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The concept of collectively designing of future by all those who are to share it is a result of a meeting of Mahayana philosophy and the way of creating desired results as described in The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz (end note 1).

Since my teenage years I was interested in meditation--I was convinced that by meditation I could improve my mind that I knew to be the source of my many problems that I was experiencing. Later, when I finally arrived in the USA, I got attracted to Mahayana philosophy that holds that the happiness of oneself depends on the happiness of all other beings. I embarked on studying of Mahayana as presented by the Tibetan Buddhism as I thought that Tibetan Buddhism, from all the forms of Mahayana, emphasized the well-being of all beings most strongly.

After a while studying and meditating, though, I became disillusioned with my progress--I was not making any! This lack of any progress in improving my mind continues to this very day--the only reason that I am persisting in meditating is that, in my opinion, there is no better ideology than the Mahayana--every other way that I see to be there and that doesn't emphasize the necessity of regarding the happiness of every other being as important as one's own is, in my eyes, imperfect, shortsighted. My meditations these days serve only as a way of affirming this.

However!--some years ago I discovered The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz and got very interested in what it had to say; it basically posits that in order to achieve any desired goals, one has to know first what those goals are, in as small detail, as possible, and then, and only then, it is meaningful to strive for those goals. What it, basically, says is that unless we know what it is that we want, we can never get it.

I have been practicing, or, trying to practice, the principles outlined in The Path of Least Resistance for many years now, and if I haven't achieved many goals that I set out to achieve, the undeniable benefit I am getting from practicing those principles is that my thinking improved considerably--by now, I know much better what I want to achieve in my life--I don't have to go through any mind-contortions, I don't have to "psyche" myself about my motivation.

Over the years it started dawning on me that the reason that Mahayana practitioners cannot ever show any benefiting to "all beings" (benefiting all beings without any exceptions is the ultimate goal of Mahayana) is that it is very unclear, very vague what those "benefits" actually should be. One Mahayana text (affirmation?) states:

May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.
May all beings be free of suffering, and the cause of suffering.
May all beings be never parted from the real happiness that is beyond misery.
May all beings dwell in equanimity--free from dualism, attachment, and aversion, in all time and space.

The "happiness" in the above is undefined, extremely vague, and, with all likelihood, this "happiness" might mean very diverse and even contradictory things to everybody trying to practice Mahayana. This very basic unclarity causes that in actuality no beings ever, demonstrably, benefit! One look around proves that no lasting, significant benefits are being experienced by all beings, especially now, in these times, where there, very clearly, the whole planet is in a state of an emergency. This despite of all the tremendous mental effort that is being exercised in all Mahayana meditations!

There could be a significant improvement in the general state of life on this planet possible, if all those who are striving to improve the conditions for life on Earth would unify their ideas of what the ideal conditions in this world should be.
There are many people, for instance, who pray for Peace, but it is unclear what this "Peace" should look like, and, indeed, are they all praying for the same thing? Because--if they are not, than it might even be possible that some of them are praying for kinds of "Peace" that are fundamentally different from "Peace" of others, it is possible that the reason that, so far the Earth has not really experienced any lasting Peace is exactly that: we all might be wishing for a different thing, and never even know it.

Should all those who want the optimal living conditions for all life have a unified idea of what those optimal conditions for all life would actually look like--meaning that they would all wish and did actions for the same results, humanity would have been fully ecologically and socially sustainable and a state of truly lasting peace on Earth would prevail, for if humanity were sustainable, a lasting peace in the world would be a necessary fixture, because hardly any violent solutions to any problems are sustainable.

However, no substantial progress towards sustainable humanity is observable, precisely due to the lack of a commonly held ideal of what those "optimal conditions" would consist of.

Clearly a consensus has to reached on what the optimal conditions for life, what "sustainable humanity", should look like, otherwise we might be all striving for a different goal.

instead of having the differences of what the ideal state of affairs on Earth should consist of sorting themselves out in real life, it might be quite time, resources, and energy saving to come to an understanding of the term by modeling.


End Notes:

1) The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz, Salem, MA, DMA, Inc., 1984, ISBN: 0-930641-00-0.


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