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Adapting to the metric

All our lives we are taught, trained and compelled to meet certain standards. The prevailing structure of our culture demands that we conform. Globalism in its ever expansive growth is creating a monoculture that is increasingly rigid, domineering and flaccid.

As human beings we are diverse, eclectic and vibrant. It is our way to celebrate our individuality while accepting our fundamental oneness. In the tapestry of existence, variety is the spice of life.

Performance in an IQ test may suit certain folks to measure intelligence, first past the post may benefit some political parties and capitalism tends towards the preference of those in control of assets and wealth.

And, that’s why we must seek to reset our systems.

Some folks may be better suited to creative pursuits, proportional representation may be a more accurate measure of democracy and a new form of wealth distribution and asset sharing could benefit the majority in a more equal society.

These shifts can be achieved by questioning the current status quo; why does the education system only measure a certain set of subjects in a fixed test environment? How does that favour some students at the expense of others? Is there another way to educate our children?

Could we live in a more equal society that serves the whole rather than the few? How much more inclusive would proportional representation function as a new model for politics? What would our local communities look like if they were governed by guiding principles that nurtured the immediate environment?

How could a universal basic income liberate the poorest in society from suffering? What would the world look like if wealth and assets were shared equally so that everyone had enough food, water and shelter to thrive? Could we envision a way of life that supports a life of freedom in harmony with nature?

Rethinking the ways and the whys of how we do things is the first step in beginning the journey towards a brighter future. We can all adapt to meet the metric – we’re versatile, resilient and powerful creatures – but wouldn’t it be more fun to celebrate our diversity and humanness without the limitations of systemic bias?