willing to serve & able to lead
Willing to serve and able to lead
What interests you? What do you value or appreciate? What actually inspires you?
What repulses you? What do you fear or resent? What actually overwhelms you?
Here is the thing. Ready? Many people are primarily interested in people that are very similar to them. Have you noticed that, too?
What if you, however, could be even MORE interested in people and experiences that were very different from your own qualities- even the opposite? Have you heard that opposites attract? That may be true sometimes, but it is always true that opposites complement each other.
Some people value other people’s approval and attention. Does anyone in particular that can be like that come to mind?
Other people strongly favor privacy or even seclusion. Who can be like this that comes to mind?
Of course, some people value the entire range, such as across different phases of their lives- or even in rapid alternation back and forth between the extremes. Some people live their whole lives nourishing a rather narrow set of competencies and qualities. Of course, we can only identify such a range as narrow because other folks develop a wider range of qualities, though perhaps rather few qualities very deeply.
So, in general, we can notice that some people may sometimes only be willing to interact with people who seem very similar to them; we may tend to like those alike to us. We may like to feel comfortable and stimulated in certain familiar ways- rather than bored or confused, challenged or intimidated or enraged.
Everyone has a range of familiar experiences that attract them. Within that range, each one of us may have a specific focus or even commitment to experience certain particular learnings. We could call those “things that we know that we don’t know… yet!”
Some people are quite open to new things- even things that they do not know that they do not know. Others may use sayings like “fear of the unknown,” perhaps indicating a sense of overwhelm at their current experience of life, with any possible new elements being further disorienting. Perhaps for those who say they “fear the unknown,” what is relevant is simplifying and questioning what they know or at least may sincerely believe to be true. Introducing people to new possibilities may be either relevant or irrelevant to any particular person at any particular time.
A major possible limiting factor in what someone experiences as valuable or even as merely possible…. is what I call a “model of what should be.” Is it possible to live without any model of what should be? It could be. However, inherently, instinctually, intuitively, each of us may value and appreciate certain particular qualities of experience.
Some of us may be attracted to stability and predictability. Others may be attracted to spontaneity and innovation. Some of us value understanding or fear mystery. Some of us value intuition or are skeptical about confusing perception with reality, speculation with observation, or the language of scientific theories with how nature is actually operating.
Of course, language and science are nature operating. Everything is nature operating.
Anyone who has a particular linguistic model of how nature should not be operating (or could not be operating as in “is obviously not operating”) is experiencing what I call denial. I am not referring to skepticism or even mere cynicism, but outright denial- like a persistent attachment to opposing or even ridiculing or attacking any suggestion to the contrary of any linguistic model of “how nature should not be operating” which they may have been “worshiping.”
So, what I notice is that the range of human consciousness is like a wheel of opposing qualities. Mythology is a set of stories about those contrasting qualities and astrology places those qualities into a wheel.
Some are penetrating and aggressive and others are reserved and diplomatic (Aries/Mars and Libra/Persephone)
Some are practical and simple while others are mysterious and yet unusually perceptive (Taurus/Venus and Scorpio/Pluto)
Some value knowledge of details and others wisdom (Gemini/Mercury and Sagittarius/Jupiter)
Some value flexibility and togetherness or rigor and self-reliance (Cancer/Moon and Capricorn/Saturn)
Some are extroverted and some detached (Leo/Sun and Aquarius/Uranus)
Some value rational sorting and intuitive dreaming (Virgo/Ceres and Pisces/Neptune)
In reviewing such a wheel of contrasts, we can also notice that these various qualities really are ranges. Someone can have balance within any particular contrasting pair, as well as have distinctive development in one or more qualities.
If there is a particular quality in which one is quite developed, there is also likely to be one or more in which one is less developed personally. This does not mean that the person does not value those qualities just that they do not personally manifest them in a particularly unusual way.
In fact, someone who is very highly developed in a single quality (but perhaps not very well developed in general) could be uniquely attracted to and attractive to someone who is generally very well-rounded, but lacks the particular quality or competence of the other person. Thus, a very unique or eccentric person may be a great match for a very “average” person. In contrast to the unique person, the “unusually average” person is themselves distinctive.
Perhaps ideally, two partners in a couple would both be quite well-rounded generally, yet have one or two “imbalances” in terms of being unusually developed in a certain quality and perhaps somewhat underdeveloped in a certain quality, perhaps a contrasting one. If each partner is unusually well-developed in the particular quality that the other partner values, that can be an extremely attractive and functional match.
Further, just as a couple of partners can be complementary or compatible in terms of their own particular set of qualities, the same is true of societies. A certain pair or set of societies can have mutually complementary or compatible developments and values. Indeed, certain cultures may distinctly value particular individual qualities.
Some cultures are generally open to the entire range of human qualities, perhaps without any particular preferences. Some cultures specifically discourage certain qualities- such as ones that may already be quite well-developed culturally- and specifically encourage certain qualities- such as ones that may be recognized as relatively lacking.
Of course, just as individuals develop constantly throughout their lives, so also do cultures change. Some cultures may suddenly shift their values. Some may shift their values very slowly. Further, just as individuals are born and die, so do cultures.
One of the most obvious ways in which cultures may exert influence as to what qualities are valued and developed is monetarily. Some cultures directly subsidize specific qualities or systematically favor lending money for particular specific purposes. Some societies directly forbid and punish certain qualities and other merely discourage certain activities with civil penalties, fees, or taxes. Some products and services are increasingly valued and others increasingly discounted.
When is it most valued to know what is coming? Of course, that is always valuable personally, however, when most people in a society slowly or suddenly realize that they do not know what is coming, that is when they most value to know what is coming. As it is increasingly clear that the prior predictive models of a culture are no longer certain (or may even be irrelevant as in obsolete), then a distinct model which clearly predicted developments that surprised most people… can be suddenly valuable. Models that before may have seemed irrelevant or even ridiculous, confusing, outrageous, or frightening can, however slowly or suddenly, be recognized as already operating.
So, leading involves first being willing to know what is valued and is about to be increasingly valued by a particular person or group- and that knowing can be intuitive or analytical or both. Along with that willingness naturally comes exploration, and with it, clarity.
If you have been surprised by ANY of the major developments in economics or politics in the last few years, you may be interested to know someone who predicted and even publicized advance explanations of those “surprises” which have more recently developed. Many people were aware in advance of one or a few of the surprises. How many were aware of all of them?
Those whose models of future values have been both comprehensive and consistently accurate in recent years may be uniquely intriguing to you very soon or even already now. You may recognize that you increasingly value knowing how social values are shifting and developing now and into the future.
These changing social valuations are reflected not only in the borrowing, buying, and selling activities of individuals and businesses, but also governments. In other words, not only are prices changing but so are the policies and procedures of the organized militaries and their courts of law enforcement.
I am a student not only of human perception but human action. I forecast the de-stabilizing of global lending markets and the resulting fluctuations in real estate markets, stock markets, and commodities markets. Central to those forecasts was my prediction of increasing rates of delinquency on debts, and then foreclosures and bankruptcies (as well as secondary effects such as divorces and certain kinds of criminal activity).
Note that what activities are considered criminal can dramatically change. One of the most well-known examples of this was the constitutional amendment prohibiting alcoholic beverages, then the reversal of that prohibition. Note that the constitution can be amended, just as it can be supplemented by treaty or superseded by revolution and then perhaps some new constituting of a system of governing. Other notable amendments in US history were those allowing women to vote and abolishing slavery, which established a new legal category called the US Citizen.
Prior to that, citizenship in the US was associated with individual states. Eventually, especially after the advances in the centralized power of the federal government subsequent to the deflationary depression of the 1930s, state citizenship became less and less functionally relevant. US Citizenship became standard for all people, not just for emancipated slaves, who of course had not been considered “fully enfranchised” citizens of the states in which they had resided.
Political trends change. My analysis is that they change predictably in consequence of economic trends changing, which are also predictable.
The retiring of the baby boom is the general development that has “punctuated” (or punctured?) a growing instability in lending markets, real estate markets, and business in general (i.e. prices of stocks and commodities). That instability, in simplest terms, is the gradual inflating of various currencies worldwide, which reduces the perceived value of currency and over-estimating the value of debts (accounts receivables like mortgages which, while denominated in currency units, are quite distinct legally from actual currency units). So, like a balloon slowly inflating breath after breath until it is quite large, the retiring of the baby boom may be the development that sparks a rather sudden deflating of currency values.
That is, currency values will rocket as the perceived values of debts shrinks suddenly, as in the cases of bankruptcies of business and households and industries as well as local and state governments. When the debtors cease to produce a profit or simply cease to operate/exist, the creditors (or courts) take over the business and operation of the business. In terms of political trends, this is the shift from mere socialism, in which the government slowly monopolizes specific, isolated industries like the education of children or universal insurance policies for unemployment and disability, to comprehensive communism. In that pattern, governments exert functional control of the lives of households and businesses, controlling the job market, and eventually assume formal direct ownership of entire industries and all property.
This is in contrast to the first stages of the advance of socialism in the 1930s, which were quite moderate by comparison. Prior to that was the criminalization of the ownership of gold by US citizens in the spring of 1933. Prior to that of course was the deflationary economic collapse starting in 1929. Note that, similar to my current forecasts, this development was not exclusive to the US.
Currently the middle class of all industrialized nations, from the US to UK to EU, is subject to experience the natural consequences of their last few decades of investment choices. Government programs that rely on the existence of a growing middle class (or the existence of a middle class at all) are subject to lose their base of support, slowly or quickly.
Many people will be surprised and suffer. Many people will experience guilt and resentment then cast blame, complain, and demand to be rescued by governments, whether governments of communism or fascism (which of course have much in common). Many people will resist adjusting to the systemic changes and may even rebel against them, engaging in direct or indirect confrontations or conflicts with armed government mercenaries such as sheriff deputies and urban “crowd control” commando units.
In extreme contrast, to those who are reactionary and rebellious, some people will witness the simple fact of social values shifting and thus will promptly adjust, even in advance of the predictable changes. Not only will those people avoid losses of financial fortune, health, freedom, and life itself, but they will experience the benefits of being open to the opportunities offered by the changing social values and patterns. Those who are humbly responsive (rather than naive or reactionary rebels) can accept changing values as changing values. They can explore the unique opportunities offered by changing conditions, then benefit dramatically from those changes.
Those who are willing to serve will be enabled to lead, even more than they may have been already. Are you willing to serve? Are you willing to humbly allow your personal values to be responsive to changing social values? Are you willing to allow those qualities in you that society values most to be nourished and developed by the prosperity that the emerging culture offers you (and everyone else, too) moment to moment?
Some resist the blessings offered to them. Some resist the changes emerging in society, wishing for other people to make those changes disappear, such that the investment strategies that did well for them in prior years and decades can once again have the prior favored results. Some people want to maintain a life of privilege at the expense of some anonymous taxpayers elsewhere subsidizing their investments and businesses and paradigms. Sometimes, at least temporarily, such subsidies may be initiated and maintained, though such programs may also suddenly change or even disappear.
Some resist certain of their own qualities, or at least focus only on certain ones at any particular time. Some may even attack others for having certain qualities, or for accepting certain values and benefits. That is not a new pattern.
A general principle that I invite you personally to keep in mind is that one cannot simultaneously resist or criticize some possibility or development and also explore the opportunities it presents. Those who humbly accept and explore opportunity have a distinct future from those who neglect the future to worship certain belief systems and historical developments.
The past has never been as relevant as the immediate future. Indeed, it may only be the immediate future which gives the past any relevance at all. By the way, this may be how it has always been.
As a final note, there are particular alternatives which I have researched and, in most cases, personally implemented, as the ones of increasing relevance and value during the immediate future. If you interested in accepting the benefits offered in the immediate future by changing values, I request that you contact me as soon as you choose to invest in a new future of prosperity. Now, choose a future you’d always appreciate.