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            SEAFING NETS COMPENSATE INDIVIDUAL LIMITATIONS. Add your comment on this item45

             

            Might it be that the primary reason humankind is in our current Crisis of Crises, is that "good people" are far from as "good" they think they are. Not only do they lose their "goodness" when the situation get rough, their superior arrogance (of being "good") masks the essential improvement they, themselves, must make. They may talk about openness, cooperation, empathy -- about their willingness to learn and develop -- and most believe what they say. They are unaware of their many limitations and disabilities - as well as many competencies they could yet develop. But, the Ideology of Individualism  (personal freedom from all constraints), and the Self-Made-Person (who really doesn't need help) ideal,  today common among "good people",  keeps them from learning-to-learn how to collaborate, learn, organize at competencies far beyond what they conventionally practice (and usually view as the "best").  They often reject practices employed by their oppressors because of "guilt by association". Add your comment on this item46

             

            Rulers of the World, Champions of the New World Order: Global Corporatism with Faux Democracy (Friendly Fascism) achieved their "state" by learning how to coordinate in space and time the actions of millions of persons, mostly without the use of brute force (although subtle fear and the potential of violence is usually present for the "have-nots" in the society).  Brute force rarely leads to quality performance, just as torture seldom lead to truth telling.  Early humans had creative visions, some which required many thousands of slaves to labor, suffer, and die to enable the construction of the envisioned masterpiece. In this process some humans learned how to manage labor, acquire resources, provide security, and provide the material needs of the population involved in such massive projects. Competent "good people" found it easy to side with the rulers, be enabled to exercise their talents, and partake of the "good live" of the "haves" -- and to avoid being one of the "have-nots".  The dominators have had millennia to improve upon the tools of civilization, which has accelerated greatly with advancing technology.  Such systems of production would need to expand their territory and population of laborers - and it was often easier to acquire resources by pillage. So war become the standard game.  The current version is a humdinger. That dominator systems eventually collapse doesn't imply that they are not successful in their intentions in the early stages. Add your comment on this item47

             

            The top-down, attempted control, system has its own version of seafing. When a corporate project runs into difficulty they have the finances to seek help, which often is in the form of seafing.  The accelerating expansion of technology may, in part, be due to an informal seafing network in the technological domains. Add your comment on this item48

             

            Is there an alternative? Must we go though another cycle of war and destruction, especially as this may be end of the era of civilization. Contemporary chaos prohibits reliable forecasts - other than the sense that the changes will be REALLY BIG.  But, not necessarily negative - although that is the most popular speculation. Add your comment on this item49

             

            Is there a way to coordinate the actions of millions of people - without violating the tenets of "good people" - to collectively perform the essentials for human survival/thrival -- including healing the biosphere, uplifting everyone from poverty (of both body and mind), eliminating mass violence, furthering friendly relationships and all the other ideas we "good people" may think of?  Note, this is not asking whether persons can approve the tenets of "good people",  but whether when people do share such tenets they will be able to organize for the coordination of actions sufficient to make a global population viable and sustainable. We don't want to do all that the Global Corporatist System does, but to depend on isolated, self-sufficient communities will not suffice and many local issues contribute to global problems, so global coordination is not really an option.  There were no golden days we can dream to return to. Add your comment on this item50

             

            Remember that we all have great potential to develop talents, while at the same time being limited and disabled. We cannot achieve anything of merit collectively with only a minimum of mutual aide. Add your comment on this item51

             

            "Mutual Aide" was the counterpoint to Darwin's "Species Competition" by Peter Kropotkin (outlined in a book of that name in 1902) and remains a theme in evolutionary biology, although deliberately censored by business in defense of "Social Darwinism".   Most people are unaware that the application of mutual aide concepts to social evolution was called "Anarchism" - a term viscously destroyed by capitalists by branding anarchism as terrorism; anarchism was far more feared by capitalists than communism. Anarchism proposed social organization without rulers, but not with chaos – with the order of life (a “new” perspective in the “join evolution” or “deep ecology” movements).   Add your comment on this item52

             

            Mutual Aide was the key trait of early humans (and many other animals) that secured the survival of the tribe. Individuals would likely die if the cohesion of the tribe was destroyed.  Tribes were small enough that most persons knew when others were in need, and would provide the aide.  Humans still offer mutual aide for those whom they know and value; but it is often actively avoided avoided when populations increase. Yet, we witness the flood of individual contributions to victims of natural disasters - the sense of mutual aide continues.  Are there ways to spread mutual aide to everyone in need ?  And more, can humans help each other to bootstrap the uplift of everyone out of poverty, ignorance, and danger?  I propose that there is: seafing networks. Add your comment on this item53

             

            Seafing labels a process of helping a system (person or team) gaining needed competencies and resources, but without literally doing for the system what the system needs to learn to do itself.  The acronym SEAF is composed of four terms (selected from a much larger set of terms) to label this type of assistance or helping: Support, Enable, Augment, Facilitate.  There are subtle distinctions between these four, which I won't go into now.  I prefer to use "seaf" as a normal verb, a new word with a special meaning, and not as an acronym. Add your comment on this item54

             

            There are many examples of seafing practiced today.  Examples: Add your comment on this item55

             

            Are teachers seafers? Are parents seafers? When are bosses seafers? When are medical professionals seafers? When are children seafers? Add your comment on this item56

            Are business consultants seafers? Add your comment on this item57

            What is the contemporary state of seafing in cyberspace? Add your comment on this item58

             

            Although seafers don't do the work for those seafed, they can seaf them in acquiring partners, outsourcing, or delegating tasks. The line between assisting and seafing many not always be sharp.  Some assistance may be needed in the course of an extended seaf. Add your comment on this item59

             

            Seafing is a complex competency, where continuing education is required.  In many ways, seafing is but another of the skill complexes that human can learn. Add your comment on this item60

             

            A mature, well organized Seafing Network could involve human participation or similar magnitude to that of all human participation in pursuing projects of personal interest or socially relevant production. In crude terms, persons may labor as much seafing as ordinary working. But not, half seafers, half workers; but each person giving half-time to working and half-time to seafing. The reality would not be so simple. Add your comment on this item61

             

            Shoshana Zuboff and James Maxmim propose a limited version of seafing in their 2002 book: The Support Economy.  It would take some time for a seafing network to penetrate existing societies and cultures. Some difficulty will come from the Ideology of Individualism; some from a fear of engaging with others they know little about. Many will fear becoming controlled by their seaf team. And, competency in seafing and of the seafing network, at the beginning, will not be as adequate as we would like. I wrote a review of The Support Economy, titled The SEAF Society, where I initially proposed the concept of seafing. Add your comment on this item62

             

            Even if humans would have no disabilities they would be limited by being unable to do all that is in their potential to do; and a seafing network would be advantageous. Add your comment on this item63

             

            What may be unique and of high importance for this complex insight, is that we must shift our focus on "meaningful life" from the person to the organic collective of persons.  With an appropriate seafing network, persons far less competent that the ideal, would be far more reesee in their participation. Add your comment on this item64

 


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