Re-Wild Crafting: Regaining our innate human capabilities
Wildcrafting: “The root of the word wild, which comes from the Old English and Germanic languages, is self-determining.
So the word itself refers to the freedom you have just described: the life of the world, which we humans can never completely control.
And when you feel the freedom in yourself, your senses awaken, and you come alive in a new way.
My own contacts with the wild have given me the freedom to find something deeper within myself.” from the article: A Conversation with Steffan Wildstrand, by Eleanor O’Hanlon
Craft: A skill in planning, making of executing. *Merriam Webster)
To know about humanity, you first have to learn to be human.
As our inner and outer worlds experience accelerated techno-forming, we are at risk of forgetting how to appreciate and cultivate our innate human capabilities, such as living in healthy communities, complex decision making and our 54 senses and sensibilities.
Current technology design favours quick fix and simple solutions to scale for exponential shareholder growth. The unintended consequence is a global phenomena where entire living eco-systems are coralled into profitable algorithmic and possibly bio-engineered data points designed for precision prediction markets and behavioural re-engineering.
Add to this a worldview that life is in essence just autonomous algorithms, and we start to believe that, to evolve, we need continuous updates to our human operating systems, prescribed by machines that are smarter than us.
With human comfort at the centre of design, the side-effects can now be seen as we experience loss of social connection, physical fitness and creative movement, reduced emotional diversity and flexibility, technology mediation instead of natural connection and contact, reduction of critical thinking skills and other cognitive abilities.
User attentions are aimed at measurable clicks, often linked to unpleasant, high energy emotional, short term problems, replicated within a mono-cultural imagination and social networks.
This degeneration in all aspects of our lives – on a personal as well as family and collective level – has the possibility of creating a vicious cycle feedback loop where we believe this to be the only trajectory of our collective digital future.
Unlike this bleak view, most people also realize we have many unexplored windows of opportunities to use technologies. We have the freedom to opt-out and establish better foundational principles for standards and ethics for these man-made designs and codes that shape our future.
Fortunately we also have access to ecosystems within natural environments not yet fully mediated by our machine consciousness.
Here we can re-experience what it truly means to be human: Not what our mainstream experts tell us, but our own body’s experience of our primordial being.
Positive maverick leaders make a conscious decision to engage in rewilding: “practices which allow the human nervous system to develop to its full capability, including the sensitivity and awareness of our undomesticated hunter-gatherer ancestors” (definition by Wild Open).
They are able to discern natural consciousness and machine consciousness within themselves and their environments. Cultivating digital intelligence, they apply practical wisdom in how to allow autonomous code to mediate our experience of life using life’s principles towards vitality and ecosystem virtuous cycles.
Re-wilding ourselves enables us to build novel foundations to face ourselves and the world around us. It empowers us to research, design and adopt alternative technological solutions that restore our human capacities for new forms of ethical cooperation, reciprocity, the prosperity game (as contrasted to the monopoly game).
Photo: Mauna Kea, Hawaii, January 2016