Journal of the International Chamber of Justice – Volume 1 Issue 18 July 13, 2009

Developing Mindfulness  

Some say we spend our childhood in our home, out-grow it then spend the rest of our lives trying to recreate that experience.  That includes ugly, bad experiences for some,and a loving sense of belonging for others, we can’t help but seek to recreate those feelings.

Just as a child does not understand the life-skills that have created what the child experiences as “home”, Mom and Dad do not understand the community-skills that went into creating and maintaining a City (an Infrastructure) which provides jobs and other marketplaces for its residents and the surrounding countryside.

These Cities do not understand the National and Regional-skills that go into creating and maintaining the Regional and National Infrastructure and Marketplace.

Most everyone sees a world that exists entirely separate from themselves, that will continue on even after one dies and utterly fails to see how this sensation of living at home with Mom and Dad came to be.

Born into Disneyland

The work of maintaining a home is hidden within the psychological dramas we engage with our fellow family members.  One gets tied to the other and each becomes part of the dramatic tactics and strategies and we lose sight of maintaining that sense of home with each other.

Its like we were born into Disneyland, you don’t need to know how it got here, who made it happen, how does it keep going or anything else, just go play in the park and try and stay out of trouble.

As a teen you can then squander what you have because you think its a state of the world, not Mom and Dad’s special mix of mental chemistry and life skills.

Then we move out and have no clue how to make such a place for ourself with the special person we found to love and protect.

Life-Skills at work

Mom and Dad turned an empty building into a home, and even they can’t explain what they did to make it so.  They moved their stuff in, and did what they had to do.

Using their life-skills, Mom & Dad developed processes and procedures, set policies and challenged them later; how to clean, when and how often, thousands of tiny things that created a unique environment special to a specific set of individuals, a family.

Our first Mental  Marketplace



The Family is the basic mental marketplace, a platform we are born into that we use to approach the world (marketplace) beyond.

In the Community marketplace many families are successful, yet many families fall short in some way.  Some family leaders keep the extended family links strong and nurture the minds of their children and later their grandchildren.  Other families not only lose or never have extended family links and support, but are even more fragmented within the family marketplace itself.

Dining at the Dinner Table



Fragmented families take their plates to different TV’s in different rooms, eating separately and fails to take advantage of the family dinner structure.

Eating together at the dinner table has provided important family structure and values to generations of Americans, to say nothing of regulating diet and family food spending.

Living in the same house isn’t the same thing as living together, and many not only fail to nurture the minds of their children but find themselves in battle or under siege by the creative minds of their children.  Not knowing how to deal with it parents attack and isolate young minds even more than they already feel.

Members can harbor resentments and isolate themselves from one another until all the family members mostly go their own way, maintaining contact only to score points off of one another once in a while, to let the other know you’re still mad about your grudge.

Ignorance as a Cultural Norm

If families don’t know how they create and maintain their psycho-social infrastructure, and City decision-makers don’t know how they create and maintain the City’s psycho-social infrastructure, then it can seem as if we are born into a prefabricated Disneyland from which we will one day pass back to dust while Disneyland lives on forever.

But it only seems this way because we don’t know how a Mom and Dad can create a home, it couldn’t have been them, look how little they know, I mean, come on!  Somebody else had to do if for them and give it to them, surely, just like us kids always get what we have?

Learning Life Skills

We might all feel that way but we don’t.   Many were born into successful families that raised children able to cope, and we actually earned our own way and helped meet the household budget.  Later we used those same life-skills Mom & Dad used to grow our own family.

We don’t see a predetermined world indifferent to our needs and our family’s welfare, we are constantly adjusting our mind, making the positive living experience.

We know you don’t achieve a level of lifestyle then stop doing everything you had to do to get there, because its supposed to be easy.

Mutually Creating our Daily Experience



Life is about being with each other and having lots of things tends to divide us, especially when we forget why our “home” is a home in the first place.

We need to expose and widely distribute information about these life-skills that go into a successful home so more can make adjustments in their own house to mutually create that home experience with family members that is so vital to the development of mindfulness.

We also need to show how those life-skills of home making relate to the community-skills that make up a city that looks and feels exactly like the city we live in, to make the invisible visible so we can all see how decision-making translates into creating our common world experiences right within our city and right within our homes.

Structures of decision-making processes

To meet the challenge of expanding our vision of the decision-making chain or pathway, we want to make visible and demonstrate in a practical way just how community-skills become Regional, National, or even International-skills that individual decision-makers use.

These individuals create and operate infrastructures among the minds of masses of people globally, also running physical assets and organizations of brick and mortar.

Decision-makers for Nations are struggling to understand this new systems-view of the unfolding Global Economy, creating new International Institutions to coordinate more broadly with other Nations in matters of the International Finance System for example.

But perhaps they are still fighting old ideological battles rather than embracing the new system-wide overview, more engineering than politics or economics,  which makes fundamentals stand out and apparent.

Industrial Language Traps

They must resist the old industrial language artifacts and competing characterizations about the systems and learn to see the engineering structure of networks of interlocking and interdependent systems that have evolved themselves into what some Economist call a Supra-super-system.

Systems POV as trump card



Nations have long had special military and trade relationships through treaty but this expansion of International Institutions involves some obligation to International Law over a Nations Sovereign Laws.

Nations will sign onto these new Institutions to safeguard their own viability and in hopes for a more stable and reliable engine of global growth and prosperity helping their own Nation and Peoples in the process.

Giving up some Power reserved to the State for an International Institution will cause much internal controversy world-wide but, like the EU, it will be accomplished nevertheless.

Next: Parallel Lines of Development

© Published by The International Chamber of Justice, 65 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, St. Augustine, Florida, USA 32084  COB and CEO Roger G. Jolley

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