While I will leave any deeper analysis for a later time, the protests in Minneapolis and around the country after the death of George Floyd are giving us feedback about our society. Frankly, we are at a point where we must bravely choose to adapt and co-create a new way forward. Evolution of any natural or human system always starts with a feedback that forces us to adapt to new ways. Our challenge right now as human beings is to listen deeply to what is being said, felt, and acted upon.
Nature doesn’t have consciousness or emotions – or ideology for that matter – to restrict or cloud our ability to hear feedback. In Nature, feedback is information that helps the entire system continue to evolve and let go of forms that no longer serve function. The feedback we are experiencing is information that tells us that the “forms” of justice are not serving the higher purpose of living in a country what aspires to justice and equity for all.
I agree with your statement that nature does not have consciousness or emotion or ideology but does it also not have a self destructive avenue? The similarities between nature and what is happening in this country today is not the same. I would be interested in your thoughts.
Kim, I don’t think nature is self destructive in the same way people can sometimes be. Nature can and is destructive, especially if there are dynamics in the system that need to be reset for the ecosystem to continue to evolve. One of the ways that nature continues to adapt is by listening to the feedback in the system. the feedback lets nature and its plants and species know when excess in an ecosystem needs to be curbed. Nature is also designed to use waste as a nutrient, so when a flood or fire shifts the look of an ecosystem it leaves behind nutrients that feed the next ecosystem that is going to inhabit that area. Humans don’t always listen to feedback. In fact, sometimes we actively ignore it until the feedback is too loud for us to ignore. That is when change in our thinking or behavior is forced to change and we in turn evolve. Our self-destructive behavior often comes from how we are avoiding or denying feedback that we need to pay attention to.