In our first posting on this topic on May 1st, we made a point of the failure of right-wing office-seekers and office-holders and their followers to understand the connection between many of their policies and beliefs and the devastating loss of human potential that grows from their denials of reality. Their restrictive and regressive policies that are supposedly meant to curtail government spending actually end up driving us in a direction that is curtailing too many opportunities for investment in human potential and creativity. The debits, the losses, the exploitation that results from their policies, their words, their beliefs and their actions (and lack of same) are even now evident in the losses we are suffering as a nation and a People:
A desire to better the world is predicated on empathy and compassion. These prosocial attitudes and behaviors are hardwired into the brain, but in an area that is slower moving and only recently evolved: the prefrontal cortex. In dangerous situations, the amygdala directs information around the prefrontal cortex. As a result, once the primal survival instincts take over, the newer, prosocial instincts stay sidelined.
The problem comes down to this: we are trying to interpret a global world with a brain that was built for local scenes and scenarios. We are trying to understand something we’ve never seen before – exponential change on a global scale. We are attempting to adjust and adapt to rapid transformation that simply outpaces our anticipation of what is needed. Our localized, linear brains are simply blind to the possibilities, the opportunities and the speed with which change can and will take place. This puts us in a hole from which there appears to be no escape. Many of us suddenly find government, its structures, regulations and policies unsympathetic, unable to solve our perceived problems and unwilling to even try. Instead of dealing with possibilities and opportunities, we hunker down, and governing becomes dysfunctional. We literally have a blind spot for the possibilities that underlie the vision of world abundance and of a “Brave New World.”