Architect | Photographer | Writer | Philosopher | Polyglot | Windmill Jouster | Nomade Civilisée

The little black boxes we hold firm in our hands are no less than wormholes into which we have dived headfirst. In the process, we have traded our evolutionary gifts. If you’re not worried, you should be.

From the series “Near Art” © Anthony Fieldman 2021

Has anyone else noticed that we reached a tipping point a while ago? That few of us now retain the mental fortitude to endure even five seconds of boredom, without reaching for our phones to pacify ennui?

It is now utterly epidemic. Everywhere you look without exception—on an elevator, in…

‘Enough’ is anti-consumerist. For one, it espouses limits. For another, it looks at needs, not wants. And above all, it values long-term societal health over short-term personal gain. It just might save us.

Not enough © Anthony Fieldman 2018

Enough isn’t a sexy doctrine. Far from the life of the party, it’s the rational voice that tells you skip the nightcap and get a good night’s sleep. While everybody knows it’s right to espouse these things, nobody enjoys the reminder.

We’d rather party, and pay the price tomorrow.

Enough

Two “isms” — Georgism and Tinyism — overlay ethical humanitarianism onto economic sovereignty to spur Earth 4.0 into existence. Together, they have the capacity to rewrite the rules by which most of the world operates today, and curtail the damage we’ve done, bringing about true global prosperity.

Governance of the Commons, © GovInn 2015

So why hasn’t it happened?

The Back Story

Recent articles by Jared Brock (America Will be Twelve Countries Very Soon) and Hank Pellissier (Geo-Tinyism) stuck with me, mostly because the views they present on better societal models are as practical as they are revolutionary. In a sense Earth 4.0, …

Trust is the bedrock of societies, yet it is now in a state of global crisis. Mistrust is baked into the narratives and institutions by which we act in the world. The good news is, we can recapture it.

Black Lives Matter protests, NYC © Anthony Fieldman 2020

Trust is the bedrock of human societies. Without it, we’d never have grown from Dunbar-sized tribes of 150 closely related humans to townships and cities full of unrelated strangers. …

We are told that sins are moral failings, rather than manifestations of unmet emotional needs. This distinction reflects an East-West schism about what our baser acts mean, and how to tend to them.

Pilgrims outside Yemrehana Kristos Monastery, Ethiopia © Anthony Fieldman 2018

A fourth century ascetic monk named Evagrius Ponticus first penned them. A sixth century pope — Gregory I — later canonized them. And a thirteenth century theologian-turned-saint named Thomas Aquinas set them into the injunction we all know today as the Seven Deadly Sins.

They are, according to Christian orthodoxy…

Consumerism has nearly run its course, devouring everything in its path and bringing humanity to the brink. Luckily, there is an antidote to this century-old practice, and it’s gaining steam.

Cultivation, old-style © Anthony Fieldman 2018

Over the past three years, I have become increasingly disappointed in capitalism. It’s not that I’ve landed on the wrong side of the equation. I am squarely on the “winning” side. So, my misgivings aren’t fueled by personal feelings of exclusion or hardship. …

The disparity between our behaviors in life and our deepest yearnings become our greatest source of regret on our deathbeds. It needn’t be that way.

Community © Anthony Fieldman 2017

One day we will each face a reckoning. For some, it will come at life’s end, as evidenced by Australian nurse Bronnie Ware’s heart-wrenching research into the greatest regrets of the dying. (More on that later.) …

The urge to fit in is common to all humans. Mimicry is the primary way we learn to act, cooperate and thrive as a social species. It can also be incredibly destructive without guardrails. Here’s how to tame our ‘inner monkey’, and why that’s so important.

‘Just like the big boys’ © Anthony Fieldman 2018

Most of us know the expression “Monkey See, Monkey Do”, born in 18th century Jamaica. We know it refers to the tendency for some to mimic others’ behaviors; but are less aware of the fact that it was used primarily to explain our disconcerting propensity for doing something we’ve seen…

We have been lured into destructive behaviors by a misguided notion I call the “myth of scarcity”. In truth, plenty abounds. All we are missing is the willingness to act in accordance with the ‘Do no harm’ principle. It may be time for a new rallying cry.

Háifoss—an Edenic waterfall in Iceland © Anthony Fieldman 2018

Sometimes, I dream of a world in which the worst of human behaviors don’t exist. In those moments, I envision crisp, fresh air; lush, cacophonous forests; crystal-clear lakes and rivers; teeming oceans; and snow-capped mountains, all gloriously free of industrial machinery. I dream of a world in which the machines…

We are each made of three distinct parts. Nearly all of us work on—and with—just one of these, to secure a quality life. The majority either don’t know about—or even believe in—the other two, in spite of the fact that harnessing them is key to our wellbeing. This is a story about those other selves.

Our three selves © Anthony Fieldman 2004

The idea that an unconscious mind exists at all — let alone alongside, totally hidden from and unconnected to our conscious mind — has been long theorized, but only recently proven to exist.

We now know that not only does it exist; among other things in his excellent book Subliminal…

Anthony Fieldman

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store