We're creatures with capacities for creativity, warmth, strength, etc. Our ancestors and we have exercised these capacities with many marvelous results. Among the clever artifacts we've produced have been philosophical systems, including political and economic systems. We've sometimes lionized these systems and imagined them persisting indefinitely into the future. But in fact, our existence and growth depend on adaptation and invention with regard to all of our artifacts, including these systems.
The Theory of Constraints is a methodology originated by Eliyahu Goldratt that gives steps for identifying constraints that limit an organization's success. Enterprises use this and other methodologies to increase profits in the competitive marketplace. But when we analyze our lives and our world, competition itself, in many forms, emerges as a major constraint on our well-being. We're proposing that we use the ample tools and methodologies at our disposal to change our inner and outer realities, to structure our lives and our world around harmony, interconnectedness, mutual appreciation, and so on. Accepting this proposal, deciding to take this path, does not mean, of course, that the entire paradigm shift has been accomplished. There remain many steps to take. But making the decision is a key early step, just as setting a definite intention to undertake a mission to the Moon is an early prerequisite for successfully landing a craft on our little sibling world.
The clever artifacts we've produced demonstrate that we've come a certain distance with the paradigms that have prevailed thus far. It's conceivable that technological capacities could continue to be significantly expanded without a major paradigm shift. But the paradigm shift is important for creating optimal conditions so that these capacities will be put to constructive, rather than destructive, use.
The transition can be smooth and safe. As we're in the process of building consensus, we can mindfully and heartfully continue to participate in systems that will be superseded when the consensus reaches a sufficient level.
So why not up our game? Why not optimize our systems and strategies at the deepest levels?
Adopting, or buying into, the scenario that this framework points toward entails nothing more, and nothing less, than a deep commitment to truth and love. Making and keeping such a commitment isn't necessarily simple, but it's inherently worthwhile, regardless of how many or how few others are walking the same road. As people do it more and more, the new paradigm will become more and more of a reality.
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