Our survival game

The last century we discovered a lot. We learned to exploit the power of machines, industrialization, mass production, chemicals, plastics, computers and the internet.
Fiercely competing among ourselves for mastery and profit we maximized our efforts to grow and develop society to an unprecedented level of consumption and waste.
Within 1oo years we totally changed the face of the planet.
And as we witness today the planet adapts to that influence. Alas in an unpleasant and unforseen way. The depleted resources, ravaged landscapes and ruined ecosystems lead to unstable and volatile climate change. Already 40% of the fauna species is now extinct. The thawing North Pole today is currently totally surrounded by unexpectted immense forest fires. The now dry boreal forest, with all the life in it is defenseless.
Humanity has created big risks for survival of itself and many other species. Life as a whole on earth is under threat.
Like sorcerers apprentices we thought we could do anything we wanted. We created like Gods, but could not foresee the implications and consequences of our creating.
We can never stop iterating between expression and adaption. So now it is time to adapt. What behaviour should humans develop in order to survive?

Observing humanity quickly shows what is lacking. The global warming happens to the whole planet. Yet humans have not yet developed the skills to respond as a whole. Humans always have competed with other species and between themselves for resources.

So now we are forced to learn to collaborate effectively very quickly. Luckily humans are great at adapting. And we do have the technology available. Communication and organizing has never been more easy. But the art of communicating in a effective and generative way is still very much in its infancy. Currently my best approach is learned from Marshall Rosenberg who pioneered Non Violent Communication. That is based on understanding that all we do is driven by our needs. They define all we do. All the rest is strategy.

That perspective allows us to employ the deliberations from our neo cortex, that has been developed and trained well in our society. Strategizing is at the core of modern organizations. This is a great tool at our our disposal.

Thinking about ourself in real needs is the part that urgently needs our attention and energy. Many of us have learnt to survive by denying very basic human needs, like recognition, touch, connection, spontaneity and many many more.
Getting to recognise and acknowledge them is the first step. Unmet needs are very often translated into embodied trauma, so there is a lot of healing and repatterning to be dealt with.

So if we want to survive, we need to stop changing the world around us and change ourselves first, in order to be able to behave as the great family that we factually are.

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.

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