Life is relational and beyond human comprehension
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by Jorn Bettin
1w ago
Life is a highly dynamic system. Reflecting deeply on the relational nature of life allows us to become reacquainted with human emotional limits. Powered-up relationships are inherently incompatible with healthy ways of being human. Along the way we also begin to re-appreciate the limits of human comprehensibility and sense making. Evolution of humans Gene-culture co-evolution Cultural evolution Ubiquitous global peer to peer communication Modern addictions Convenience Social power Survival tools The path towards sobriety Evolution of humans Gene-culture co-evolution Humans only becam ..read more
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From artificial scarcity to ecologies of abundant care
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by Jorn Bettin
2w ago
Autists learn and play differently, because our senses work differently, and because we make sense of the world in different ways. Our sensory profiles don't allow us to push cognitive dissonance out of conscious awareness. We feel and know that a way of life that traumatises large segments of the population and the non-human world does not make any sense. We need to slow down, to the relational speed of life. Less WEIRD education Autistic ways of learning WEIRD lack of authenticity Depowered dialogue Slowing down Employment Entrepreneurship & worker co-ops Mutual aid Less WEIRD ed ..read more
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Life in the compost heap of the industrialised mono-cult
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by Jorn Bettin
1M ago
It is impossible to recover from Autistic burnout within the established institutional landscape. The emergence of ecologies of care is the emergence of a beautiful diversity of human scale cultural species and organisms in the cultural compost heap of the industrialised mono-cult. The year is new the plague is old ... Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Ninety-Ninth Week Indrajit Samarajiva has the kind of gallows humour that feels appropriate in these times, in the WEIRD cultural compost heap. The doors are falling off late-stage capitalism, quite literally: ... They just rebrand, reboot, and l ..read more
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The ecological niche of A♾tistic peoples
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by Jorn Bettin
2M ago
Surviving on the edges of modern society is an A♾t. The A♾ts and regular immersion in genuinely safe Open Spaces help us imagine and co-create ecologies of care in which care and mutual aid are the primary values. Within the context of the polycrisis that shapes the modern human predicament, the urgency of cultural evolution can not be addressed from within the paradigm of a hypernormative education system. Healthy A♾tistic life paths by necessity differ from "normality". Meaningful lives Education A timely call for participation Meaningful lives In times when social paradigms become toxic ..read more
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Intersectional solidarity and ecological wisdom
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by Jorn Bettin
2M ago
The objectives of the Autistic and neurodiversity civil rights movements overlap significantly with the struggles of indigenous peoples. All people are fully human. Especially those who are systematically marginalised have developed distinct cultures and ecologies of care beyond the human. Much of the deep collective ecological wisdom and the sacred relationships that we can develop at human scale transcend the explanatory powers of the narrow silos of modern scientific disciplines. Diagnosis of cultural disease Neo-colonialism Paradigmatic inertia The political lens The ..read more
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De-powered dialogue
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by Jorn Bettin
3M ago
Photo by Beth Macdonald on Unsplash The smallest unit of learning is a feedback loop. Power is the privilege of not needing to learn. The dynamic process of life is best understood in relational terms. At human scale, all healthy relationships, independently of the level of intimacy, are characterised by the maintenance of de-powered dialogue – by a mutual deep desire to understand a precious living being. Anthropocentrism Evolution of relationships Levels of intimacy Ignoring the limitations of human scale Allowing powered-up relationships The invitation that life is extendin ..read more
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Nurturing ecologies of care, healing, and wellbeing
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by Jorn Bettin
3M ago
Social power is best understood as a highly addictive and socially corrosive drug. Meaningful education in the era of the sixth mass extinction event has to focus on the majority of the human population that is not power drunk, and on the humane treatment of those who are ready to confront their addiction to power head-on. Much of the distress and many of the diseases we experience in modernity are the downstream symptoms of toxic cultural environments. As long as healthcare is focused on individual health, which is the model of health that dominates Western medicine, even in so-called develo ..read more
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UnWEIRDing Autistic ways of being
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by Jorn Bettin
3M ago
In the cult of busyness the simplistic logic of finance acts as a universal linguistic and psychological security blanket. The world of finance feels comfortable because it conjures up the illusion that all eventualities can be calculated and quantified, satisfying the human need for certainty. The more obscure the financial tools, the more layers are added to the cake of financial instruments, the more complex the algorithms, the greater the feeling of being in control for those who benefit from the simplistic logic of finance, and the greater the level of detachment from the biophysica ..read more
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Surviving + De-powering + Thriving
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by Jorn Bettin
4M ago
Many people are stuck in survival mode. We need to slow down, to the relational speed of life. By definition no one is able to do this in isolation. It also can not be achieved by training. It requires lived experience, imagining alternative de-powered social operating models, and educating ourselves in critical thinking tools and de-powered forms of transdisciplinary collaboration. A thought experiment: Think about everything you have learned about the organisations and institutions of our civilisation, not from what you were taught, but based on what you have encountered and observed f ..read more
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Bringing our gifts to life
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by Jorn Bettin
4M ago
In energetically and socially powered-up societies, the public is governed by the opinions of those who are addicted to wielding social powers rather than by local collective intelligence. In powered-up societies paradigms change incrementally, if at all, one funeral at a time. Our institutions have become the drug of choice for addicts. We have replaced the rich relational web of life beyond the human with a transactional Web of abstract collective delusions. The illusions of being in control & being controlled Energetically powered up societies Socially powered up societies Demand avoi ..read more
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