Thursday, November 16, 2017

QUANDEROCRACY The power of wasting stuff just because

Let me introduce this neologism, pre-coined by and thanks to VICE: QUANDEROCRACY
The power of capricious emotional decisions "just because I say so". The power of "I want it, now... When? now!". The easy-wallet-power complex, or syndrome if you prefer. Which is often overlapped and misidentified as an expression of freedom or pseudo-spiritual liberation. It's a pretend group-hug -without actually behaving and being a group, and without really doing any hugging at all. You see? Imagine a person that's going through a shopping-spree-on-steroids phase. This gold-rush seems tolerable and almost passes unnoticed while gold's available. It can take-off towards exponential proportions when it's a President or a CEO with the blank-checks machine at hand. It can really become a collective unbearable load when there's no more gold to rush towards to. At its core, the egotistic motto is maneuvered as an unilateral altruistic purpose to outsmart everyone: "I do if for you", for the children, for the company, for the country, for civilization, for the world, for G-d. Bottom-line, the modus operandi is this: you should, actually must, thank me for doing what I want whenever I want at whatever cost I need as long as I please and reaching whatever result I value favorable... for you. Thanks VICE for the initial term. I would like to present QUANDEROCRACY as a neologism to explain a particular mindset and work-set spread allover. In companies, communities and families, individuals are prone to "waste (something, especially money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner", which leads to "allow (an opportunity) to pass or be lost". This mindset is highly contagious and mutates fast to adapt to local "je ne sais quoi" ways of building consent and homeostasis. They can quickly become a phenomena of epidemic proportions. It's the voracious approach to life that can be seen not only in populist governments but in Black Fridays and in Housing-market bubbles, in high-on-steroid athletes and on-top-of-the-game party or business people at any point in time. This mindset seams an unstoppable force of history. Is it? Besides real spirituality, which is not for sale or rent, the only counter-balances to QUANDEROCRACY I could come up with, are a two special kinds of people: sharp accountants with a "fear-to-loose-my-job deficit syndrome" and real accounting and financing skills , and ethnographic-based journalism with "look&listen&learn&teach" as a chronic incurable disease. These are the 3 approaches to life that I can think of (at least now) as being "counter-easy-wallet-power" stances. They share a simple common ground. Their quest for truth-being done and told, and for consistency. In other words, (1) spiritual, (2) accounting, and (3) contemporary ethnographers (aka journalists), are special people because they have a highly developed "scent" and can easily, intuitively, on a blink recognize BS (ie. blind spots, brewed speeches, broken spirits, blunt slander, bestial shamelessness, bullying scams, bursting shredfulness, bad storming, etc.).

Friday, May 3, 2013

Actuar en el momento justo y en el lugar preciso 1

¿La persona justa actúa sola, a partir de lo que le parece que está bien y mal, como un superman que reconoce situaciones donde su presencia es necesaria? ¿o la persona justa se mueve con toda la realidad, y toda la realidad se mueve con la persona y ésta reconoce el flujo del que forma parte y acompaña sintiendo una íntima conexión entre la situación, la realidad entera y su persona?

Ayer, salía de una reunión que terminó ya de noche. Decidí caminar aprovechando que estaba sobre la Av. Banzer con gente circulando y esperando micro. Fui a la farmacia, y me compré espirulina -recomendada y producida por mi amigo Helvio. Caminé desde el 3er anillo hasta el 2do anillo. Todo el camino viendo a personas esperando micro. En vez de tomarme un taxi, me subí al micro que da vueltas en el 2do anillo.n Charlé con una chica que estaba yendo a clases de computación. No sé nada de computadoras, desde cero estoy comenzando, me decía ella mientras vehía cómo podría darme clases a mí en mover los dedos rápidos en el celular. Cuando vi que llegábamos al Hotel La Quinta, que está cerca a mi depa, me bajé. Parada maestro! dije. Apenas bajé, una chica con mandil blanco que justo pasaba en el momento que yo me bajaba del micro. Me pregunta Está Ud. yendo para allá, y era la dirección a la que yo iba. Dije sí con la cabeza. Me pide si la puedo acompañar porque había unos borrachos y no se animaba a pasar sola. La acompañé. Sí vamos, respondí. Habían unos adolescentes tomando, inofensivos. Mientras avanzávamos me di cuenta que me había equivocado de parada, y bajé una cuadra antes. Gracias señor, varias veces he tenido que dar la vuelta por el otro lado por miedo a los borrachos, me cuenta la chica. Nos despedimos, y cada quien siguió su camino.

A medida que me acercaba a mi casa pensaba, Todo ocurrió just in time, justo cuando tenía que pasar para que pase como pasó. Si bajaba un poco antes o un poco después, la ventana de oportunidad para que al bajar mirara a la chica pasar y ella me hablara se perdía. Sin la conversación con la chica dentro del micro, una distracción aparentemente sin motivo, no estaría escribiendo esto.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Casi-cuento: Pensando en lo que deseo cuando deseo lo que deseo.

Quisiera encontrarme un lámpara como la de Aladino, que al frotarla salga un Genio que te permita pedir todos los deseos que quiera. Sólo que con algunas diferencias. Imagino una lámpara mágica con un genio que da todo lo que uno desea, con una sola condición.
Lo que sea que uno pida, será cumplido por el Genio si y sólo si, lo que se pida se enuncie como una pregunta cuya respuesta, sea cual sea, beneficia a todos los seres vivos.
Me puse a pensar que aprendería mucho sobre las preguntas que fueran rechazadas por el Genio, al no lograr hacerle el bien con mi deseo a todos los seres vivos.
Tal vez, cuando por fin encuentre un pedido que pueda convertir en un deseo a cumplir, ya no necesite la lámpara mágica para desear lo que deseo. Esto de practicar ver las conexiones entre mi propio deseo y hacerle el bien a los demás seres de este mundo, corrige la propia manera de desear.
Preguntarme por cómo mis deseos pueden servir a los demás, lleva a convertir mis deseos personales en una manera clara y franca para conectarme con el mundo.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Gaiatalism. After Capitalism, comes Gaiatalism.

Here's an idea.
In order to survive as a species our capitalist world must turn into gaialist world, that is, Gaiatalism. In Gaiatalism, value generation consists in repairing the world in which we live, and take care of ourselves and the planet. Remember that our most precious capital is being alive. And there's no possible life if our waters and soils and air are dead. From where I'm standing now, being alive means to generate ways to live a dignifying existence with others, and being able to learn to be present and learn to act moved by love -not fear.
It's not Natural Capitalism, that puts a price-tag to contamination and creates green-guilt credit compensations (these sounds like the Taxa Camarae of the Catholic Indulgentiarum doctrina, through which you could pay after or in advance for the sins you wanted to commit, using a table to meet prices with sins). Gaiatalism inverse-engineers Natural Capitalism. Instead of monetizing Nature, it Naturalizes monetization. The real value does not reside in accumulation of human-centered artifacts (call it stocks, money, gold, etc.). Earthly value generation comes from  helping Nature to flourish by maximizing our capacities to do so. By anchoring our human experience to regenerate local ecosystems we are part of,  we are engaging not to pasive conservation pretending we are above Nature. We are increasing our personal and local levels of understanding of existing vital links between how we treat ourselves (our own body, our family, our neighbors, our fellow-humans) and how we treat Nature (animals, plants, micylium, water, air, etc.).
Since even in the near future money accumulation will be a symbol of achievement, I would anchor the value and generation of money to a particular achievement: repairing the planet, taking care of larger organism of which we are part: Gaia. If we are so smart, let's head the departments of Life Regeneration at Planet Earth Corporation. Let's have a Symbiotic Striving Index and Local Living Soils Index instead of DowJones or Nasdaq. It's time  economics to enact the human-Earth existing connections.
In order to survive as a species, the NEXT BIG STEP for us contemporary humans is to connect two main cultural inventions (ie. capital and technology) to a new enjoyable accumulation goal that consists in giving back to Nature, creating the conditions for soils, wild life, and ecosystems to flourish.
It's a new accumulation game, a new path to generate wealth. The Gaia Game. It's time to get rid of the Win-Lose reigning paradigm, and let in a superlative paradigm that strives designing and propagating Win-Win situations into humans all around the world.
In down-to-earth actions, all the latter means that all institutions and individuals should be paid, and only be paid, not for producing stuff for humans, but for repairing the world, for taking care of our living planet. It's by taking care of the planet that we heal ourselves and other humans. A few examples here:
1) Persons and organizations that produce food should not be paid for producing food, but for regenerating soils and cleaning water beds by means of food production. It's not merely positive brand choice, or any stunt publicity. If Company X offers eg. a packaged yogurt, the whole value chain that made it available to consumers should be managed in such a way that its outcomes are: improving local phytofauna's ability to regenerate local soils, tracking dairy animals' life quality and fodder contribution to local soil's gain in microorganic life, near-local vs long-distance materials used in packaging and production supplies, tags packages with a value based on integrated indexes of contribution to Earths Regeneration -including consumers' accesibility to production sites, information, monitoring systems, and different levels to directly communicate with local producer to identify&define areas of improvement in the value chain.
2) Persons and organizations that create technologies, let's say computers, should not be paid by consumers for any computer, rather computers could be delivered initially "free", ie. propagated using consumers as pollinators of their technologies, and letting local governments and consumers pay the computer producers with money representing the validated amount of symbiotic growth (=humans maximazing their impact on local ecologic zones and levels, families' wellness based on communication skills acquired or excercised through technology, etc.) that has hence been generated by allocating and giving use to these computers in our house and our neighborhood. The idea is to expand the notion of "usability" not just to the human experience with  artifacts, but to how the living creatures have better opportunities to enhance the life quality on a focalized area in which those computers are tested.  The latter implies incorporating into artifact biologically-centered design criteria. For instance, computers that are fed not with regular grid electricity but with soil static conductivity (which only takes place for prolonged periods of time if soils are rich in microorganisms), or computers that measure our pH and chlorophyll levels in both our body circulatory systems and our local forest-based water systems.

3) Teachers are not paid for giving students information, since information is available freely through internet. Teachers receive money if and only if the amount of technologies and frameworks their students learn to use in their community can be validated by local wealth indexes, such as air quality, water quality, identification-solving problem index, etc. For instance, a math teacher,  gets paid not for teaching mathematical contents, but for eg. monitoring the integration of mathematical notions into home-made artifacts built or enhanced by individual and groups of students, by the ways parents participate on the process,  how these artifacts' technologies propagate in the community, and the level of awareness of how achieved technologies affect human-Nature connections.
4) Families and jobs can be framed as our main territories where we can learn to take care of public goods. Public goods are whatever becomes a source of dignity and fairness for us all (humans and non-humans). Public goods can be private or State-runned, and our always Nature-runned too. Jobs may be redesigned using this regenerative value and this taking care value, as a core criteria to grasp new efficiencies. The latter concepts mean that, for instance, jobs should be designed to deliver not only infrastructure (schools, roads, libraries, etc.), technologies, information, roles, organizations, etc. but also to generate and improve individual and group capacities to sustain meaningful relationships with people, other living creatures and our local territories, and with the planet as a whole. Capacities such as reading our bodies (emotions, movements, health signs, deal with anger, envy, fear, etc.) and reading nature (topographies, soils, clouds, seasons, stress, etc.) in order to learn to sustain conversations beyond human-centered search for profits. A person should have as his deliverables not only what he does on  his job-site. We all humans should have as a deliverable to propagate a gaia-centric value re-generation paradigm (a taking care of the Earth paradigm)  throughout our families,  our neighborhoods, our communities, and our regions.

So the questions that I would invite others to ask themselves are: how should all kinds of foods and artifacts be designed if money would only be a result of having a proven impact on taking care of the planet? how can we generate and reward gaia-oriented strategies? how can we use  "planet regeneration" instead of the dollar or gold as an economic parameter to set money's value? can you imagine a world where economic growth means regeneration and symbiotic gains, and not mere accumulation?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lombrices trabajando

Así está la tierra en mi cantero en casa. A pura bosta de caballo y residuos de la cocina. Ven las lombrices?
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Twitters de todos los presidentes de América

Este es el tweet que hice ayer y programé para que salga anoche:

En Español:
#WarrenBuffett afirma: mis amigos y yo hemos sido consentidos por un congreso amistoso con billonarios. Ya es tiempo de que el gobierno se tome en serio el sacrificio compartido.
En Inglés:
#WarrenBuffett: My friends&I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress.

Y se lo envié a estas personas, estas personas:
Estados Unidos @BarackObama  
Canadá @pmharper 
Colombia @JuanManSantos
Argentina @CFKArgentina 
Brasil @dilmabr 
Venezuela @chavezcandanga 
Ecuador @MashiRafael 
México @FelipeCalderon 
Chile @sebastianpinera 
Perú @Ollanta_HumalaT 
Perú (vice) @omarchehade6 
Costa Rica @Laura_Ch 
Bolivia @evomorales 
Paraguay @Fernando_Lugo 
Panamá @rmartinelli 
Honduras @PEPE_LOBO 
República Dominicana @LeonelFReyna 

Salvador @MauricioFunesSV 
Suriname @DBouterse 
Cuba @RaulCastroR 
Haití  @presidentmicky 

3 presidentes que no lo son pero son:
@fidelcastro @MelZelaya @AlvaroUribeVel @
4 presintientes:
ChespiritoRGB @ElGabo @MaxNeef @oppenheimera

Friday, July 29, 2011

Teoría de los Abrazos

En 2007 escribí sobre los abrazos gratis que nos dimos entre miles de personas en la Plaza de Santa Cruz, la del centro de la ciudad.

Un abrazo es un pequeño gran esfuerzo, incluso para los niños. Yo me pregunto: En qué momento nuestra potente capacidad de dar cariño y recibirlo sin pedir ni esperar nada más que reciprocidad, se transforma en una débil expresión de indiferencia ante los demás? Algo huele mal en todo esto. Tanto quemeimportismo es algo que hemos aprendido. En otras palabras, hay pocas oportunidades para aprender a expresar cariño. Sea un abrazo, un apretón de manos, cantar juntos, darse un beso, mirarse y sonreír, pensar o trabajar juntos, hablar alrededor de una mesa, decirle a una persona cómo uno siente en este momento… Cuántos lugares y formas de expresar afecto tenemos a mano? En cuántos de esos lugares ejercemos nuestra capacidad de dar y recibir afecto?

Con tanto abrazo, lo que hicimos fue colocar semillitas, esperando que germinen. Semillitas que hagan ver como algo posible el generar espacios de mutua confianza, espacios de reciprocidad. Eso sí, no se engañen, dar y recibir afecto, expresar cariño, no son formas de ocultar intenciones o deseos en torno al sexo. El afecto, afecta a las personas, nos mueve en la dirección correcta: nos hace ser dignos de confianza, nos sintoniza a todos en lo que realmente nos importa sobre las personas, es decir nos lleva a construir vínculos con las personas y con nosotros mismos, y a su vez a construir un espacio físico visible donde las personas pueden hablarse sin simulacros, sin caretas, usando palabras que expresan cómo me siento hoy, qué es lo que quiero, qué me preocupa, y a dónde quiero ir. Por eso, los abrazos (y todas las expresiones de cariño) son gratis, porque son el símbolo de nuestra increíble capacidad humana de sorprendernos ante lo que podemos lograr cuando hacemos las cosas con amor.

Nuestro país sólo necesita eso, hacer las cosas con amor, porque cuando hacemos las cosas con amor, todo sale mejor.