'If there is anything unique about the human animal, it is that it has the ability to grow knowledge at an accelerating rate while being chronically incapable of learning from experience.” -John Gray
I had a thought about the future. About what it might be like in two hundred years if we did everything right. For me that meant we had solved world poverty, children had equal rights in education all the way, the rivers would be clean enough to drink from, the air good for you and war was something we read about uncivilized people promulgating; the new thing would be 'non-lethal weapons' because in this new present, every life was precious.
Then I had another thought. What if we could condense that 200 years of progress down into 20 years? If we lived in a Trekky heaven. What would our actions, our daily habits and our behaviours be like on that journey?
What if we could condense 200 years of progress down to 20years?
Many of us are heavily invested in transformation, in enabling rapid change in ourselves, but it's yet to be applied to our environment and yet that, according to the research, is where the key to success lies; an enriched environment with positive folks all putting in their 100% or as near as possible, a minimal fuss daily environment, where everything around us is streamlined for inspiration and positivity, everyone in their own 'hygge' heaven.
Is your 'hygge' heaven often a 'hygge' heap
Then I looked around; my 'hygge' heaven is often a 'hygge' heap in transition.
'That's just life' is not an excuse. It's a heap that robs me of time spent being creative and vaguely useful to society. It's all 'the stuff'. I include in that the time spent calling up mobile phone companies, the hub of our communications breakthrough, (they are falling somewhat short on the Star Trek scale of comparison) cost effectiveness often cuts down on quality customer service and in the long term costs us all dearer.
If you compare yourself or your company to a Star Trek utopia it's simpler to see where your falling short.
The consequences of automating everything have a cost; a human cost and they have a communications cost. Some years back I would smugly smile to myself that 'we in the UK' never suffered the abysmal call times we heard about in the U.S. We called up a company and someone would answer within usually about twenty seconds. Now, I am not so smug.
We call up the company and the machine doesn't recognise we are speaking an Earth language. They say 'Sorry' very politely and then list a multi-choice option, none of which we want, and this all takes time, also you have to tell them exactly the right thing to get through to an actual person. God forbid you mention the word bill because it just goes straight to payments. Always, always say, 'Query', or 'speak to an adviser'.
How does this relate to the 200 years? Well, communications are everything in speeding progress, and time is everything. Saved time is saved life. It's our most precious object, it comes after air and water and hovers alongside food in terms of how much we need to protect our stocks of it and who we share it with.
The Anti-hygge Heap
Companies with these long wait times need to employ secretaries to save our time. It's not about money. We want to speak to 'Moneypenny', and we want them to suggest a positive time saving option. Then we will be able to address the anti-hygge heaps in our lives, the hidden consequences of the 21st century’s gluttonous lifestyle. To tackle the piles of rubbish shipped to Africa and dumped in the sea, and not to mention the nuclear trickle stash. Yep, it's time to clean up the play room, to put our toys away, to roll up our sleeves and take care of our environments. The problem is no-one knows what a Star Trek Utopian environment looks like. I can tell you this; it's 100% resilient to disasters and climate change, it can bend like bamboo when faced with an obstacle; it's choc full of flowers, fruit, trees and herbs (and hopefully chocolate) because the things we need every day to keep us healthy are what we need in our immediate environment - please don't pause to tell me chocolate's unhealthy.
A place or effort is 'fruitless' precisely because there isn't any, there's no fruit trees, no berries growing in our neighbourhood that we can simply pick and eat. There's an absence of flowers. When you see an absence of flowers; the place you're in, isn't resilient, this a sign of failure, of going backwards, not of progress.
An absence of flowers
When you can look around and the place you're in is as optimised as it could be for your well-being and for every creature and critter, bug and bulb's well-being, you know you've done your '200 to 20' journey ok.
So, here's Kish and Mozi's first article. 200 to 20.
The 200 to 20
It's a challenge, a gauntlet I throw out to you to think about. How can we condense 200 years of progress into 20 years? What would it take?
How is your 'hygge' heap or heaven doing? What else can we do to '200 to 20'? I know it's possible because people respond when necessary with incredible action. And today it’s necessary.
Image Credit:- Northern Iceland in November by Sue White