The simple, yet specific ideology that supports the method of Nexus Science.
There is a strength and wisdom that comes from a collective that cannot be equaled by the individual. Because we are each limited by our own qualities, abilities and intellect, etc., we, on our own, are incapable of achieving a true perception of our reality or make a correct group decision. However, when there is an inclusion from all members of the group or organization, etc., the potential for a more balanced outcome is multiplied by the numbers of all those included because only the collective discernment of a diverse crowd (or group) can compensate for individual biases.
COOPERATION OVER COMPETITION
Our nature, environment and education promotes competition. However all of Nature is built on cooperation. This means that people are in opposition to Nature. Contrary to generations of belief, competition is seldom the most effective means of producing quality results. Nexus Science recognizes that cooperation is a vastly more inclusive and constructive process under which we can all work and benefit. Nexus Science redefines the success to ensure that everyone wins.
Education must be redefined as “human development”. To develop a person to join society is a healthier approach to education than simply developing workers to join the workforce. And the role of educators is not to force feed facts to students but rather to build a supportive environment where discovery can occur. A higher degree from a prestigious university and a good job with a good salary at a good company is not a guarantee of happiness. Feeling supported by your environment however, is.
Creating and maintaining a proper environment in which we are raised, educated, live, work and play are all critically important factors that govern who we are. The impact and influence of the environment upon us is what molds and shapes our very thoughts, opinions, feelings and perceptions. It is necessary that we endeavor to remain in a beneficial and positive environment that encourages and supports unification.
We are all globally interconnected and interdependent. There is nothing that can happen today in one part of the world that doesn’t effect every other part. This interdependence must be recognized, discussed and felt. Nexus Science focuses on highlighting our global interdependence, heightening our awareness of it and act accordingly.
THE GOLDEN RULE
“Love thy neighbor as thyself” or “Do unto others as you would have done to you”… This is probably the most well-known of all biblical/religious phrases. Although Nexus Science has no religious affiliation or adhesion, this basic tenent still most accurately represents our principle ideology. Scholars and religious leaders have for centuries tried to interpret the meaning of this Abrahamic phrase but Nexus Science implements it into practice. Nexus Science more accurately defines the golden rule (in today’s language), “recognize that we are all connected and coexist in one integral system and treat each other accordingly“.
There needs to be a fundamental shift in how we characterize, advertise and propagate our “pursuit of happiness”. Media, entertainment, pop and celebrity culture, educational, economical and political systems, all send the unhealthy and inaccurate message to children and all people that one can only be fulfilled after achieving some combination of fame, fortune, knowledge, power and control. This is a misconception. Happiness comes from connection with others and we must redefine “happiness” and promote this healthier, more accurate definition.
LOVE COVERS ALL CRIMES
Regardless of what injustices may have been perpetrated, we must, in principle operate from a position of compassion when dealing with each other. We can safely say that no single person in the entire history of humanity has ever been completely innocent of any transgression. The only conclusion we can draw from this is that “sin” is a part of who we are and there is no such thing as an “evil” person or an evil deed, there are only humans and human actions. We must cover our own and other’s flaws with love first, anything else would be a sin.
“Sustainable” is one of those modern day buzzwords with no clear definition. It’s usually associated with recycling and loosely defined as using resources more wisely and finding new and improved ways of sustaining our current consumerist economic model. But what if we look deeper into the concept and ask, “do we actually need all the things we make and use? Can ‘sustainability’ be redefined to mean us, our relationships and the health and strength of our society?” What if we only deal with the question of human sustainability and sustain our unity and connection with each other? Perhaps then our other issues could be disposed of.
There are currently two paths lying before humanity and we have the freedom to choose which path we prefer to take.
- The path of Nature which will teach us slowly and painfully where and how we must develop ourselves through all manner of conflict.
- The path of acceleration. This is were we, as humanity recognize a need for connection and actualize it on our own.
If we actively participate in our own development then we will take the second and easier path, but if we choose not to work on our development then we will go down the first path. Both paths lead to the same destination but while one is quite easy the other is perilous and will be most challenging for us all.