To provide a less generic description of living in a Wisdom nucleus, I decided to “imagine” it. Please note that here are presented only my personal suggestions, which do not have to be necessarily followed by real nuclei. However, since no nucleus exists now, it may be useful to create some idea about its possible daily life. Some aspects of it must take place like meals, taking care of children and agriculture work necessary to cover the nutritional needs of members. However, the type of additional work, which is required to cover the cost of other products and services, as well, as payments potential loan borrowed for establishing the nucleus, depends entirely on many factors and the decision of its members. However, that additional work goes much further than producing extra income, it is fundamental for the continual progress of Wisdom society in terms of science, technology and art.
The most important of all is that life in the nucleus would be joyful. Otherwise, why make all this effort at all? Joy is not a principle to which we should adhere; it is the result of main principles applied in the nucleus life, many arrangements which have to be put in place and action we have to perform.
Before depicting the details, we present its governing principles of everyday life in the nucleus: reliability, spontaneity and humour. They are critically important because they impact the quality of daily life of the core, which is an ultimate test of its success or failure. For the members of the nucleus, everyday life is the training ground for further establishing and stabilizing their wisdom.
Reliability is one of the vital qualities of life in Wisdom society as a whole; therefore, it applies to everyday life in its nucleus as well. Without it, the functioning of the nucleus, which depends on altruistic cooperation, would not work. In a current, capitalistic society where individual success is the ultimate goal, reliability plays a lesser role; it is only important if fulfilling an obligation is beneficial for us or enforced by law.
Reliability is important for any form of cooperation, but in the case of Wisdom society, it is essential because its very foundation is altruistic collaboration. It applies to every aspect of nucleus life, for example, taking care of children, preparing communal meals or agricultural work necessary for the nucleus wellbeing. However, it is not enforced by some moral or religious dogmas. It is a natural result of altruism and intelligence, which are the key components of human Wisdom.
Reliability is also essential for mental wellbeing; without it, the members of the nucleus could not relax – they would be fatigued by anticipation if something which supposes to happen will happen or not. It is especially important when it comes to taking care of young children. Since that is the role not only of biological parents of the child but of the whole community, then without relying on their actions, the parents’ life would be polluted by constant anxiety.
The everyday life of the nucleus is organized, similarly as it is any large functional family. Without that, it may degenerate into chaos, irritation and inability to function efficiently. However, too strong enforcing of the organizational aspect could make life become a routine deprived of surprises, joy and humour. To prevent that liberate the potential creativity of the community, another principle of everyday life is spontaneity.
At first glance, it may appear to contradict the reliability, and one has to be careful about how to apply. For example, if the people responsible for preparing a meal decided to let’s say prepare and concert, and the whole community would be hungry, it is not a manifestation of spontaneity. On the other hand, if routinely for Wednesday lunch is a salad, ratatouille and chocolate pudding than spontaneous replacing ratatouille by newly harvested asparagus would not harm anybody.
Another principle of functioning of the nucleus is spontaneity, which goes much deeper than we usually think. Together with the well-known law of cause and effect, another fundamental principle of play of energies. It appears on a quantum and cosmic level.
In the nucleus, the presence of spontaneity opens the creativity of its members. Anecdotal discovery of the low of gravity happened spontaneously when Newton observed a falling apple. That kind of creativity applies to all aspects of the nucleus life: from inventing a way of igniting interest among children to prehistoric discoveries to editing genes using the CRISPR method and creating a new type of tomato, which without losing taste, can be harvested three times a year. We must not forget that in Wisdom society, the ground for creativity is everyday life in a nucleus from which arises every great scientific discovery or piece of art.
In the earlier discussion, humour was presented as a natural outcome of viewing reality as an endless play of energies. If this view is not experienced in everyday life, it remains a philosophical concept or some kind of spiritual realization.
The humour also has another role: it prevents taking rules and regulations present in the nucleus too seriously. They are unavoidable but, reasons for introducing them is entirely different than it is in the current society, where they ultimately, in one way or another, supports its stratification. In Wisdom society, the only reason for introducing any rule is protecting the wellbeing of its members and making their life more joyful.
However, if we take even rational and benevolent nucleus rules too seriously, potentially, in the worst-case scenario, the life in the core may degenerate into an Orwellian nightmare. It already has happened, when the well-meaning intentions of Marx and Engels lead to Soviet society where capitalistic stratification was replaced by the hierarchical rule of the Party and the Supreme leader.
Let’s consider a hypothetical situation when a member of a nucleus who was responsible for watering the plants got quite distracted and left water going for much longer than it should. Instead of being punished by the group or oneself by feeling guilty, or convincing oneself that nothing has happened, this person can see the humorous aspect of this event. It occurs because humour removes the residue of our attachment to “crime and punishment” and deception used not to feel guilty for breaking some self-imposed social rules
Accommodation of space for individuals
Now I will move towards the practical aspect of the nucleus life, beginning with a vision of assigning the living space for individuals. I would like to stress again that it is only my personal view, and each nucleus would decide how to implement it in the way which suits its members.
The main rule in this proposal is a balance between the individual and communal aspects of everyday life. While the collective format must be there to make possible cooperation, shared decision making and care of children, overdoing it may create undesirable results. Therefore, to enjoy the quality of communal life, the members must have the possibility of being alone or in small groups for families or intimate couples.
In the solution proposed here, it is suggested that each member, even a young child, has a separate room with an adjacent bathroom and possibly a little kitchenette, similar to better hotels. To accommodate families who wish to spend time together, these individual rooms can be placed as close as possible. Allocating a room for each child may seem like an excessive waste of space, but we must not forget that it is a temporary situation – a child will be growing up and having its own room would be necessary.
Preparing meals and dining
The most important aspect of each life form is nutrition. Homo Sapiens developed the most sophisticated and diversified approach to this issue: choice of food, its preparation and arrangements of eating.
As far as Wisdom nucleus is concerned, the selection of meals, their preparation and arrangement of serving it is left to a team responsible for all of that. The way such a group is selected and how long it is responsible for all actions around meals is entirely left for the members of the nucleus to decide. It seems to it is worth reminding that meals and dining should be a source of joy not only for the consumers but also for people who prepare them.
To make all that possible, there will be assigned the proper space dedicated to preparing food, cooking and dining. The implementation of these arrangements again is entirely left for members’ decision. However, while planning the architecture of the building for the nucleus, it is essential not to be stingy as far as the dining space is concerned. It seems to be better to be over-generous than otherwise.
Generally, meals would be a communal affair. Still, if some individuals prefer a different arrangement, no rules should interfere, and they will be free to that. Sometimes the private dining may be unavoidable, for example, if a person is sick and meals should be served to the place where she/he stays.
This article is far from embracing all important aspects of daily life in the nucleus. Notably, there is nothing said about the issue of work, education and art. Their role is equally essential as accommodation for members and eating, so they need a significantly more extended discussion. However, I decided to continue to describe other aspects of the nucleus daily life in the following chapter. The reason for that comes from advice about the readability of the internet posts, which all agreed that a single post should not be too long. They seem to be correct because since I tried short textual posts instead of video-recording, the number of visits on the site notably increased. Therefore since the article already reached 1660 words, I stop and invite you to read the second part, which will be posted (hopefully) soon.
P.S. The thumbnail is a photo of the collage made by Chandali Pietrzykowska