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A New Logic Beyond The Illusion of Separation

May 28, 2014

As Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever has said, ‘Too many people think in terms of trade-offs that if you do something which is good for you, then it must be bad for someone else. That’s not right and it comes from old thinking about the way the world works…We have to snap out of that old thinking and move to a new model.’ Likewise Peter Drucker once famously said, ‘In times of turmoil, the danger lies not in the turmoil, but in facing it with yesterday’s logic’. Yesterday’s logic is one that sets humans apart from each other and from the rest of Nature; it views life through the narrow-minded lens of dog-eat-dog competition.

MDG : Green Economy and Forests REDD : hills of  burnt out brown and deforested land in Thailand

The scientific convenience of isolating complexities into neatly packaged definitions for us to get our heads around has led to a flawed logic which we then project on to our societies and economies. It is this flawed logic that is at the heart of all our crises – world poverty, climate change, biodiversity loss, social inequality, etc. And yet many of today’s solutions apply this logic without stepping back to question it. If we have any hope of rectifying the error of our ways, this logic needs to be put right at its root otherwise all we can hope for is merely delaying the inevitable end-game through efficiency tweaks to an inherently carcinogenic modus operandi.

What is now called for is a new logic, a fresh way of attending to inner self, each other and neighborhood. This new logic is actually ancient: it is the logic of Nature.

As Confucius spoke of five centuries before Christ,

‘He who is harmony with Nature hits the mark without effort and apprehends the truth without thinking.’

To hit the mark without effort and thought is, at best, confusing for the rationalizing, confining, abstracting mind of yesterday’s logic; yet for a mind attuned with the wisdom of life itself, it is the path becoming conscious of itself, the wave realizing it’s part of the ocean, the knower and the known embracing their reciprocity, and the unity within diversity becoming self-evident.

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The answers to our pressing challenges are all around and within us – simple; yet simple is not necessarily easy, especially for the grasping, culturally-conditioned mind of yesterday’s logic which so haunts us with its struggle to see beyond the confines of its own illusion. Small steps with great love, moments of aliveness, imaginative immersions, soulful openings, new beginnings, authentic relations, mindful listening. Beyond narrow-minded control-based thinking we swim the seas of synchronicity – at one with Nature. Here, ‘doing less bad’ is only ever a springboard to becoming who we truly are: ones in service to life’s rich tapestry.

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