Visionary Society Topics
Invitations are Collaborative, Provocative Direct Action
It is shocking that we are so passive in what determines the shape of our everyday lives. Visionary Society Actions are invitations to make the world better by becoming active. Being active means that we use our intelligence and courage to reclaim the power we already have. Learning to make an Invitation is practical wisdom. Although it may be unexpected, although it may be profoundly challenging, and although it may be made to someone who is already satisfied and has no intention of change, it is still the best service we could do for another. There is always a place for the human heart. Make an Invitation to any stakeholder - anyone with a potential interest in the subject or a role to play. Meet the person at the heart level. Offer a true welcome. This is not standard activism, in which we are trying to achieve a goal. Instead, we're trying to reconceive and reestablish the ground on which we stand. Begin with questions: Are you willing to enter a micro-climate of thoughtfulness? Does your activity suppress or improve sensitivity to life? Are you willing to explore the hidden and indirect implications of what you do, including including the effect on producers, the environment, and customers? Invitations are not meant to be entirely harmless. We are standing up for the right to thoughtfulness. We are defending sensitivity for what is deepest and most important. To make the world safe for depth, we will challenge anything that: – Is an assault to the soul – Suppresses sensitivity and awareness – Diminishes the ability to act – Justifies callousness, coercion or superficiality Conventional means for improving society – voting in elections, or working within the confines of a profession – cannot make fundamental change. Invitations are a way of voting for a new state of mind and society.
• Any social problem can be resolved at the root level by the process of understanding and action. • Social and ethical problems can be resolved by use of one's personal resources (rather than appealing to established power). • It is always possible to reach the heart of the protagonist. • Personal qualities needed are the ability to listen, hear, and see. Be prepared to change your mind. • Find the flaw in the existing situation, but focus on the good. • Collaborate with those that you disagree with. We are asking for shared humanity in any group, organization, business. We are finding the truth of ‘We are one.’
● Create a climate for understanding, however brief. ● Wake people up to what is important ● Awaken our sensitivity to violence, degradation and thoughtlessness ● Confront the bureaucratic attitude ● Protect unformed personalities ● Combat respectability and self-satisfaction ● Lift the human to the level of the spiritual
Essay on the meaning of Ask for Depth