The Living Beings Manifesto (www.peacenlive.com) is being written since 2020 by scientists who note two major ruptures for the human species:
the planetary boundaries overshoot due to human activities : IPCC and COP alerts, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
the technological development opening up to "global automation capacities" (marketing term "Artificial Intelligence") : computers/robots that can perform almost everything in an automated way, for instance from a cashier job up to Mars exploration, through the production of works of Art (?).
Following this observation, the Living Beings Manifesto would like to bring together the common living beings assumptions to carry on the improvement of our human organization, so that it guarantees the perenniality of living beings, from local to global, over the very long term, even after the end of life on Earth and in the solar system (cf. chronology at the page bottom); while giving:
a relevant, rich and diversified full-life job to everyone,
a place of meaning to our technological capacity: technology makes it possible to envisage that life will no longer disappear with the next meteor which would strike the Earth, nor with the Earth and the sun inflation...
To achieve this transformation, the Living Beings Manifesto sets out a fundamental organizational principle: the separation of ACTION (TO ACT) and DISTRIBUTION (TO HAVE) powers; and is based on three central values that should describe our place in the world: LIVING, EQUALITY, PERENNIALITY.
Here below is an extra short "printable book version" of this Manifesto (of this website), making a synthesis in few pages of the main ideas proposed here; to be printed for those who do not have access to internet or for those who like to have available a book format to read and manipulate ideas (for the moment in French only):
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions, suggestions for corrections or contributions, or if you want a presentation of the Manifesto to start off the research... and the transformation!
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CALL TO ACTION
2020-2040 : Let's transform !
To support the research for solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched by the UN (IPCC, COP), this Manifesto invites everyone to digest it, to share it, and to start workshops everywhere in an open participative continuous improvement way, in particular in all the universities and scientific labs of the world, in order to invent new modes of organization, "new rules of the game”, which ensure that the planet boundaries are not overshot each year… thus preserving the living beings perenniality on our planet on the long term!
There will be no magic: without collective work that extends on a global scale to invent a new organization and make it our own, there will be no major change of direction, the "rules of the game of Monopoly" which we inherited, structurally forcing us to produce more and more to guarantee, if possible, a strictly increasing salary at the end of the month.
The paradox is there and it is structural.
The key principle already proven in history (theory of the separation of powers developed by Locke (1632-1704) and Montesquieu (1689-1755)) proposed by this Manifesto to structurally respect the planetary boundaries is a new separation of powers, the separation of ACTION and DISTRIBUTION powers, two independent powers concentrated in a single meter, our exchange tool (money), at the origin of the “systemic contradiction” (a paradox) in which we find ourselves locked up in having to produce ever more in our finite biosphere:
These issues being global to the human species, concerning the whole living perenniality, "solving" them necessarily require awareness and collective work to transform our ways of living. As Henri Bergson (1859-1941) said:
"The future is not what will happen to us but what we will do..."
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Let us separate TO ACT and TO HAVE
If it remains majorly to invent, the resulting organization from this powers separation is already named on the website The Universal Participation. The following example of Universal Participation Notice, that could replace our current Tax Income Notice within the next decades, makes a good conclusion of this website giving a synthesis of all the identified principles, information and key indicators, that could be the basis of our organization, updated and made available to all every year, to ensure the stability and perenniality of the living on Earth and beyond in space :
Beyond this site, which can take a little time to digest and manipulate, this last Universal Participation Notice can serve as a reference starting material to support and animate your invention workshops of a new organization perennial for the whole living, wherever you are on the planet.
Very concretely, and ultimately quite simply, the exercise consists in inventing "new rules of the game" where the single money counter, disconnected from the reality of our biosphere, would be separated into several counters effectively describing the reality of the world, and for which we would constantly know their limits.
Simply in other words: if we see the edges of the path, we can avoid falling into the ravine.
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LIVING BEINGS MANIFESTO
Like the famous Myth of the Cave of Plato (-400 BC) which situates us in the world as "prisoners chained in a cave who only see the real world in the shadows projected by the light from outside on the cave back wall", this Manifesto proposes to try to bring together as many of these "shadows", this knowledge accumulated by the human species, to glimpse meanings, modes of organization and orientations which would be relevant for the majority of living beings.
It therefore proposes, without going into the detail of each of the addressed concepts (their detailed presentations are available in the books of the concerned disciplines), to order them in a global perspective, like a puzzle with several levels going from the most macroscopic picture to an increasingly detailed description. In other words, this reflection proposes to try to do the exercise to "put ideas in order", the important thing being not to master entirely each concept, skill, knowledge of the human species, but to know what would be its place of meaning in the overall vision of the Universe that we are discovering a little more every day, known physical world around 2020 which could be summarized by the following picture:
The first level of the perspective proposes the description of the place of the human species inside the world in three steps:
A phenomenon, the Living : Stable phenomenon over billions of years on a planet, which constructs and animates interdependent living beings in matter, with capacities to survive and extend in their contexts, to which the human species belongs and within which it exists ... (keep on reading) :
An organizational issue : living beings have to cooperate to build an equilibrium, an equality, to be able to survive inside their contexts.
Finite viable contexts : The living evolves today on a finite planet, viable for a finite time around a star in the Universe. The living needs therefore to cross its frontieres to be perennial.
"Lucky we are", the living seems to have built with the technological capacity the mean not to disappear with its planet and sun, and we still have many viable years on Earth ahead of us... (keep on reading)
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If we assume that intelligent living beings* will never accept life to disappear, here is an assessment of what could be the life path in its imposed context evolution in the Universe :
We are no longer like dinosaurs that could only go extinct
with the next meteorite to strike Earth or with the sun inflation...
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