|Associative Musings (standard:Editorials, 578 words)|
|Author: GXD||Added: Dec 08 2009||Views/Reads: 1504/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|From fluid dynamics to relative truth,independent cultural initiatives are shaping the future.|
Associative Musings There is an essential progression in the nonprofit sector approximating the pyramidal structure of for-profit organizations. A Cultural Center becomes an Institute, which upgrades to an Association by virtual cloning (formerly termed "chapters") of community organisations, which may be real, local, regional, dispersed, multinational, virtual, any or all. It is like countertrade, a virtual structure that enables the exchange of real values. Not as clumsy as a time bank, nor as efficient as a computer. (Rainbow-tinted abacus beads might do). In practice, some forms of artificial intelligence make good use of "fuzzy logic", a procedure termed in my college days "monte carlo procedure" or a "modified martingale" depending on whether you owned the roulette wheel or were betting at the table. By applying this procedure to the exchange of values, as expressed and interpreted from numerous members of a community, it is possible to game/trade effectively with no catastrophic losses, and to experience some thrilling gains over a considerable period of time. Of course, when the medium of exchange becomes a collectible commodity, this is no longer a zero-sum procedure. It all equates down to one thing: the relative value of truth. A truth is felt, however it is told. The truth of a cultured voice and a disciplined body is equal to that of a cultured brain and a disciplined temperament. Each may lack some elements, and appear distorted to the perfection-jock -- but they are actually enhanced, new sensitivities that arise from greater awareness of compassion. The relativity of truth is like the adaptability of a blind person whose hearing becomes more acute. By shifting one's awareness and attention to senses other than sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch, one can develop the more subtle sensitivities. Innovative experimentation has led from Vivaldi to Zappa in the West, and certainly no less in the East and South. At a time when there are more handguns than human beings distributed over the planet's surface, land mines still littering the deserts of Morocco and other undesirable residue of an era when survival meant "fight", rather than "flight", there is value in occupying the spirits of people with agreeable feelings that can soften the life pains that arise from errors of their ancestors. One offering of independent cultural initiatives is the opportunity for implementing this with performance, accommodation, atmosphere, music, encouragement -- even payment. The $10.00 (peanuts!) is simply an "Award" for a new set of guitar strings....occupying time and injecting tiny incentives into the flow of capital, shifting it subtly into channels where it will have future value. This process stems from fluid dynamics, and applies to both: the flow of culture through troubadours, storytellers, mimes, puppeteers, stilt walkers, singers, poets, dancers and other performers -- and to the flow of revenue from financially structured communities to culturally sensitive ones. The acceleration of incoming emotions by offering intensely sensitive human exchanges in a multitude of tongues and idioms to the local dinner crowd, while hosting new stars rising in the music world is too good an opportunity to pass up. Perhaps the work of artists and independent cultural initiatives can be as valuable -- in and of itself -- as the work of hospitals, healing the wounds people inflict on each other for a multitude of reasons. In the coming century, I foresee a much more aggressive approach to enhancing life quality for a growing market of the elderly. Seattle, 1999 Gerald X. Diamond All rights reserved Tweet
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