The thoughtmaps you are using determine how reality works for you. A thoughtmap is what you use to think with. I am asking you now to think about what you are thinking with. School gave us tons of facts and formulas to think about. That is the content of your thinking. What I am talking about is the context of your thinking. This would be like considering changing the rules of the game rather than blindly playing the only game you were taught. Well-being in a rapidly changing world involves the capacity to evolve the context of your thinking. How does one do this?
When cartographers first sketched the outline of local territories onto papyrus and parchment the maps extended only as far as the cartographers knew anyone had travelled. Beyond that the world dropped off into a void inhabited by brutal monsters. The clear but unspoken consequence of using a flat-world thoughtmap is that if you go beyond the limits of known territory you will fall off and die a horrible death.
The flat-world thoughtmap caused diverse cultures to evolve in adjoining territories separated only by the mutual fear of leaving home. In this tribalistic orientation the word used for our people and the word used for human beings is the same word. Foreigners, meaning those people not using our one-and-only true set of thoughtmaps, are recognized as barbarians. In other words, people not in our tribe are the edible ones.
The Second Copernican Revolution by Clinton Callahan
About five hundred years ago new technology was invented, namely sailing ships large enough to carry soldiers, horses, guns, and sadistic religious fanatics across the great oceans. Cartographers brought back new information. The world became spherical, giving rise to the question of which nation owned what resources. While "discovering new lands" a nationalistic orientation emerged. Western oligarchs adopted the tyrannosaurian concept still operational today: our thoughtmaps are better than your thoughtmaps if we can kill you. Hierarchical power structures allow a few wealthy but terrified sociopaths to snuff out cultural diversity by planting franchised coffee houses and burger joints in every village of the world. Modern plutocracies war against foreigners (meaning the not-humans of other plutocracies) to see who can burn and consume Earth's remaining resources the fastest. It doesn't look good.
Fortunately, new technology has emerged. The internet and smart phones open a next evolutionary phase of cartography, particularly in those people who have travelled beyond the borders of their birth culture. The next phase is to realize that all thoughtmaps are lies, including your own.
Thoughtmaps are approximations, interpretations, stories about what is. They are not what is. What is comes without a story attached. This is easy to see. When people shifted from a flatworld thoughtmap of the Earth to a roundworld thoughtmap, they suddenly gained tremendous new possibilities even though the planet itself did not change. This is because human beings do not interact with the world as it is. We interact through our thoughtmaps of the world. When you get a new thoughtmap, you get a new world.
Discovering that all thoughtmaps are lies begins the next chapter in human evolution. Suddenly the game changes from life-or-death competition to having personal choice amongst different flavors of bullshit. You obtain the ability to simply walk out of tribalistic and nationalistic identities and orient yourself globalistically. You achieve the capacity to choose which culture you live in regardless of what continent you were born on or the culture of your parents because although none of the cultures are true, some definitely lead to a sustainable human presence on Earth.
By recognizing culture as arbitrary fiction you also gain the capacity to declare entirely new cultural space in the global ethnosphere and can immediately begin living in your new country together with like-minded individuals.
This is remarkable in that you no longer need to despair until you have convinced a fifty-one percent majority to achieve a critical mass of people agreeing with the new thoughtware. Instead you can enter sustainable culture and enjoy the fruits of creative collaboration and good will that you know are possible.
By declaring and stepping into a new cultural context with a committed group of at least three adults your new country serves as a seed crystal of next culture that others can more easily copy, like the lead goose in a V formation makes it easier for the rest to move forward.
Actually millions of people around the world are already evolving sustainable culture. But even the most exciting successes never appear on the evening news. Does this mean the successes are not occurring? Don't be stupid. It only means the plutocrats don't want you to know how simple, dignified, rewarding and fun next culture is.
Through small group thoughtware upgrade experiments whole new forms of culture are emerging that never existed on Earth before, such as archearchy (google it"), the creative collaboration of initiated archetypal adult women with initiated archetypal adult men.
New meeting modalities combined with circular and spiral power structures revolutionize the utilization of nonlinear group intelligence.
In addition, cartographers are now mapping not only physical space, but also intellectual space, relational space, and energetic space. The multi-dimensional qualities of a space determine what is possible in the physical space. This explains, for example, how firewalking is possible. In one energetic space touching your feet to glowing coals causes severe burns, whereas, in another energetic space not even the hairs on your toes singe. And these two spaces may be only a context-shift apart.