Personal progress toward Game B

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How can you move forward?

Many ways were suggested to move forward without an understanding of the specific context. Jordan Hall provides these meta-principles for a personal transition toward Game B:

  1. Understand the truth
  2. Develop your sovereignty
  3. Develop the right relationship
  4. Develop coherence with others

Below are some suggestions by Jordan Hall that have been roughly edited.

Recognize that you need to change first

It starts with you. You can only control yourself. In order to create the change that you wish to see, you need to shift yourself first. In some ways, you are a microcosm of the larger whole. In solving problems in yourself, you are learning how to do so for the whole as well.

Move slowly

Recognize that the journey to Game B will take time. It likely will not be realized for two to three generations from now. Compared to our current environment, which places importance on speed, Game B moves at a much slower pace because that is the pace of meaningfulness. As Jordan Hall says, "Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast. So become smooth first."

Have infinite humility

Jordan Hall recommends infinite humility. This means that we all probably do not know much. Recognize that everything that you have learned that got you to who you are today may not be useful in moving forward. The models, the frameworks, the habits, the strategies, and the relationships that got you to the top of your niche in Game A are likely not going to be useful when moving to Game B. If you have been optimizing in any sense, you probably have ignored other important stuff along the way while you are engaging in hillclimb. That means you are not whole. Starting from a beginner's mindset and unlearning will take time.

Heal

We have significantly destroyed human capacities at an industrial scale with our current systems (educational, economic, political). Remediating that damage and bringing people back to the basic capacity of being mature adults, who can use their minds to think (and not simulated thinking), and use the whole of their body and emotional intelligence, is quite hard.

The healing piece is a massive issue. Healing is going to be both an individual journey - because each individual has their history - but also a collective one (on many different scales) because lots of harm and injustice have been perpetrated to different kinds of groups and cultures.

Get rid of the malware

Using a different analogy, we each are filled with malware from growing up. We have to figure out how to reboot our individual system. It is a non-trivial problem. Fortunately, it is a solvable problem; it can be done or seems reasonably solvable.

Learn to use your full self

The more you can use your most full self, the more you are able to become whole. As anybody who has ever done anything meaningful knows, it is important to learn how to actually use the whole self, the whole of your body and mind. Tune your instrument that is yourself. One of the many ways that exist could be meditation. Jordan Hall has noticed that the answer to the question of what to do is only answerable by that instrument.

Embody knowledge

Be rather than think - or: merge being, sensing, and feeling with thinking. Even though many know Game B by talking intellectually, at the end of the day, our ways of knowing and acting will need real and deep embodiment. As John Vervaeke says, there is a difference between intellectual propositional knowing and embodied participatory knowing.

There are things that you absorb into yourself, and you are increasing your capacity as that happens. At the basic level, you are not thinking about it, and any degree to which you're thinking about it is getting in the way. An example, it is laborious to learn how to play golf by verbal instructions. Your whole body needs to have the feeling of golfing to learn.

We should continue to explore the forgotten foundations of our participatory knowing, and grappling with all levels, from participatory, through perceptual, to perspectival, and to propositional knowing.

Figure your vocation

As Jordan Hall says, "First, stop carrying that which is not yours to carry. I find that lots and lots of people, and probably for quite good reasons, endeavor to do more than that is theirs to do. This is largely because they can't find other people to carry those parts and often times, they need a whole bunch to get anything done. Well, become more and more skillful at not doing that. Be careful to carry less and less of what is not yours to do.

Second, really fully carry that which is yours to do. Sense the parameters and the shape and the characteristics of why you're here. What is your unique capacity in the context of the larger story? Become masterful at it, like a 100% commitment. I mean, 100%, no compromise. Doing whatever is necessary in yourself, to make yourself capable of fully bringing into the world, that aspect of the bigger story, that is your responsibility. "

Thor's hammer is a good metaphor. Thor's hammer is infinitely heavy unless it is exactly yours to carry. However, if you are worthy, then it is infinitely light. In doing so, more bandwidth and more energy will flow through the system. On the other side, stop carrying something and trying to do something that is not very, very deeply specifically yours to do. Otherwise, it becomes infinitely heavy, and you will become Atlas holding the Earth. It will just flatten you.

When you find your calling, you learn to say no to things that are not aligned with your calling. This will enable you to say yes to supporting people who are very close to you. Then you will find yourself in what I would call a de facto collaboration. If you were working on your calling, even if I have never met you and never shall, and I am working on mine, then we are nonetheless collaborating on the same shared future.

Your calling is similar to the Japanese term 'ikigai'. You need to discover the overlap between your unique singular capacities, the moment that which is really most needful now, and your joy, your bliss, which most fully feeds your growing soul.

Understand that optimization is Game A

A metric to optimize around a finite set of metrics is ultimately complicated. In order to optimize, you artificially constrain the space of possibility. Even the notion of optimization itself is something of a problem. We don't get to the kinds of solutions that we need by optimizing for any single metric, or even any finite set of metrics. Game B will happen in the domain of complexity - no optimization there!

Move to non-rivalry

The things that are necessary for humans to achieve fulfillment turned out to be the things that maximize our generation of non-rivalrous phenomena. Non-rivalrous phenomena have an exponential growth rate; each time we get a level up, we dramatically increase our capacity. So we get this nice feedback loop that if we shift into increasingly non-rivalrous modes, then we get increasing escape velocity; we are constantly rewarded for getting better and better at achieving fulfillment.

Make less bad people and provide universal love

It is not really about making better people; it's about making less shitty people. If we want to stop people from doing catastrophic damage, it is important that they feel loved and are connected to others.

Be in the right relationship with those around you

Take care of your family, and take care of your community. Also, be in the right relationship with nature. Learn how to connect with and remember the benefit of the natural environment.

So, weave the fabric of culture at the level of direct relationality and the level of getting better and better at being a good friend, being a good partner, being a good parent, or being a good child.

Discernment, in this particular sense, is the ability to identify the relationship that is possible with another so that we can find out the highest possibility of the relationship. The right relationship is the practice of stepping into that and then enabling a future frontier of that relationship. And then again, discerning what is available, and continue to go into that.

Have coherence with others

Coherence means that my relationship with you is a relationship where I am endeavoring to support your sovereignty. Moreover, you endeavor to support my sovereignty. The relationship, by directionality, begins to have more and more depth and richness to it. We begin to have agreements and begin to have communication protocols. We begin to have a history and a connectedness that allows us to do deeper and tougher things together. At the same time, it allows us to get deeper into our selves.

Find the truth

Find the truth because all perspectives on reality are going to be a reduction of reality. You are going to have unavoidable blind spots. The only way you start to address them is by having more perspectives.

"So how do we have more perspectives?"

By having conversations. We think in groups in conversation with each other. Learn the art of coming together in groups that can have these conversations.

"With who?"

By talking to people around you. No matter what the original source is, if it is broadcast, it is broadly untrustworthy, which means that you can listen to it, but you need much extra work to extract sense from it. So in order for you to find out the truth, talk to the people around you because the best source of information is people you know. In other words, rather than trying to get information from new sources of people you do not know, you are better off getting that information from people you know because you do not know the filter the information is coming through. We make sense of things in the community of people that we know and trust. It gives you a lot more information and not to mention, a lot more sense making capacity than receiving information from anonymous sources. So the kind of activities that we naturally enjoy like hanging out with our friends and have conversations - we should do that a lot more and more deliberately. And then we do it with the kind of intention that is the specific intention of seeking insight and with greater depth, and a greater dimensionality of perception than would otherwise be possible.

Also, seek out the right people that have divergent views. Learning how to have productive conversations with others with different worldviews is a skill.

"How?"

Here are a couple of tips:

  • Share what is yours to share
  • Follow Rule Omega - amplify the signal in what people are saying. After a few turns of speaking, the signal will be clearer.

Create a Game B environment

One of the primary things that a person will notice when participating in a Game B environment is a radical upgrade of the meaningfulness of their lived experience. Their life will, in fact, be and feel more meaningful.

As Jordan Hall describes, a Game B environment will probably be around 1,500 to 3,000 people. It is somewhere in the range of a village to a small town, but it has all of it. It has kids being born, it has kids going to school, it has old people, it has people dying, it has food production, it has energy. For the moment, it will still need to interface with Game A, if only in an asymmetrical way. For example, goods are sold into Game A.

Think of it as a Google village, where the capacity to generate high-value products into Game A is asymmetrically high, producing the output that generates the influx of resources necessary to be able to get the things you cannot get out of the community. The community is continually looking for ways to use its capacities and its relationship with the larger world to become increasingly local and increasingly autonomous.

Develop the meta principles or selecting constraints

Forrest Landry on designing Game B: "So thinking about design questions in a way that neither top down, which is maybe accurate, but not precise enough, or bottom up, which may be really, really precise, but takes a long time. We find ourselves in a situation where we need to come up with design capabilities, design characteristics that have the rapidity of top down, but the effectiveness of bottom up and so in a sense, our exercise is essentially to develop a set of tools to develop a set of conversations of intelligence building apparatus that allows us to deal with complexity in a profoundly clear way."

Develop the meta-psychotechnologies

Psychotechnologies may also play a role in opening up the cognitive spaces for new forms of perception and knowledge to emerge.

We should find the meta-design for psycho-technologies, to come back down to the level of doing the psycho-technologies of Game B, which would be in principle now at this point distinct from the psycho-technologies of Game A.

We can endeavor to curate the psycho-technologies that are the most effective and then recursively use them to bring groups together using these techniques. This might provide insight into what might be a deeper and better way of doing it.