Survival is the basic pattern that all living organisms seem to follow consciously or unconsciously. Animals, plants, bacteria, etc. They all try to survive as well as possible. The man forms here as member from the animal Kingdom no exception. Basically, life is therefore extremely simple. Gather enough energy to grow and sustain yourself, and pass on your genes if necessary to the next generation.
Life may then be in the basic pattern easy however, it is far from simplistic. There are a huge number of different strategies for following this pattern. The BBC shows with its documentaries from, among others Planet Earth, The Blue Planet & Earthflight to see the enormous diversity of life. Also the movie Home shows a wonderful overview of the earth and its many inhabitants. Whether you are a mushroom, a tree or a human, all are examples of successful paths to respond to the simple pattern of life, survival.
The basis for life
The sun is the power plant that provides life on earth with the necessary energy in its survival game. Plants are able to make complex biological connections with the help of solar energy. Other organisms, including humans, use these again to get their energy (in the form of food).
It's smart to use the energy from the sun so efficient, local and immediately possible to use. The faster you can convert the sun's energy into products that you need for your own survival, the easier your survival becomes.
A handy method that can help with this is permaculture. Permaculture systems can provide humans with healthy food, clean water, a pleasant living environment, etc. Via the design principles of permaculture enables humans to become functional ecosystems design around them, build energy-neutral or even energy-producing houses and set up additional local economic systems. In this way, humans can continue to exist well in the long term in collaboration with their natural environment.
The Pyramid of Maslow and the 8 dynamics of survival
But let's look broader than the immediate environment. What do people also consider important? Maslow's pyramid looks at people's wishes on an individual level. According to Maslow, people start filling up the pyramid from the bottom and once that level is completed, people can step up the pyramid.
Maslow's hierarchy of needs looks like this:
- Organic or Physical needs. This includes the need for sleep, food, drink and the excretion of faeces. Maslow also classifies sex and other physical matters such as sports and comfort below.
- In need of safety and security, the individual is going to seek security in an organized small or large group. This can be, for example, the neighborhood, the family or the company. Typical examples are: housing, work and relationships.
- In need of togetherness, need for friendship, love and positive social relationships.
- In need of appreciation, recognition and self-esteem, which increase competence and prestige in a group context; attach importance to status in a social context.
- In need of self-realization or self-actualization, is the need to develop your personality and your mental growth potential. The social environment cannot be ignored as a supportive basis for this.
Besides Maslow, which goes deeper into the needs of the individual, there is a philosophy that also takes survival as a starting point. However, this one draws survival much wider than the individual, and divides it up 8 drivers of survival. The drivers that are distinguished are:
- The individual and the personal development of someone themselves.
- Sex, the family and other forms of creation.
- Groups that people choose to join.
- All humanity or all individuals of the human species.
- All living organisms outside of humans such as animals, plants, etc.
- The physical world; consisting of matter, energy, space and time.
- Spirituality / life force, that which can animate the physical universe.
- Pre-existence in the broadest sense of the word, also called the definition of god within this thinking trend.
(If necessary, watch a video here about these 8 drivers of survival)
In the light of survival
After this deepening and broadening it is interesting to look at everything we know in the light of survival. How do the things around us contribute to survival? Can we find concrete examples? From a fork to rain gear and from an apple tree to 3D printers. How do they actually contribute to survival?
In addition to advantages, are there also disadvantages for the survival of certain things? For example, many industrial products are useful to a certain extent for the people who use them, on the other hand they often also pollute nature, which is detrimental to survival. Things can have an advantage on one motivation but a disadvantage on another. Can such matters possibly be improved and optimized so that they have as many advantages as possible for all drivers and at the same time as few disadvantages as possible?
Viewing the world in the light of survival provides a practical tool for valuing things relatively easily. It is interesting to see that survival value and financial value are sometimes far apart. For example, clean water is essential for the survival of basically all living organisms on earth, but it is hardly appreciated from a financial point of view. Diamonds, on the other hand, have some survival value in industrial applications and in human social climbing games, but otherwise their survival value is very limited. While diamonds are highly valued from the economic system.
It is therefore useful to first determine the survival value of things and only then look at the price tag attached to it by the financial system. In this way you prevent that you do not forget to assign value to the most important things of your survival such as healthy food, a clean environment and a safe pleasant environment. Because otherwise it is all too easy to focus on material things such as cars and televisions. (both of which also certainly have a certain survival value)
Viewing the world around you from Maslow's theory and the eight dynamics of survival can shed a whole new light on the world. Can it also help us guide our future? What survival strategies and patterns have been successful for humanity so far, and can these patterns be used to increase future survival with them?
First of all, researching and understanding the world around us has proven to be very helpful. The scientific method has been developed to gather knowledge as openly and objectively as possible. Knowledge that is based on repeatability and not on authority. This way of approaching the world has been extremely valuable. Many of the inventions that have greatly improved people's lives have come to us through this path. It therefore seems wise to continue to follow this method and so on objective and practical possible to keep exploring the world around us.
2) Open communication
Another strategy that has proven useful is the exchange of ideas between people. This started with spoken language through folk tales and songs. This was later supplemented with writing and printing, which allowed ideas to be spread much more widely and preserved more easily. With the invention of the internet, the exchange of ideas between people has become much easier. So let's make sure that every person in the world has access to the internet as soon as possible.
After that, there is only one major barrier to the global exchange of ideas among all the people of the Earth, and that is the fact that people all over the world speak different languages. It Esperanto tries to overcome this last barrier. Esperanto was designed specifically for humanity to unite in a common language that transcends nationality and easy to learn is.
With the resolution of the language barrier in any way, combined with access to the Internet for all Earthlings, optimal communication between all the people of the world will be possible for the first time in human history. An increase in the exchange of ideas between people has always been very positive for human survival in the past. This seems to be something we should be actively committed to.
3) Renewable energy
The availability of energy and raw materials is a third important factor. The beginning of agriculture can be seen as the beginning of the systematic harvesting of solar energy in a form usable for humans, namely edible plants. Humanity later discovered fossil fuels, concentrated forms of solar energy collected over millions of years. We still make extensive use of this, but many are now well aware that these fossil fuels will run out sooner or later. In addition, they also have the necessary disadvantages such as environmental pollution and the many conflicts that are being fought over worldwide. Fortunately, there are now plenty of technologies available that can harvest renewable energy sources such as the sun, wind, water, tides, geothermal energy, geothermal energy, etc.
An area the size of France is needed to provide the entire world with solar energy for the annual energy needs. There are deserts and oceans where solar energy is relatively easy to absorb without destroying nature. The frequent harvesting of renewable energy may, for the first time in human history, lead to one plenty of energy without conflict. After all, there is plenty for everyone and it is available everywhere if you install the technology to harvest it. And technology has always shown that the more you use it, the cheaper it gets. By directly harvesting the energy from the sun and other renewable sources on a large scale, energy can become cheaper and all people can have access to it in abundance.
In the field of raw materials, it is especially important to deal with this in a cyclical manner, if you keep reusing your raw materials, an enormous amount of work and waste can be saved in the longer term. It also becomes possible with a lot of renewable and cheap energy to extract raw materials from seawater, which can provide us with a practically endless source of raw materials.
A fourth strategy is to explore new areas to live. Good and fast connections by road, rail, water and air ensure that people and materials can move quickly across the planet if desired or necessary. A good and preferably energy-efficient infrastructure that connects people around the world will further enhance survival.
And now that the Earth's surface has been fully mapped, it makes sense outside of the earth to go and have a look. Perhaps we can spread the life of the earth in this way beyond our globe. Space travel humanity also gives a jointly challenging goal which we can all benefit from. In fact, if humanity does not make the step to other planets, our survival game here on earth will eventually stop automatically.
5) Peaceful cooperation
Peaceful cooperation is a final strategy to realize a good survival for humanity. Too often in the past it has been shown the tremendous loss humanity suffers when it comes into conflict with itself. The video below by Carl Sagan clearly shows how silly these conflicts really are when we look at the bigger picture.
With survival as a practical idea, we can organize today's world better and smarter. It can also set a clear and constructive path for the future. With this knowledge, one can start immediately and in a practical way to increase the survival of all of us.
We are the people we have been waiting for, now is the time. ”
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