Grounded

Thoughts

Quick summary of some essential ideas

Global goals

  1. Scope: Think as the Earth as a single closed system and operate in a realistic global budget regarding resources, needs, goals and projects.
  2. Priorities: Encourage and prioritise those policies and systems that reward long-term sustainability, global welfare and survival while limiting the cheap, easy, short-term interests and speculations, so that supply and demand dynamics do not compromise the sustainability of the long-term run.
  3. Resources: Prioritise every scientific, technological and social progress that increases productivity to save global resources and to reduce working efforts. A wrong approach to progress ends-up in a never-ending cycle that, even producing progress, it is focused on exploiting all available resources and sets harder goals which spreads inequality.
  4. Meaning: The basis of our current system is based on the loss of meaning in our lives. We need to recover the fundamental sense of purpose of human beings.

Personal goals

  1. Be free: Be competent, feel, think and act freely and be coherent so that you are legitimised to defend your principles.
  2. Do Good: Try to improve the world, negotiate during conflict, fight for what's worth protecting, be fair, reasonable, responsible, self-demanding and behave sustainably.
  3. Seek the Truth: Be humble, doubt, be honest, know and listen to yourself, share the truth, keep open minded, be grateful to others, prioritise important truths over ordinary.
  4. Look for Beauty: Be self-demanding and simple, take care of yourself and others, be calm and gentle, share, play, express yourself through art.
  5. Be effective: Look ahead, prioritise, decide and act, take risks when necessary.

Context

  1. Reality: The only important difference between living in reality and in a perfect simulation would be in our meaning. Whatever this is, Science should try to sort this out.
  2. Space: We seem to be trapped in a canvas (space-time) with some players (matter) and rules (forces) that combined provide certain possibilities and degrees of freedom.
  3. Life is enabled and unavoidable given enough resources, degrees of freedom, stability and iterations. We are just a consequence of all this ingredients combined.
  4. Consciousness is the result of the evolution of life and the perception of its context, combined with the capability to remember.
  5. God: Everybody should act as if there was no God and just try to be a good person.
  6. Death: by the above mentioned, our consciousness has no means to experience other than when we are alive.
  7. Freedom: There might not be a truly freedom of choice, every decision is likely to be the combination of our mindset interacting with itself and the world, we do as programmed. To me, we are not free nor spontaneous, the consequence of our mental processes are presented as genuine decisions to our consciousness, but it's an illusion.
  8. Self-awareness: However, I think we are truly capable of understanding our limitations and our context, which we can learn from.
  9. Responsibility: Our decisions should produce the maximum benefit to the most people possible and protect our values and principles as well as improve the probability of the survival and the sustainability of life. Our personal responsibility is proportional to our available resources and knowledge, and inversely proportional to our limitations.
  10. Meaning: The ultimate meaning of Life is being aware of the consequences of our actions and trying to be as coherent, effective and responsible as possible with our own values and principles.