Wordless

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  1. One thing that helped me was to put a price tag on my time (like, how much is an hour of my free time worth). When I am pondering for half an hour over some tiny amount, I remind myself how expensive that pondering was, and ask myself if the investment was worth it. Same when I spend time to save money, like comparing prices before making a purchase. More often than not, the decision what to buy ends up more expensive than the cost of the thing. That insight has relaxed my relationship to money quite a bit.
  2. I would define it as the finding that participation in rituals has an effect on people. Classical medicine knows this because it needs to be compensated for in scientific studies (examining a patient, diagnosing and giving them a pill is a ritual after all). At the same time the scientific paradigm sort of denies the effect because rituals have an unscientific or dirty feel to them, and the placebo pill is associated with lying to the patient. On the other side I would define shamanism as an honest use of the placebo effect. Shamans invent all sorts of crazy rituals and practices that have beneficial effects on their participants, often by guiding them into ecstatic states. The rituals might or might not be backed by some kind of lore, the important part is the they work. I've recently come across the idea that the rock star is a modern version of the shaman archetype.
  3. I would say justice is an appeal to conform to some standard that is held as absolute (like the code of law or some cultural norm). When someone demands justice, he is saying that there is a perpetrator (a person or out-group) who has violated the standard, and that there needs to to be some punishment or compensation to correct things. Saying "justice" signals moral superiority. This seems like a very blue perspective to me. Green would be more like mediating on eye level between subjective perspectives. I would call the value behind that equality rather than justice. Of course a healthy green person will use blue "programs" whenever the requirements for green are not met (like calling the police when feeling physically unsafe). Sometimes you see green content in blue structure, don't be confused by that. The cliché of the social justice warrior refers to that, people who are fighting more against an out-group than for a purpose. I would see the structure as more important than the content and call that behavior blue.
  4. I think transformational festivals actually do this, that would be like a cathedral made of people. It reminds me also of a story that the burning man festival has a "temple", which is one of the festival buildings, a large wooden structure. During the festival everyone can leave things there that strain him (written on pieces of paper or just on the walls). And in the end the whole thing is burned down as a ritual, forming a powerful symbol of impermanence and transformation.
  5. A cathedral is a typical stage blue solution (a massive, monolithic, centralized symbol of order and community) with the typical blue downsides (huge cost and high maintenance, no flexibility). A more yellow solution would be lightweight, scalable, decentralized and self-organizing. Here are two examples that I would consider functioning yellow spaces: One is the community around rebel wisdom (including groups like the stoa and the channels of their regular speakers). The other is the scene of transformational festivals. I'm not sure about that. The majority is only needed if you come from a tribal perspective of overpowering an outgroup. Warriors in a battle need to outnumber their opponents. If the mechanism is inspiration, things change. Artists on a festival do not need to outnumber the audience in order to make it an artistic place. If people are looking for inspiration, they will find out who inspires them and who doesn't. There is no need for a group of "officially yellow" people to be louder than everyone else. I agree, it's not realistic to establish a different culture within a thread or subforum.
  6. I tried to argue that the ability to fit in might be highly context dependent. So I propose that there is a large group of people who are prone to fall into tribalism when there is already a fight, but are wise enough not to throw the first stone. The image that just came to my mind is people entering a cathedral. You might think that very extroverted people are just not fit for that place because they are always so loud and agitated. But when they enter they can sense that their usual patterns are not a good match to the environment, and are able to adapt. I guess my main point is that attracting and transforming those who are ready seems more important than building a gated community where the elite can do its thing.
  7. Be aware that pointing out the relative and illusory nature of anything can itself be an excellent tool for tribal warfare. You can apply it to any argument or opinion you don't like, no need to even taylor it to the topic of a specific discussion. This sort of weaponisation is quite common on the forum. Also, if you go to a politics forum and say that all politics is illusory, it can come off as a preacher who is not interested in a productive discussion. The vibe I get from this post is like: - There is us (the yellow people) and them (the less developed). The property of being civilized is hardwired to the person and does not depend on context or state of mind. - We need rules. - We need to secure our civilized space by building wall and gatekeepers to keep the keep the forces of chaos out. - We need to specify a goal in advance (top down organization). This sounds like the kind of solution that Blue would build. Yellow is more about openness and self organization. So I would see points like - How to create a space that attracts open minded people? Everyone should be able to find it, but it would not look particularly interesting to a dogmatic person. A big part of that is not to form a new ingroup. Green example: yoga classes do not need gatekeepers for keeping hooligans out, they just don't attract them. - How to cultivate an ambience of good faith and trust in that space? That needs more subtle things than rules and guards. For example: the police is there to keep me safe, but the presence of many officers usually means an unsafe situation. - What's the best medium? For example something that rewards long texts over bite-size memes. Or maybe prefer a zoom-call with video over an anonymous chat for more personal vulnerability.
  8. Really cool to see someone deriving the turquoise idea from a rational scientific perspective.
  9. The same applies on the inside. Stage Blue invents self control, it's the stage when punching someone in the face stops being an accepted part of a debate. And again Blue does it by forcing purity codes and repressing anything that could be dangerous or chaotic. If two people recognize each other as disciples of a common blue code (like following the same religion), they can now trust each other even if they have not met before. This trust within an extended ingroup is what I would consider the biggest achievement of Blue. I think unhealthy versions of a stage happen when the main stage can not handle a situation and the person (or group) drops down to a lower-stage mode of operation. Like the self control of a blue person breaks and he becomes agressive (red). It also seems to me that there are quite a lot of green people with a lack of orange foundation. When their green beliefs are challenged, they tend to skip rational arguments (orange) and fall back to dogmatic claims of absolute truth and us-versus-them narratives (blue).
  10. "humans wrote the bible, god wrote the world"
  11. And at its best. There is beauty in orange values. This is also called the age of empires song.
  12. Stage green advertising
  13. Thanks for the pointer! I had heard of burning man, but never knew that it had turned into its own genre of festivals. Here is a documentary about this genre of "transformational festivals": https://thebloom.tv/watch/ And a trailer for the series: Ozora in particular might be just the right thing for this summer, I'm strongly considering going there.