I mentioned a few blog posts ago that I want to establish an intentional community, possibly in South East Asia. Its purpose would be multidimensional. First it would support research in breeding and training dogs.
These communities would also have the dual purpose of introducing how to use positive reinforcement as a social strategy. While the training research would be to evaluate the effectiveness of training methods, the community dog training would teach positive reinforcement techniques. Dog training is the perfect vehicle for teaching positive reinforcement as a social strategy. I suspect it will take one or two generations before positive reinforcement can become a social strategy.
While developing positive reinforcement as a sustainable social strategy is a worthy cause, we’ll also need to develop sustainable economic models. If we look at the historical record and the scientific evidence, it appears competition will become an ever increasing threat to humanity. The threat of hyper competition is the reason we should explore developing cooperative economic models. Then the theory and successes learned about community economic development could be used in developed countries as well.
There may be some theological (political) problems with the research into dog training protocols and developing a positive reinforcement social strategy. I believe this will only be a problem for the casual observer. But then again, most observers are casual. Both of these systems are looking for the truth. We need to know what happens in both types of environments.
In less developed countries less developed technology would be used, but the social rules that make it work should be adaptable to the developed world. There needs to be universal or nearly universal rules if it’s to be useful for the further advancement of humanity. In the beginning these intentional community will need to be imbedded into cultures of tolerance for the proper incubation.
We need to remember that tolerance and the rules governing tolerance are also social strategies. Social rules are made of many intermingled rules and strategies. Some work together better than others. When they complement each other there is a synergy that seems magical. I have to warn everyone, don’t get too wide-eyed with the magic.
I think as a global community we’ll eventually need to develop a culture where being good is valued as much as being wealthy. I could be wrong, it may be that cultures of competition, greed, and hurting other is the only system humans are capable of. Changing our social rules about success will require us to redefine what being successful means.
I am wishing you the very best in life,
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