We think that we are living in a world that is just exactly how it is because it can’t be any different.
We think our societies, cultures, structures, our economic system, institutions and establishments are a logical result of nature’s laws, of physical and cosmological preconditions, thus can’t be fundamentally and sustainably changed in any way without dysfunctioning.
We have lost, or never even perceived/obtained, the notion that the world can be what we want it to be, what we imagine it could be.
But our world is quite literally an atomic sandbox.
And we have all the tools at hand we need to play, to model, to sculpt.
The current state, any state of our world is incredibly complex, too complex to imagine it to be willfully changed. How could you think of an alternative solution or version to each and every problem or circumstance, every process going on? All those interdependencies. But - all these cascading and interwoven processes appear like magic, without being planned or prompted, within the structures we find given.
Who gave these structures to us? We did.
In order to meaningfully change the world, we just need to change the overarching structures that magically fill up with life, that spawn all these processes crystallizing into substructures, building up complexity in no time.
Overarching structures are built on underlying principles. The principles of a better world - we know them very well, but we are in shock as we see our world unfold diametrically opposed to the catalogue of values we long to model it after. We conclude that this must be some wicked destiny of nature, the vector of all things, the way it goes. We can’t imagine to change a universe so vast, a world so detailed, when everything just seems to follow the same logic.
But this logic follows something itself. Any array of things in our societies that seems to prove the homogeneity of cosmological movement is just a selection of observed consequence of structural velocity. Everything is running on tracks that have been laid some time ago. It’s a particle system with a fixed set of parameters, we just never get to see the emitter, because we’re too busy dodging bullets, reacting to and talking about the latest spectacle, trying to understand its meaning, when there is none. Everything that happens is just a consequence, only what is, what causes, is reason.
Current and recent crises, and crises throughout history prove this. Whenever change became necessary, whenever structures needed to be changed or eroded, the biotope of a myriad of processes attached and caused and facilitated by their former environment dried out, but the energy involved immediately poured into a new, equally complex, brimming simultaneity of processes based on the newly built structures that suited the new conditions.
Instead of merely reacting short-term to outer influence, developments, events, catastrophes, which always comes together with a loss of humanity, a compromise of our nature, it is time we thoroughly assess our situation and its likely outcome; beat the future trajectory of history and act fully consciously, willfully re-form the world according to our needs and the collective good, in mutualism with earth and nature, to save ourselves and the future of our and all species.
Acting, not reacting. Creating, not digesting. Inventing, not repeating.
To unlock to power and possibilities of the sandbox, we must first truly free ourselves from fixed images of crucial fundamental categories like, for example, work. After freeing at least certain parts of humanity from labour by inventing work, we must now replace work with creation. Instead of asking: What about jobs?, we must ask: How can human creativity take place under the new conditions and within the the new structures? Instead of asking: What about wealth inequality and income disparity?, we can ask: How can a system without money and property work for us? How can we re-create production and distribution so everyone gets what they need? How can we use the potential of the current technological horizon for a just global society?
Yes, these questions may sound more complicated, but can, in contrast to the questions that have been set against change over and over, in fact be answered, because they are real, and not merely rhetorical instruments of oppression. They are in the purest sense TOELIs, whereas all the phrases centered around the no-alternative narrative are vicious and insidious TOOPs.
And these complicated questions, by trying to find answers to them, eventually lead us to simpler solutions that provide a world much easier to comprehend, to understand for us humans. These complicated questions make life easier. They are the first tools to build a new reality in the sandbox.
The world can be whatever we want it to be, if we dare to want at all.