Challenges to Comprehension Implied by the Logo
of Laetus in Praesens
University of Earth

1993

Strategically Relevant Evocative Questions?

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Part of Towards Transformative Conferencing and Dialogue: Collection of papers and notes, problems and possibilities on the new frontier of high-risk gatherings concerning social development
  1. How can one use one's limited personal energy to optimal effect, when the effects of so many strategies are so easily nullified? And when each such strategy is part of the problem?
  2. Why do the "good guys" have such difficulty in getting their act together -- and why are they so suspicious of one another? What is the discipline by which they fail to constrain themselves?
  3. How is it that the "bad guys" are so creatively innovative in their use of legal, accounting, strategic and organizational opportunities?
  4. What useful strategic or organizational principles have emerged from the much-acclaimed holographic, non-linear or related ground-breaking forms of thinking?
  5. Why is there no detectable use of the acclaimed insights of the spiritual disciplines in elaborating new approaches to organization -- especially the organization of meetings?
  6. Why have the "explainers", whether from the sciences or the religions, been unable to recommend more appropriate forms of strategy or organization -- even for themselves?
  7. What needs to be explored to ground the principles of the emerging "new order"?
  8. What is valuable in what is condemned and rejected in the light of the "highest" currently acclaimed values? What is dangerous in what is pursued in the light of the "highest" currently acclaimed values? What are the necessary functions of both the "peaceful" and the "wrathful" deities?
  9. Is planetary society dangerously vulnerable to the subtle appeal of a "New Age Hitler" -- and by what reliable criteria could such be distinguished from a "New Age Redeemer"?
  10. Would it be more effective for the "good guys" to reinforce the destructive strategies of the "bad guys" -- to provoke the passive majority into fruitful counter-action?
  11. How is appropriateness to be comprehended? How is the set of insights or energies relevant to a sustainable future to be recognized in a world of mutually suspicious schools of thought and belief -- where each claims an effective monopoly on part of the picture?
  12. How are the insights from the "cultural rainforests" to be integrated before the process of "cultural deforestation" is complete?
  13. How are the needed insights to be effectively captured (and interrelated) in meetings?
  14. Do the dramatic planetary consequences of "go forth and multiply" derive from a traditionally simplistic understanding of the range of mathematical relationships? Are subtracting and dividing "evil"?
  15. Are the excesses of each, as a meeting participant, to be understood as a metaphor of the reproductive challenges of over-population?
  16. How can the art of not-doing be used to interweave and balance the many forms of doing?
  17. Why are "peace", "democracy" and "consensus" so boring? Does harmony without melody result in monotony? But what of unthinking repetition of melody, without creative constrast and variety?
  18. Why cultivate the belief in a single, magical "answer" to the dilemmas of the times -- "my answer"?
  19. What are the key questions that we need to rediscover? Could key principles be replaced by key questions as a basis for appropriate strategy in a "new order"?
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