Whom decides meaning?

Socialalchemy.com site created 08-15-2000

THE ART OF SOCIAL EVOLUTION

Before we embraces the idea of Social Alchemy, more basic concepts should be reviewed.

  • What is the meaning of your life? Not to be confused with the more general question of what is the meaning of human life?
  • On what factors do you base your conclusion on the meaning of your life?
  • Who, what and why created or controls these factors that have influences how one defines their life?
  • Are there reasons why these factors exist? Are their influences upon our lives intentional or just an issue of random events?

These are the questions that underlines the concept of social alchemy and this website. The notion underlining social alchemy is that social forces, human self identity, self determination, biology and ones physical environment are all factors in how living things grow and change.

are interrelated.  They move and evolve beyond the the realm or a nationalism, religious ideology, or ethnic isolationism, these things are symptoms, but not the final deciding reason why we are here.

There are social forces that can mold our perception life, when one exist within the range of such powers.  Awareness of such power is one of the first steps in human self determination and trying to exist with some control over how such manipulation impacts one’s life.

If social alchemy is the molding of social structure and behavior, what is the intent of such an intrapersonal and interpersonal art form? 

Social Alchemy and Intent:

The manipulation of living things is done usually with some kind of intent. A gardener’s intent when he cares plants is to see them grow. Often he wants them to grow a certain way. The Gardner’s intent caring for plants is based on his perception of the ecosphere and his own perceived personal identity.

Does the philosopher like the gardener see himself, as a part of the natural environment, thus accepts the notion of a interdependence of all living things? Then again, he may see plants as lower forms of life, just tools to be used for his own needs such as food or a commodity of trade.

It is the social philosopher, who tries to make sense of how/why people interact on groups and how such interaction can possible be influenced. Such thoughts are part of the makeup of social rule and structure. Different cultures have addressed this concept of social philosophy in various ways, within the context of their time in history, geographic location, but perhaps more importantly with their scope or range of perception. As we will see: the manipulation and engineering of social group can reach far beyond the notion of dualistic enterprise. It is only limited by the creative vision of Alchemist, and their influences, least of which is health, environment, and their own social history.