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We talk about IQ and EQ, but what about NQ?
If we expect leaders to care about the “Triple Bottom Line” then we’d better raise their NQ…
Building Your Natural Intelligence:
1. Stage One: Experiencing Awe — Mesmerized by a sunset, enjoying ocean waves, taking delight in a soaring osprey. Feeling of Beauty — Light is reflected off a flower. Nature is beautiful. (Pleasure from a mere perception of an object that cannot hurt the observer). Characterized by wanting to commune with nature, write poetry or pose extolling the virtues of nature.
2. Stage Two: Understanding Basic Ecology — Ecology (Oikos for House, Logos for Study) Understand the “house” we live in. Systems thinking… that everything is interconnected… air, trees, river, plants, and frogs. Understanding what habitat is all about. Niche and niche construction. Biomes. Food chains. Population limits. Diversity. Nature is indifferent. Weakest Feeling of Sublime — Light reflected off stones. (Pleasure from beholding objects that pose no threat, objects devoid of life). Characterized by wanting to study nature.
3. Stage Three: Eyes Wide Open — Ability to perceive damaged habitats. Understanding the dynamics of disease. Not turning a blind eye to the damage done by invasive species. Understanding edge in ecosystems. Coming to terms with the reality of endangered species and endangered ecosystems. Impacts of pollution on ecosystems. Desertification. Global Warming. Nature is imperfect. Weaker Feeling of Sublime — Endless desert with no movement. (Pleasure from seeing objects that could not sustain the life of the observer). Characterized by wanting to save nature.
4. Stage Four: Shadow Dance — Fully witnessing and appreciating our role in the destruction of nature. From the slaughter of animals and trees for food and houses, to bugs smashed on the windshield in the summer, to thoughtfully removing a spider from the home. Nature is dangerous. Sublime — Turbulent Nature. (Pleasure from perceiving objects that threaten to hurt or destroy observer). Characterized by commitment (or flirtations with) a vegan lifestyle. Internal and external pressure for simplicity and less materialism, and Buddhism.
5. Stage Five: The Embrace of Entropy — Acceptance of death, disease, the cyclical nature of life, and that all things must pass. Dark night of the soul. It’s the Christian truth that we are cracked vessels living on an imperfect earth. Letting down the armor and embracing a vulnerability that the cause is hopeless. The time to do something about Global Warming was back in the 50’s. Nature can’t be saved. Full Feeling of Sublime — Overpowering turbulent Nature. (Pleasure from beholding very violent, destructive objects like a typhoon or viper). Characterized by realization of ego’s limitations. No “saving” is possible. Let it go… “This water lives is Mombassa.”
6. Stage Six: Curiosity is The Hidden Source of Vitality — The universe is big. Really, really big. And we understand almost nothing of it. There may be thousands of earth like planets teeming with flora and fauna that we can barely imagine. Miracles are possible here on earth. “He has risen!” as a model for environmental hopefulness… that the dead coral, the endangered rhino, the pollution all can be reversed and restored. That we humans will figure it out and move towards sustainability. And even if we don’t, it’s still worth the fight because the gift of life is too amazing and precious to ignore. Nature is already saved. Fullest Feeling of Sublime — Immensity of Universe’s extent or duration. (Pleasure from knowledge of observer’s nothingness and oneness with Nature). Characterized by joy and a Happy Warrior. No need to save anybody or anything, but acting with clear knowledge that there is a right course of action and “less” right and anything that hurts the meadow is less right.
Author: Matt Morava
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