No 2322 Posted by fw, June 30, 2018
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“The average American eats 100 times more calories than we need. And a lot of people, as rich as we are, are miserable. …. There are all sorts of cultural stories that people have lost a sense of community, a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose. What is our purpose? In this culture, our purpose is quarterly earnings, which is no longer an attainable purpose for a lot of people. We need a completely new conversation, a conversation about the future, where a lot of people can play a role in that future and be connected to a larger tribe. … a tribe that transcends the market.” —Nate Hagens
In yesterday’s post, Pt. 39, continuum 38, Dr. Hagens advanced the case that a reliance on “fossil slaves” has freed up people in developed regions to waste time. As a result, we have lost essential physical skills from a bygone era. However, given the world we’re heading towards, our very survival may depend on relearning those skills.
Speaking of wasting time, in today’s post, Pt. 40, continuum 39, Hagens declares that addictive consumption of food and stuff has not led to happy, fulfilling lives for most Americans. What’s missing from our empty lives is a sense of community, of belonging – a true sense of purpose.
Below is the embedded video of Hagens’ 60-minute address, followed by an 18-minute Q&A session. My transcript of Pt. 40, continuum 39, runs from 52:08 to 53:01.
Alternatively, a video of Hagens’ talk, along with a “loosely related” essay on the talk, are available by clicking on the following linked title. This version, published by Resilience.org, also includes excellent readers’ comments, including responses by Hagens.
TRANSCRIPT (from 52:08 to 53:01)
[THE INDIVIDUAL] –
52:08 — [Continuum 39: Consumption vs Meaning] The average American eats 100 times more calories than we need. And a lot of people, as rich as we are, are miserable. There’s a lot of white males right now buying guns to restore their masculinity. There are all sorts of cultural stories that people have lost a sense of community, a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose.
52:35 – What is our purpose? In this culture, our purpose is quarterly earnings, which is no longer an attainable purpose for a lot of people. We need a completely new conversation, a conversation about the future, where a lot of people can play a role in that future and be connected to a larger tribe. We need a tribe that transcends the market.
[Resilience.org Supplement] — Consumption vs Meaning – At 80x more energy than our bodies need, possessing the metabolism of 30-ton primates, even the median among us live material lifestyles above most kings and queens from centuries ago. And yet many people are miserable, over-fed, over-medicated, and unsatisfied. What we lack amidst this smorgasbord of riches is a feeling of community and a true sense of purpose. Inferred by all the other points in this presentation is the obvious fact that the future needs our help. Yet most people have no concept or even belief in ‘the future’. Perhaps from awareness of our situation, the stakes, and the possibilities, there may emerge a (very large) tribe connected to Tomorrow.
About Dr. Nathan John Hagens – Hagens, 51, worked on Wall Street at Lehman Brothers and Salomon Brothers for 10 years before closing his own hedge fund in 2003 to develop a systems synthesis approach to the human predicament. At present, Dr. Hagens is a professor at the University of Minnesota where he teaches a systems synthesis Honors seminar called Reality 101, A Survey of Human Predicament. The readings and lectures cover literature in systems ecology, energy and natural resources, thermodynamics, history, anthropology, human behavior, neuroscience, environmental science, sociology, economics, globalization/trade, and finance/debt with an overarching goal to give students a general understanding of how our human ecosystem functions as a whole.
Visit Nate Hagens’ personal website at The Monkey Trap.
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