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Creating Quality Communities

"Buy land and ... start the colony ... Buy farms and settle down". [Paramahansa Yogananda]

◦Peter M. Senge was a faculty member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and director of the Center for Organizational Learning at MIT's Sloan School of Management when he wrote Creating Quality Communities. Here are gleanings:

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We are losing ourselves as fields of dreams. [Talk for yourself, dear chap.] To regain our balance, we must create alternative ways of working and living together.

Learning is dangerous. [So is life].

Currently, two "practice field" projects are underway: dialogue projects and learning laboratory projects. Dialogue projects focus directly on the deeper patterns of communication that underlie whatever issues are being confronted.

Practice fields [are] a place where teams meet to reflect on structures, identify counterproductive behaviors, experiment with alternative strategies, and design solutions for actual work settings. The core of the projects [can be] systems thinking.

[Adequate] learning [finds] no place. Thus we are losing the spaces to dance with the ever-changing patterns of life. We need to invent a new learning model for business, education, health care, government, and family.

The splendid project does not go against all family needs. [Cf. Myke]

Utopia Dealings

Consider that in yoga as elsewhere, truthfulness (including sincerity) is said to be indispensable for great, spiritual progress, and that it also forms the basis of the Satya Yuga, or Golden Age.

So the Utopia life requires more and better than mere landscaping, organisation of people, and architecture. It is a matter of the heart too, like truthfulness. That does not mean that truthfulness cannot backfire or always give good results on earth, though. You should also be on your guard, and could benefit throughout life from keeping your "inner sensing" intact and evaluate the situations too and those involved, to get a way out with enough aplomb somehow - if that can be done.

The troubles that come your way, may not all be the results of your own wrongdoings, past and present. Some are due to wrongdoings and rabid ways of others - for example those that exploit others for money and power and together have brought the earth to the brink of future disasters.

The need for utopias that benefit good families is overly great.

The Utopia of Peach Blossoms in Wuling, by Suzuki Gako, 1860. Section.
Utopia of Peach Blossoms

"Now I Have Seen It All."

The British lord chancellor Thomas More (1478-1535) strove to fulfil some high dreams by concepts that went into a thought-of, ideal community to realise. He called it Utopia. That good man was beheaded. But before that happened, he battled for his ideals in his way:

ANECDOTE In Utopia Thomas More recommended that young people should see each other naked before marriage in order to avoid disappointments and recriminations later.

Sir William Roper came early one morning to More's house at Chelsea with a request to marry one of his daughters. More led him upstairs to the room where the two young girls were sleeping. They were lying on their backs, with the sheet lightly over them. Their father whipped off the sheet. The startled girls awoke and turned quickly over onto their stomachs.

"Now I have seen both sides," said Sir William, and then and there chose the elder daughter, Margaret. [Fa, sv. "Thomas More"]

Ideals that are not lived out, may not be worthwhile.

A Norwegian author who did not win the Nobel prize in literature, Arne Garborg, wrote wistfully of a land of elves in the west – an object of wistful yearnings that appears in Norwegian folklore.

The Atlantis that Plato writes about, was a place where fit living supposedly was within reach for many, if not all. Solon was told Atlantis stories in ancient Egypt – and from there many data appear to clash with and combat each others like ancient heroes. More recently Atlantis is linked to the Minoan civilization of Cypern and surrounding islands, on the authority of some writings of ancient Egypt. I am of that opinion too.

To some Hindus, "Atlantis" was Vedic India. To Vikings and their forebears, the Golden Age was a time and place where gods loved to play, where tablets of shimmering gold lay in the grass. The Vikings were fond of gold and silver, we may gather, but of arable land too.

Atlantis is also told of at length by Rudolf Steiner.

Technology Tidings

    IN SUM
  1. Look to Adam's paradise tasks from even before he knew what clothed meant. You have to know an awful lot to protect and defend your wife and garden if they are downright attractive, and do good gardening work so that it pays.
  2. Because of a technologically oriented large society, crowding is had, urbanisation goes on and mars more and more. We cannot deny much of what goes on, is in magnate hands. Bankers can take an awful lot too. Environmental protection is a dire need. Sooner or later "everybody" has to wake up to it. (Written around 1996).
  3. Bob Dylan once said: "The song was there." He caught songs in flight, so to speak. Some do. Reading notes is not the finest side to musicians, nor is just repeating and repeating the works of notable others, although listening to such performances at times is OK.
  4. Discern between good and staunch statements on the one hand, and perfidious ones on the other, for your own good.

Muted?

FACEJesus: The Queen of the South ... came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here. [Cf. Matt 12:42, cf. Luke 11:31]

However, if you look for the ends of a round globe, you may not find them. There are no geographical ends of the earth. The Old Testament also speaks of the corners and pillars of the earth, and Jesus never stood up and corrected such wrong notions – he liked to call himself Truth too.

Self-praise stinks. (Norwegian)

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Utopias, Literature  

Au: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Autobiography of a Yogi. 13th ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), 1998.

Fa: Fadiman, Clifton, ed. The Faber Book of Anecdotes. London: Faber and Faber, 1985.

Myke: Bartolome, Fernando, og Paul Evans. Må suksess koste så mye? (Must Success Cost So Much?) Oslo: Hjemmet-fagpresse, 1982 (London: Grant McIntyre, 1980).

Of: Fuller, Edmund. 2500 Anecdotes for All Occasions. New York: Wings, 1970.

Sop: Smith, Eliot R., and Diane M. Mackie. Social Psychology. 2nd ed. Hove: Psychology Press, 2000.

Notes

  1. Andrew Lang, The Blue Fairy Book (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., ca. 1889), pp. 141-147. Lang's source: Charles Perrault, Histoires ou contes du temps passé, avec des moralités: Contes de ma mère l'Oye (Paris, 1697).



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