Don’t You Know I’m [not] LoCo?

Call me crazy, but I think we’re all part of the same race. We are all one. This is the essence of ubuntu. So, let’s follow it. I’m going to tell you one way how, so please stay tuned, but first let’s set the stage.

Humans have been programmed to categorize things. At the very low level, we divide our world into “safe” and “unsafe” (false binary?).  So, how do we determine how to label something… or someone? We look for differences and how familiar is the subject in relation to ourselves. Again, some of this is instinct and understandably automatic. This is important from a survival standpoint. One the other hand, is it possible that this reaction could poison our ability to progress and actually be detrimental to our survival?

Out of practicality, we have divided our planet into regions, continents, countries, etc. The problem with this is that we must now categorize into “safe” and “unsafe”. Every difference creates path dependency toward one of these categories. Maybe we should stop inventing differences. Could our “biological programming” be leaking into our socially constructed views of the world? Perhaps that’s where nationalism comes from.

So, what if we had the chance to redo the planet? Would we want to change anything? At this stage, it’s quite difficult to rethink borders since we have found good reasons to kill each other (if for nothing other than the fact that we belong to a different groups). However, maybe we can change the way that we deal with less concrete things or new things.

Guor Marial (Source)

“What if we just took the flags out of the Olympics?” — Chuck (Ubuntu Audiocast)

Well, Chuck, what if we took the flags out of Ubuntu? Crazy talk! We need to organize the community based on geographical location for practical reasons. Yes, but we also need to make sure that we are not creating division by doing so. We all are one. We are all part of Ubuntu. So, when the Ubuntu Community was conceived, I believe that it was to express this oneness wherever we happen to be at the time. In other words, when we are in Vancouver, then we are Ubuntu in Vancouver. This is not a different Ubuntu from the one in any other part of the world… or universe for that matter. Maybe the community thing has fallen and become denominational and overly political. With too much focus on the governing the community, it is easy to lose focus of the oneness of Ubuntu. And, the “unsafe” categorization might kick in and make things really annoying.

In order to follow the true essence of ubuntu, we need to step back out of our constructs for a moment and give ourselves some fresh air. If in the future we were to go to Mars, for example, would we go there as one human race, or as different “tribes”?

Well, the future is now! I present to you the Ubuntu Mars Team where we don’t have to be bound by the current institutions of Earth, and where we can all be one in Ubuntu.


12 thoughts on “Don’t You Know I’m [not] LoCo?

  1. Ian

    If I could remake the world, I would put a lot more giraffes everywhere.
    Including properly-mutated giraffes on Mars.

    • Disposable Joe

      I don’t disagree.

  2. Thanks for this, Joe. It’s a great reminder that we are all in this together. Even if we have different LoCos for geographical efficiency reasons, that shouldn’t be an ideological divide. We need to collaborate with each other. Even Mars is bumpy, and as we explore a new territory, we may need to expect setbacks. But that’s when a unified group is even more important. This doesn’t mean we may not have some disagreements — but we need time to try new things out to see which approach works best.

    • Disposable Joe

      Hi Anita, I think you summed it up well 🙂

  3. I’m a martian 8)

    • Disposable Joe

      Nice to see you on Mars!

  4. I’m surprised you didn’t come up with the snowflake analogy. Classic! How about this: how boring would a forest be if there were all the same animals and plants? And what would be the point in travelling if it was all the same from region to region? In that case we actually like and cherish differences but with humans we are not so excited about differences. That said, I’m convinced the problem is language rooted in Genesis 11 at the Tower of Babel. In Vancouver here where we are all born/raised with all the races of the rainbow, we don’t think too much about colour, in my opinion. But if the dude/dudette has an accent or zero English that usually creates more issues. Side-by-side with language is cultural differences.

    I’m guessing that if the Ubuntu community defined and spoke the same language and had the same ‘culture’ this thing would explode in a few short months

  5. Hey you reading (or writing) comments… Join it!

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