The current chapter concerns the objectives and the conditions required to create and to sustain the kind of quality individuals we had identified in the preceding two chapters. Although it is possible for our individuals from various walks of life to meet our standard through their own independent efforts, we also want to stress that relying on such fluke and chance occurrences are not the most productive ways of building our society. Rather it would be best if the environmental and societal structures were designed such that the yield and the likelihood of the emergence of our quality individuals would be increased greatly. This would allow for a more stable setup that can be continued on beyond a single span of a lifetime of an individual and without requiring major readjustments.
When speaking of the environment however, we do not necessarily mean to state that this is equivalent to the surroundings of a given place such as the flora and the fauna, or the habitat of the human living space. It is rather the conditions to be brought about and around the individual that affects one's mental space in such a way as to cause the formation and the development of the qualities we aim to produce. The cultivation and the maturation of these qualities are also taken into account and in this collective sense, we refer to the whole of the external stimulus as the person's environment. The societal structures on the other hand are the abstractions and the supporting frameworks that would embody the functionalities to help create the conditions, where the individuals would ideally interact with both in a collaborative sense.
This chapter will first focus on the environment to define and to describe those conditions we are to achieve. We will elaborate on the societal structures later on in a separate chapter. Once the objectives are identified, it would naturally follow to construct the necessary supports to aid in those objectives. Otherwise we may inadvertently create boundaries that do not serve in the best interest of our quality individuals, but could potentially create deleterious conditions that would inhibit their progress and instead serve as instruments for a far less efficient utilization of the human potential. Thus discussions regarding the supporting frameworks and the ecosystem will be postponed to a later date.
We will define how the environment affects our individuals in three general ways. These are the biological, as in the physical or the material interactions; the intellectual, as in the mental activities that act directly on the mind; and the emotional, which encompasses those difficult to define deeper and spiritual interactions that concern the inner core workings of the individual's subjective psyche. These three aspects are related to one another and keeping them functioning and in balance is key to realizing the desired results.
- Biological: Human beings are biological lifeforms and hence we have fundamental biological needs. If the necessities of the body are met, then the body is capable of functioning in an optimal way. If it is not, then the body inevitably suffers. The ideal environment should be such that the individual will be able to provide for the efficient workings of the body and it needs to be such that the material well-being is attainable. Without this baseline, improvements and developments in either of the other two aspects are difficult to achieve.
- Intellectual: Human beings are gifted with an intellect far beyond anything that is capable by any other creature on Earth. We have a highly developed sense of imagination that allows us to envision virtually anything, and a vast ingenuity to bring forth our ideations into material manifestations in wondrous ways. We are able to communicate in sophisticated forms and can share our dreams with one another through ingenious mediums and methods. Developing these capabilities are desirable for the advancement of the human intellect and for our individuals to lead prosperous and fulfilling lives.
- Emotional: Human beings are both incredibly sensitive and fragile but are also immensely robust and adaptable to many difficult circumstances. We often break easily but we can mend just as quickly. We have the potential to be swept up in passionate hatred but are just as well capable of bringing forth an abundance of patience, understanding, and kindness from deep within ourselves. And we have the frightening ability to destroy much but we always build, rebuild, and rebuild, because we are urged and compelled to do so from that silent voice in our hearts, and because we are each made of the sterner stuff. Igniting and concentrating our emotional core to be able to withstand and to carry through our personal moments of darkness is to be made complete and to be made whole.
Although we have every confidence in the abilities of our individuals to bring forth their own unique works to fruition, we will not claim that the ideal environment is a guarantee to produce the desired results perfectly without any problems. With any environmental change, there will be difficulties and obstacles to overcome, and it is up to those who would carry out the work to aptly manage the transition and to provide for suitable supports when and where needed. And it is the responsibility of every capable individual to put in the necessary effort to forge, to maintain, and to remake those conditions that may be missing or lacking in their lives. Our optimal environment can only be created and sustained by the active participation of those who would keep it thriving and to keep it working as is meant in its intended form.