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PUBLISHERFor over two decades, Nathan Slater worked with people in need. In Kenya, he ran an extension education service for community leaders. In the American private sector, he helped injured workers return to the labor force. In the public sector, investigated child abuse. His experience yielded an important insight. People who were able to adapt to a new reality routinely overcame their circumstances. This idea inspired his blog (ultimativity.net) and the the #practicalreality book series. Nathan lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, Jette.
What We Have In Common
Long, long ago, before there was life or humans to wonder about life, there was reality. There were no constellations, only stars. No karma, just broken symmetries. No destiny but the Big Bang.
Eventually, life became a part of reality. Single cell organisms helped convert the atmosphere to oxygen, and no one protested. Trees fell in the forest with no one hearing them. Species flourished, then went extinct, with no one mourning them.
As our ancestors founded civilizations, they had more time to observe reality. The constellations were created in the human mind, enhancing navigation. The season were named around agriculture and celebrated. But our ancestors also created explanations of reality to support their civilizations.They developed notions like divine right, caste, and slavery. They censored practical observations about reality that threatened the dominant paradigm. Our ancestors’ explanations of reality justified oppression and displacement of other peoples. Civilizations battled each other over competing explanations of reality.
Three centuries ago, after a series of religious wars, European thinkers began an examination of reality independent of political, cultural and religious meanings. The Enlightenment intended to provide a picture of reality available to everyone.
This approach to understanding reality transformed humanity. The open method of observing and explaining reality improved human living standards, longevity and productivity. This empirical outlook led humanity into a technological revolution. Innovation flourished, often achieved by ordinary people, who had increasing access to ideas about reality which they could use in their daily lives.
This contemporary view of reality overturned may political, cultural, and religious myths. Privileged institutions resisted the new open approach to reality through repression and isolation. But such reactions are becoming less effective in our global human civilization. While notions like royalty, theocracy and exceptionalism survive, billions of humans now have the voice to challenge these myths.
The digital communications revolution has democratized everything; including the observation and explanation of reality. Even better, ordinary people can contribute observations and explanations of reality that actually work in real life. Imagine humans everywhere applying a contemporary view of reality to the challenges and opportunities they face. Picture us sharing solutions and innovations with other humans globally – unfiltered by political, religious or commercial interests.
IT’S ALREADY HAPPENING & WE CAN ALL PARTICIPATE
All people confront problems with relationships, parenting, justice, and the economy. We develop solutions that work in our cultural and environmental contexts. Many of the solutions other societies develop are hidden from us by political, cultural and commercial filters. Social media allow each of us to tap into the ideas flowing from nearly all human civilizations. Once we are aware of alternatives, many of us are free to try out new ideas in our lives and societies. While commercial and political institutions may oppose such experimentation, global social connections allow us to transcend their attempts to censor reality. It’s no surprise commercial cultural and political interests attack the internet and other social communication channels. When the legal system fails elites resort to force to protect the policies which benefit them.
WILL WE OVERCOME THE INSTITUTIONAL FILTERS WHICH DIVIDE AND LIMIT US?
It’s difficult to know, but the path we are following looks promising. If the Enlightenment in an indicator, adopting an open, empirical approach to reality and sharing it with others will yield great rewards. Perhaps that’s because reality is what we all have in common.
Reality Was Simple
Before Humainty Evovled To Speculate About It.
Misunderstanding And Denying Reality
Causes Most Of Humanity's Problems