Re-Wild Crafting: Regaining our innate human capabilities
“The root of the word wild, which comes from the Old English and Germanic languages, is self-determining.
So the word itself refers to the freedom you have just described: the life of the world, which we humans can never completely control.
And when you feel the freedom in yourself, your senses awaken, and you come alive in a new way.
My own contacts with the wild have given me the freedom to find something deeper within myself.” from the article: A Conversation with Steffan Wildstrand, by Eleanor O’Hanlon
To know about humanity, you first have to learn to be human.
As our inner and outer worlds experience accelerated techno-forming, we are at risk of forgetting how to appreciate and cultivate our innate human capabilities, such as living in healthy communities, complex decision making and our 54 senses and sensibilities.
Current technology design favours quick fix and simple solutions to scale for exponential shareholder growth. The unintended consequence is a global phenomena where entire living eco-systems are coralled into profitable algorithmic and possibly bio-engineered data points designed for precision prediction markets and behavioural re-engineering.
Add to this a worldview that life is in essence just autonomous algorithms, and we start to believe that, to evolve, we need continuous updates to our human operating systems, prescribed by machines that are smarter than us.
With human comfort at the centre of design, the side-effects can now be seen as we experience loss of social connection, physical fitness and creative movement, reduced emotional diversity and flexibility, technology mediation instead of natural connection and contact, reduction of critical thinking skills and other cognitive abilities.
User attentions are aimed at measurable clicks, often linked to unpleasant, high energy emotional, short term problems, replicated within a mono-cultural imagination and social networks.
This degeneration in all aspects of our lives – on a personal as well as family and collective level – has the possibility of creating a vicious cycle feedback loop where we believe this to be the only trajectory of our collective digital future.
Unlike this bleak view, most people also realize we have many unexplored windows of opportunities to use technologies. We have the freedom to opt-out and establish better foundational principles for standards and ethics for these man-made designs and codes that shape our future.
Fortunately we also have access to ecosystems within natural environments not yet fully mediated by our machine consciousness.
Here we can re-experience what it truly means to be human: Not what our mainstream experts tell us, but our own body’s experience of our primordial being.
Positive maverick leaders make a conscious decision to engage in rewilding: “practices which allow the human nervous system to develop to its full capability, including the sensitivity and awareness of our undomesticated hunter-gatherer ancestors” (definition by Wild Open).
They are able to discern natural consciousness and machine consciousness within themselves and their environments. Cultivating digital intelligence, they apply practical wisdom in how to allow autonomous code to mediate our experience of life using life’s principles towards vitality and ecosystem virtuous cycles.
Re-wilding ourselves enables us to build novel foundations to face ourselves and the world around us. It empowers us to research, design and adopt alternative technological solutions that restore our human capacities for new forms of ethical cooperation, reciprocity, the prosperity game (as contrasted to the monopoly game).
Photo: Mauna Kea, Hawaii, January 2016
Salka according to the Andean Cosmovision
“Salka is a Quecha word for natural or undomesticated energy.
The wolf is salka, while the dog is domesticated.
The condor is salka, while the chicken is domesticated.
The deer is salka while the sheep is domesticated.
It is not quite accurate to say that some beings are more salka than others. It might be better to say that some beings are more domesticated than others.
In domesticated beings, however, domestication is like a veneer through which the light of salka must shine.
Salka is the natural, free, energy of life and so all beings have salka.
We members of Western Society have to be domesticated in order to survive the environment that our society has created. What time we get up, how we dress, how we make a living, what we do for entertainment, what we eat and drink, the various roles we play as friend, spouse, parent, coworker, consumer, and citizen are all drawn from the list of options provided by our society.
Even more important than the domestication of our time and energy, however, is the domestication of our concepts of self, our understanding of who we are as Beings in this Cosmos.”
“Salka is another part of our heritage as Beings in this Cosmos. We are alive, we exist, we are expressions of Nature and the Cosmos, our essence is salka.
Salka is beyond definition, beyond comprehension, it is vastly mysterious.
As we are, in our essence, salka, the same can be said of us. We are beyond definition, we are beyond comprehension, we are vastly more mysterious beings than our society led us to believe.
To reach the full expression of being human we need to know both our salka and our domesticated selves. The Andean meditations get us in touch with salka.”
– Oakley E. Gordon – The Andean Cosmovision: A Path for Exploring Profound Aspects of Ourselves, Nature and the Cosmos