My greatest power? Nobody-ness.
If there is nobody here then what is my motivation to be right, to be first, to get recognition, to take credit for anything?
One of the greatest contributors to our possible extinction in the next 70 years is our Somebody-ness.
There are massive armies of egos where power, money or credit are more important than community well being. Progress, the ambiguous thing we say we want, becomes halted by our own addiction to identity.
If someone’s entire life’s work is on the brink of being disproven, especially if that thing is wrapped up in the power or money stream of a corporation, then they will stop at nothing to keep themselves in the position, even when it is obviously not working.
We plow ahead, destroying the present moment in the name of progress. It’s time to admit that we’ve hit a dead end road.
“Progress” is too ambiguous of a goal for humanity. What is our goal was to “amplify the wellbeing of ecosystems and communities using pattern recognition and literacy”?
Progress has been our goal because it keeps us living in some future utopia, forever slaving toward a moving target. It creates a culture of competition and grasping for credit, power and money, which are all abstract.
Credit becomes more important than the goal beneath the pursuit. Why do we pursue growth and progress in the first place? Is it for the credit? Or is it to bring more beauty, abundance, safety, love, etc. into the world? How did we get so wrapped up in the need for credit?
Credit often aligns with receiving financial gains, which in turn amps up our illusion of certainty and safety. Beyond that it creates a facade of importance, which makes us feel some sense of being loved.
Where does it stem from? Maybe a childhood riddled by measurements, comparisons and rewards, where we received love, recognition, significance and certainty from our parents, teachers, leaders and peers for what we did.
And yet, we are all standing on the shoulders of other peoples contributions or discoveries. We arrive at success only through networks of previous work.
It would seem that all success should be shared among the community, that one person could never be put on a pedestal. The entourage of contributors would collapse such a throne.
And if the wealth was shared, there would be no need for “the fight to be first.” The goal would be different. The goal would be for community well-being. That in itself would be the reward.
Humanity, if we are to survive, will have to shift its goals.
Each and every one of us as individuals can contribute to this shift with our own devotion to dropping our Somebody-ness and inviting the new world order of what could be compared to Pod Mind.
Our obsession with getting credit is actually our demise. In a pod of dolphins there is a psychic connection between all individuals. All the dolphins will turn to assist, even sacrifice their life, for the other dolphins.
I believe humans are making this leap right now. Everything I have written here has been spoken by many other lips and embodied by many other people.
I am not Bailey River, I am all of you and you are me. The credit is for the collective.