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  1. 1. We can analyze a human individual, but from where do their inputs come, and to where do their outputs go? This model of analysis of the human community looks at the collective realms, the surroundings with which individuals interact and are part of. These concepts could be applied to a single city, to a region, or even to the entire globe. These four individual factors should not be understood as separate. They are in constant interaction with each other, and the more we take them all into account and interconnect them the better a community we can create. Many issues can be explained with this framework, and I intend on delving further into detail with each of them and better explaining their interactions and overlapping. But again, this is a very rough draft, simply to introduce concepts to the audience<br />The Human Community<br />
  2. 2. THE<br />Environment<br />Correlates with the individual body<br />The physical, material realm<br />From it all resources are drawn, and all life is created. All physical creations and actions take place within it and effect it <br />Both the ecosystem or natural environment, and the architecture or built environment<br />
  3. 3. E<br />The environment can be compared to the body, and likewise is sustained by necessary inputs. The environment receives most of its necessary inputs from other self-sustained systems, but humans can still play a small but important positive role in their interactions with the environment<br />Physical activity and exercise is an interaction with the environment, and can include agricultural and gardening practices which can be beneficial to both humans and their environment.<br />Waste excreted by humans can fertilize the environment, providing extra nutrients for the soil<br />Unfortunately, humans can have a far more powerful negative impact than they can a positive one. Through technological processes, the human race has been inputting dangerous, toxic variables into the environment, inhibiting biological systems and changing the very makeup of the environment.<br />These actions are largely destructive, and if continued without considering the environmental impact, could trigger an extinction process of the entire biosphere<br />Our inputs, especially technological development manifested in the physical realm as architecture and man-made products, must be compatible with the natural environment, not destructive to it.<br />Inputs<br />
  4. 4. E<br />Outputs<br />The physical environment is the source of all resources, including the basis for social, technological, and cultural ones.<br />The environment provides the necessary food, water, and air for the survival of our bodies, as well as the materials we use for productive and creative purposes.<br />The beauty and quality of the our environment, both natural and built, have positive effects on our soul <br />The environment can also have a negative effect. Humans need to be sheltered from dangerous creatures and conditions<br />Some resources are finite, which humans are discarding instead of recycling and reusing, eventually depleting them and leaving large amounts of waste. Other finite resources like fossil fuels are being permanently exhausted without regard to the consequences <br />Other renewable resources are being over-consumed beyond the point at which they can replenish themselves, possibly ending the self-sustaining cycles which provide these resources<br />Humans must use environmental outputs wisely by reusing and recycling materials, and sharing them with each other as a community instead of hording them as individuals<br />
  5. 5. E<br />The environment maintains itself, but must not be negatively interfered with by humans. They must<br />Produce only materials which are compatible with the environmental systems which sustain life, not ones which are toxic and cause “the death of birth”<br />Extract no more outputs than the environment can provide<br />Reuse materials as part of a cyclical system<br />Share the outputs of the environment, so they can be fully appreciated and respected<br />Provide positive input as “stewards of the Earth” through beneficial agricultural practices and protect the environment and its natural systems<br />Outputs<br />Inputs<br />
  6. 6. THE<br />Society<br />Correlates with the individual heart<br />The social realm, the collection of all people that interact with each other<br />The ways people communicate with one another, and the ways they organize themselves into political forms, architectural structures, and familial and other social groups<br />
  7. 7. S<br />The inputs of society are the outputs of the heart. By interacting with other people, an individual person has a ripple effect.<br />A person giving positive output improves a social system, while a person giving negative output deteriorates it<br />The society is created by a collection of these inputs, so loving individuals make a society more loving, and violent individuals make a society more violent.<br />Lack of the outputs of individuals is a lack of social input, and leads to the erosion of a society. If people keep to themselves and do not interact with one another, there is less of a society from which they can draw their inputs for their heart<br />Technology, like how we communicate and how we construct a community effect society. <br />If people are separated by distance, and rarely see each other, they lack means to provide inputs to society, and the society erodes. Urban sprawl and increasing use of automobiles and highways has this effect. <br />Also, communication technology like telephones and the internet can connect people normally separated by distance, but when these forms replace more intimate forms like traditional conversation, the quality of the society deteriorates<br />Inputs<br />
  8. 8. S<br />Outputs<br />A society’s outputs provide a heart’s inputs. If a society is loving, it will provide loving inputs to an individual. If a society is violent it will provide violent inputs to an individual.<br />The more a input a society receives, the more output it can give. The more people interact with one another as part of a community, the healthier the society and the more it can provide to individuals<br />When certain components of a society have more capability to output, it can lead to certain imbalances.<br />Mass media is concentrated to a few corporations, which enables them to have a dominant control over society, overpowering the individual and spreading a “mass-society” around the globe, replacing traditional ones. This in turn creates a cycle. The more individuals effected by it, the more those individuals output it, spreading more of the same social output and homogenizing society<br />Hierarchical political structures give more power to certain individuals, contradicting the equality of all people and usually leading to abuses of this power, against those in other societies and often even those within the same society<br />
  9. 9. S<br />To have a loving human community, its society must<br />Fill itself with positive social interaction, conveniently accessible for individuals to participate in, not spread apart and broken by individualism<br />Provide quality means of communication, not replacing traditional conversation and companionship, rather supplementing it with technological means to extend one’s society to communicate with other societies beyond travelable distances<br />Give equal levels of participation to each member, not allowing certain parts to dominate it and control it, but rather encouraging each member to share and provide their unique social input to society<br />Outputs<br />Inputs<br />
  10. 10. THE<br />Technology<br />Correlates with the individual mind<br />The collective knowledge of a people, passed on through education<br />The manifestation of the mental into the physical realm as products and architecture<br />Information and practices developed to improve the human race’s ability to fulfill it’s necessary inputs and outputs<br />
  11. 11. T<br />Inventions, discoveries, ideas, and theories are passed on through generations, and the original developers are never fully reimbursed for their contribution, instead they make a permanently change to improve the technology system of their community, as long as it is passed on<br />Lies, false information, and any other knowledge somehow harmful also spreads and is passed on within a technological system. This information leads to problems with the efficiency of a technology, and is hopefully corrected and improved upon with time<br />Every interaction an individual makes which is driven by the mind, adds to the “built environment”, the part of the physical realm crafted and by humans<br />The purpose of technology is to improve upon environmental, social, and cultural systems for both individuals and communities, as well as providing a means for people to be productive and inventive, and so its development and enhancement is a good thing<br />However, when developed for its own sake, disregarding the environment, society, and culture, and instead incessantly growing like a cancer, it can lead to severe problems<br />Inputs<br />
  12. 12. T<br />Outputs<br />Technology has many positive outputs, but can have just as many devastating and destructive ones<br />Information and skills are passed on to new generations through educational systems. This information since it is an infinite resource should be made accessible and provided to everyone, not horded through patents and intellectual property laws with hinder development and innovation<br />Tools and machines can replace more unfulfilling labor, providing more opportunity for creative tasks and more enjoyable activities<br />Technology provides more means for artistic expression, and enhance people’s ability to share their creative works and communicate with others<br />Transportation allows people to experience other communities and places, and to share and collaborate with one another<br />Separation of technological development from environmental, social, and cultural needs can lead to unfettered economic growth for its own sake, destroying the other spheres like a cancer<br />Industrialization sometimes adapts humans to the machines instead of the machines to the humans, depriving a person of their need to use their mind and assigning them dull monotonous labor as if they were components of the machine.<br />
  13. 13. T<br />To meet the needs of individuals, technology must<br />Be built with the people using it in mind, not turning them into machine components<br />Make information free and accessible to all people<br />Keep the environmental, social, and cultural spheres in mind, improving them not destroying them<br />Be continually developed and ever improving, providing humans with purpose and improving quality of life<br />Outputs<br />Inputs<br />
  14. 14. THE<br />Culture<br />Correlates with the individual soul<br />Religious institutions and organizations<br />A community’s language(s), race(s), ancestry, and history<br />Holidays, festivals, celebrations, and rituals<br />Art, music, literature, poetry, and other means of creative and emotional expression<br />
  15. 15. C<br />Just as all activities are based in the physical environment, they all culminate into and are guided by the spiritual culture of a community.<br />The outputs of the souls of individuals add to the collective culture, constructing it’s art style, philosophy, and collective emotion and attitude.<br />One of the most basic influences on a culture is the environment in which it lives, the ecosystem, animals and plants which it interacts with<br />The ways in which people socially interact, gestures, words, phrases, etc. also are part of what makes a culture<br />Technology can of course change and affect a culture, but that technology should be guided by and developed within a culture, maintaining its soul, quality, and beauty. If it is not, it may lead to materialism, a disregard to the soul, allowing the drive for production to dominate like a cancer.<br />There is a divine, unexplainable force, a natural law from which we know what is beautiful, moral, and good. Our imagination, emotions, and conscience connect us to this force, and can always be drawn upon as cultural inputs.<br />Inputs<br />
  16. 16. C<br />Outputs<br />Music and graphics, not inspired by the emotion of the soul, but engineered using patterns and formulas to trigger aesthetic reaction, lack true beauty and quality and can negatively impact the soul.<br />Typical popular music is produced by large record companies, not driven by the soul of the artist but the incentive to make profit. It’s beats and rhythms are engineered and manufactured to top charts and become singles on the radio, not composed with inspiration to express feeling and emotion<br />Advertising, and other artistic work created not for the sake of its own beauty but instead design to trigger base reactions and allure its audience. It lacks soul, eroding culture and failing to nourish people’s spiritual and creative needs.<br />Being bombarded with images of sex and violence numbs the emotions and desensitizes people, depriving them of their humanity.<br />Beautiful art, craft and other activities create a good culture full of soul and quality, and help to continue that cycle inspiring more positive output from individuals<br />
  17. 17. C<br />A beautiful, good, and moral culture must<br />Align all four components to be in harmony with one another using moral principles<br />Express emotion and have a spiritual connection with all that it creates, making the built environment beautiful and in alignment with nature<br />Promote diversity and variety, never enforcing a culture upon an individual, or putting one race or gender above another, but be built by the collective creativity of unique individuals<br />Outputs<br />Inputs<br />

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