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Why not to do something we can

Why not to do something we can

In Modernity, as ‘making’ is the ultimate goal of humankind, it is difficult to put a limit on any production. This is why we have, for example,  developed weapons that can destroy our planet, several times, when once is enough.

And now comes the turn of all the genetic manipulation that we can do: produce the dream baby for every woman , with pre-selected skin and eye color, and smile size.

But should we do it just because we can?

To prevent this, we must, previously, change our mentality, and acknowledge that  production is for living, not the other way around. But to dethrone ‘production’ we must finally dethrone ‘power’ as the ultimate measure of plenitude. And this would mean getting rid of Modernity, the lenses that, presently, we use to see the world.

Excellence is not overperforming, but performing the most while keeping your place

Virtue in ancient Greek was “areté” a force to aim for excellence. Justice (“diké”) was the natural order of things. One could not survive without the other.

It made no sense to be excellent, as in Modernity, by specializing and, because of that, quiting your place in cosmos: by being a super-performer and abandoning your family or civil duties.

Excellence is not climbing to the highest social place, but performing the most you can from your position in live.

In liquid times, like Modernity, people who perform, consequently do climb. But this is an accident, not the essence of excellence.

No overpopulation can happen under Nature’s watch.

No overpopulation can happen under Nature’s watch.

Nature is nothing if it is not a mechanism to control populations. This is the mere essence of Evolution.

Therefore, altough man is not 100% subject to Nature’s command,  we somehow disrespect Nature when we believe that humans are able to overpopulate. After all, one of our most animal instinct -fear- emerged in the 20th century to put the breaks on human population growth.

So, relax: Mom knows best

Politics is gardening the human ecosystem

Politics is gardening the human ecosystem

Egyptians saw the political order as part of natural order (for example people were born to do different things, rule, serve). On the other exterem, we moderns think politics is the coordination of different equal wills.

The truth is in between:

The natural order places each one in an starting point (a genetic and a cultural endowment). But the starting point, although important, is no definitive. Then we add our vocation (mission) and our freedom. With this, we can get out and make a better world (instead of adapting to it by evolution).

From this perspective, politics is not a social contract but the gardening of an ecosystem that allows each member to walk the maximum distance between the his/her starting point and his/her goal.

In an ecosystem, treating all individual as equals is the sure way to destroy it.