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picture 18 Feb 2005 @ 15:54, by Flemming Funch

The things to do are: the things that need doing: that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done -- that no one else has told you to do or how to do it. This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others on the individual. --Buckminster Fuller

I gotta quote that once in a while, as it is one of my favorites. The things to do are the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done.

To me it implies that there's meaning in life. That we're here for something. That there's something unique and useful for us to do. It doesn't have to be taken that way. You can simply use it as a method for grabbing the opportunities with the most potential. The most satisfying kind of success is found in doing something needed, at the right time, which nobody else noticed was needed. There's not so much potential in just doing what everybody else is doing. No, see something different, and do something different. But do something that is needed.

We all seem to be different. From nature's hand we all have a little bit different DNA, different fingerprints. And then different experiences that have influenced us, different information we have absorbed. And including all that, and beyond all that, we each have a different consciousness, a different way of seeing things, a different perspective. It is only natural that we will see something nobody else is seeing, and we'll see things a different way than others. We're perceiving the world from a different point, using different filters than anybody else. And that is probably not just an accident, an error in the production machinery of nature. No, I don't think it is. It is a feature. It is by design. I'm inherently made up to see things differently and to do things differently than anybody else.

It is a bit of a waste if one just tries to do what everybody else is doing. A waste if one only learns to see things like one is "supposed" to. A waste of life. You're boring God, if you want to put it that way. There isn't a lot of use for billions of people who try to do the same thing the same way. It is counter-evolutionary. Short-circuiting the creative process of evolution. We've somehow accidentally created a society that tries to make us all do the same thing. It was a dumb idea. And it isn't going to work, because you just can't stop everybody from having a different perspective. There will always be somebody who sees something different and who acts on it.

There are lots of things that don't need doing, because they don't really add value. It is just like Information Theory. There isn't much information in "0000000000000001000000". There's just that one "1", and its position. Predictable information can be left out when data is transmitted, because it doesn't add meaning, it doesn't add value, it isn't information. Likewise, if you're just doing something that has already been done, in roughly the same way, you aren't adding value. You're wasting our time and yours. The net result is: not very much.

Imagine this reframe of the Information Society: the things that are valuable are those that add information.

A million copies of the same thing is adding no information, no value. It is valuable for somebody to record a new song, which others might find refreshing and enjoyable. A million copies of it add no value in itself. What the listeners might do with them might add value. Compare that with the music industry and arguments for or against file sharing. A new system of sharing adds value. The creative uses of information one has access to adds value. A carbon copy of any of it does not in itself add value. No information, no value.

So, imagine a society that really gets that. Where the value is in adding value. Duh. Economically speaking, I mean. Where the rewarding thing to do is the thing that adds information and value. I.e. you see something new, and you do something about it, and you share it.

We're headed there, I think. And there are well known fields that work pretty much like that. Open source, obviously. There's no point at all in making another piece of software that does exactly the same as another one, if the first one is freely available and modifiable. Might be smarter to look at how one can add value to what is already there, by adding something new, something different.

Lots of people doing what they see needs doing, is probably a very threatening prospect for certain groups, certain people in power positions. So many old structures are based on quite the opposite. I.e. persuading large groups of people to accept the perspective and the needed tasks of a very small group at the top. Here is the perspective you're supposed to have, here are the morals you need to adhere to, and here's your job. Which creates big machines that work, but only inefficiently. So everybody's running around and struggling to do what they're supposed to do. Where the system really could be so much more efficient and fun if we all could be active components, rather than passive. Most of us running on most of our cylinders most of the time. Because our inherent ability and tendency to see things differently and to add value is one of our key qualities. We're conscious players, who have the ability to create information and add value, indefinitely. We just have some unlearning to do, to get back to that.

So, what do you see that needs doing?


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18 Feb 2005 @ 17:37 by gea : Groups
Create ways to make groups work more efficiently. ;-)  


19 Feb 2005 @ 03:48 by hgoodgame : Think like the old Chinese -
and do our works with consideration for future generations, not leave them saddled with debt but to have a better world than we do. We do this individually right where we are, look at if we are improving our surroundings or helping with their destruction. We leave every place we've touched a little bit brighter, more beautiful. We don't give until it hurts, we give until it helps!
It takes personal responsibility. And though it's not a 'new' way, it could be a way that works now that we've learned (hopefully) the dangers of great power. (With great power comes great responsibility).
Shakti, I like your idea too, I would put it in terms of global villages, let each gravitate to their own kind.

"It is not necessary to search for peace. It is within. Your original state is one of peace."
-Dadi Janki  



19 Feb 2005 @ 22:03 by Andrius Kulikauskas @193.219.5.40 : Snatching your Meaningful concepts
Flemming, I really appreciate your writing, you really flow. You write all sorts of deep thoughts that I don't verbalize, and when I do, then not in such a readable form. So I'll be snatching "meaningful concepts" from you (and also Anthony Judge and others in the Public Domain): [link] This one I've put here: [link] And I've linked to related ideas: "Constructive Hypotheses" and "Existential Conversation". What do I need to do? That is what I asked myself when I was little: [link] And so that is why I seek to "know everything and apply that usefully". Because I think I might be able to, and I don't see anybody else doing that! Or as I write: "I should take the risks others are not taking". So I think I'll make use of your thoughts in this way. Keep writing! Thank you!  


20 Feb 2005 @ 01:03 by ming : Concepts
Cool. Snatch away and link away, and thanks for stopping by. I see many interesting subjects popping by on your lists these days. I have a hard time getting the time to pursue them in e-mail, but I'm glad it is happening.  


20 Feb 2005 @ 03:02 by astrid : Such s powerful
article -and empowering! What a guy! : )
Thanks Ming!  



20 Feb 2005 @ 18:11 by lugon @80.58.19.44 : ming's flow
Andrius (and Ming and all), I don't think I'll spoil any secret if I say something of what's in Ming's writing. It's just slow mo! Just imagine a bike running across the fields: it leaves many small curves untouched. Ming just takes it slow and so his bike touches all those small curves. Which is interesting, considering it looks like he's at full speed all the time.

Of course, the same can be said of Andrius and of many others: they shine when they take their time.

So, really, it's no wonder picsie suggests we all take a day off from the internet! I think it would mean maybe 23 hours just to slow down, and then just 1 hour to do our own personal "just my 2 cents" thinking.

Of course, there's also the "concept" part (and the creativity part). Probably some people are better at inventing/discovering concepts (and at finding/creating alternatives), and I know we can train ourselves to become "better than ourselves". But it's using and developing that skill that takes time. I know a few cooks who wouldn't be surprised!

Time.

We all have 24 hours a day.  



20 Feb 2005 @ 18:46 by ming : Slo Mo Flo
Wow, thanks for that gem of an analysis. I didn't think of it that way, but I like it. I just write the way I think, I suppose, with minimal editing, and without thinking much about it, ironically. But a little feedback is nice sometimes. To get to see things a little differently.  


2 Feb 2011 @ 01:32 by taranga @81.99.230.84 : rare conversation
"Lots of people doing what they see needs doing, is probably a very threatening prospect for certain groups, certain people in power positions. So many old structures are based on quite the opposite. I.e. persuading large groups of people to accept the perspective and the needed tasks of a very small group at the top. "

This suddenly reminded me of a wise remark of a German van driver with whom i had hitched a ride to Munich some 40 years ago 'I'm not very happy about nuclear weapons but consider this; in the old days them up there would send you and me to kill each other while they enjoyed the high life and made money out of it but now they will suffer as much so they will think twice about it!

So even that awful ultimate horror of an invention has had a part to play in the social/psychological evolution of a more creative and just civilisation.  



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