An Ultroneous Organization
Play — February 21, 2018 — language, organization, lucidity
This is a way of looking at the world, told in the fashion of a children’s story.
We’re all working together.
What does that mean? Who are we? How do we work? What are we together?
We’re the world, and we’re all the beings in the world: rocks, worms, humans, rivers, buildings, and all the rest of us.
We’re all one thing, and we’re made up of many things. We’re an ultroneous organization, made up of organs, all working together, just like hands and arms and legs and feet.
Where do our legs end, and where do our feet start? Where do you end, and where do I begin? Every answer is right; we just decide what we call ourselves and all our organs, and sometimes we change our minds.
We’re always changing our minds, so we have many ways of working together.
One way is to make a gang. That means one of us says, “I’m the boss”, and some others say, “you’re the boss”. Then we’re a gang. That’s one kind of organ.
When we’re a gang, we do what we want. It’s a lot of fun to do what we want, except when we want different things than what the boss wants. Then we get in fights; whoever wins is the boss, and we do what the boss wants.
We got tired of having fights all the time, so we found other ways of working together.
One way is to establish a house. That means we write rules, and we do what our rules say. As long as we’re following the same rules, we’re a house together. That’s another kind of organ.
It’s great to be a house, because we always know what happens next: it’s whatever our rules say. Sometimes we don’t want what our rules say, though. Then it’s not so great to be a house.
When we don’t want what our rules say, we can either go along or break our rules. Going along is no fun, since we really want something else, and breaking our rules is no fun, because then we get in fights.
We learned a lot about how to make a good house. It’s important to write rules that let us change our rules. Then we can all agree on what we want, and write rules so that’s what happens.
Except, sometimes, even though we’re following our rules, and our rules say what will happen is what we want to happen, what we want to happen doesn’t happen. Rules don’t always work.
So, we found other ways of working together, without rules and without fighting.
One way is to start a team. One of us writes a goal, which is something we want, and then we team up to go for our goal together.
We can still follow rules in a team, if following rules helps us go for our goal, and we can still get in fights as a team, if getting in fights helps us go for our goal.
If we’re doing anything that doesn’t help us go for our goal, we stop, and we do something else instead.
We found it works really well to work in teams. We reach our goals lightning-fast. Except…
Sometimes, when we reach our goals, we realize our goals aren’t the same as what we want. We think we’ll get what we want if only we reach our goals, and sometimes we do, and sometimes we don’t.
So we found other ways of working together, without goals, without rules, and without fighting.
One way is to connect a community. We all live in community anyway, but we don’t always know it. We aren’t always connected. To connect, we get to know our values, the stuff inside us that lets us know what we want.
What we want changes really fast, and what we value changes really slow, so once we’re connected it’s easy to stay connected. And as long as we’re connected, as long as we know what we value, it’s easy to work together.
What if we don’t know what we value?
What if we can’t connect with all of us?
What if there are just too many of us?
We all live in community, and we don’t all know it. We aren’t all connected.
It takes time to get to know our values. It takes time to connect. It takes lots and lots of time. When we choose to spend that time, sometimes we end up talking about what we want, instead of living how we want. That’s no fun.
How can we work together, without fighting, without rules, without goals, and without knowing?
One way is to gather a circle.
In a circle, we’re awake. We understand we can’t really know why we want what we want. All we know is what’s true, what we can see and hear and feel right now. We just know what we want; we don’t know why.
We’re awake. We see and hear and feel all that’s present right now. We know what we want to do, and we choose to do it or not, based on our sense of whether it will work or not.
We’re curious about what works and what doesn’t. We’re curious about each other. We don’t know, so we try different things, to find out more. We do our best, and we learn to do better.
A circle is like a gang, except that, in a circle, we say no one is the boss, or we say we’re all the boss – all of us, every rock, worm, human, river and building, and all the rest.
The boss wants all kinds of things. Sometimes the boss asks us to do two different things at the same time, and we can’t. Sometimes we understand what the boss wants, and sometimes not. All we can do is listen, and follow.
We follow what we sense is best. We aren’t awake to everything. We don’t know everything. We don’t even know very much. We know what we know, and we do what we do, and by doing we come to know more.
We’re all working together.
We don’t all know it.
We don’t all know that we don’t know it.
We’re all working together, anyway.
We’re doing our best.