Over the next few weeks, I will explore what we can begin to see in the three big questions (resources, value, organization), when we look through the lenses of the five relationships (self, other, group, nature, spirit) and three levels of perceived reality (things, development, possibility).
The first lens I will use to look at the five primary relationships at each of the three levels of perceived reality is the lens of “how much?” This lens shows the experience of abundance, answering the question of how much resource is available. The word “resource” is a technical term used to investigate the properties of the tangible and intangible substances that support human life.
Underlying almost all agreements today is a very important and subtle assumption that only those resources that are directly seen are perceived as real. This focuses people on what they call the tangible versus intangible, as if the in-tangible, meaning not touchable, is less valuable and important. This focus on the concreteness of resources also seems to simplify the world, as it seems easy to see them as static (fixed), independent (not influenced by other resources), and ultimately scarce — someone either has the tangible object or someone else does. This very limiting view of the world imposes strong, often implicit, assumptions about what is important and how to work with it, starting from a world of lack, scarcity, and static, independent resources. The following posts show that human experience actually completely disagrees with this seemingly obvious perspective, demonstrating that resources are actually abundant, dynamic, and interrelated.