This blog is an Extension of the last chapter of my blog about the Future of the State.
In this blog I come to the conclusion that the State makes The Rich Richer and the Poor poorer.
The main reason is that the State is an Aristocracy that looks like a Democracy.
The State is a Contradictio in terminis: It accomplishes the Opposite it wants to accomplish.
The main reason is that the managers of the state believe in controlling everything instead of Self-Organization (P-Anarchy).
As you will later see in this blog this effect is the result of Dualism which is the foundation of Current Science. This problem is solved in Complexity Science, the Subject of this Blog.
I have transformed the last chapter of this blog into a new blog. called The Geometry of Change.
This blog is not a scientific article but a collage that contains many intellectual surprises.
Observe that the agents are rotating With and Against the Clock. A combination of both is a Moebius Ring (looks like 8).
this Blog discusses a Design for an Alternative of he City and/or the State based on the idea that they are an Ecology. An Ecology Dies when there is not enough Diversity. The same applies to a City or a State. You are diverse when you are Different.
For more info about what an Ecology is see Chapter 3. Below you can see the Design.
About Rotating Rotations
Observe that the Wheel of Time is propagating itself by exploding at the right moment just like a motor . This explosion is the Fusion of the Aha-erlebnis, the Feeling of Discovery.
Observe that the 5th view is called Whole (white). It is the center of the system (Monitor) put into the System itself. Putting a whole in a whole is called a fractal.
About Ancient Civilizations
In this short introduction I show you the very rich knowledge of Ancient Civilizations that already existed > 620.00 BC. They contain the roots of the concept of the state but also of the many conflicts we are totally not aware of that are now hidden behind the walls of Religion.
This blog starts with a few pictures and links to related articles about Urban Ecologies and some quotes and interesting video’s about Complexity Science which is the Toolset I try to Use in this blog.
About Urban Ecologies
The models of Urban Ecologies are Control/Cybernetic Systems.
After the models I explain what Complexity Science is about using two PDF’s, 2 citations and a video of Stuart Kaufman, Nassim Taleb and Robert Sapolski.
After the video’s I present a List of Chapters with a short description of the content of the chapters and Chapter 0: Introduction which is the “real” beginning of this blog .
If you are in a hurry move to Chapter 16.
About Complexity Science:
Complexity Science is not about the Parts but about the Whole. The Notes are not the Music played with the notes. The Meal is not the recipe. The City is not its Citizens
The basic components of a complex adaptive systems are called agents. They are typically conceived as ‘black box’ systems, meaning that we know the rules that govern their individual behaviour, but we do not care about their internal structure.
Nassim Taleb:“We have the illusion that the world functions thanks to programmed design, university research, and bureaucratic funding, but there is compelling — very compelling — evidence to show that this is an illusion. Technology is the result of antifragility, exploited by risk-takers in the form of tinkering and trial and error. Engineers and tinkerers develop things while history books are written by academics; we will have to refine historical interpretations of growth, innovation, and many such things. … The error of naive rationalism leads to overestimating the role and necessity of … academic knowledge, in human affairs — and degrading the uncodifiable, more Complex, intuitive, or experience-based type”.
Below you can find a picture that tries to explain Panarchy (see chapter 3). The colors are a link to PoC (chapter 4). A pandemic is the result of a jump (Revolt) from a Virus part of the Human Body-Ecology to a Social Network (and further a City).
List of Chapters:
- About the many Fourfold Cycles there are.
2: Latour and the Parliament of Things.
3: Is a State an Ecology?
What is an Ecology: About Panarchy.
4: Why an Ecology is a Path of Change (PoC) and the many Paths of Change (comparable Procesmodels) that are already there.
5: About the Roots of Panarchy: Cultural Theory which is a PoC.
6: The Relational Model of Alan Fiske (Which is a PoC) and its links to Geometry.
7: Combine Panarchy & PoC & Fiske and discover how Anti-Fragility works.
8: About Thermodynamics and discover why everything flows .
9: About Flow States.
10: About States and Harbours. Why connecting diversity stimulates Innovation.
11: About Entrainment. and why we go to a Church and a Soccermatch severy week to collect Emotional Energy.
12: A New (PoC-)Model for the State.
13: How to Design a State.
14: What Human Rights and Maslows Pyramid have in common.
15: Why The US is a Market Society where everything has a Price.
16: The State as the Monitor of the Political Ecology.
17: About the Acupuncture of the State. About the History of the Chinese State (until today) the Cycle (Mandate of Heaven) that controls the state and the many applications of the cycle in China including Acupuncture.
18: The End. Summary and the introduction of a new blog I will write probably about the Geometry of the State.
In this blog I am trying to find out if it is possible to use Complexity Theory to design a Fair Self Organizing Structure to replace the State.
To do that I reuse a blog about Anti-Fragility and the theory of Panarchy that is made to explain an Ecology.
In the end of this blog I will use all the acquired knowledge to design a new model for a State and a City.
1. About Cycles:
A Cycle is a Selforganizing System. We experience many Cyclic processes like Day and Night and the Seasons.
virtually everything that happens on Earth runs in cycles—our climate, the markets, political systems, societies, wars, financial ups-and-downs, etc. Our ancestors have known this for centuries.
“Practically all living processes are organised in cycles. The organism is thick with biological rhythms ranging from periods of split seconds for electrical activities of brain cells to seconds such as the heart-beat and respiration, to periods which are circadian and circannual. But no one has ever been able to explain why that should be.
The answer is provided by thermodynamics. It turns out that symmetrically coupled cycles are the key to both the conservation of coherent energy and compensation (or cancelling out) of entropy within the system so that living organisation is maintained.
As one cycle of activity is running down, it is charging up a second cycle, so that the role can be reversed later. Similarly, as disorder is created in some part of the system, a kind of superorder appears in elsewhere, which can restore order to the first part” (Mae Wan Ho).
Observe that MAe Wan Ho uses a theory that explains Anti-Fragility (“Order out of Disorder“) called Thermodynamics. Mae Wan Ho wrote this text long before the concept Anti-fragility was invented. Thermodynamics comes back in Chapter 8.
The Life Cycle of the Organism consists of a self-similar fractal structure of cycles.
About Cycles (part 2):
At a certain point in time Humans detected the cyclic processes in the Night Sky that took more than a life-time to return to their beginning. They found he Cycle of the Precession of the Equinox.
observe that a lot of the Cycles Rotate around other Cycles. A rotating rotation is a Spiral.
The State and the City, the Mother of the state, are not alone a Boundary in Space but are also a Cyclic System .that synchronizes with all the other Cyclic systems in its environment (Growth Cycle of Agriculture, Sun cycle, Seasons, Moon Cycle/ Menstruation Cycle, Great Cycle of the Precession, ..).
In this blog I introduce Complexity Theory (CT) to design a new type of State, the Self Organizing State or city. CT shows that when we Stop controlling a system It will Self-organizes.
Humans contain cells, contain molecules contain atoms etc etc. The organizing principle repeats until the deepest level ,the vacuum but it also moves up until Cities States and the Earth.
This blog contains examples of a new model for the State and the City who was the Mother of the State.
This model is based on the model of Panarchy. Panarchy is a model of an Ecology.
If you are only interested in the model move to Chapter 12.
I hope you already believe that the State is an Ecology. If you believe this please realize that Complexity Theory tells you that you have to Trust the Self-Organizing power of the State. So stop organizing and Remove the Barriers of all the control systems.
There is a special Linkedin-Group created for people who want to discuss the future of the State.
I have started this blog September 9 2020 . It is intended as the last chapter of my already finished blog About the Future of the State.
In my blog About the Future of the State (“the initial blog“) I have given a lot of information about what is going wrong with the Constitutional State and many theories about how states work.
The biggest problem is that the Constitutional State is controlled by an Aristrocratic Elite organized as a Tribe that profits from the Power and the Taxsystem of the State.
A (powerful) Politial party looks like a Tribe.
Many International or local Conflicts are Tribal Conflicts.
The highly needed Redistribution of the Wealth from the Rich to the Poor in the economy does not take place. The rich get Richer and the `Poor get Poorer.
2. Latour and the Parliament of Things:
The most interesting link in the initial blog is a Statement called How to Think as a State of the French Philosopher Bruno Latour to the WRR a Scientific advisoryBoard to the King of the Netherlands about the Future of the State.
In this statement he explains the Parliament of Things (PoT) comparable to the IoT.
In the PoT humans organisms, lakes, mountains cars and other things are represented.
PoT is a concept that questions the way we organize our State. It questions also what a representional democracy really represents. Does it represent all things that are born and die including the animals that have no language or is the system of representation a simulator that hides the Games we Play.
3. The State is an Ecology that is part of the World-System:
Latour gave me the idea that the State is an Ecology.
An Ecology is a Complex multi-layered Redistribution System that contains a wide array of interacting levels of organization spanning micro-level (e.g., cells, humans) to a planetary scale (e.g., biosphere).
If you want, replace in this definition the components of the Ecology with the components of the City or the State and see what you get. Do you miss something?.
A Complex System has distinct Properties that arise from its relationships, such as nonlinearity, emergence, spontaneous order, adaptation, and feedback loops, among others.
An explaining theory of the State is called World System Theory (WST).In this case the state is a System (a World, the domain of Man), a Boundary in Space/Time that operates at the level of the Earth.
WST can be combined with the theory of the Long-Time Cycles mostly related to Kondratiev but also to Marx, Polanyi and Schumpeter.
If you look below at the pictures and read this you will see that the kondratiev-wave is in its 5th state with the color White and the subject Whole. The wave will be at its top around 2050.
The technology in this phase is called Global Brain. Gobal Brain has a lot to do with what now is called Artificial Intelligence (AI) and AI has a lot to with the Big Brother State that is now created in China.
Global Brain could be the Brain of an Entrained Collective. see chapter 11.
Want to read more (in Dutch) about the Cycles? download the PDF below.
The kondratiev Cycle is represented as a Spiral and is related to the Meta-Narrative (Chronotope) of Bahktin and PoC by their colors.
Blue is the color of the Law of Rome and Red is the color of he Actions of Alexander who conquered almost the complete World at his time. Yellow is the color of Spirit seen in The rise of Art in the Renaissance and the Rise of Christianity.
Green is the color of Social related to Social conflicts like the French Revolution. White is the color of the Center (The Whole) . White is always combined with a New World Religion. It could be related to the return of the Maitrea expected in many Religions.
There have been three kinds of historical systems across human history: “mini-systems” or what anthropologists call bands, tribes, and small chiefdoms, and two types of world-systems, one that is politically unified and the other is not (single state world empires and multi-polity world economies). World-systems are larger, and are ethnically diverse. The modern world-system, a capitalist world-economy, is unique in being the first and only world-system, which emerged around 1450 to 1550, to have geographically expanded across the entire planet, by about 1900.
It is defined, as a world-economy, in having many political units tied together as an interstate system and through its division of labor based on capitalist enterprises.
The Tribes never leave their State even when the states have grown into very big structures.
In the current capitalistic system many “tribes” (for instance the Oligarchs of russia) use the income of the state they control to fight their battles. These battles are now mostly faught using highly intelligent technology and weapons.
The Theory of Panarchy is used in many of my blogs. One of them is a Blog about Anti-Fragility called How to Benefit from Disorder and a Dutch version about the same issue. I will reuse these blogs.
Anti-Fragility happens when an Ecology moves Up (Revolt) to a New Fractal level. The opposite (Going Down) is called Remember. In this state the ecology saves some of its state in a place that acts as a Memory out of which o a Copy of the old state can be regenerated. This place is called a Sacred Grove.
A Sacred Grove is often a Sacred Place in a Wood. An example is the Cathedral of Chartres that was a sacred place for the Druids of the Celts.
In the UP-state The Ecology becomes Bigger and Slower in its Cyclic Frequency.
As a consequence of the periodic, but transient phases of Destruction (omega stage) and Reorganization (alpha stage), a system’s Structure and processes can be Reorganized.
This reshuffling allows for the establishment of new system configurations and opportunities for the incorporation of exotic and entirely novel entrants into the system. The adaptive cycle explicitly introduces mutations and rearrangements.
An Ecology is a Fractal Cyclic Adaptive Innovation System.
Panarchy is a conceptual framework created by Gunderson and Holling to account for the dual, and seemingly contradictory, characteristics of all complex systems – stability and change.
Panarchy is a contradictory system. It fuses what cannot be fused .
Panarchy is the study of how Economic growth and Human development depend on Biological ecosystems and Social institutions, and how they interact.
It is an integrative framework, bringing together ecological, economic and social models of change and stability, to account for the complex interactions among both these different areas, and different scale levels.
“No system can be understood or managed by focusing on it at a single scale. All systems exist and function at multiple scales of space, time and social organization, and the interactions across scales are fundamentally important in determining the dynamics of the system at any particular focal scale. This interacting set of hierarchically structured scales has been termed a “panarchy” (Gunderson and Holling 2003).
Panarchy shows that a Government that wants to optimize the State seen as an ecology will end up with a Decay of this state.
The only thing that helps is not to interfere and follow the cycle, as you can see in the picture below where every step moves between opposites (“tensions, “polarities “).
Want to know more about opposites : read this blog about Logic and Alchemy.
4. About Paths of Change:
Paths of Change (PoC) is a theory and a model about Change.
The model of Paths of Change is a 2D Fourfold pattern of Opposites called a Quaternion by Jung.
In this Chapter you will find many Paths (of Change) related to many Subjects in which PoC is used. Remember the PoC was known by the Hunter Gatherers.
There are old examples of the Games of PoC. For instance Chess, the Tarot, the Elements and the Dance of Shiva.
5. About the Roots of Panarchy: Cultural Theory:
The matrix pictured here, adapted from Michiel Schwarz and Michael Thompson (1990), is one presentation of a typology of worldviews called cultural theory.
It plots acceptance of social controls (on the vertical axis) and levels of social commitment (on the horizontal axis). In the quadrants, the worldviews or rationalities depicted are alternatively described as archetypes, ways of life, social solidarities, and myths or caricatures of nature.
“We postulate that these four ways of life are in conflict in every conceivable domain of social life,” write Michael Thompson and Marco Verwell (2004). “Each of the four ways of life consists of a specific way of structuring social relations and a supporting cast of particular beliefs, values, emotions, perceptions, and interests.”
“In the end, every type of social conflict is about types of organization,” writes anthropologist Mary Douglas (2006). “Why do we settle for four types? Because this model is at once parsimonious and it is comprehensive. A hundred, or a million, types of cultural bias may be out there. But for explanatory value three, four or five types of social environment are enough to generate three, four or five distinct cosmologies.”
“Each rationality will generate its own distinctive engineering aesthetic: its own definition of the good, the beautiful and the socially desirable,” write Schwarz and Thompson (1990). “Our concern, therefore, should not be with which one is right (for that would be to insist that just one rationality had access to ‘the truth’) but rather with which is appropriate to the task at hand.”
Below I present a comparable model of Alan Fiske:
6. About the Relational Model of Alan Fiske:
The Relational Models of Fiske look a lot like PoC.
The Four Views of Fiske are Four World-views Viewing at the Social Worldview (also being the Emotions).
(1): Communal Sharing: This is a Social Social group. People live together and Share things. People are treated as equivalent and undifferentiated. “What’s mine is thine; what’s thine is mine”. Fairness is important in such groups and appealing to values may be the best way to persuade. Conflict may be dealt with through mediation and others methods that seek consensus.
The Sensory view on Social Fiske calls a (2): Market=Pricing-relationship. We call this a Company. or a Community of Practice. I have repeated the picture of the Sensory view below.
As you can see a City is an expansion of the Sensory (red) view when we see a City as an Actor or Organism.
Scientists of the Santa Fe institute have found that a city behaves as an organism or a Super-organism.
(3): Equality Matching: Equality matched relationships generally collaborate around Shared goals and help one another. Relationships are reciprocal and have equal value. People treat fairly those who treat them fairly. See Tit-for-Tat as the solution of the Iterated Prisoners Dilemma.
4: Authority RankingSocial groups are arranged with a hierarchy of power. The top of the pyramid protects the lower layers.
Fiske found out that his Relational Models have a lot in common with the Scales used in Measurement Theory. We measure others the same way we measure objects and situations.
Scales are not only instruments to determine a Measurement-strategy. Scales are also ladders that bring you higher to get a better Point-of-View. This view is always blocked by the Horizon, the Point of Infinity.
The scales can be ordered in a cycle that looks like the cycle of Panarchy. The Scales and therefore the Social relations and therefore PoC and Panarchy can be related to four different Geometries.
Fiske and later Bolender found out “that there is a truly fundamental self-organizing physical process (symmetry braking) underlying social relationships that has hitherto been ignored,” They form a descending, nested series with successively fewer degrees of uniqueness (There are fewer ‘admissible’ transformations which preserve the same information).
Another explanation can be found in the spatial structure of the human body. In this context an important reference must be the work by Samuel Todes, especially his dissertation -published in 2001 by MIT Press and titled “Body and World.”.
Another explanation can be found in the Embodiment-theory of the group of George Lackof.
Humans learn about the other by copying. This faculty has been named mirror-neurons but is stil in discussion.
Another explanation is mutual entrainment, the tendency of coupled oscillators to fall into step that is widely observed in mechanical and biological systems.
The mathematical theory of Projective Geometry is a spin-off of the discovery of Perspective Drawing in the Renaissance. Drawing is a combination of Sensing and Action (Sensory-Motor-cortex).
7. Mapping the Fractal Model of Panarchy to Poc and Fiske:
The Cycles of Panarchy are fractal . They move with their own frequency. The scales are connected and Jumps Up (Revolt) and Down (Remember). Revolt looks like a Human Revolution Evolution in Biology and Anti-Fragile (being a state where the system changes and increases its Potential by being able to produce different (re)actions.
Panarchy is controlled by 3 Variables and moves in Time. This means that Panarchy is a 4D-Control feedback system. The variables are called Potential (Up/Down), Resilience (High/Low) and Connectedness (Communion, High/Low). Resilience looks like a Spring.
8. Constructal Law
9. Flow Systems States and Estuaries:
The Ancient States Egypt and Sumer were based on an ecology mostly situated at an Estuary of of a Big River (Nile, Euphrate, Tigris) that ends in a sea.
The States got into big problems when the climate changed and raining stopped, the amount of sweet water went down in combination with the entering of salt water of the sea. This all destroyed the crops.
10.Harbours, the Silk Road and other Places of Exchange of Ideas:
Many old states were situated at an Entrance to the Sea (Harbour) to make Trade and Exchange of Ideas possible. Trade was also facilitated by being at an important node in a international trade route that crossed the Desert (The Silk Road).
The connection points were the point were Ideas, Philosophies and Theories were exchanged. The Harbors facilitated important Creative centers like Alexandria and Venice.
RandallCollins shows in his book Interacting Ritual Chains that Humans need the Entrainment of Special group Rituals to release Emotional Tensions. Successful rituals create symbols of group membership and pump up individuals with positive emotional energy.
12. Examples of A new Model of the State:
In this Chapter I put the models out of Chapter 1-12 in a special order in which the City or the State plays a central role.
The picture below shows a PoC-model with a pattern of a Moebius Ring.
The Moebius-ring (the number 8) is the model behind Panarchy. An ecology contains many connected 8’s. A connected Ecology could be called a Region.
The model contains the functions that can be found in a (big) city. The States grew out of Cities.
Cities look like Organisms. Organisms cooperate in super-organisms. An Ecology is a Super Organism (comparable to the Ants).
The second picture below the picture below is also a model of a (big) City . It contains the Social Networks described in Chapter 4 (About PoC) in the Center.
It also contains a Linear connected ValueChain I call a Value Cycle or a Value Network.
It also contains a Triangel with a Center that connects the many roles that could be implemented as a Monitor. A Monitor plays the role of the Observer, Consciousness. Its role is to Balance the Four Roles. In my opinion the State (or City) should play this role instead of playing the role of the Controller.
The patterns in this model you can seen at the right. They contain a Poc Cycle in a Poc Cycle containing many PoC-cycles that represent Humans.
The term Company (Red)Flow and Sensor represent Activities in the City represented as a Value Cycle. A Value Cycle is a Value Chain that is connected. Flow Systems are related to the rotation of the Earth connected to the Sun Cycle. A City is synchronized to the Day and the Sun Cycle,.
Yellow (Idea, creative)/<-<Red (Sensing, Action) is called Inventive in PoC . Very important is the link Green (Social)<->Blue (Management, Control, Unity, Rules, Systems) ) that contains the term Building Value and the link Blue/Yelow (Inspire). It is the most important process that transforms resources (Value) into a Unity (Capital, Wealth,Potential) that is able to allocate the Creative Power (Spirit). Have a look again at how entrainment is used in combinations with Rituals.
The 3rd Picture shows a bigger picture where Types of Systems are related that are 2fold (Fragile), 4Fold (look like Organisms) and N-Fold (Anti-Fragile). They change in a way we call Evolution.
The interesting part of all the pictures is that they are all created by applying the fractal of PoC on PoC etc.
If The State is an Ecology we have to create a Multi-Layer nested PoC-model or start with a simple model (“a meta-fractal?) and make it more complex by combining more parts in different ways. The lowest level of this system has to be the human. The human is a moving-Ecology of Bacteria and Viruses.
The pictures below are explained in the chapters above.
Pictures come from Chapter 4 (About PoC): Also see this.
13. How to Design a State:
In this chapter we use the Development Proces-Model of PoC. The Arrows make it possible to create Many Different paths of Change..
Observe that Industry , Science, Market (see Polyani) and Media are part of the Model but that the Cross is not filled This place, the role of the Observer or Monitor could be taken by the Sate or the City.
14: Human Rights and Maslows Pyramid.
The ancient States grew out of Cities that where (re)Created close to the Sea by a group of People with a Bloodline (Kin(g) ) to a Godmade Human.
The “new” states USA (1787) , France (1789, ), Got Rid of their Kings and God and Based their Constitution on the Principle of “Natural Right“,that later inspired the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Human Rights (HR) have a lot in common with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. This means that HR have a lot in Common with PoC and therefore with Fiskes theory of Human Relations and Panarchy.
Human Rights are a product of an Utopian Movement that was motivated by many World Wars and Dictators that love to speak to their counterparts in the General Assembly of the UN.
Laws are a symbolic power enforced by the legal system that is enforced by a democracy, the power of the many that have no power against the smart weapons that are designed to give Big Brother its tools to control the minds.
A politics of human rights must transcend judges. History shows that movements relying on judges alone are weak. We need more power and the power can be found in the citizins that are also consumers. They can vote with their wealth but much netter with their Intelect.
15: The US is a Market Society: see Fiske Market Pricing Relationship.
16. The State as the Monitor of the Political Ecology:
In the following chapters I will create my preferred model of the State. To do this I will use the Building blocks that were created in the previous chapters.
About Alchemy and the Squaring of the Circle:
“When thou hast made the Quadrangle Round, Then is all the Secret found”. George Ripley (d.d. 1490).
I believe the State should play the role of Monitor also called Consciousness or Observer.
The monitor is in the Middle is connecting with the different Points of View making sure that the Whole is in Balance.
The monitor is without Judgement. Its only task is to Communicate.
When you look at Paths of Change you will see the big problem that arises when everybody enforces his own Personal View on the World.
It wil lead to a Permanent Conflict in which certain parts Dominate other parts for a while claiming they are the Truth.
Every Point of View claims it has its own Right but blocks the view on the Whole for the others.
Without a view on the whole the parts become a whole leading to an explosion of Complexity.
Our body contains organs but the organs are not the controller of the Body.
Our Brain is not a computer that contains software-programs that are triggered by the sensors of the senses.
the Parts react to the signals of all the Other Parts.
The monitor collects and distributes these signals.
We are a Bodyfield that synchronizes with other fields.
When we look at the Path of the Hero (PoH, also called the monomyth) that was rediscovered by Joseph Campbell we learn that the adventure of life starts with a Calling (Event) to go on a Quest.
In this Quest we use the practises and talents we have aquired in our life.
During the Quest we meet a lot of Helpers (Community) that are motivated by the Quest. At a certain point we have to make a Choice (Priotize) where to go and find the Insight we need to go on.
This Insight is shared with the Community.
An Insight is a view of the inside. Our inside is a Body . Our Body is the Temple we live in.
The PoH is a combination of 2 triangels, the Analytic Cycle and the Value Cycle that share the connection between Vision & Practice called Invention.
The Quest proves what all the Alchemists knew when they had found the Stone that brings Eternal Life.
When the Alchemist closes the circle of the Four Worldviews the alchemist discovers that History repeats itself all the time.
When the monitor does not move all the Stages of the Cycle will appear time after time stage after stage until the cycle returns to the Moment of Conception.
a Natural Ecology stores the Seeds of its creation in a sacred Groove in the Woods, a Spiritual Ecology stores its Intelectual Seeds in the Collective Unconsciousness or in its Holy Books or in the Myths and Stories that are Retold (“Retelling = Reounting) all the time.
17: About the Acupuncture of the State.
Worldviews and Meridians.
Acupuncture is part of the Chinese Medical (TCM) Tradition and the Indian Medical Tradition called Ayurveda.
The Chinese use Five Elements (Organs) related to the WOrldviews of PoC. Ayurveda uses the same Elements now called Tatvas .
The energy nodes are called Chakra‘s or Meridians. Meridians are paths through which the Life-Energy known as qi” f(or Prana) flows. Qi is the Electro-Magnetic-field that is caused by Moving Electrons in our blood.
The Chinese/Indian-system of medicine was known all over the world including the West. In the west the art of medicine was practiced by the Guild of the Barbers and Medical Doctors trained at the University. They used a Medical Theory that was based on Analogy (the Four Humors ).
Kim Veltman shows that the many cultures on earth use the same building blocks for already > 120.000 years. The building blocks were rearranged in different orders but on the deepest level they stayed the same. He also shows that old-myths are old histories that bring us back to the beginning. This beginning was paradise and paradise was a place where humans were confronted with many dilemma’s that have not changed because our body is not changed.
The Mandate of Heaven.
The Emperor is in Control until he Fails.
The Mandate of Heaven is a cyclic concept originating in the Zhou Dynasty from before 1000 B.C. which determines whether the emperor is sufficiently virtuous to rule.
The Zhou People worshiped a supreme deity, Tian, the name means “sky” and in English means “Heaven.”
tThe mandate is based on four principles:
1. The right to rule is granted by Heaven
2. There is only Heaven therefore there can only be one ruler
3. The right to rule is based on the virtue of the ruler
4. The right to rule is not limited to one dynasty.
The mandate is still believed by a majority of the people of China. This means that even the tribe of the Communist Party and its leader (a new type of Emperor) has to obey the rules.
The four pillars of the Mandate of Heaven demand that if the Emperor fails to fulfil his obligations to the people, then his Mandate and right to be ruler is over.
“Heaven” sends signs when the ruler’s day are done.
Disasters of nature such as floods, drought, famine and disease are signs that the Ruling Dynasty has lost Heaven’s Mandate to rule, and those happenings justify the people’s right to rebel against them under the four principles of the Mandate.
In centuries past, these signs from Heaven led to uprisings – 49 times in Chinese history – and a new Ruling Dynasty came to power, often from within the ranks of those who rebelled.
In ancient China the Emperor was responsible for the Balance/Harmony of the State. To balance the State the Emperor used the Sheng Cycle implemented in the practice of Sun Tzu.
This Practise can be used in Foreign Policy with the aim of Avoiding Conflicts (Diplomacy) but also in Fighting a War (Strategy). The chinese ruler used the strategy of Tit-for-Tat (Copying the behavior of the opponent).
A very small deviance of what was seen as not normal (a Rooster laying an egg) was seen as an indication that the Balance of the State was gone. It was the signal that big disasters were at hand.
At that moment the Emperor had to Balance the State by performing rituals and by taking action for instance by replacing the Governor of a Province where the imbalance took place.
The rituals of the Emperor focused the attention of the Citizens and this energy changed the course of the state.
The Emperor was responsible for Foreign Trade. Foreign Trade was necessary to introduce new ideas and technology and to find alleys.
Acupuncture: Diagnose & Treatment.
The generating cycle, , is a 1->1 relationship of nourishment and Support of one element by another. In the same way that a Mother nourishes her child, so does each of the elements nourish its “Child” element.
A Mother/Child-relationship is what we would call a Causal Relation in a predestinated order that is a Cycle.
The order is the order of the Sun Cycle in which order the seasons are also called organs.
The organs have a relationship with what we call the organs in the body but they are not matter but an Energy Pattern comparable with the Energy-patterns One Mae Who talks about in this blog.
The Controlling Cycle represents relationships which prevent any given element from becoming overwhelming or too powerful in relation to the system as a whole.
In terms of our family-relationships metaphor, it is the “grandmother” that exerts this healthy control over the “grandchild” element
In the West we name the Grandmother-relation a Feed-Forward of Feed-Backward-Relation.
For an explanation of Acupuncture-read this blog. (1): Acupuncture(theory) (2) diagnosis(theory).
The diagnosis is done at the Pulse. This is the place where all the Elements (Points of View)/Organs) get together. By pressing softly at the left or the right pulse a “Pattern” is felt that feels like a wave.
The pattern of the wave is an indication of the Harmony of the Body and the places where balancing is needed. Pressing simulates an Event. The “system” reacts with a reaction to an event.
The same happens when we create a very small Electro Magnetic Field . This event stimulates the Immune-System of the Body. The E/M-field is the Force of Life (Chi).
We could implement the same system by creating a monitor that samples data that represent the World-Views.
China and India are examples of cultures that used their knowledge and experience to manage society. They believed in Cycles and Harmony. The last Emperor was taken by the Mandate of Heaven and had to surrender to the new rulers of the communist party.
This is the end of this blog. In the last chapter (18) I will summarize and introduce a new step in my research.
18. The end
The State is at the End of its Lifecycle:
It started with isolated Hunter Gatherers that lived in Paradise.
They became a Tribe that settled down in a Proto-City.
The Yaminawá people in Brazil
When the Climate Changed the Tribes moved to the Caves.
In the caves the Humans discovered Total Darkness, the Light of the Imagination and translated Pictures into Sounds.
The proto-settlements turned into cities. One of the oldest is Jericho.
archaeologists have unearthed the remains of 20 successive settlements in Jericho, dating back 11,000 years.
The cities became City-states and because of the Distribution of Labor (mostly by Slaves) they were able to feed big Armies .
The Leaders of the settled tribes turned themselves into Gods and became Kin-g.
The city-states close to the Sea and the Silk-roads became Rich and Powerful and expanded into Countries.
The kin-gs united the City-States and The State was Born.
The Kin-gs became Pope or Emperor. All the time their Magical attributes and Supporters (the Tribes) did not change until the Slaves killed the Kin’gs.
Charlemagne united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Roman Empire, and spurred the Carolingian Renaissance. Sometimes called the ‘Father of Europe’.
The French Revolution ended the Power of the Kin’gs and of their Gods and created the concept of the Cooperative.
The Roots of Rationalism can be found in the Enlightment.
In the 18th century Rational Man, not God, got into the Centre.
The Scientists and Philosophers of the Enlightment were obsessed by Objectivity and Perfection.
In their view, Objectivity and Perfection can only be accomplished by controlling the subjective parts, the Emotions and the Imagination of the Human Being.
The subjective parts are part of the Body and the Body is Impulsive and Illusionary. The Warm Chaotic Sensual Body detracts the Cold Analytic Brain.
The Rationalists created the Corporations, the Mass Production System and the Mass Media. Every structure in the rational ecology is designed to perform its own Specialized task.
The Mass Media create the Demand for the Products that the Mass Production Systems have to deliver.
The Rationalists put the Brains at the Top of the Hierarchy of the Corporations and the Brain in the Operating System of the Computer.
They eliminated the Craftsman and the Laborers and replaced them with the Perfect always Obedient Objective Human, the Robot.
Rationalism is turning every local Diversity into a global Monoculture. Everything can be Quantified and Everything, even Life itself, can be Engineered (Bio-Engineering).
The Big Problems Earth is facing can be solved by new Technology and Enough Capital to Invest.
It is just a matter of Time and the totally Engineered World will be a Fact of Life. If Earth cannot be saved we will simply move into Space and find another Place to Live.
The Ecology of the State:
In this blog I try to show that we have to believe in Self-Regulation which means that the first step to create the State of the Future is to de-Regulate.
Self-regulation is A State without a Government (Anarchy) or ““an inclusive, universal system of governance in which all may participate meaningfully.” This could be a State as a Cooperative.
The theory of Pan–Anarchy. is “a conceptual framework to account for the dual, and seemingly contradictory, characteristics of all complex systems.”
Panarchy explains Ecologies by using a Taoistic view on the world. An ecology has a Yin and a Yang side or in terms of PoC it combines Agency (Yang, Unity, Order) and Communion (Yin, Cooperation). This order is a observed or Emergent order not an enforced order.
This order could result out of an Entrained System,
The four stages of the Adaptive Cycle are analogous to Birth, Growth, Maturation, Death and Renewal and have Three properties that determine the dynamic characteristics of each cycle:
- (1) Potential sets the limits to what is Possible –
- (2) Connectedness determines the degree to which a system can control its own destiny through Internal controls, as distinct from being influenced by External variables
- (3) Resilience determines how Vulnerable a system is to unexpected disturbances.
A new Research-project.
The model below is a result of the research of Alan Fiske. See chapter 6. It relates the four geometries with four Social Relationshipsmodels of Fiske.
I have created a new blog for this chapter push here to go on.
This chapter is now a new blog.