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Resilience and Recovery: A Response

When communicating on a public forum to the world, it is very important not to lose sight of your character, values, and integrity.  It is all too easy to offer up your own political, religious, and social views that serve no one except yourself.  This is an apropos example of the erstwhile paradigm from which Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) proposes the shift: from self to other.  Indeed, self-serving sentiments and messages contribute nothing to the empowerment and betterment of others.

Mea culpa.

Accordingly, I offer this addendum to my last post: “Resilience and Recovery”.

The So What Factor Addressed:

Acclimating to a friend, family, or colleague’s arrogance can prove challenging.  When it is displayed in our nation’s leader, it is dangerous.  Especially in the current political climate – on the global arena – arrogance can easily be construed as ignorance.  Therein lies an ‘Achilles heel’ vulnerability, opening up our nation and its citizens to attack.  And unnecessarily so.

When Mr. Obama told the African Union he thinks he could win another Presidential Term if re-elected a third time, he sends an erroneous message to other nations.  It is a message unreflective of his nation’s constituents.  It is a message unreflective of the spirit of American democracy: the right to dissent and the right to voice that dissent.

Mr. Obama might be a most excellent President.  If the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution did not exist and the U.S. healthcare, banking, military, and Internet were not headed in a perilous trajectory, he might just win a 3rd Presidential Term.  But hubris might just be his downfall if he were to run again.  And this is fodder for the paradigm of self.

IPT suggests a qualitative ontological paradigm shift from the phenomenological-metaphysical duality to the infinite creative potentiality-ultimate freedom collaborative interrelationship.  In short: a very real shift from a world and life centered around the self to one centered around the other.  Indeed, it is in those moments of ultimate freedom of and from the self and all related fetters of that self that the individual occupies the space of other and accordingly makes a meaningfully positive difference.  And that difference is not only at the individual level within his specific locus, but also at the level of future generations to come.

In the new paradigm, it is incumbent upon every individual to be a leader and exemplify an inspiring humility that empowers, engages, and uplifts the collective world conscience to ever higher achievements for the betterment of all creation.  From man to nature to planet, it is the individual leader who makes a very real difference at the singular level.  And like a pebble to a stream that becomes a wave in the ocean, he too will continue on the ripples of excellence.



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Transcending Our Past

“I think of the past and the future as well as the present to determine where I am, and I move on while thinking of these things.”  –Tadao Ando

The life of the ever-present Spirit is a cycle of stages, which, on the one hand, co-exist side by side, but, on the other hand, seem to be past.  The moment which Spirit seems to have left behind, it still possesses in the depth of its present.” –Hegel, Reason in History

In every sense and measure, the past is with us, guiding our steps forward. It is up to us to determine the depth of its influence. Whether we let our past constrain, empower, or desensitize us, we are inexorable walking histories. Of course, this is critically relevant to the erstwhile paradigm.

Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) describes the qualitative ontological paradigm shift of dyads from the phenomenological-metaphysical duality to the infinite creative potentiality (ICP)-ultimate freedom (UF) collaborative interrelationship. In other words, we shifted from a tension between existence and essence to a collaborative interrelationship between creativity and freedom of and from the self. As a result, the individual is posited in an ‘other’ framework wherein he can make a meaningfully positive difference. Like outward-radiating waves, he achieves this beyond his locus to that of future generations.

This shift came about as soon as the individual activated his effective e-presence – at the individual level – to make a meaningful difference. This occurred circa 2001 in the Philippines, with the first successful political revolution mediated by portable e-technologies (please see Howard Rheingold’s Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution). Within four (4) days, “Generation Txt” demonstrated the power of the text message to topple a government. More importantly, they proved it on the global arena.

There is something to be said of little ripples in big oceans. Without notice, they quickly become tsunamis. A seemingly innocuous medium – the cellular device – and the simple act of text messaging turned into the ‘next generation’ metonymic adage of: “the pen is mightier than the sword.”

More importantly, the Philippine smart mob collaborated creatively to resolve a ‘problem’ in a completely novel way. Defying evidence of their past history, they remained undeterred. One could say they were even fueled by their past limitations. In an act of its wholehearted rejection, they used a significantly advanced methodology relative to the time, which would itself prove to have infinite future potentiality, and they did so in a revolutionary way.

A revolution indeed…

The SWF Answered:

Before the paradigm shift, the challenge of limitations overshadowed us. Rather perniciously, it inhibited our effective agency towards meaningful empowerment. Trapped in the quagmire of self-imposed gossamer nets of personal histories, the individual was confined to a self-mode of existing, rather than an other-mode of living life.

After the paradigm shift, the individual activated his own empowerment. On a global level, he transcended his past by overcoming erstwhile limitations of time, space, and geography. On an individual level, he became liberated from his self and all related – mundane – fetters. So liberated, he could focus on the other relative to the impact of his footprint.

Jettisoning obstacles of self-considerations, he can now focus on elevating others to the same.

From the one to the many…

Moving from a self-mentality focused on the one to an other-mentality focused on the many, the individual can create measures and means of transcendence in very real and practical ways. He already mediated overcoming time-space-geography constraints. He has proven himself at the individual level to create meaningful change in the political, economic, and social spheres.

So the questions remain:

How will you face your past?

What will be your transcendence?


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Integrity, Revisited

There exists a widespread disconnect between consistency in character integrity and everyday practice in all manner of being within individuals today. Regardless of society echelon, culture, geography, and demography, the pandemic is universal. The fragmentation – between integrity and action – is pervasive as an acute sign of modernity’s social (moral) desensitization. The resulting ramification of all this is an additional very fundamental arena where accountability ‘falls to the wayside’, abandoned.

This arena speaks to the schism within each individual. As a veritable disjunction between his ideal and his real; ultimately, he falls to lost potentiality. This is a tragedy we can no longer sustain. Indeed, we must inveigh against it with unwavering due diligence and not stop until we have vanquished it and thwarted all further attempts at its recurring persistence.

Not convinced?

Have you ever come across a person who purports to be a certain way, but in all actuality is the opposite?

Have you ever heard the rhetoric of a leader who proposes to ignite you to action, but falls flat, or even calls you to the opposite direction?

Have you ever been bitterly disappointed by a childhood hero or significant figure who ‘pops the idealistic bubble’?

The SWF Answered:

The central tenet of Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) encourages the individual’s realization of his creative potentiality (ICP) so he may attain an ultimate freedom (UF) of and from his self and all related fetters. In this manner, he transcends from a self-centered reality paradigm to that of the other. Through this qualitative ontological paradigm shift of positions from self to other, a necessary redefinition occurs. Inherent within that redefinition is a decided turn away from the phenomenological-metaphysical duality towards an active embrace of the ICP-UF collaborative interrelationship.

Rather than focus on a self or me-centered perspective, the individual of IPT exists in other and is compelled to act accordingly through that new position. By so doing, he can contribute in a meaningfully positive way to his society. Through his example, he can inspire others to the same. From his specific locus of time, space, and geography, he can make a worldwide difference in the manner similar to concentrically outward-radiating waves beyond his time, space, and geography.

The qualitative ontological paradigm shift has already occurred. It is just a matter of his acknowledgment and effective action to flourish accordingly. By so doing, he will stop the cycle of desensitized fragmentation, character schisms, and wasted potentiality and instead, elevate the collective world conscience to an extraordinary degree.

Indeed, we all could then begin extolling the inherent creative potentiality in every individual, at present and in future.



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Suffering vs Freedom

Suffering is generally defined as the act of undergoing, sustaining, or enduring loss or anything unpleasant – or the condition thereof – patiently or (un)willingly. In any discussion on suffering, it is important to distinguish it from pain. Although one can suffer from pain, one does not have to be in a state of pain to be suffering. Especially for the purpose of this post, I ask you to keep this distinction in mind.

There are two principal categories of suffering:

  • Self-imposed as a result of unattained, unfulfilled desire or aspiration. It usually has a material implication of (lost or lack of) ownership.
  • Endured from an outside source with or without our willingness.

Here is a remedy, courtesy of IPT:

With the inherent paradigm shift proposed by IPT from a phenomenological-metaphysical duality to an infinite creative potentiality-ultimate freedom collaboration, comes the shift from a self-centric mode of existence to an other-centric mode of co-existent sharing. In the former paradigm – caught in the fetters of the self – suffering is unrelentingly omnipresent as an inexorable accessory to existence. In the latter paradigm – liberated from the self – the individual becomes freedom.

As such, s/he actively seeks resolutions, remedies, and resources where they are needed.

As such, s/he actively seeks ways towards peaceful co-existence.

As such, s/he actively seeks ways towards effecting a meaningfully positive impact concentrically outwards from specific locus to the outside world.

If you really stop to give this serious consideration, you might just be amazed at the tremendous impact from such a subtle shift. But there’s more. At each instant you realize your creative potentiality, you immediately enter the latter paradigm. Just as you create every day, multiple times a day, you also shift between paradigms every day, multiple times a day.

Between suffering and freedom, reclaim your choice.


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Independence and Cohesion

“The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close social cohesion.”

AlbertEinstein, Mein Weltbild, Amsterdam: Querido Verlag, 1934 (from Ideas and Opinions, “Society and Personality”)

At first, this bit of irony from Einstein’s statement – calling for independence and cohesion – might seem odd.  It might even be a near impossibility.  After all, how can a society be simultaneously autonomous and unified, let alone closely unified?  Doesn’t unity with others interfere with autonomy?  In other words, within a group – a closely unified group – wouldn’t the actions, behaviors, and decisions of the individuals influence each other thus interfering with the integrity of true independence of those same individuals?

Let’s take a closer look at this through the IPT lens.

IPT proposes a paradigm shift.  In the old paradigm, the irony of Einstein’s statement inhibits its own fruition.  In IPT’s paradigm, it not only makes sense, but also becomes critically necessary as yet another apropos demarcation between the two realities those paradigms represent.

How so?

The current e-reality mediates an endless array of information at exponentially lightning speeds and unmanageably indigestible quantities thus fragmenting the mediasphere and clogging the pipes of intelligence.  Against the backdrop of fragmentation, cohesion becomes increasingly out of reach.  However, within a paradigm where ultimate freedom (UF) is a realizable ‘end-goal’, the individual attains liberation from these ‘fetters’ of the self.  More importantly, within the UF sphere, not only is the individual cohesively in union with freedom, s/he is freedom.

Upon closer inspection then, Einstein’s statement is exactly on-point with IPT.

Einstein, you are a friend, indeed!


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Einstein’s Liberation

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.”

–Albert Einstein, Mein Weltbild, Amsterdam: Querido Verlag, 1934 (from Ideas and Opinions, “The True Value of a Human Being”)

It is from Einstein’s brilliantly humbling words that Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) takes it’s inspiration.  Indeed, the concept of ultimate freedom comes from the liberation he mentions.  However, rather than place a value system on that liberation, IPT offers an absolute freedom whereby all fetters of the self – including value systems – are obviated.

Within IPT is a qualitative ontological paradigm shift of dyads from the phenomenological/metaphysical to infinite creative potentiality (ICP) – ultimate freedom (UF).  In the erstwhile paradigm, the phenomenological runs counter to the metaphysical.  Indeed, for Kant, man is even restricted from the metaphysical a priori realm, only able to access the phenomenological.  In IPT’s paradigm, ICP is necessary for UF.  The paradigm is not a dyad, it is a necessary collaboration.  Furthermore, it is critical that man access both realms.

Returning to Einstein’s statement and the value system he places on liberation, it makes sense that he does so within the context of the old paradigm.  Within IPT, however, the paradigm enables the individual’s freedom from any such systems.  By so doing, he is truly within a sphere of liberation of and from the self.

The SWF is thus answered:

IPT touches every individual as it speaks to the very essence of his existence at his highest creativity within absolute liberation.

Aristotle is credited with stating: truth is beauty and beauty is truth.

IPT proclaims: liberation in the absolute is ultimate freedom and this is an infinitely beauteous truth!