GROPING OUR WAY TOWARD “DOLPHIN NORMAL”:  A PROCESS WE HUMANS IGNORE AT OUR LOSS AND MAYBE OUR PERIL

In my dolphinthinker-themed writings, I’ve sought to place a premium on taking care of the needs of our bodies, minds and spirits. Of taking care of our close-in communities and being good stewards of our shared world overall.

It’s a pretty tall order. That’s why the principles of dolphinthinking are intended to help equip those who practice them to eat right, play right, work right and sleep right. To spend time with their families and friends. To take care of the poor and care for the sick. To also relax and take time for themselves.

It is an assumed for dolphinthinkers that they care more for things that are green and alive than things that are gray and dead. They like fresh air and clean water and healthy soil. They prefer trees to deserts and gentle rain to cracked soil and mudslides, and they prefer their rain without acid, thank you very much.

HOW THE BOOK WOULD LOOK AS A MIXTAPE WITH YOU, THE READER,  PROVIDING ALL THE MUSIC!

HOW THE BOOK WOULD LOOK AS A MIXTAPE WITH YOU, THE READER, PROVIDING ALL THE MUSIC!

They like grass more than cement and laughing children more than the sound of traffic. And they like economic policies, economic systems, economic participants and economic outcomes that promote life and an economic vitality that doesn’t tear down individuals and families and communities and societies or mete out death and destruction or promote policies, decision-making and decision-makers who do.

WE ARE BIOLOGICAL “CREATURES OF THE LEAP!”
As we promote an allegiance to life, we must never forget (1) whatever else we might be on our way to becoming, that we have evolved as biological beings. And (2), as philosopher Manuel DeLanda has reminded us, that “biological evolution has no foresight, and it must grope in the dark, climbing from one attractor to another, from one engineering stable strategy to another.” And (3) we dolphinthinkers are “gropees” of the first order. As DeLanda also observes, we humans may be on the threshold of developing the tools that will permit us to “map the attractors and bifurcations” that for three billion or so years have tugged us first one way and then another. When that happens, DeLanda is hopeful of charting “a better destiny for humanity.” But until it happens, it may very well come down to the activities of the pod and its adeptness at discovering and using what’s possible, what makes sense, what works—what will lead to “the next right, smart good thing or move.”

Thus, the huge importance of staying pragmatic!

It is an arduous assignment, this ever-vigilant pragmatism.

Unlike any generation before us, we are being called on to juggle an unprecedented combination of organizing waves and users of them—from the iGeneration to the Millennials to the Baby Boomers to the Greatest Generation with several other varieties in between. There are the old waves, which still inundate much of the planet, ponderous and aimless and insufficient. The current waves, of which there are many, and which are often wasteful and myopic and terribly self-absorbed. And the incoming waves, which are strange and unpredictable, bringing who knows what next. And we must do it all simultaneously. More good reasons to stay pragmatic!

THE “PHILICS” AND THE “PHOBIAS”
In much of the world, our world citizenry continues to be dangerously necrophilic—death-loving. This is because bad policy-making, bad governance and the consequences of the pure greed that leads to bad choices are continuing to cause far too many to turn away from biophilic, or life-loving, choices.

As they retreat from the uncertainties and complexities of living, too many of our planetary neighbors are seeking scapegoats, dead-end solutions and false assurances of security or else are closing down or giving up—in short, becoming both biophobic (life-fearing) and necrophobic (death-fearing). If new correctives and remedies aren’t initiated, and very soon, it is almost assuredly a lethal combination if not for all of us, for too many of us.

It’s a sobering thought for all free peoples and those wishing to be free. Which is another reason I have absolutely no qualms about championing a serious-as-a-heart-attack substitution of the assessments and values of the dolphinthinker for those of other varieties of thinkers. For the sake of current and future generations and the sake of the entire planet, the dolphinthinker’s “benchmarks for improving the world” need to be recognized and heeded on a global scale as never before.

That’s why it sometimes seems like I’ve had only one book to write and I keep writing it! Whether that is true or not, it certainly goes to the heart of why my commentaries and suggestions are never far removed from what enables any of us to say genuinely and wholeheartedly: “To the best of my abilities, I’ve chosen to devote my energies, my passion, my resources, my skills and my time—the whole of my dolphinthinker tool chest and resource closet—to encouraging a good, just, freeing, decent, accountable and resilient world.”

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