Dangerous World

How can we rescue ourselves and each other from the dangerous
world we have created?

Our advanced scientific knowledge has produced technologies of tremendous power. We move great objects at stupendous velocities. Our so-called “intelligent machines” perform trillions of calculations in fractions of a second. Everywhere around us our mastery of material processes has refashioned the world of our experience. We have changed the planet and ourselves in ways unimagined by previous generations.

But all this scientific and technological progress has also produced processes that threaten to bring us great harm – harm to ourselves and to our world. Our knowledge turns out to be limited. By focusing our minds on exclusively materialist conceptions of existence, we managed to produce a century of physical and psychological horror on a scale unprecedented in human history.

As we look upon the post-modern landscape, we must ask ourselves, what is it about the way we have conceived of the world and our place in it that has proven so destructive to both our environment and our collective psyche?

Our search for order amidst the apparent chaos of life has created systems of rigid cultural orthodoxy while maintaining chaos – in the form of unending war and political strife. Even our entertainment media, which we have ostensibly created as havens from the roughness of the real world, are replete with violence and images of brutal inhumanity.

Prodded by atavistic fear we have been impelled to create fortresses of safety and security and yet, each time, we fail to notice until it is too late, we have enclosed the most dangerous thing within the
fortress walls.

We are the most dangerous thing. We have the power to multiply the natural terrors of the world a thousand times over. When we desensitize our neural connections of empathy and feelings of compassion for others, we lose sensitivity and compassion for ourselves as well.

We are learning from our historic failures that we must reformulate our very ideas of the world and our place within it. The end of the old sciences of separation, reductionism, inflexible logic, and absolute certainty leads us ineluctably toward a new science of connectedness, relativity, complexity, and possibility.

As we learn to listen more attentively to the beating of our hearts and feel more deeply the breath in our lungs, we come closer to our common humanity. As we begin to ask the right questions, we observe the answers are present within us. Our minds move inevitably toward the
co-evolutionary conclusion that instead of what can be accomplished by competition, power, and domination, the ultimate purpose and meaning of life can be cultivated by compassion, communication, and cooperation.

“Dangerous World” – Tullio – 2013

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3 responses to “Dangerous World

  1. That is truly putting your finger on the pulse of it all. Thank-you Tullio.

  2. You’re very welcome, Christy. As the pulse of the planet is visibly fading, I think it’s time to do exactly that…

  3. Lesky Monedero

    This is a very interesting post. I don’t think there’s any constructive input I can offer for your other posts, as I can’t appreciate visual art the way you do, but this one seems more comprehensible for a general audience. I completely agree with you, we are the most dangerous thing. The way we use technology today may be more harmful than beneficial. It’s all about competition, which creates all this adrenaline, this rush for becoming someone, and in the process it transforms people, making them dismiss any moral compass that we may have. As Malcolm Gladwell cites in his book: ” FOR UNTO EVERYONE THAT HATH SHALL BE GIVEN, AND HE SHALL HAVE ABUNDANCE, BUT FROM HIM THAT HATH NOT SHALL BE TAKEN AWAY EVEN THAT WHICH HE HATH” – Matthew 25;29. All the escalation takes ambitious, greedy people to an extreme, desensitizing them, making them antisocial, sociopaths even. It is sad how often I notice many people who haven’t made a connection with another human being. People talk without speaking, hear without listening; most people repress their feelings just so they can give the impression that they are fine, because they feel the need to keep up the false image that society has imposed in them subliminally. Acting on impulse, so sad how pre-frontal lobes are so underdeveloped everywhere. As Greek philosopher Aristotle said, ” Man is a social animal. He who lives without society is either a beast or a God.” We do need each other in order for our lives to have any meaning, so yes we might as well cultivate compassion, communication and cooperation.

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