Surfing everyday may be seen as doing nothing by some, but that level of commitment is what those that have potential in something need to give to realise it as much as they can.
It may not be apparent in financial terms how commitment will pay, especially when it is sport or art. But it does, it realises potential, it makes a contribution, the contribution people are best suited for and best able to make at the time they are doing it.
Human potential is greater than economic markets and financial calculations. People can see a need or a way of doing things that realises their potential without foreseeable financial return. How much is Sir Edmund Hillary’s conquest of Everest worth? Van Gogh’s paintings? Einstein’s theory of relativity? There were no estimates of financial worth or guarantees of monetary success when these endeavours were pursued, but to be fulfilled they did them anyway.
People all have the right to realise their potential. In a society manifest by a purpose of fulfilment and no harm, that right is sacred. Money, which enables the accumulation of wealth and wealth disparities, enables the sharing of wealth so all people can realise their potential.
Where rights are guaranteed, and fulfilment without harm is understood, efficiency is greatest. All things are done in time and at ease. Diversity and productivity are at their highest. Contributions can be hard and require great effort, but they are also easy because they realise potential and are done the right way, at the right time, in the right place.
This is the world of enlightenment in which the purpose and principle are understood by all. In this world, fulfilment without harm leads to knowledge and guardianship, where people operate harmoniously with nature’s forces and resources, rather than as masters seeking to exploit it.
The increasing interconnectedness of people sharing personal information creates opportunity for fulfilment without harm to prevail by showing people they are fundamentally similar, with fulfilment a common purpose achievable by not harming the fulfilment of each other. However, this interconnectedness and trust also creates a risk that those ignorant of purpose and principle, pursuing power or money, will abuse trust and cause harm.
Pursuing power or money with harm leads to catastrophe. In this pursuit people do wrong because they feel it is right. They are taken in by the flawed ethos of power and money which underlies much of human history. On this path everyone is for themselves, whatever the cost to others.
It is common to think it right for people to try and control others, particularly in organisations. Society is still structured for control-type relationships, reflecting pasts when control was even greater. But now is the time to realise a new way and a new system, to gain understanding and live with the shared purpose of fulfilment without harm.
[Excerpt from The Common Purpose Manifesto]