundamental, paradigm. We begin to step back for the first time and see these paradigms as merely one possibility. We begin to ask; why this? Why not that? What empowers me? What imprisons me? What connects me? What alienates me?
We can’t even begin to ask these questions until we stop to retrace the origin of things. This forum is created in this spirit, with great passion and versatility, not for the sake of solutions – but the sake of your infinite possibility. This is the first initiative.
“Mark this well, you proud men of action! You are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.
2. BRIDGE THE GAPS:
The second initiative is to bridge the gap between the men of thought and the men of action. Every idea in the world bears with it a deep sense of responsibility, because all ideas can translate into action. When the thought and the action is so disconnected, it leads to a sort of autocracy, a blindness.
We do not live secluded lives; man is a social creature, even when he is one with nature. We cannot dream up a new world, pen it down – or even speak of it to others – and expect it not to influence the way the world evolves. Every idea will bear its fruit, will become implemented in some way or other, which is where the question of ethics emerges.
To express is to influence. We cannot help but leave our footprint upon the earth. Understanding this brings a sense of responsibility that since thoughts will inevitably lead to action, it is important to consider what kind of actions are mutually beneficial. Mutually empowering.
“The time has come to realise that an interpretation of the universe–even a positivist one–remains unsatisfying unless it covers the interior as well as the exterior of things; mind as well as matter. The true physics is that which will, one day, achieve the inclusion of man in his wholeness in a coherent picture of the world.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
3. BE WHOLISTIC:
Which leads, inevitably, to the third initiative. Every word is an interpretation, we cannot escape that. Even if in the viscera of our consciousness we experience something tangibly beyond interpretation, the moment it is expressed it becomes one interpretation of many. Bearing this, wholistic ideas become a critical component of coherency.
Time and again we have witnessed fragmented or superstitious paradigms producing dysfunctional societies and a wallowing madness. The very attempt – regardless of success – to create a wholistic picture, is altogether worthwhile. At the least, we can fail. But as the saying goes, you only fail if you don’t get back up again after you fall down.
It is as if we are crawling on the dirt and imagining that is all we are and will amount to be. To consider the possibility that we can stand up… that we can walk… is perhaps the most necessary of all acts. And a person cannot walk until he feels whole. It is this fragmentation that cripples us. In other words;
“We’re all afloat in a boundless sea, and the way we cope is by massing together in groups and pretending in unison that the situation is other than it is. We reinforce the illusion for each other. That’s what a society really is, a little band of humanity huddled together against the specter of a pitch black sea. Everyone is treading water to keep their heads above the surface even though they have no reason to believe that the life they’re preserving is better than the alternative they’re avoiding. It’s just that one is known and one is not. Fear of the unknown is what keeps everyone busily treading water. All fear is fear of the unknown. If someone in such a group of water-treaders betrays the group lie by speaking the truth of their situation, that person is called a heretic and society reserves its most awful punishments for heretics. If someone decides to stop struggling and just sink or float away, every possible effort is made to stop him, not for the benefit of the individual, but for the benefit of the group. To deny at all costs the truth of the situation.” – Jed McKenna.
If you share this vision, you are welcome to join the group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/thepossibility/
~ by revolutionwithin on August 12, 2011.