🤔 Philosophy

Topics to Cover

  • Ontology + epistemology
  • Lay of the land
  • Meaning of life
  • False paths

From Forrest Landry's The Effective Choice

To be truly effective in life, one needs:

To desire clarity, rather than just simplicity.

To value diversity, rather than just to value solidartiy.

To desire choice, rather than just comfort or security.

To focus on the future and the moment, rather than just on the past.

To have vision, rather than to have only sight.

To hear as well as to see.

To deeply feel, as well as to quickly think.

To synthesize, rather than to merely analyze.

To focus awareness on one's loves, rather than one one's fears and anger.

To focus on spirit, rather than just on matter.

To focus on mind, rather than just on body.

To focus on quality, rather than just on quantity.

To focus on similarity, rather than just on difference.

To focus on context, rather than just on content.

To focus on that which is organic, rather than that which is mechanistic.

To focus on meaning (inner values) rather than just on purpose or (monitory) values.

To focus on possibility, rather than just on actuality.

To focus on creation, rather than just on what already exists.

To focus on expression, rather than just on perception.

To focus on communication, rather than just on information.

To focus on the spiritual, rather than just on the physical.

To focus on the infinite, rather than just on the measurable.

To focus on the small, rather than just on the large.

To focus on depth, rather tan just on speed.

To focus on creativity, rather than just on control.

To focus on continuity, rather than just on symmetry.

To focus on the beautiful and inspirational, rather than on that which is just practical.

To focus on that which is within, as well as that which is without.

To focus on inner strength, rather than on external power.

To focus on one's freedoms, rather than on one's (seeming) limitations.

To focus on the ways something is true, rather than just on the ways something is false.

To focus on cooperation (peace), rather than just on competition (war).

To focus on the sacred, rather than just on the mundane.

To focus on what is already right, rather than on what could go wrong.

To focus on the subjective, rather than just on the objective.

To focus on the myths, rather than just on the facts.

To focus on the unknowable, rather than just on the known.

To focus on soundness, rather than just on validity.

To focus on environment, rather than just on self.

To focus on desire, rather than just on want or need.

To focus on health, rather than just on wealth.

To focus on attaining joy, rather than just on avoiding pain.





Zebras Unite - maybe Philosophy module is more related to business philosophy?


No attachment to this playbook being right.

There’s no right philosophy.

Your truth is not the only truth.

All worlds cards are on the table.

What’s the point of it all anyways?

To seek meaning is to find it (Forrest)

“The most effective choices are those which are optimal in supporting creativity and experience, wholeness and integrity. An effective choice supports self and world - it allows the greatest freedom to be and to become, to choose and choose again.” - Forrest Landry

"Sovereignty is the capacity to take responsibility. It is the ability to be present to the world and to respond to the world — rather than to be overwhelmed or merely reactive. Sovereignty is to be a conscious agent." - Jordan Hall

“The most exciting breakthroughs of the twenty-first century will not occur because of technology, but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human.” - John Naisbitt

A shift from I to we, separation to interbeing

True but partial

Transcend and include

Both and

Interpreting experience.. depends on your goal..

What stoicism gets wrong?

What wisdom is in your culture that you can bring forward?

In my view, a true model of metamodern leadership would thus start by aligning with and presenting the truth (or at least couching it in humor). It would effectively seize attention to coordinate effort towards only what is right and necessary, and very little else. Metamodern leadership would be harnessing the collective intelligence of the system, steered by the general will of enlightened masses, perhaps even symbolically navigated by a philosopher-king or queen. It would empower everyone under its influence to be their own leader and participate in positive value-creation systems.

(Brent Cooper,

blog post)

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

— Albert Einstein

"Every moment of life is the inevitable consequence of everything that has ever happened since the Universe exploded into being.

At the same time, we are absolutely free to respond to this inevitability, and our response will also become part of the inevitable flow of the Universe."

  • Rabbi Akiva


The Capital Institute suggests the universal patterns and principles the cosmos uses to build stable, healthy, and sustainable systems throughout the real world can and must be used as a model for economic-system design (i.e. regenerative economics).


Ben Kaplan Singer:

Scientific method is a formalized process of inquiry and observation. It is a tool, and a powerful one at that, for making sense of reality (within specified conditions).

Science is NOT an identity, an industry, a political theory/system, nor an ethical framework.

Much of what is currently described as science by laypeople, media, politicians, healthcare practitioners, and even scientists are beliefs entangled with identity, industry influence, political affiliations, and individual/cultural values.

We, present voice included, have a tendency to over-extrapolate findings from scientific experiments and use these extrapolations to justify our beliefs and position our beliefs as superior.