Spencer is a friend of mine who has been living and working at Tamera Peace Research Village for several years now. He has written something that I like so much that I am repeating it
The piece (as I interpret it) is both a brilliant critique of “transhumanism” (the attempt to solve human problems with technology, or systems) which is partly drawn from his own personal quest for meaning and contribution; along with a praise of the desire to create a system that would solve fundamental human needs, starting with basic survival and moving on to higher-order needs. This is called “multiple simultaneous perspectives”, which is an aspect of integral thinking.
I am not sure that such a system exists, exactly; if it does it would have to be able to rapidly evolve and transform itself (which Spencer also notes); however, I fully support the desire to develop such a system, a new of way of thinking. Indeed, it may be that moving towards this impossible goal is the best use of our time and energy.
Tamera is a brilliant, flawed, “perfectly imperfect” community. I have been quite critical of them in the past, judging them from what I perceive of the overall level of the happiness and fulfillment of the people who actually live and work there:
“The true test of your spiritual success is the happiness of the people around you” — Swami Rudrananda (Rudi)
And yet I am very supportive of their work, and happy that Spencer is with them, helping them (hopefully) to think things through and develop a model for the fuller life that we all want and that the world desperately needs…
Read the article here.