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On Synergy and Our Collective Future

  “In the animal world we have seen that the vast majority of species live in societies, and that they find in association the best arms for the struggle for life: understood, of course, in its wide Darwinian sense — not as a struggle for the sheer means of existence, but as a struggle against all natural conditions unfavourable to the species. The animal species, in which individual struggle has been reduced to its narrowest limits, and the practice of mutual aid has attained the greatest development, are invariably the most numerous, the most prosperous, and the most open to further progress.” – Pyotr (Peter) Alexeyevich Kropotkin in “Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution”

It seems that if the conspiracy theorists are right, there’s something a’comin’. Something big and scary. Something sinister. Anarchy. War. Though I personally don’t believe this, it wouldn’t surprise me. To me, man is still very much an animal, albeit what some would call a higher order one. 

For this reason the man animal is subject to survival of the fittest. Note, Kropotkin used the term “survival of the fittest” as supporting cooperation rather than competition.

The actual genus and species of man is termed Homo sapiens sapiens. The man who knows and knows that he knows. So the primary and defining characteristic of man is not just his thinking, but his thoughts about his thinking. 

This is not a movie. In this “war,” you would be wise not to cling to the man who armories guns, but to the man who survives without one. Dont cling to the man who can horde food, but to the one who can grow it from the ground.

The truth is that a die-off could happen easily just with the junk that we eat. The cigarettes that we smoke. The liquor that we drink. The TV we watch. The news we read. Some could make the case that this is a current reality. The question begs though: Who is more at fault: the man that chooses to act like a wolf or the man that chooses to act like a sheep?

It’s becoming clear that the past belongs to the those that know: the soldiers, the marksmen, the the aggressors, the tyrants, the strategists. The future belongs to those that know that they know; the thinkers, the manipulators, the sophists, the engineers, the scientists. Reading Kropotkin again, he theorized that “the fittest was not necessarily the best at competing individually, but often the community made up of those best at working together.”

It won’t be bullets and guns this time. It won’t even be a war. It will simply be the momentum of innovation and collaboration moving at the speed of ideas cutting through the wind of imagination. It won’t kill the apathetic. They’ll simply be left behind, starving of their own choices. 

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writer.singer.thinker.awesome.foodie.critic.lover.aquarius.humorist.observer.amazing.sexy. I taught high school, I did real estate, I sing, and I write.


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