Ever since humanity began to tell stories, we have left messages to the future. Solve these Kōans to train your mind. They show us how to heal the world, and where our future lies.
Civilization, reinforced by modern religion, lends humans to believe we can break the laws of Nature and God. Breaking a law of Nature or Life is like trying to break the laws of physics: we can’t without breaking something or killing someone. I am not generally a religious writer, but if I were a prophet, I would write something like this.
Once society widely understands what needs can never be met with democracy + capitalism, humanity will start seeking a better way forward. What are the two great problems that modern society cannot solve?
Humans did not get sick in the way we understand before civilization. So where are all of these diseases coming from?
The society we have been building for generations is basically a failure. Society is not resilient to shock like a pandemic or failing democracy. Nor is it healthy for humans or our relations. What would a healthy society look like?
Diet plays a huge role in our health as well as the health of our planet. One can’t be a world saver eating meat, eggs, dairy or fish. If we are not honest with ourselves, we are going to cook our children’s goose, literally.
It is slowly disappearing. Civilization will wind down without it. Hint: It is not oil.
The Agricultural Revolution will be renamed to the Control Revolution. Today, the Control System binds people to civilization. Once gone, a fecundity of new human social organizational systems would bloom.
The invasion of the Americas began in 1492 when the slave-trader Columbus was found lost at sea by the friendly Arawak peoples. Waves of indifferent invaders brought disease, invasive species and toxic memes. So much of wild America has been destroyed that the Arawak could not recognize it today. It is time to honor the Indigenous peoples who tended the wildlands we enjoy today.
The larger our population and, ironically, the more information we have, the further the democracy seems to degenerate. Social media echo chambers are polarizing and dumbing-down our electorate. News has become propaganda. Being right at the expense of public benefit has become the norm. What is the state of American democracy?