I Love Humanity

I care desperately about people. Young and old. Men and women. Rich and Poor. Long dead to not yet born and everything in between. Any color, any nationality, any religion. All people. I care about humanity. I want humanity to grow and be grown, to nurture and be nurtured, to build up, to love, become kinder, gentler, more capable, and more connected. I want humanity to understand that it was designed for a purpose and to cooperate with that purpose. The purpose of humanity is to engage in mutually edifying relationships. This is the scope of my life’s work and it is scary. How can I possibly make a dent in that?

I am not gifted in such a way that I can serve all of humanity on my own. Each of us was designed to love and be good at a particular thing. We were each design to care about and meet the needs of a particular set of people using that beloved skill. The intersection of these four things is your purpose. We can’t be all things to all people. So again, how can I possibly make a dent in improving humanity?

I am designed in such a way that my purpose is to help others find their purpose. The best way for me to impact humanity is to help as many people as I possibly can to find and live their purpose because here’s the cool thing. We are all designed and wired with the need for fulfillment and true fulfillment comes from serving others. Imagine the impact on the world if every single human was serving others from their purpose and experiencing that deep fulfillment inherent in such a life. Have you ever met someone living their purpose? They are inspiring. They are invariably serving other people. And they are fulfilled and joyful. Picture that person in your mind. Remember how you felt with them. Now imagine if everyone was living like that…

So, I know that in order to impact humanity, I have to serve as many individuals as I can so they can, in turn, serve other people. I want to create a pandemic of purpose that floods the world with fulfillment, joy, and service.

I am not sure how I’m going to do it. I live in a small town in a small state but I have the world at my fingertips. I will serve where I can. I will partner with like-minded people and organizations. I will never stop learning new things about how to empower and unleash human purpose. I will pursue my purpose tirelessly because by doing so, I WILL IMPACT HUMANITY!

Are you in?

Conceptual Generations

I previously wrote about the generations of yourself. The concept that as you grow and mature in life, you become a new model or generation of who you are was paralleled to that of an iPhone. The important take away from that is that every now and then, you need to release a new version because you have maximized your previous capability with updates and improvements. In order to have room for more, you need a new version.

Today, I am writing about conceptual generations. This is another generational notion that is not likely on your radar as a meaning when you hear the word. The idea is that if you want an idea or concept to live beyond your own origination, you will need to create 5 generations of learner/teachers of that idea.

Here’s how it works. First you come up with a brilliant idea that you want to share with the world. Do you have the means to present your idea to the entire world? Do you have the capacity? With social media and YouTube and such, it may be physically possible, but still not likely. So you spend the rest of you life teaching people about your idea. What happens when you die? You’re gone, a bunch of people have learned some of your idea, but few or none have the whole picture. How do you ensure that your idea outlives your ability to teach it to others?

You are Generation 1 and you need to teach others (Gen 2). For the idea to live on, Gen 2 needs to teach Gen 3. The problem is that if Gen 2 teaches Gen 3 without first learning how to teach Gen 3, you end up with clarity issues (like a copy of a copy). So, Gen 1 needs to teach Gen 2 the idea (i1) AND how to teach the idea (i2) to Gen 3. Now we get to a point where Gen 3 needs to teach Gen 4. The problem is the same as before. Gen 3 needs to learn how to teach the idea. This means the Gen 1 needs to teach Gen 2 (i1), (i2), AND (i3). (i3) is how to teach someone to teach someone else. So now Gen 1 is teaching Gen 2 how to teach Gen 3 to teach Gen 4. That’s the pattern and it needs to go for one more generation to become sustainable beyond the Gen 1 originator. This can get pretty confusing to discuss as is better communicated with a diagram.

Conceptual Generations

So here you can see that Gen 2 is learning a lot and being equipped to equip. I hope this makes sense.

Generations of You

When I say “generational,” I’m probably using it in a way that you aren’t thinking of. This is a BIG word with BIG implications. I don’t mean that in a condescending way. There are many facets to this word and I want to explore every single one of them. Not necessarily in this post, but in my lifetime. Yes, it could take me that long to fully unpack “generations” or “generational.”

I saw a great quote from George Washington Carver recently that goes like this,

“No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.”

I have two distinct and legitimate reasons for passing through this life. First, to unpack, explore, define, and share the “generational mindset.” Second, it to use that to help everyone that I can to figure out their distinct and legitimate reason for passing through this life. Those reasons are designed into us to serve humanity. The sooner and more effectively each us can discover what that is and begin adding value to humankind, the bigger our impact.

I am going to start unpacking the generational mindset in an individual way. Let’s sat for a moment that you are an iPhone. What generation iPhone would you be? Are you a first generation iPhone that is totally outdated living as reminder of what has been achieved in the past? Or are you the latest, greatest iPhone X that is the embodiment of continual progress and stretch goals? You see, each of us has various stages in our lives where the old model or generation of us needed to turn into the next big thing. We can experience updates and improvements to our current generation of self, but now and again the updates aren’t enough and we need a new generation of self that can hold the growth that is to come.

When we get stuck in the past or are afraid to grow, we’re like that first gen iPhone. Amazing innovation at one point in time but no longer suited for the level of capability that is possible today. Perhaps you are feeling stuck. There are many things that keep us stuck. Our brains are wired for survival. That doesn’t sound like a bad thing, but it can be because sometimes, to our brain, survival looks like, “conserve all energy, avoid all change, do the bare minimum to stay alive because we need to be ready to run from danger.” Survival mindset and thriving mindset are not the same thing and our primitive survival brain is a “do the minimum” type of brain.

Take some time today think about what generational model of yourself you are right now. Are you the latest and greatest, ready for a new set of updates, maybe working out a few bug? Or have you reached a point where your next generation self is ready to be released to the public? Growth is the only way to stay relevant.