Patterns of life

Today’s society demonstrates the destructive combination of absolute private property rights and limitless resources exploitation (including ‘human resources’!). We seem to be heading towards self destruction.
Many of the ‘woke’ human population try to figure out solutions for the mess we got our species into. Never before has a species voluntarily been able to constraint their natural tendency to expand and grow. Growth is a natural pattern, but we now have reached the end of our ‘petri dish’ and risk to die off as the result of the effects of polluting the very domain that has fed us for so long.

There are hopeful possibilities though, that are undervalued. Humans have always been adapting to change and more importantly to each other. We possess a huge ability to copy behaviour that seems successful. Together with the current technical possibilities to know what behaviour that could be, we have the possibility to experiment and learn faster than ever. And find the new patterns for survival.

My current guess is that those patterns will be situated in the relational domain. In what happens when two or more humans interact. Despite it’s very fundamental nature, there has been little to no scientific attention to it’s effect. Only this last century has seen academic disciplines emerge studying and researching this. Social skills are not part of todays standard curriculum.

My sense is that exactly this underdeveloped domain holds the promise of better love and understanding between humans of all kind. And the good news is, that behaviour is not as easy to monopolise or alienate as a private right or property. So successful social behaviour will be copied and spread like wild fire.

So while going about my daily life and every day challenges, I will filter for patterns, even more than before. Generative social patterns and their dark counterparts.

Published by Harry van der Velde

I am on the never ending quest of developing consciousness. I like to see it. Made it my profession to sketch out my current understanding. Working as a Visual Thinker and Graphic Facilitator, preferably where it adds the most value. Complex and wicked challenges are the most interesting.

3 thoughts on “Patterns of life

  1. The patterns that interest me too, are the ones in the relational field. Here’s to patterns that are so useful and successful that people love them like their dogs . . . I’m pretty sure those patterns are waiting for us.


  2. We can’t predict the future, so long-term effects are less tangible than the immediate, short-term and observable mechanisms, right? So we tend to deal with the things that are more under our control than the big unknown. Could be a general pattern or precondition for patterns, because how to know or find out if other patterns are generative or dark counterparts, especially later on the time scale? In nature, some parasites kill their host because there’s no awareness of the situation; or sometimes people deliberately (!) choose the short-term gain in exchange for long-term destruction (either in the hope to stop/fix it later as it’s unclear to foresee if that will or will not actually happen in the future). So if better social relationship building is developed, the unpredictability of future still doesn’t go away and remains kind of an issue, potentially unsolvable. Just a few random thoughts.


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