A new kind of politics grounded by enquiry into who we really are as human beings.
Any social or political envisioning is constrained by an invisible frame: by the implicit values and views on which it is created, most importantly its view of the nature of human beings.
Any big vision therefore begins with a vision for the “Being” of human beings. And so we need to go back to basics if we are to rediscover our imagination and create possibility for ourselves and our societies.
For example, much of modern economic and political thought rests on the assumption that you or I know what we want (think markets, democracy etc). However, most wisdom traditions teach us that discovering what we want is actually very hard and takes deep practice and reflection.
Ontological Politics is an experiment that questions who we are as humans in this day and age, and based on that what we should want politically. It incorporates ideas from philosophy, wisdom traditions, technology and cognitive science connecting these to a new value based political movement and programme for wiser society.
The Politics of Sustainable Well-being
The struggle to shift to a political-economy that centres the compatible goals of well-being and sustainability, rather than economic growth, is perhaps the most important current example of ontological politics.
The focus of both wellness and sustainability lobby’s has been on insisting that sustainability is compatible with growth. But, the only way to combine the optimism that is seen in the Sunrise Movement and green new deal with the gritty realism about climate science may be to finally pursue a world where cultivating better ways of being for current and future humans is the goal of social and economic policy.
Re-thinking society itself so that it is made to be sustainable and well is a radical proposition.
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