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From Existence to Being

Not Doing Better Than Our Parents and Loving It (Or, Why Keynes Was Right).

“Today we are in a position to derive much of our happiness from pursuits internal to our minds. We do this by blogging, watching House of Cards on Netflix, listening to a symphony from iTunes, tweeting with friends and acquaintances, seeing their pictures on Facebook or Path, and learning and collaborating on Wikipedia. As a result, once one secures a certain income to cover basic needs, greater happiness and well-being today can be had for virtually nothing. What is the point, then, of doing materially better than one’s parents?” – http://theumlaut.com/2013/04/01/keynes-was-right/

Well, I’ve been saying this for the past decade, and more frequently in the last 3 years.

As we switch from a materialization of hard assets, we will transition through viritual or digital assets… which have an underlying cost, they are not neutral, but the way we use "0" and "1" is shifting.

Also, this is key to my existential/being shift…

If we need hard assets through normal work/organization and government to exist, then shifting to being requires a different approach to all those vehicles, including play (as I noted almost a decade ago that a shift from work to play would occur)… and a shift out of hard assets geared to profit and loss per se (at least in conventional frame) but into a post-conventional frame, where sitting on the porch (poor people did this, and still do) and "being" rather than getting stuck on a roller coaster of time acceleration where money and credit requires you forego the porch (time in being) in favor of creating income for hard assets you have forward purchased (time in doing).

Helpful Hint: We have this idea, that releasing ourselves from the hard work of existence meant more accumulation and acquisition of additional hard assets: Paul Zane Pilzer writing in UNLIMITED WEALTH says we all want more quantity, and then more quality, and then more quanity of the new quality… and so on, this never stops! Which is why he indicates there is unlimited wealth based on this cycle of improving levels of existence @BS.

Action Step: To get off this merry go-round of striving and never arriving, we need an entirely different set of tactics @F-L-O-W… and a simple step by step guide: find out what makes you truly happy, and it’s not all pleasure, there is happiness tension and suffering there too… then discover if most of what has chosen you in success can be gradually peeled away because of your gaining back your time for being and giving up more and more consumption of things you make future income commitments too, by purchasing them with credit. Find time each day to match something that makes you happy in tension and allocate more time to being there in that tension @F-L-O-W.



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Mike R. Jay is a developmentalist utilizing consulting, coaching, mentoring and advising as methods to offer developmental scaffolding for aspiring leaders who are interested in being, doing, having, becoming, and contributing… to helping people have lives.

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