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Fulfill Our Best Possibilities

Welcome to The Mazeway Project. My name is Tony Parrotto. This initiative is based on my book, NAVIGATING THE MAZEWAY: Fulfilling Our Best Possibilities As Individuals and As a Society.

I define “the mazeway” as you, me, and everyone else, functioning within the social process of this planet, situated in the riddle of the universe – a puzzle within a puzzle within a puzzle. No maps or instruction manuals come with the puzzles. Instead, we are surrounded by many individuals and institutions that offer their perspective about how the world works or ought to work, and how we should model our lives. Unfortunately, those perspectives have largely failed their promise and have led to humankind’s highly problematic existence.

As societies, we are challenged by a wide range of serious problems facing humankind, including but not limited to: antiquated systems of education, environmental degradation, dysfunctional systems of government, corruption, inadequate healthcare programs, social injustice, poverty, war, terrorism, financial crises, disease, overpopulation, and cultural lag. The problems confronting us are so pervasive that it suggests the challenge we face is systemic; that is, system-wide. Therefore, it may not matter how many well-intentioned initiatives there may be to treat the symptoms of or help enhance any part of the system. The scope and seriousness of our problems will continue until we discover the basic cause of humankind’s systemic condition, and what can be done about it.

It was with those observations in mind that I embarked on a mission dedicated to: (a) discovering the basic cause and the solution to humankind’s systemic condition; and (b) how we can fulfill our best possibilities as individuals, as societies, and as a species.

S U G G E S T E D  N E X T : The Search For The Cause

The Search For The Cause

During my effort to discover the basic cause of humankind’s systemic condition, the following observations stood out among
the rest:

 

 

  1. The most precious asset we possess as human beings is our consciousness.
    How it is shaped, how we are oriented on this planet largely determines the
    outcome of our life’s journey. Unfortunately, we are not informed or it is not
    emphasized that we are programmable beings whose orientation is shaped by
    programs encoded on our consciousness by prevailing institutions around which
    we happen to be situated – religions, governments, schools, etc. As such, an
    orientation is imposed on us, rather than consciously chosen by us.
  2. We are not encouraged to question the programs advanced by prevailing
    institutions. Instead, we are encouraged to be faithful to their programs and
    assume that humankind’s highly problematic existence is either unchangeable or
    caused by the faulty orientation of others, rather than consider the possibility that
    the orientation imposed on our consciousness may be faulty.
  3. The programs advanced by prevailing institutions have not been sufficiently coherent, moral,
    and universal to orient humankind in a manner that inspires us to move forward together meaningfully, joyfully, and peacefully. Instead, the programs advanced have led and continue to lead to illusions, prejudices, self-limiting ideologies, and other forms of conceptual imprisonment that diminish us as individuals, separate us into warring camps, and perpetuate the endless cycle of misadventures, destruction, and despair that humankind endures.

I believe the combination of those observations leads us to the basic cause of humankind’s systemic condition — conceptual imprisonment. That extraordinary discovery prompts the question: Do we possess the wherewithal to (a) transcend illusions, prejudices, self-limiting ideologies, and other forms of conceptual imprisonment, (b) generate coherent, moral, and universal programs that will inspire us to move forward together meaningfully, joyfully, and peacefully, and (c) fulfill our best possibilities as individuals, as societies, and as a species? My answer would be yes, if we were educated in a manner that frees and empowers us to become aware of what is possible and what to demand of ourselves and of our institutions.

Unfortunately, due to the highly fragmented, industrial-age modeling of our systems of
imparting knowledge, even after 16 or more years in school, very few of us become
comprehensive, critical thinking, self-directed individuals. And because we are not
encouraged to challenge the programs of prevailing institutions and the manner in which they
are orchestrated, most of us remain imprisoned conceptually by illusions, prejudices, and self-
limiting ideologies. Consequently, we develop too few leaders with wide-ranging vision and
integrity, and we spawn a general population that moves on with their lives as fragmented,
incidental cogs in one part or another of the mindless socio-economic machine of their time,
largely unaware of the premises that fuel it and frustrated about how to adapt or improve it.

Given this condition, not enough of us have been or will become aware of what is possible and
what to demand of ourselves and of our institutions. Such lack of awareness does not bode well for
the future. Not only would we fail to fulfill our best possibilities, the chances are, like all the other major civilizations that came before us, we will become just another failed one that had taken root
and flowered for centuries, but eventually decayed. It would not matter how extraordinary our society had been. And, considering our predicament, there is no reason to be confident that humankind will survive as a species.

S U G G E S T E D   N E X T: What We Can Do About It

What We Can Do About It

With the preceding observations and challenges in mind, I came to this conclusion. If we are to do better than those who came before us and fulfill our best possibilities as individuals, as societies, and as a species, we must add to systems of education processes dedicated to enlightening us to become (a) comprehensive, critical thinking, self-directed individuals, (b) free of illusions, prejudices, self-limiting ideologies, and other forms of conceptual imprisonment, and (c) oriented in a manner that is coherent, moral and universal. To show how this can be accomplished. I developed three illuminating processes/courses: Our Life Map, Our Social Map, and Our MetaVision.

S U G G E S T E D  N E X T :     Our Life Map