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Exhortation remains ever ubiquitous, of the vital importance of networking. After all, happiness depends upon the cultivation and maintenance of quality contact and communication between different people. Incident hunger, the curiosity for momentary interesting experiences, is the most rudimentary form of stimulus appetite, and stimulus appetite is the most rudimentary category of intrinsic needs, values and motivation. Therefore, in accordance with pleasure principle, all that should be necessary is the sociability and wherewithal to exchange contact information in order then to follow up in that uplifting spark of whatever reciprocally desired interactions as arising in the course of the day, in order to resume interaction, just picking up wherever we left off. Fat chance! How then are we all so bereft of such basic trust and competence of autonomy? Not all of us are simply already too popular and busy already, let alone from their own well considered and chosen priorities as opposed to obligations one way or another imposed upon them. So why have we become so anhedonic, never feeling quite safe? Because we have comes to accept without question, the oppressive and complicated rat race of social life.

Why can't we just stop doing this to one another? Let's stop putting the cart before the horse: Relationships such as friendship arise only as a byproduct of purposeful interaction and/or substantive communication, never otherwise. In the words of George Orwell: “The main motive for 'nonattachment' is a desire to escape from the pain of living, and above all from love, which, sexual or non-sexual is hard work.” But even play is known to enfold its own intrinsic purpose, substantive communication, effort and even hard work. Purposeful interaction and substantive communication, are the point of new beginnings, alas so anathema to heteronomy. Real connection is thereby rendered so difficult, private and furtive, any unreliable deferred bribe for unflagging perseverance and compliance in the meantime. Social acceptance is typically predicated upon conformity as determined by passing the test for lonely endurance of boredom without rocking the boat. But does this not render such compliance purpose defeating, no matter what is hoped for in trade? Even more dystressfull merely than lonely boredom and unfulfillment, are hypocrisy, ambivalence and cognitive dissonance. Integrity manifests in action directed by values even ahead of personal gain. Even before any consideration of whatever objectively more productive results over the long term, extrinsically, to better meet individual needs of autonomy, healthy and functional socializing must first provide greater intrinsic satisfaction, and from the very get go, not as any unreliable deferred bribe for unflagging perseverance, compliance, lonely boredom and alienation in the meantime. Social life has been blithely reduced to yet another sore travail manipulatively extorted by extrinsic punishment and reward systems, an obstacle course, the social minefield, and not any conduit or facilitation at all. As a mechanism to advance the intrinsic motivations of the individual, the system is quite simply broken, needlessly complicated, difficult and inefficient by design. It does not work, because it cannot work. Only as means of controlling the individual and marginalizing those who one way or another will not be controlled, who cannot endure the abuse, is the system running smoothly at all. And all the social skills in the world won't fulfill anybody and spare anyone the alienation that accrues from pointlessly exasperating social situations that only waste everyone's time with ever more of the same toxic smoke and mirrors. What a racket! -A racket being any dishonest scheme or ongoing transaction, all not as it contrives to present itself and as is tacitly accepted or endured by the majority of those involved, but in actuality a scam or fraud, a deceptive practice of coercion and manipulation conducted for the benefit of a few cronies at the expense of the many. Get with the program: The program never fails. You fail the program! The masses will always comply in ever greater effort and diligence jumping through hoops and fighting amongst ourselves for scraps, believing and rationalizing just about anything, all in order to obtain whatever artificial scarcity and bait-and-switch, no matter how plainly contrived and intrusive logistical nightmare. Alienation is the sensation that only immersion as a cog in the machine, affords the end user or operator agency and efficacy whatsoever.

What is taboo and cannot be discussed, cannot be planned, and will be long in ever coming about by any deliberate and systematic implementation. The project at hand, first of all, is together to take charge and to stop just going with the flow, but instead, purposefully to initiate and then to sustain the very discussion at hand. But even the very discussion is taboo. And a taboo is different from an explicit prohibition, that can be examined and challenged, because what is taboo is an unspoken injunction against even speaking of whatever is so taboo. Therefore taboo is challenged only by truth to power, setting an open agenda precisely as directly contravened by whatever said taboo. Let's.

Even introverts are observably that much happier after at all socializing. But as with any other human activity, the intrinsic motivation of socializing is undermined by manipulative punishment and reward to begin with, immediate behavioral conditioning achieving temporary compliance at best. The endless masquerade for social acceptance, often seems to depend upon being guarded and vigilantly maintaining distance, actually being cagey and unfriendly. Indeed every capacity of autonomy so essential to friendship, tends to undermine heteronymous social success and vice versa.
 
Thus all but the most distant and superficial relationship must be furtive, with anything genuine, vulnerable, individual, opinionated and substantive, deep dark secret and private, as if any such were all simply in such deplorably bad taste in public. Always smile, never complain, keep it light! It's only common sense to acknowledge that superficial contact deepens over time. Hence the importance of propinquity, and hence the vital importance of remaining ever innocuous in the cultivation of whatever social circle, never to rock the boat. Hence ubiquitous propaganda presses dubious promises of payoff in the long term, in the form of connections and relationships to meet all manner of individual need, for those who stay the course and patiently blend in. The propaganda in short, is a thinly disguised exhortation to faith in passivity, that one fine day all you will gain your hearts desires,  simply by pretending you don't want them. Frankly, I'd rather visit my dentist! Why can't we all find acceptance while being more genuine and true to ourselves? What more do we all truly yearn for?
 
Thus in Empirical reality, for many people in many different circumstances, socializing often tends to be either frustrating and futile, or else only marginally satisfying and incidental. Intentional, deliberate or artificial social stimuli all too often tend to be contrived manipulatively in order to extort individual compliance and filter out, reject and isolate dissidence. As any priority, the process does not serve the intrinsic benefit of the target recipient. And that is what needs to be changed and deliberately planned. That remains the unique agenda of FoolQuest.com
 
As things stand, social integration is often a test of endurance and compliance in endless covalidation of membership in collective identity, of interminably boring, dystressfull and lonely fake fun. Endemic disappointment is then met by exhortations to lowered expectations and making do. Indeed, within institutional life especially formal education, to which we are all subjected, historically derived from conservative religious tradition with roots in sheer innate herd mentality, socialization to heteronomy is by design, and has been since antiquity, indeed explicitly so in Plato's Academy: Persistence, patience, tolerance for boredom, in a word: conformity, a feature of heteronomy, is extolled as key to eventual social integration, much as it is cultivated institutionally and likewise made key to advancement. The point is to weed out and crush autonomy. Such is adaptation to life upon the wastelands of the social minefield, an obstacle course and sore travail, not any conduit or facilitation that we all need. Intentional, deliberate or artificial social stimuli in society, are all too often contrived manipulatively in order to extort individual compliance and filter out, reject and isolate dissidence, and not for the intrinsic benefit of the target recipient. -Just the opposite of competitive popular goods and services that must benefit the consumer, the end user, in order to survive in an open market. The challenge before us is to reach out and begin doing things differently and better together.
 
Totalitarianism, even by degrees, seeks to weaken and suppress interpersonal attachment characteristic of Individualism and autonomy, encouraging instead subsumation into the collective as the object of the libido and source of emotional security. By so blithely ignoring the basic truth to begin with, that relationships such as friendship arise only as a byproduct of purposeful interaction and/or substantive communication, never otherwise, and certainly not by any interminable rites of conformity and heteronomy, clichéd truisms of common sense but Empirically inoperant, frustrating and alienating social advice likewise sidestep all of the following fundamental challenges and skills in ever actually achieving fulfilling and productive engagement and interaction with others:
 
Not to put others to trouble unnecessarily: Why does one actually even need whatever help to begin with? Indeed, why does any given topic of conversation bear discussion? What reasons might there be to render assistance or even to engage in discussion? What value would be added by whatever endeavor? Indeed, what interest or appeal would be piqued by whatever discussion? And what value does one bring to the table even for whatever discussion, let alone actual collaboration? And help, how? Do/discuss what, precisely? Problem statements are crucial. In the matter at hand, the value of proposed collaboration should already be clear, and hence the importance of analytic and strategic discussion.
 
But perhaps worst of all, chronic failure is often shunned, and mistakes punished. And that rules out trial and error, novelty, risk taking essential to innovation. Others may deem help only wasteful and pointless, expecting only more of the same, of failure. In the words of Adam Lindsay Gordon: “Kindness in another's trouble, courage in your own.” Most people simply are not rational agents. They often fail to respond even to sheer pleasure principle, let alone considered self interest, ignoring all danger and every opportunity, both selfish and altruistic, while instead so doggedly guarding perceived vested interests of social standing and position, so hard won in heteronomy. Hence they may often dread to be associated with failure, socially, and thereby to become less esteemed and popular. Likewise a hopeless cause may be perceived as rendering discussion moot and a waste of attention, and many may fear standing out and seeming foolish by embracing even the very thought, much less lending voice. Thus both people and ideas most legitimately needing and actually deserving of assistance, indeed our best and brightest, are so chronically abandoned. Envious and dullardly mediocrity filters out all that is nonstandard, all that is just not good enough and all that is just too good, virtually without distinction.
 
Another factor remains compatibility and propinquity: People one way or another coming into contact often just might not click and come to like one another, which is such key motivation for sociability, further interaction and good will. These above are all challenges within any given social circle, and the more so in outreach to the world at large. In the words of Simone Weil: “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” The problem is widespread indifference, such short supply even of sheer curiosity, in the attention economy, or worse: the outright hostility with impunity that is pandemic bullying. And the heteronomy of clichéd truisms of common sense but Empirically inoperant, frustrating and alienating social advice and craven social skills, only seek to cultivate the timidly innocuous conformist counterfeit of genuine involved and fully engaged human interaction and the real social aptitudes of Emotional Intelligence and personal autonomy.
 
Can there be a better way?
 
Often, aside from the repellant and perpetual frustrating alienated travail of eking out whatever crumbs of emotional sustenance on the social minefield and wastelands, there remain those all too rare and cherished peak experiences that often raise hopes of reproducibility at will. But the next fix, so elusive, is never quite as good. And instrumentality in building social life long term, may likewise disappoint. This is in no small part because of misguided focus upon superficial aspects and mystique of peak experience and enthusiasm, lowest predicators of interpersonal compatibility such as interests in common, hobbies, causes, even perhaps worst of all, collective identity: membership and heteronomy. What then, is truly of essence? What do we truly want? And how might it be achieved or obtained in worldly terms? What manner of social stimuli are most beneficial to the recipient, and how might they be better supplied?
 
We all form each our own vivid picture of fulfillment in what we want our lives to be, and particularly in the imagination of an ideal and better engaged social circle, the better to connect to vital resources and meet personal needs, tangible and intangible, all crucial to optimal fulfillment in authentic well being and human thriving. What then would be the invitation to your dream job, your personal calling to Camelot? For many, it might be brainstorming at Ideo, the far famed prosperous paradise of corporate creativity. But surely solution finding for our own life's struggles and frustrations, will be as challenging as any problem solving opportunity, or: probortunity set before the elite gathered to brainstorm at Ideo. 'Probortunity' comes indeed as most apt portmanteau of the words: 'problem' and 'opportunity,' because problem solving affords novel opportunity for success and fulfillment. So why not put our heads together? And after all, isn't the culture of helping, trust and accessibility, integral to real close collaboration, and a great part of the world renowned noble expectations in cultures the likes of Ideo? Then let me help: Why not form our own Ideo (as it were), a thinktank and incubator with ourselves as clients? Let us put to the test the following prediction: that even merely the very conversation will transpire as already uplifting in and of itself.
That is the most general idea behind Creativity Should be Social. But not to get ahead of ourselves...
 
The present section is an introduction framing the problem for design exercise to follow, setting an agenda wherein readers are invited to fully participate in particular and personal needs assessment analysis, in turn towards planning and action together.

"Science has pretty much established that your circumstances are not very relevant to your happiness." declares Stephen Mills with such blithe cocksurety. Bah, humbug! And we've heard it all before. How paradoxically effete the introversion of self-reliance becomes! For as in the celebrated words of John Donne: "No man is an island." It is true of course, that happiness remains quite distinct from mere material success. But it hardly follows therefrom, that happiness is entirely derived from inner life and any simple choice in self-help of the right thinking along with solitary individual behavior sets or: habits, going it alone. How boring, lonely, alienated and unfulfilling! What is it that is actually missing from our lives? Any compelling vision of happiness and enthusiasm, indeed of Eudemonia, however vastly else any such ideas and expectations vary individually, in one way or another still all consist of activity and human interaction bringing the exchange of social stimuli meeting innate intrinsic needs motivating stimulus struggle. For stimulus struggle is the name given to the perpetual striving of all living things, to regulate, to obtain and maintain, the optimum kind and degree of stimulation and arousal from the environment. And this includes every crucial social stimulus provided by anyone triggering and eliciting response from anyone else within the same social environment. Pleasurably engaging and meaningful memorable individual peek experiences of fulfillment, of optimal stimulus struggle, trigger and elicit in the mind, values of Eudemonia, of authentic wellbeing, of whatever is imagined to be best in life, happiness and even of how one might best prefer to be treated by other people.

Social engineering is a discipline in social science that refers to efforts to influence particular attitudes and social behaviors as desired in whatever target population great or small, from vast nation states to far smaller working groups and social circles. Social engineering may conceivably focus upon any different aspects of the human condition in society, with any range of objectives. Is it possible to socially engineer in service of social stimulus struggle? 

The invitation to open an innovative close collaboration in social engineering for optimizing social stimulus struggle, is utterly unique to FoolQuest.com, at least according to the search engines. Even if human needs remain irreducible to basic stimulation, stimuli, particularly social stimuli, may still serve as trigger and fulcrum to leverage and open the way for all manner of greater results. A stimulus is an incident suddenly altering experience of the surrounding environment, a momentary event in any way arousing attention and interest, even thence triggering response. A stimulus so instantly draws attention to itself by such stark contrast with just prior conditions. The sensation, literal or figurative, is immediately different. Circumstances and situations of wellbeing are recognizable by their correlation with optimal kind and degree of arousal. We are all intrinsically motivated by appetites for social stimuli and interaction, and suffer in any deprivation thereof. We are all driven by such intrinsic social appetites, often frustrated and underserved. Stimulus struggle is the perpetual striving to regulate, to obtain and maintain, the optimum kind and degree of stimulation and arousal from the environment. And this includes every crucial social stimulus provided by anyone triggering and eliciting response from anyone else within the same social environment or situation, a process so desperately undermined and subverted by heteronomy in the perpetual rat race out in the endless emotional wastelands of the social minefield.

My own happy times, in retrospect all that meaningful or not, have been the most highly entertaining, have been times of optimal stimulus struggle and arousal state. As to the assignment of meaning, perhaps that correlates with Axiological particulars as to the nature of whatever intrinsic motivations fulfilled via the specific stimulus appetites gratified.
 
Stimulus appetite begins with incident hunger, the curiosity for momentary interesting experiences, the monads or "atoms" of any stimulus-response exchange of social interaction that is the object of social stimulus appetite in social stimulus struggle so often vastly underserved. Frustrated yearnings in social stimulus struggle may be categorized by corresponding incident hungers and kinds of events of social interaction, in Motivation Reaction Units of stimulus-response exchange, being the "molecules" as it where, of social interaction. The objective is to zero in on some discrete category of stimulus event, elementary yet pivotal towards some conceivable steady stream of interaction correlating with any unique individual satisfaction over time in life, so often frustrated and deprived.
 
Incident hunger, the curiosity for momentary interesting experiences, is the most rudimentary form of stimulus appetite, and stimulus appetite is the most rudimentary category of intrinsic needs, values and motivation. So not all intrinsic needs manifest as obvious stimulus appetite categories with corresponding types of stimuli. Stimulus and stimulus appetite are just more specific than intrinsic needs, values and motivation most broadly, and hence better observable and then better implementable in the social engineering of more optimal social stimulus struggle and hence more optimal kinds and levels of arousal characteristic of wellbeing.
 
Alas that ubiquitous and blithely conformist and therefore authoritarian discourse upon social stimuli typically turns upon behaviorally controlling cues and prompts. But autonomy rejects all heteronomy to manipulative disrespect characteristic of all such extrinsically motivating tacit reward and punishment systems, in favor of intrinsic motivation and individual purpose. What then, is more innate than event hunger and stimulus struggle? -And as regarding the individual and society, even more specifically: social event hunger and social stimulus struggle... In any such transaction, the currency is stimuli, social stimuli to meet demand via the gratification of social stimulus hunger and to better optimize social stimulus struggle. Hence the terms and parameters of the present probortunity.
 
Human happiness greatly hinges upon the efficacy of stimulus struggle, particularly of social stimulus struggle. First of all, pleasurable wellbeing is attained during optimal stimulus struggle, particularly social stimulus struggle. Secondly, it may be that more optimal social stimulus struggle really is the key to life, after all! More optimal social stimulus struggle heightens performance, sustained cooperation and results. More optimal social stimulus struggle is more sociable. Better sustained and more optimal social stimulus struggle is more optimal also for making connection, forging and nurturing relationships, even friendship. But more optimal social stimulus struggle is more specific, focused, experiential and observable than more broadly any objective of the better meeting of needs. So understanding social stimulus appetites is important.
 
Scarcity, frustration and deprivation of any particular such gratification is what often defines personally valued satisfactions. What's yours, gentle reader? And in these terms please, these parameters, because better identifying and understanding the structure of what we want, then may better facilitate recollection and investigation of patterns and causality of howsoever favorable occurrences, and even of reproduction at will by innovative social engineering design strategies of reshaping and enriching the social environment in order to increase and improve any hitherto scarce opportunities for whatever very partucular satisfaction throughout life.
 
And exactly such is the social engineering objective of the central design exercise of FoolQuest.com towards which the current exposition ultimately culminates.

A stimulus is an incident suddenly altering experience of the surrounding environment, a momentary event in any way arousing attention and interest, even thence triggering response. A stimulus so instantly draws attention to itself by such stark contrast with just prior conditions. The sensation, literal or figurative, is immediately different. Stimulus struggle is the perpetual striving to regulate, to obtain and maintain, the optimum kind and degree of stimulation and arousal from the environment, including every crucial social stimulus provided by anyone triggering and eliciting response from anyone else in the same social environment, stimulus-response exchange during Motivation Reaction Units of interpersonal interaction. Such immediate engagement as characteristic of social stimulus struggle gratified, is the opening to attachment and relationship over time. Such engagement is what defines the most immediate stimulus appetites moment by moment, after practical survival needs are met.

Real objects, people and phenomena (lower case noun, not to be confused with the Phenomena, upper case proper noun), are all typically cited as possible stimuli. Real events in which the any of latter may be involved, are the outside source of stimulation experienced. Social stimuli here refer specifically to immediate term events, however one might categorize them. piquing any manner of intrinsic appetite which is an impulse, as distinct from compulsive or behaviorally conditioned social cues or prompts of extrinsic reward and punishment triggering or eliciting skilled correct operant versus howsoever incorrect or inept inoperant response. Any appetite systematically and continually gratified may conceivably yield its corresponding life satisfaction. But approval seeking only accrues emptiness and alienation from just being controlled.

And in the social engineering of optimal social stimulus struggle, a classic chicken and egg dilemma presents itself in our very first probortunity: For good or ill, does society at large, forge and temper each individual, or do individuals in interaction all with one another generate and manifest the immediately surrounding constructed social reality in which we individually participate? Do relationships exist in social context, or quite the reverse, does the web of relationships constitute the society and define one's experience therein?

Well, obviously, it is each all at once. At yet, most discourse and remediation attempting to address life's challenges so blithely continues to focus entirely upon heteronymous social skills, the individual, eager, zealous, groveling subordinate, desperately competitive dog in the machine, rising heroically to meet the needs of performance in relentless, unresponsive and ever more broad, nebulous, impersonal and facelessly abstract society. Thus do the all too normal toxic headgames of heteronomy cultivate not blossoming togetherness, but festering alienation. Relationship is even presented exclusively as the fruit conditional to such social aptitude and conformity and actually even subordinate thereto. But what if the truth is just the opposite? Heteronomy assumes that submission to one's place in society, only once secured, and submission in knowing ones place, is one's prime functional alliance in life and guarantor of stability; but only given collective approval, and from which relationship in turn proceed and are subsumed. But for autonomy, making one's niche in life is a forthright product of forging alliances, cultivating nurturing relationships and taking up struggle. And security is either the fruit of tolerance, or else an ongoing and often daunting strategic challenge.

What if community is considered as no more than the aggregate of constituent relationships? What if indeed, seeming social aptitude and circumstance, are one way or another conditional upon and subordinate to relationships? What if getting along in society is not actually the key to life? What if rather, a bedrock of functional individual friendship, is the true foundation of any extended social circle? What if its not the job of the individual, to reach out into society, but of relationships to network? What if all things being relative to frame of reference, the social world really does revolve around you?

Friendship and networking are everywhere extolled as crucial to social success in any context, and yet entirely neglected by the cult of socialization. Moreover, networking is typically treated as an endeavor of the individual, except by dissenters instead extolling the benefit indeed of the social universe revolving around you, of others diligently making introductions that are advantageous to you. Indeed, that's part of what good friends seek to do for one another. But not everyone is so fortunate to have the requisite initial connections interested in networking with them and on their behalf. If introductions are to be had at all, often they may be made only for the cynical advantage of a network of exploitative cronies following whatever their own ulterior agendas. And with ever more friends like that, who needs enemies?

In the words of Mark R. J. Lavoie: “Life dies inside a person when there are no others willing to befriend him.” Social support remains among the strongest known predictors of individual success. Therefore networking and the forging of relationships is ever extolled as crucial in real social integration, becoming connected. Indeed, influence in society is a function of connections and social embedment. And so expectations of friendship, being both more proximately concrete and more personally meaningful, may normally be presumed to take priority even over loyalty to whatever social order and perceived membership therein abstractly. Historically, this hypothesis is named: Individualism. Perhaps the the competing hypothesis of Collectivism, is not so much falsified, as inoperant except in the context of some or other distinct institutional framework, often somewhat oppressive. Therefore, maybe heteronomy to conformism can actually be anomied, outdated, inoperant, maladaptive, troublesome, unfriendly, insensitive, authoritarian and even quite rightly resented in a democracy.

After all, who do you prefer to meet? An aspiring pillar of the community, staunch toady to social expectation: an utter tool, or a good friend to all, a real mensch? And to what do you yourself aspire? The desperation for approval, or the will to power? Yet the outdated cult of socialization, manipulative behavioral conditioning in one rancid guise or variation or another, prevails. The powerlessness of the individual without influence in society, is simply accepted and taken for granted, then played upon so manipulatively. But the malignant racket of all such often senseless imperative of interminable submissive finesse, can offer no solution. This is because all of that festering impotent vexation and mediocrity is at the root of bored and lonely suffering and frustration in the first place. This is true even when most successful on its own misguided cretin terms exactly as advertised. Though as a set up for failure, compromise and lowered expectations, the let down is that much less subtle.

A racket, after all, is any dishonest scheme or ongoing transaction, all not as it contrives to present itself and as is tacitly accepted or endured by the majority of those involved, but in actuality a scam or fraud, a deceptive practice of coercion and manipulation conducted for the benefit of a few cronies at the expense of the many. One old racket is artificial scarcity: The masses will always comply in ever greater effort and diligence jumping through hoops and fighting amongst ourselves for scraps, believing and rationalizing just about anything, all in order to obtain whatever artificial scarcity and bait-and-switch, no matter how plainly contrived.

In the alternative, perhaps there can be some better alternative: Maybe instead, what can be learned from any life so exemplary and exceptional as the Ideo experience, is that perhaps true social mastery does not fall to the individual left to ones own devices, and not from meeting the needs of performance in society at all, much less any arduously dreary and conventional existence, but is shared within the society that better serves and includes its members instead of exploiting us. Because society is only whatever process of interaction between individuals. And that is where the savor and quality of life, engagement, stimulus struggle, attachment and relationship, is all to be found, let alone whatever required dexterity. Alas that such glowing achievement in intentional community as Ideo, though widely celebrated, is never cultivated for the rest of us, indeed if anything, undermined at every turn.

How, then, can better fulfilling interaction be achieved, attained and sustained? Answer: This is not a challenge to conventional social dexterity in any conventional setting or milieu. Rather, these are objectives that must be undertaken purposefully as an agenda of social engineering towards optimal stimulus struggle for interested parties. Lets.

Consider if you will, the simple and elegant social engineering initiative of Epicurus who declared: “Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” Epicurus espoused Eudemonia to be found in freedom, friendship and thought, recommending never to eat alone. Epicurus and his followers set up a sort of anti-materialist slacker farm commune simply in order to be able to eat well while living modestly within their means and by a fairly light workload, thereby to to fend off the dystress of burdensome social and financial obligation, all in order to support and sustain an ongoing convivial Philosophical dinner conversation. Thus could they live lives of relative ease, day to day, in freedom, friendship and thought: Freedom is defined in negative terms, as freedom from the rat-race, friendship around the dinner table still leaving open every question as to the nature of friendship, and intelligent discussion as intellectual stimulation, food also for thought and reflection, leaving open any question as to how and why communication ever triggers deeper cognition, and further questions as to the nature of and reasons for whatever corresponding satisfaction. All interesting questions. In any case, such was the simple and elegant strategy of Epicurus in stimulus struggle which is the continual striving to regulate, to obtain and maintain, the optimum kind and degree of stimulation, including gastronomical, social and intellectual stimulation, from the environment, for staving off boredom and loneliness.

Indeed, online, in the virtual world, the real world logistical problems and material necessities confronted by Epicurus, all fall away! All that remains, is to define, initiate and sustain the desired conversation. And nothing turns out to be more difficult! Largely because discourse and planning bridging between the Philosophical and the practical, the strategic and the tactical, the abstract and the concrete, remains so heteronymously taboo. Among the burning issues to discuss, are various lifestyle considerations and yearned for freedoms, wherein one might find the slacker frugality of Epicurus both disagreeably austere and over simplistic, if actually not somewhat dull. Indeed, not everyone so appreciates farming or gardening, or going off the grid. There also remains every question of what one might seek from human interaction, relationship and attachment, from friendship, and in human endeavor. That is where the analysis of the range of social stimulus appetites enters, and of the kinds of corresponding discrete events. And inevitably must arise the social engineering challenge of harmonizing often conflicting priorities, by creative problem solving.

In the words of John Mason Good: “Happiness consists in activity. It is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.” A stimulus is an incident suddenly altering experience of the surrounding environment, a momentary event in any way arousing attention and interest, even thence triggering response. A stimulus so instantly draws attention to itself by such stark contrast with just prior conditions. The sensation, literal or figurative, is immediately different. Stimulus struggle is the perpetual striving to regulate, to obtain and maintain, the optimum kind and degree of stimulation and arousal, including social stimulation and engagement, from the environment, for staving off boredom and loneliness, respectively.

Happy memories of human thriving are made by the heightened experience of optimal stimulus struggle. Circumstances and situations of wellbeing are recognizable by their correlation with optimal kind and degree of arousal. We are all motivated by appetites for social stimuli and interaction, and suffer in any deprivation thereof. Stimulus and response are the smallest unit in any sequence of behavior, better understood more Psychodynamically and dramatically, as comprising Motivation Reaction Units. A stimulus is an experience such as might trigger or elicit some or other response. A social stimulus is such as occurring in the context of interaction between people. We are all motivated by appetites for social stimuli and interaction, and suffer in any deprivation thereof. Foreseeably, social context that frames how individuals ever engage and relate to one another, expressively and responsively, will always greatly influence any conceivable outcome of happiness, satisfaction and therefore productivity and success in all human interaction and endeavor. Social support remains among the strongest known predictors of individual success.

The various designed and chosen lifestyles of what are called: intentional communities, are typically such as are supported by brick and mortar infrastructure even far beyond the modest and simple dormitory, dining hall and gardens of Epicurus and his followers, indeed even on the scale of an actual entire town, with residence therein and management and operation thereof, all according to whatever ideology. For example, communes of every stripe and scale. But the scope and variation upon community is broader even than that, and more often by far the less rigorous. Indeed, community may simply comprise any number of individuals linked by any manner of common policy, endeavor or enterprise, one way or another, either by happenstance haphazardly, or indeed, intentionally. Any new venture creation, inception proceeding in accordance with a rigorous business plan, might therefore be regarded as an intentional community of some kind. Ideo, for example: The culture of design thinking, which is itself the carefully crafted product of design thinking. A large corporation is typically comprised of many employees all supported by highly capable organization and impressive physical infrastructure. But any organized human interaction on any scale, might benefit from any better planning from inception onward, no less that by inevitable evolution by trial and error thereafter. So a garage startup or a virtual company online, although entirely without any such complex resources as Ideo or any other major corporation or similar institution, might still be undertaken as intentional community subject to some or other manner of design thinking. Moreover, if community is indeed no more than aggregate relationship, then in that context, why does no one consider the application of whatever appropriate design thinking, in the better framing of purposeful relationship intentionally? This very question persists from antiquity, no less relevant today and into the indefinite future. This proposal is a call to action beginning with feasibility study of any prospect of meeting our underserved social stimulus needs via even immediate scale intentional community. -Something so crucially important, typically left to chance or to whatever powers that be, setting agendas of their own and sealing our fates.

Every inane cult like bogus success scam proffers glowing claims of efficacy and results, only given inductee perseverance and sacrifice. But life, so the saying goes, is also the journey and not just the destination or objective no matter how noble and appealing. Therefore even though, of course, planning and execution ever remain an exercise in deferred gratification, in the interim the ongoing gratification of stimulus struggle remains no less key to authentic wellbeing or: Eudemonia. -Stimulus struggle being the perpetual striving to regulate, to obtain and maintain, the optimum kind and degree of stimulation, including social stimulation, from the environment, for staving off boredom and loneliness, respectively...

And all of this will be especially important in order to sustain any long and arduous struggle in innovative close collaboration, inventing, developing and constructing any new beginnings together, when nothing less will do because turn-key readily available conventional options are all so oppressive. Hence, in order to forstal otherwise inevitable attrition, let us confront the challenge to functional relationship and therefore to effective social engineering and planning even on a fairly immediate scale, of intentional intrinsically rewarding exchange of social stimuli from interaction in close collaboration. The present text is a proposal to the agenda to seriously consider precisely an entirely feasible immediate scale social engineering of intentional community, and then an outreach for interested founding participants. Such are the frontiers of autonomy.
 
Society in aggregate, is unavoidably more powerful than the minority of one, the lone individual. And this tends to foster injustice and alienation because only people have rights. Corporations and zygotes are not people! Society to begin with, is not a person, a consciousness in and of itself. Society is legitimately merely a means, a process for serving the security, needs and desires of different people. Otherwise society and its institutions increasingly become a Frankenstein, an entity of our own creation, run amok and out of our control, burdensome, pointless, meaningless and futile. Hence injustice and alienation. In the in the famous aphorism of Walt Kelly's beloved Pogo Possum: "We have met the enemy, and he is us!"

Paradoxically, it is only autonomy that truly fosters collective responsibility and better kindness to one another: What if instead of entirely burdening and shaming the individual to conform, and exempting society from all responsibility to us each, healthy, functional and operant Social Transaction between the individual and society where to evaluated more in the way that they are between individuals, equals and one another? Then impositions so blithely placed upon the individual might be more readily acknowledged and we might even ever try to stop making excuses for arbitrarily ganging up on one another all the time.

After all, the correct indefinite pronoun denoting society is not 'it' but 'we'.

Therefore: "why isn't it... ?" may generally be the wrong question.
The responsible question remains: "Why don't/can't we... ?"

To quote Charles F. Kettering: “A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” In the words of Anthony Jay “The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.” Not why isn't there anything better to do, in the passive voice, but in the active voice: Why aren't we doing something better, or even talking it over? What stops us? And better, how exactly?

The cutting edge of Psychological research lately finds itself ever more in closest concurrence with wisdom of the sages of old rediscovered, regarding the very nature of authentic wellbeing or: Eudemonia, that is innately the target of most relevant intrinsic motivation. Because this pertains to needs of human nature universally, therefore in theory, the present agenda, the proposal at hand, should be of intense interest and priority to everyone and anyone, indeed, to all humanity. In practice however, it all only matters to a very few. Go figure.

Therefore: ask not why none of this is on the agenda, but ask why don't we, I and thou and thou too, gentle readers, together raise the question to an agenda all our own? If we can't decide policy for the world around us, policy making typically residing so distantly and alien from the masses who must endure the results, anyone in reaching out to one another might still be invited to take responsibility instead of simply leaving all happiness to chance and submission. It's never just going to happen! Let us come to terms just among ourselves, gentle readers, towards social engineering of optimized or at least improved social stimulus struggle which is something more proximate, how we interact, what we all do constantly. Perhaps this is the essence of Philosophy, that the very conversation, so long neglected, can be uplifting. In the words of Henri-Louis Bergson: “Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.” Relevance which is in and of itself actually taboo, demands Case Based Reasoning bridging of the abstract and concrete, for reason and strategy to guide practical action and Empirical reality of what is practical, to inform hypothesis and strategy. This is Dialectical inquiry, investigation and analysis towards strategy, in outreach, offer, solicitation, and call to action in collaboration, to anyone at all, who like me, aspires and seeks for some path of collaboration upon which to strive for and ever realize such values in our own lives. This is an agenda and a proposal how.

If the very notion seems complicated, uncertain and daunting, indeed: easier said than done, then what else is to be expected? But it is important to work things through, because serious concerted action begins from serious conversation and focus. It has long been observed how gifted students amongst their own true gifted peers, suddenly and mysteriously no longer require the great and good boon of socialization! Wouldn't it make more sense to socialize and lift everyone to engage with and relate to one another more in accord with whatever observable gifted paradigm, than instead to dumb down our best and brightest just to norm them into fitting in, even however ill-fitting, awkwardly and reluctantly? In the alternative, just the opposite, everyone, it said, has gifted potential to be tapped. But how? - beyond the usual mealy-mouthed lip service... Indeed, if gifted is as gifted does, the how might anyone who wants to, most readily go about it amongst themselves?

There is a procedure, and has been for thousands of years: The Dialectic of Socrates, who famously declared: "The unexamined life is not worth the living for a human being." Relationship arises only as a byproduct of purposeful interaction and substantive communication, and never otherwise. For happiness, Epicurus espoused freedom, friendship and thought. Happy people talk more seriously together, freely, and with less small talk, deliberating Dialectically in critical controversy, with civility as autonomous equals. Happy people thrive and are more productive and likely to choose creative activities. Happiness comes in meeting ones needs for capable interaction with responsible others, making progress every day.

Acquaintance and common interest are known occasionally to culminate in collaborative endeavor, or at least the attempt. But people who honestly believe in the feasibility of ambitious collaboration between equals at all, much less for themselves, tend to be those fortunate few already engaged in stimulating and congenial employment, already experienced with being provided for in what is called: low hierarchical distance, meaning: near equality, in the context of responsible creative work together within corporations and other institutional frameworks and settings. But that of little help for the masses in desperation for new beginnings from the grass roots, for opportunity in order to escape the rat-race. Alas, all too many living bereft of any encouragement, applicable mastery and role modeling, doubt the very feasibility of collaboration between equals, much less their own ability. Such individuals may respond poorly. The support enjoyed by the fortunate, is something that the rest of us must learn to provide one another. Let that become our mission. We might never change the entire world, but why should that limit proximate interaction socially engineered for optimal or at least improved social stimulus struggle, what ever that may mean for each of us?

The Internet has opened a new era of grass roots activism under new paradigms of cooperative endeavor, but it is not enough. There are still gaps to be filled, poorly served crying needs yet to be met. We must together reacquire the now atrophied and confused gregarious shared initiative and personal discipline that steadily came to be regulated and subsumed by such institutional behavioral structure that it threatened. A renaissance of collaboration among equals, is yet to come. If you are reading this, then perhaps that signifies that you have self-selected at least for the frustrated desire.

In the words of Frederick Law Olmsted: "After all is said and done, much is said and little is done." Perhaps the disparity is in any part because of all that still remains unsaid and unquestioned. Heteronomy finds agreement agreeable, and disagreement disagreeable, condemning us all to the fools' paradise of mutual silence in the dark. But autonomy recognizes honesty and criticism as inherently friendly. And better unanswered questions that unquestioned answers. If happiness is in any part, the product of the kind of discussion that happy people maintain, then let our first priority be simply to come together and emulate the aforesaid conversation style as observed of happy people. By so doing we may even hope to begin to learn how to collaborate creatively as equals: how to identify needs, frame objectives, solve problems, research and work out plans, and then carry them forth, effectively; and perhaps even how to expand our circle of collaboration as needed. Let this become our agenda. Because all such function and capacity, Empirically remains of practical necessity to fulfillment and success, to worldly happiness as best we understand it:

Pleasure + engagement + meaning = fulfillment. Being that engagement is the intrinsically motivating beginning of the state or condition of attachment which is an ongoing, remembered or anticipated and even yearned for state of engagement, hence according to Self-Determination Theory, secure attachment to one another is characterized by attention and responsiveness to one another's needs when turning toward one another to obtain comfort and care. Whereas heteronomy, by an Orwellian inculcation of morbid and irrelevant identification with, and mindblind fixation of the libido, upon the collective so abstractly as an ideal, that stifles the sympathetic engagement in external reality inhabited and experienced by other thinking and feeling individuals, a realization born of what historically was decried as: Individualism. Thus does heteronomy via a desperate transference love for collective authority, undermine individual interpersonal attachment and sensitivity which are capacities of autonomy. And this is why the blithe ubiquitous preoccupation with conventionally heteronymous social skills ever remains a snare of such toxic irrelevant futility. So beware!

Other prime features of autonomy include initiative being: the forward looking vision and motivation of enterprise and determination that affords any capacity to begin proactively, or to follow through energetically, with a plan or task, together with the need for meaningful engagement fending off boredom and loneliness. Heteronomy, the ever cagey and calculating enemy of autonomy, is ever the active enemy of engagement and attachment, of transparent agenda, of open passion and interest of every kind, in one another especially.

Indeed, at the core of any individual yearning for collaboration freely amongst equals, is some personal vision of intrinsically fulfilling human interaction that also might even be productive towards personal success. The paradigm does not need to be Ideo or Epicurus, but the differing examples are each quite handy by way of illustration. Instead, it might be the imagination, ever yet realized or not, of anything entirely quite different. Therefore this is a proposal to the agenda, an agenda for anyone on speaking terms to set, for the dialectical critical exploration, and construction of each our own personal vision of intrinsically fulfilling and productive human interaction, not only individually but perhaps also discovery of any common ground thereof between us in order to find focus that has been wonting.

And that is why you are invited: Join in on the forum. Invite others.

The following is a project proposal, open to all, for setting an agenda of substantive communication towards purposeful action in close collaboration in solution finding for challenging probortunity of life's struggles and frustrations, to which most of us find ourselves so bewilderingly abandoned to our own devices.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  — Margaret Mead
 
“Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.” 
 
— George Bernard Shaw:

 

Solution Finding: down to brass tacks

Please: Let's all just stop going with the flow like drift wood! -Or worse, stagnating when the currents and eddies of life pass us by. Let's at least try to move with a purpose. Nor let us each any longer stand alone stunned and bewildered, abandoned each to our own devices. Rather, quite simply, instead of making the aimless learned helplessness of interminably futile and unhappy small talk, let us begin together by engagement in sustained discussion, discussion with purpose, on purpose according to an agenda. - In the words of Henri-Louis Bergson to think like a man of action and act like a man of thoughtThat might not be what the cool kids are seen doing, but fuck'm anyhow!
 
The question of social engineering and sociopolitical significance in TRIZ, may prompt, as proposed in a design exercise, an investigation of "ideal" or optimal social conditions and their possible attainability through inventive problem solving and implementation in social engineering much in principle as with mechanical engineering, instead of charting the course ideologically, let alone then blindly staying the course into the inefficiency and failure typical of headlong unchecked massive government social initiatives, or worse, into the brutality and horror visited upon the masses in the name of Utopist social engineering.
 
Social institutions are the formal and informal systems of stable, established or standardized rules or patterns of behavior, mediating interaction and communication, interlocking social roles and expectations in the complex integral overall construction and stable function of society. Social institutions include the family, education, religion, organizations and economic and political institutions, also laws, customs and even norms, values and sensibilities. Some institutions are more widespread than others, at any given time, even according to whatever the need.
 
As Karl Popper observed, the engineering of social progress may often depend upon the forging of lasting institutions. But the institutions forged under Utopism partake in all the excesses thereof. Indeed, in the forging of whatever sort of new social institutions, it might make better feasible and prudent sense, as herein proposed, to begin on some more economical immediate and fairly intimate scale, locally, rather than any needlessly impractical and precarious grand social plan as so often characteristic of Utopism; and also with at all more moderate demands upon participants, than the blindly zealous open ended cult dedication typical of Utopist ideology. Indeed, far from virtuous sacrifice and arduous self abnegation ever in striving towards whatever ultimate nigh transcendental aspiration, some or other conceivable "ideal" or optimal human interaction as herein proposed, ought to be even immediately fulfilling: meaningful, engaging, pleasurable and not to mention productive, all in the here and now, notwithstanding any worthy objective for the future.
 
Begin then, like Socrates, by asking yourself what matters most: We all routinely head online for research into all manner of individual personal and collective societal needs, taking action as citizens and consumers. Isn't it high time to apply similar due diligence in all that is actually most intrinsic to wellbeing? First of all, loneliness, boredom and unfulfillment are conditions of deprivation, all arising from unmet and underserved intrinsic social stimulus hungers. Moreover, seeing as how appropriate, adequate and respectful social support, is well understood to be among the foremost predictors for success, therefore the prevailing scarcity, unavailability, inadequacy and unsuitability of social support such as exists or is at all readily accessible, remains perhaps the foremost among ubiquitous recipes for failure in general. In the words of Arthur H. Vandenberg: “It is less important to redistribute wealth than it is to redistribute opportunity.” Further more, to combat pandemic bullying that so exacerbates every problem, it will be crucial to reach out and systematically break vulnerable isolation and the neglect that so tempts all manner of predation and exploitation. All hence, what is herein propose to do differently is to focus upon better understanding said unmet and underserved intrinsic social stimulus hungers, and only then strategizing how best instead to bring about their fulfillment, even by such unreasonable measures as tailor designed intentional interpersonal interaction, more responsive to our needs. Indeed, heteronymously reasonable adaptation in order simply to fit in and make do, has been and even by design, so difficult, futile, unwelcoming and unsatisfactory, so dystressfull, boring, lonely and unfulfilling, even when successful on its own cretin superficial terms. Perhaps that sacred cow among prevailing ideologies which may be called: the cult of socialization, should at long last be called to task for its limitations and failures and abandoned in favor of any better alternatives. Moreover, as to any alternative, beyond merely abstract consideration and solutions only in principle, must ensue deliberation upon practical specifics in detail of real world implementation. After all, social stimuli trigger or elicit corresponding social response in a veritable cascade of karmic causality in confluence of suitable conditions for corresponding likely outcomes in turn, for good or ill.
 
All hence the design exercise that follows, proceeds by systematically breaking down the present complex problem solving effort into a series of steps in sequence of more focused questions. Each question in turn must be answered in context from any number of possible answers to the previous open ended question. Each objective is only means to larger objectives that must first be defined. All strategy must consider task interdependencies, meaning the the efficient planning, analysis and execution of tasks necessarily scheduled in succession, because each in turn becomes possible only first by completion of prior tasks.
 
So imagine sitting in during a meeting (or lurking on an online message posting forum) and being invited to join in, as the participants begin by discussing intrinsic human social stimulus hungers, beginning first of all, by seeking to better understand the range of these intrinsic human social stimulus hungers. Any of the participants might then chose one such intrinsic human social stimulus hunger as particularly interesting or pivotal to attaining the others. Then they move on to explore strategies, evolving as each begins modification of one another's ideas, in imagining what sort of social interaction could actually be contrived, tailor made, towards fulfillment of intrinsic human social stimulus hungers. Common grounds and complementary needs are sought for. Next they move on to define the extensive research and planning in detail, to make any of this more feasible and realistic. Eventually, they even advance towards drafting an action agenda.
 
Gentle reader, you have now stumbled into exactly such deliberation, and your thoughts are earnestly invited. Creative and happy people talk more seriously together, freely, and with less small talk, deliberating Dialectically in critical controversy, with capable civility as autonomous equals. The following are suggestions toward a protocol for collaboration in social engineering via Applied Positive Psychology, from development through to execution, of new Eudemonistic proposals in detail and beyond, as often socially expected, mere cursory general discussion of the issues at very best. Alas such prevailing anti-intellectualism and bullying, that anything so weighty and demanding as analytical thinking and strategic planning is actually so taboo.
 
The perpetual ordeal of socialization, such dystressfully pressuring extrinsic motivation ever in cultivation and evaluation of all important social dexterity, remain such a sacred cow, never challenged in very principle, for all the questions continually begged in their very universal practice by which indeed they are so blithely sanctified. Therefore agreeability and keeping conversation light are so emphatically extolled as the primrose path to popularity and social acceptance for the sheeple. Notwithstanding and all the same, let us instead strive to be more inventive, innovative, genuine, better engaged, and unafraid of hard work only so long as it remains fulfilling.
 
 
A design exercise in the social engineering of optimized social stimulus struggle
 
The previous section has served as introduction framing the problem for the present section wherein readers are invited to further more particular and personal analysis, planning and action together.
 
In brief:
 
Personally favored satisfactions [1] are intrinsically motivated and valued. Whatever such satisfactions [1], being needs gratified rather than frustrated, are comprised of stimulus-response patterns repeated over time, social stimuli [3] of whatever category discovered correspondent with whichever satisfaction, [1] all enfolding in the context of more optimal social stimulus struggle. [4]
 
Begin by choosing and categorizing a denied, scarce and therefore prized and frustrated satisfaction of your own [1]. What is the corresponding social stimulus appetite [2]? The difference between a satisfaction [1] as conceived by Russell, and a stimulus appetite or hunger [2], is that a satisfaction [1], provided or deprived, takes place even over a life time, whereas a stimulus [3] is an immediate event. Stimulus appetites or hungers [2] are not only intrinsic and innate, but by such token, impulsive. [2] What specific category of social stimulus [3] as we might discover, are for you personally gratifying to whatever aforesaid underserved and frustrated satisfaction [1] ? How, in the past, has this kind of stimulus [3] arisen or come about as a feature of whichever social environment or milieu, in the course of what is known as stimulus struggle [4]? And how might whatever discovered category of beneficial social stimulus be reproduced at will in future?
 
The social engineering [5] of optimal stimulus struggle [4]: Stimulus-Response occurs in Motivation Reaction Units. A stimulus [3] is an incident suddenly altering experience of the surrounding environment, a momentary event in any way arousing attention and interest, even thence triggering response. A stimulus so instantly draws attention to itself by such stark contrast with just prior conditions. The sensation, literal or figurative, is immediately different. Can the process by which any said stimulus [3] arises or comes about and garners response in an ongoing social stimulus [3] situation within the social environment or milieu (in the course of what is known as stimulus struggle [4]) be rendered reproducible at will? Is it possible to social engineer [5] better optimization of social stimulus struggle [4]? The concept of intrinsic motivation may be more salient to understanding human nature, but social stimulus appetite [2] may turn out to be useful in the analysis, categorization and reproduction of immediate gratifying events of stimulation. The applicable categories of social stimuli improved in quality and frequency, may better contribute to the fulfillment of hither to underserved and frustrated satisfactions [1] over the longer term in life.
 
All manner of strokes are the units of recognition in Transactional Analysis. Positive strokes as such are ruled out in the present exercise, because recognition comes in response, not as an initiating stimulus [3] featured in the social environment. Conditional strokes are recognition in response to the contribution made in what one does, as in a job well done. And unconditional strokes coming in recognition for who one is, may require the context of acquaintance and relationship, beyond just whatever social environment alone. Needs and values most generally, important as they are, remain broad and not specific, nebulous in terms of any scenario. And conditional strokes are always a great struggle, psychologically and logistically so complicated, in order to deliberately institute in any social context and in the crafting of lasting social institutions. Therefore the fulcrum of social engineer [5] of stimulus struggle [4] herein, will be social stimuli [3] featured within the social environment, unavoidably and unconditionally. social stimuli featuring in the social environment, so as to trigger,or elicit response and thereby initiate whatever valued mode of interaction, rather than waiting and only coming conditionally only in response to a desired correct behavior.
 
1. Heaven is an imagined condition of plenty of whatever has been most scarce in any given life experience. And Heaven on Earth would be any thriving association wherein individual needs are routinely fulfilled rather than frustrated. In 'The Conquest Of Happiness' 'Chapter 1: What makes people unhappy?' Bertrand Russell writes: "The typical unhappy man is one who, having been deprived in youth of some normal satisfaction, has come to value this one kind of satisfaction more than any other" Perhaps Russell is too quick to dismiss as mere fixation, whatever one's favored, most valued and cherished kind of unmet satisfaction. Instead, there might be here an important self-knowledge of what one craves most dearly. Can such various satisfactions be investigated and categorized?
 
2. Stimulus hunger or stimulus appetite is the natural and universal craving for stimulation in general. This includes especially social stimuli in specific. Stimulus appetite most generally, let alone social stimulus appetite specifically, is more specific than intrinsic motivation broadly speaking. Can the various stimulus appetites be investigated and categorized?
 
3. A stimulus is an incident suddenly altering experience of the surrounding environment, a momentary event in any way arousing attention and interest, even thence triggering response. A stimulus so instantly draws attention to itself by such stark contrast with just prior conditions. The sensation, literal or figurative, is immediately different. This applies no less for social stimuli in specific, than for stimuli in general. The most rudimentary stimulus appetite is event hunger, the craving for interesting events. Hence the most rudimentary social stimulus appetite would be social event hunger, a craving for stimulating occurrences of social interaction. There are many complex aspects of social interaction, but at the most fundamental and obvious level, social interaction remains the exchange of social stimuli and response.
 
4. Stimulus struggle is a name given for what we are all doing in every conscious waking moment. Stimulus struggle is the perpetual striving to regulate, to obtain and maintain, the optimum kind and degree of stimulation and arousal state from the environment. This applies especially to social stimuli in specific, in the same way as to stimuli in general. Hence: social stimulus struggle. Human happiness hinges upon the efficacy of stimulus struggle, particularly of social stimulus struggle, in the attainment and maintenance of optimum kind and degree of stimulation and arousal state from the (social) environment, which is the opposite of boredom (and loneliness).
 
5. Social engineering is a discipline in social science that refers to efforts to influence particular attitudes and social behaviors as desired in whatever target population great or small, from vast nation states to far smaller working groups and social circles. Social engineering may conceivably focus upon any different aspects of the human condition in society, with any range of objectives.
 
At length:
 
A stimulus is an incident suddenly altering experience of the surrounding environment, a momentary event in any way arousing attention and interest, even thence triggering response. A stimulus so instantly draws attention to itself by such stark contrast with just prior conditions. The sensation, literal or figurative, is immediately different. Circumstances and situations of wellbeing are recognizable by their correlation with optimal kind and degree of arousal. We are all intrinsically motivated by appetites for social stimuli and interaction, and suffer in any deprivation thereof. We are all driven by such intrinsic social appetites, often frustrated and underserved. Stimulus struggle is the perpetual striving to regulate, to regulate, to obtain and maintain, the optimum kind and degree of stimulation and arousal from the environment. And this includes every crucial social stimulus provided by anyone triggering or eliciting response from anyone else within the same social environment. Stimulus appetite begins with incident hunger, the curiosity for momentary interesting experiences, the monads or "atoms" of any stimulus-response exchange of social interaction that is the object of social stimulus appetite in social stimulus struggle so often vastly underserved. Frustrated yearnings in social stimulus struggle may be categorized by corresponding incident hungers and kinds of events of social interaction, in Motivation Reaction Units of stimulus-response exchange, being the "molecules" as it where, of social interaction. The objective is to zero in on some discrete category of stimulus event, elementary yet pivotal towards some conceivable steady stream of interaction correlating with any unique individual life satisfaction, so often frustrated.
 
My own happy times, in retrospect all that meaningful or not, have been the most highly entertaining, have been times of optimal stimulus struggle and arousal state. As to the assignment of meaning, perhaps that correlates with Axiological particulars as to the nature of whatever intrinsic motivations fulfilled via the specific stimulus appetites gratified. Human happiness greatly hinges upon the success of stimulus struggle, particularly of social stimulus struggle. First of all, pleasurable wellbeing is attained during optimal stimulus struggle, particularly social stimulus struggle. Secondly, it may be that more optimal social stimulus struggle really is the key to life, after all! More optimal social stimulus struggle heightens performance, sustained cooperation and results. More optimal social stimulus struggle is more sociable. Better sustained and more optimal social stimulus struggle is more optimal also for making connection, forging and nurturing relationships and friendship. But more optimal social stimulus struggle is more specific, focused, experiential and observable than more broadly any objective of the better meeting of needs. So understanding social stimulus appetites is important.
 
Scarcity of any particular such gratification is what often defines personally valued life satisfactions. What's yours, gentle reader? And in these terms please, these parameters, because better identifying and understanding the structure of what we want, then may better facilitate recollection and investigation of patterns and causality of howsoever favorable occurrences, and even of reproduction at will by innovative social engineering design strategies of reshaping and enriching the social environment in order to increase and improve any hitherto scarce life satisfaction opportunities.  
 
A stimulus is an incident suddenly altering experience of the surrounding environment, a momentary event in any way arousing attention and interest, even thence triggering response. A stimulus so instantly draws attention to itself by such stark contrast with just prior conditions. The sensation, literal or figurative, is immediately different. A social stimulus is such as occurring in the context of interaction between people. Stimulus struggle is the ongoing striving to regulate, to obtain and maintain, the optimum kind and degree of stimulation and arousal, including social stimulation and engagement, from the environment, for staving off boredom and loneliness. We are all motivated by appetites for social stimuli and interaction, and suffer in any deprivation thereof.
 
I can't get no -- sa-tis-fac-tion! Finding the solution in the very problem itself: What are we doing all the time? We are engaged in stimulus struggle. The problem is unfulfillment: boredom and loneliness, which are best understood in terms of frustrated stimulus struggle. And the solution is fulfillment, which is stimulus struggle triumphant in gratification. The ongoing interaction constituting an ideal society, Heaven on Earth, would be a veritable engine of satisfaction. Such is our objective of design and social engineering.
 
Transactional Analysis already deals in improvement and even optimization of the interpersonal exchange of social stimuli, of reciprocal social stimulus struggle. The therapeutic modality of Transactional Analysis seeks to remedy pathological Ulterior Transactions or: headgames. And escaping or avoiding the snares and headgames of heteronomy in particular, is a matter of particular concern in any quest for autonomy. But Transactional Analysis deals not only in the pathology of headgames replete with all manner of control and emotional blackmail or extortion. Indeed, Transactional Analysis is not only a Psychopathology but also a Positive Psychology in so far as that Transactional Analysis not only catalogues and treats headgames, but also investigate and cultivates healthy fulfilling Transaction of social stimulus exchange. Transactional Analysis is a pathology, but an implicit Applied Positive Transactional Analysis promotes forthright and desirable Transaction regardless of pathology. 
 
But just how Axiologically comprehensive is Transactional Analysis? The problem of social engineering optimization of the interpersonal exchange of social stimuli, of reciprocal social stimulus struggle, is is irreducible merely to the classification of strokes (verbal or nonverbal, conditional in response to deeds, or unconditional and even unbidden, positive "warm and fuzzy" or negative "prickly") as in Transactional Analysis, much less the Behaviorally simplistic travesty of bogus support groups. There are also Dabrowski's Five Overexcitabilities and their correspondent stimulus appetites, some of them social, just for another example by no means any more comprehensive. The exchange of social stimuli as with stimulus response most generally, may seen as comprising Motivation Reaction Units, the smallest components of cause and effect or action and reaction in the dramatic scene, even in real life drama.
 
Which social stimuli are most important and most scarce in recollection and observation of your own experience, gentle reader? Let us then undertake identification and analysis of crucially underserved intrinsically motivating innate social stimulus appetites of the individual, so crucial because selection among various underserved individual innate social stimulus appetites, provides key focus and context for the investigation of optimally gratifying conditions even in principle. Pleasurable and meaningful memorable individual peek experiences of fulfillment, of optimal stimulus struggle, trigger or elicit in the mind, values of Eudemonia, of whatever is imagined to be best in life, happiness and even of how one might best prefer to be treated by other people. Therefore recollection of those all too rare high points of experience, opportune and desirable occurrences and circumstances of optimal gratification, is very important. For such desirable conditions once better interpreted and understood, may possibly ever be more plentifully reproduced, deliberately. And only thus from sound strategy must then follow any logistics for implementation, ever taking concrete action. Begin then, like Socrates, by asking yourself what matters most: We all routinely head online for research into all manner of individual personal and collective societal needs, taking action as citizens and consumers. Isn't it high time to apply similar due diligence in all that is actually most intrinsic to wellbeing?
 
1 Know thyself: A stimulus is an incident suddenly altering experience of the surrounding environment, a momentary event in any way arousing attention and interest, even thence triggering response. A stimulus so instantly draws attention to itself by such stark contrast with just prior conditions. The sensation, literal or figurative, is immediately different. Stimulus struggle is the perpetual striving to regulate, to obtain and maintain, the optimum kind and degree of stimulation and arousal, including social stimulation and engagement, from the environment, for staving off boredom and loneliness, respectively.
 
My own happy times, in retrospect all that meaningful or not, have been the most highly entertaining, have been times of optimal stimulus struggle and arousal state. As to the assignment of meaning, perhaps that correlates with Axiological particulars as to the nature of whatever intrinsic motivations fulfilled via the specific stimulus appetites gratified.
 
Circumstances and situations of wellbeing are recognizable by their correlation with optimal kind and degree of arousal. We are all intrinsically motivated by appetites for social stimuli and interaction, and suffer in any deprivation thereof. We are all driven by such intrinsic social appetites, often frustrated and underserved. There are no extrinsic reward systems that can ever fill that void. And the first step in preparation towards meeting said needs must be to express them instead of bottling them up forever unexplored. In those most famous words of Socrates: "The unexamined life is not fit to be lived by a human being." Uniquely specific controlling desires, triggering or eliciting all of the urgency and focus of stimulus struggle, are the elements of individually characteristic motivation; all manner of essential drives worthy to to ponder, discover and better understand.
 
Any two or more people who can discuss any and all question of what even makes anything at all interesting or not, how so and why, actually begin to overcome boredom. And if only questions abstractly of the dimensions of loneliness, and also of situation, of concrete circumstances of loneliness, are at all deemed interesting enough to include in discourse, then low and behold, such articulate expression and discovery of loneliness, in any measure may even begin to alleviate said loneliness. Nevertheless, let no salve of bogus support group "sharing" ever suffice to pacify us. Rather, let fearless deliberation only whet the appetite for strategic planning towards action in close collaboration and even true friendship.
 
So take time and think. Never let urgency press you into rash decisions. Even the engagement in struggle, in and of itself, helps stave off the suffering of painful need and deprivation. Indeed, desire in its own right can even be pleasurable. As per Maslow, when the most practicalities of basic survival needs and even comfort have been met, their may at last be resources and attention to spare upon any quest for meaning. At such juncture, perhaps among the strongest controlling desires will always be from among whatever intrinsic social stimulus hungers for human interaction. The questions at hand, of Positive Psychology and authentic wellbeing, should begin to elicit individual values, wishes and vision of Eudemonia, of the best that life can offer, interpersonally, towards interaction of optimal social stimulation.
 
Beginning Dialectically:   

Would you perhaps agree that in stimulus struggle, we are all driven by intrinsic social needs, motivating stimulus appetites, often frustrated and underserved?

Might  you agree, further, that such intrinsic social needs are appetites for whatever most preferred personal interaction, relationship and communication individually that is therefore most highly valued

Would you further agree that precisely such individually preferred and most highly valued personal interaction, relationship and communication are therefore significantly instrumental in the elevation of individual emotional state?

Would you agree that there are no extrinsic reward systems that can compensate and ever fill that void of deprivation and frustration? Would you agree that robust gratification of intrinsic social stimulus appetites is instrumental to authentic wellbeing?

Would you then agree that an interesting and productive first step in preparation towards better fulfillment of individual frustrated and underserved intrinsic social appetites, might be simply to express and to define such all too often frustrated stimulus appetites and needs more specifically?

But what if one disagrees? Answer: Then FoolQuest.com might not be for you.

For anyone indeed in fundamental disagreement on the very premise, there might indeed be little point in anything that follows therefrom. And that would deviate from scripted Dialectic entirely, into every possibility of unpredictable and surprising open ended Dialectic. But only still barring another particular and all too familiar long set agenda, ever looming: For in rejection of autonomy wholesale, or merely in such compromise that so undermines those values, the known existing and extensive alternative approaches of heteronomy, following a Transactional life script of reasonable social adaptation and virtuous self abnegation, are all ubiquitous, even turnkey and already readily available to all, everywhere one turns. For such is accepted as necessary and inevitable. But is that truly so?

If however, all the above is agreed, then in summation: We are all driven by intrinsic social needs, stimulus appetites, so often frustrated and underserved. And there are no extrinsic reward systems that can compensate and ever fill that void. Therefore the  first step in preparation towards meeting individual frustrated and underserved intrinsic social needs, so essential to authentic wellbeing, will be simply to express and to define such all too often frustrated stimulus hungers more specifically, for whatever most preferred personal interaction, relationship and communication individually most highly valued and that therefore best elevate individual emotional state.
 
Heaven is an imagined condition of plenty of whatever has been most scarce in any given life experience. And Heaven on Earth would be any thriving association wherein individual needs are routinely fulfilled rather than frustrated. In 'The Conquest Of Happiness' 'Chapter 1: What makes people unhappy?' Bertrand Russell writes: "The typical unhappy man is one who, having been deprived in youth of some normal satisfaction, has come to value this one kind of satisfaction more than any other, and has therefore given to his life a one-sided direction, together with a quite undue emphasis upon the achievement as opposed to the activities connected with it." Indeed, of course, as the saying goes, life is the journey, and not just whatever destination or achievement. And yet, perhaps Russell is too quick to dismiss as mere fixation, whatever one's favored, most valued and cherished kind of unmet satisfaction.
 
Who says that even the most unique and particular individually treasured desire or satisfaction must by that token alone, be something completely esoteric and at best symbolic, sublimation and advertising mystique entirely irrelevant to every other howsoever more cogent and legitimate consideration? Quite the contrary, whatever unique yearning as even to inspire unusual and profound meaningful personal understanding, is often entirely relevant and crucial to all else in life. Knowing what one wants is nothing to be so blithely invalidated under whatever heteronomy. Perhaps before jumping to such dismissive conclusions, further Axiological exploration may be in order after all:   
 
How well can we ever hope to understand ourselves? Who are you really, and what do you want most? Those two questions are very broad. The investigation of any and all favorable circumstances, actual or hypothetical, is to understand and recognize opportunity as arising. In the case at hand, together to cultivate an expert knowledge and understanding regarding each our own needs and desires, the appetites driving stimulus struggle which is the ongoing striving to regulate, to obtain and maintain, the optimum kind and degree of stimulation, including social stimulation, from the environment: What are any of these human needs and desires? Can they even be identified? Or must our deepest truest most Intrinsic motivations remain unknown and forever mysterious? Which from among any broadest range of social stimuli, appetites or satisfactions generally, narrowed down to anything more specific, calls out for selection as as any especially interesting focus? Which appeals to you, gentle reader? Which is your own longed for favorite but chronically deprived satisfaction? The question invites any range of conceivable answers. Select from among any favorite momentary social stimulus appetites and cooresponding satisfactions even however starved and deprived over time in life, and then extrapolate:
 
When in the imagination, one yearns for some most particular satisfaction and whatever cooresponding specific social stimulus appetite, that singular glittering value looming so large, comes to assume all of the luster of the very key to life, expected then to unlock every other path to fulfillment in turn, like dominos falling in a row. Can any particular desire or stimulus sought for from the social environment, truly become the key to life or turning point, in any sort of upward spiral or virtuous cycle, the way one might imagine and deeply yearn for it so to be? Or are all such notions no more than irredeemable pipedream and hand waving? To be most ambitious: Which, if any, of the various intrinsically needed social stimuli in particular, best and most responsively trigger or elicit or systematically catalyze others in turn? Indeed, which, if any such needs in particular, might then be deemed most pivotal, suggesting promise as fulcrum to leverage satisfaction of the others in turn? In individual experience and processing of human interaction, which social stimulus appetites among others, when pursued and gratified, might help liberate the interaction of social stimulus struggle, individually and collectively, into any constructive trajectory towards more overall fulfillment? And how might any such a process ever possibly unfold? Just name any specific social stimulus of which there may be an individual appetite momentarilly or ling term satisfaction over time: What might result in any localized milieu or social environment wherein whatever chosen particular variety of social stimuli are to be more adequately exchanged?
 
Indeed, such tantalizing probortunity (problem solving opportunity) might tend to present in expanding Gestalt of multiple and varied factors in complex interrelationships comprising a greater whole irreducible merely to any sum of whatever its components. Indeed, real outcomes often result from anything more the likes of karma and confluence of circumstances, than neatly in accordance with plot, sequence and the linearity characteristic of human cognition. How then if at all, might any desired result ever be hoped to actually fall into place? Or is it all just too complicated? Undaunted, human beings have weighed whatever options and decided upon our various preferences via scenario planning however inadequately anticipating alternative possible future outcomes from past experience in the world with one another and of our own motivated reactions thereto, since the very dawning of awareness of action, reaction, cause and effect comprising Motivation Reaction Units of Social Transaction among other events as they fit into any greater and longer picture, and even of duration being: the experienced passage of time itself.
 
To wit: What happens in following through even from sheer flights of fantasy into any more rigorous thought experiment and plausibility in imagining, choosing and trying out different conceivable desires and social stimuli, singularly or in combination, for their hypothetical cascade of effects? Or contrariwise, what happens by instead beginning from whatever imagined desired results, conditions or happy ending, of optimized stimulus struggle, and imagining either whatever fortunate events or any deliberate social engineering process, all in reverse, winding back the clock and working backwards towards whatever their conceivable inciting events, happenstantial or deliberate? And either way, what if any cogent Empirical observation of life might then be marshaled in evidentiary support? After all, in recollection people often do cite quite specific factors behind turning points experienced.
 
Simplistic heteronomy to conformism, in craven manipulative exploitation of insecure helpless panic in the face of uncertainty, and in blithe anti-intellectual glorification of the unexamined life as the only straight and narrow path to belonging, assures us that everything we will ever really need has already been provided for, worry free and without a second thought. Would this were ever truly so! Alas however, that in actuality heteronomy only functions to traumatize, atrophy and undermine all competence, mentality and opportunity for intrinsically fulfilling interaction characteristic of autonomy, obstructing intrinsically fulfilling interaction in life by producing a frustrating and debilitating social minefield with all manner of impossible and discouraging hoops to jump through. And democracy only protects and guarantees freedom of the rugged pursuit of happiness, even howsoever abandoned entirely to one's own devices. But beyond only the most theoretical freedom and the pursuit of happiness only in sheer abstract principle, the Capability Approach is an imperative to better equip and more congenially facilitate real freedom in any practical sense, howsoever as the individual has reason to see fit, towards whatever they may deem important to do or to become in the striving for intrinsically fulfilling interaction in life. And some contribution towards better facilitation of this very quest is broadly the objective for the present design exercise, a unique inquiry in Positive Psychology and strategic application towards the attainment of human flourishing by close collaboration reaching out to one another for the tools we need. And it all begins from thought experiment in the social engineering of optimized social stimulus struggle.
 
2. The next challenge is most generally as to how to put whatever we can have learned above, into practice: Because of all such all too often frustrated and underserved intrinsic social needs even as scrutinized just previously, we all therefore understand how any more suitable social environment or context for meeting said needs, indeed conceivably even at all more systematically, more readily and easily triggers, elicits and brings out ones best, when lonely determination and struggle long fail and the imposition of behavioral structure only exacerbates dystress. The point is to begin by even imagining anything better, even just for its own joy. -But also towards the maximization of every benefit, productively. Let's give it a try together!

Therefore, the proposed next step will be engagement in convivial free exchange and close collaboration among equals, coming together in thought experiment: Thought experiment wherein each will imagine and begin designing an intentional social environment, situation or setting, optimally tailored for meeting ones own frustrated and underserved impulse hungers of intrinsic social needs. Then let us together pose questions and search for any common ground, compatibility for conceivable synthesis into a concept meeting shared or complementary needs, deliberately.

 
The social engineering question to the current agenda: Picture and describe: To the extent that they are understood, how can whatever known favorable circumstances best be cultivated and even duplicated at will? How best might individuals such as ourselves together design, construct and deliberately orchestrate any way of life more conducive to all that we are all missing so? -Perhaps even some "ideal" or optimal tailor made intentional milieu (social environment) for explicit purpose of any such better responsive and optimally fulfilling interaction...

3. If all goes well, with any specific vision of "ideal" or optimal conditions in best fulfillment of intrinsic social stimulus hungers, now at last coming into focus, general strategic questions of implementation may follow, for planning to begin in earnest. Then we might even finally begin at all knowing what to do, even somewhat generally. One thing should remain clear: Even however distantly and impersonally, far ranging influence out into the world at large is often crucial for access to vital resources and connections. But intrinsic social stimulus hungers, so often frustrated and underserved, are not addressed indirectly across however many degrees of separation in the great chain of acquaintanceship. Rather intrinsic social stimulus hungers are gratified via engagement in direct interpersonal interaction, an event more readily occurring in the social context of attachment and relationships, often fostered by participation in proximate immediate social circles most local to one's own person.

All such typically arise by circumstance and propinquity, conceived even somewhat haphazardly. But occasionally working groups among any other purposeful collectives, are even thoughtfully crafted, tailor made, devised, recruited and organized intentionally, events are planned, and interaction even cultivated if not actually orchestrated. And to such ends as ever required or desired, from the previous numbered step, we might even dare hope to glean a better and more rounded picture or scenario of all whereof we are so deprived and missing so. Let us examine the nature and substance whereof, in whatever conceivable "ideal" or optimal conditions, situation or circumstances in any detail, ranging from the most intimate and immediate to the most broadly sweeping conditions in society. Wishing alone however, will change nothing, but just leaping into action without deliberation, is often counterproductive, running headlong into problems that should have been better anticipated and thought through beforehand as how best to accomplish any task and achieve its objective.

Hence, the optimistically projected next social engineering questions to the current agenda, the nuts and bolts, then must concern pertinent needs assessment to the endeavor at hand: 
 
By what implementation strategy best to bring about and then to sustain whatever such "ideal" or optimal conditions in best fulfillment of intrinsic social stimulus hungers?
 
What comes first? Can it reasonably be assumed that aforesaid strategic implementation must begin most locally proximate to one's own person, indeed precisely as herein proposed, towards the forging of some intentional immediate social circle of concerted deliberation close collaboration? Or else, by what alternative strategy and for what reason at all otherwise? Indeed, as ever applicable and desirable: By what expansion and outreach, how best to organize and network however more widely out into society at large? And to what further end?
 
And by what Epistemological Methodology of research, due diligence and uncompromising feasibility study, might viable answers for all the above best be discovered and then developed in order ever to be acted upon and carried out most effectively?

4If all continues to go well, an action agenda for actually getting things done, must eventually be forged and ratified. Systematic concerted effort at ongoing research, every due diligence and continued feasibility study, will all be necessary, pursuant to further more detailed planning of specific strategic implementation, with cost, effort, difficulty and benefit projections. As tangible objectives emerge, responsibilities must be delegated and interdependent tasks devised, assigned and scheduled.

Gentle reader, jot down any thoughts of your own and share then. I, for one, am quite interested. Because all of the above is no solitary work sheet exercise as are ubiquitous, but something more rare, an agenda for a Dialectic of strategy into action. So let's talk it over, together. And you might just discover that this is what really helps, where the usual has been ineffectual and consistently fails. Care to try?

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Beware malagenda! To quote Ernest Hemingway: "Never confuse movement with action." Indeed, as Thomas Carlyle said: “Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight." A true cogent and crucial action agenda, beyond mere commotion and busy work, must be purposeful. And the purpose at hand is nothing less momentous than the satisfaction of intrinsic social needs, so key to wellbeing. And intrinsic social needs are met in social context. But not every social context satisfies. And for many people, satisfactory social context is often nowhere to be found. How then can satisfactory social context be engineered from scratch? -A process and support system for collaboration among equals, that will be not only feasible and operant, but congenial in its own right...

Seeking answer to that question might be guided by first striving to analyze and identify underserved and frustrated intrinsic social needs. So, gentle reader: What are you missing so? Alas, exhortations to follow your bliss, are mostly lip service ringing hollow. Picturing life as we might wish it to be, we are then inevitably left to own devices in a world where the compliant making do are many, and the free thinking are lonely. For all but a handful of the most capable and resilient, the result is often confusion, frustration, inertia and inadequacy. This is a systematic waste of talent. It does not work because it cannot work, and this is by design. Only actual collaboration among equals, so unheard of, so taboo, can even begin building the missing web of support to afford the realistic wherewithal, transparently, to even begin doing things any differently. And it is to this end that the preceding sequentially numbered agenda points, questions and tasks, are proffered as the Dialectical core agenda of FoolQuest.com embracing the challenge of Eudemonia, for discussion and ratification, particularly towards proposal of different possible strategies towards implementation.

In any productive and congenial Socratic Method, all such superficially plausible but intentionally deceptive and confusing fallacious and specious reasoning and equivocation and perhaps most especially: deliberately ambiguous and damaging linguistically leading questions such as are deliberately ambiguous so that any answer can be twisted against the one who gives it, are all well out of bounds.

The Dialectic of Socrates legitimately follows two modes, either logically leading questions in sequence, arguing and double-checking to discover error or disagreement, point by point, in rational polemical persuasion towards an intended conclusion, or else open ended questioning with no preset destination, in free exploration bringing all into question. Leading question may veer off into open ended question at any time, because of an unexpected answer or counter question. The scrutiny by leading question begins by taking any coherent step by step argument, and questioning each point, indeed rephrasing each point as an even rhetorical question. Whereas open ended questioning proceeds by raising any question, and then further questioning each answer or response in turn, in order to expose just how much we take for granted and how little we actually know. This is enlightenment by refutation. Socratic Wisdom is any grasp of the scope of ones own ignorance.

This method of inquiry is renowned as the dialectical method: the asking of a series of interlocking and progressive logically leading questions. Step by step, by framing every each reasoned argumentative point not as an assertion, but in the form of a question seeking assent, then from forthcoming reply it will be possible for the interlocutor better to discern if the other party clearly follows or agrees. Error detection is also served along with ongoing miscommunication repair and clarification of disagreement. Also, by every inevitable deviation from script, open ended exploration ensues.

Begin then, like Socrates, by asking yourself what matters most: We all routinely head online for research into all manner of individual personal and collective societal needs, taking action as citizens and consumers. Isn't it high time to apply similar due diligence in all that is actually most intrinsic to wellbeing?

The preceding design exercise challenges perspicacity and triggers imagination in order to elicit many interesting possible new answers and strategies. The four agenda points of the Unreasonable Demand Manifesto while leading in a raft of guiding assumptions and direction, are still open ended in solicitation and cultivation of surprising new ideas. Yet they are also contrived to pave the way, in Dialectical prelude, to an existing proposal in answer. Have you got a better idea? You show me yours, I'll show you mine: One possible response already provided to the four agenda points of the Unreasonable Demand Manifesto, is the FoolQuest.com master plan: Creativity Should be Social, a protocol for a proposed new project incubator, herein proposed for discussion and ratification.

 

Creativity Should be Social in application of the above design exercise

Spoiler alert! One solution named: Creativity Should be Social, already exists to the problem as framed in the above design exercise. You might be interested to learn more about an example of a possible answer, or you may prefer to put it off and see what you can each and/or together come up with by yourselves, anything entirely different.

Again, one proposal in particular, among all imaginable possibilities, in order to in order to define and then satisfy the criteria advanced in the preceding design exercise is Creativity Should be Social. In answer to point #1 of the preceding design exercise, creativity among all other conceivable answers, is selected as social engineering focus of Creativity Should be Social, wherein it is proffered that not only is the motive of creativity in specific (and not just, say, curiosity most broadly and more aimlessly) is indeed an intrinsic social stimulus appetite, not just an individual characteristic or mode of expression. Creativity is broadly reducible to corresponding incident hunger driving Motivation Reaction Units of social stimulus-response, thus: An expression of or challenge to creativity, garners attention and exploration, a trigger then eliciting creative or analytical response, some manner of solution or modification. -elementary yet pivotal... Indeed, to quote John Cleese: Creativity is not a talent: it's a way of operating.

For creative problem solving, unique among all other social aptitudes as investigated by Cultural Anthropology. This is because except for creative problem solving, all of the social aptitudes as investigated by Cultural Anthropology are hierarchically predictive, meaning that expectations are clear, of response to any social stimulus, merely from relative hierarchical position of those involved. Such is heteronomy. Whereas creative problem solving, so unique to the human species, is uniquely egalitarian. Therefore the social stimulus of creativity triggering and eliciting engagement in creative exchange and creative problem solving collaboration, is selected as a lynchpin of autonomy and as shall be seen, also a promising replacement for the rat-race, as an avenue towards better and more congenially meeting all manner of other crucial human needs.

Evoking the sociable and shared emotional transport of playfulness that is universal to all mammals, yet even at its most happily serious, interaction in creative exploration and problem solving remains the uniquely human and ebulliently infectious intelligent and egalitarian alternative to the woefully unexamined conventional social life of Homo Domesticus, the domesticated human, entirely predicated upon the all consuming heteronymous toadying aptitude of anticipation to the responses of others as even robotically predicated upon oppressive hierarchical position and distance. For such is the unrelenting jockeying of power relations between oppressors and oppressed, rather than actually relating to one another with the empathy and psychological visibility of self aware and sociable unmet friends. Indeed, in those most famous words of Socrates: "The unexamined life is not fit to be lived by a human being." Thus the motivation of creativity might be cultivated as catalyst ir trigger for elicitation and fulfillment of a range of other intrinsic stimulus appetites, indeed a long sought for key to life.

Innovative design strategies are herein proposed towards social engineering to reshaping and enrich the social environment in order to increase and improve hitherto all to often scarce, underserved and deprived satisfaction opportunities over time in ones life, specifically creative interaction as key to a wider range of fulfillment as well. All hence in answer to points #2 & #3 of the Unreasonable Demand Manifesto, a unique intrinsically fulfilling intentional social interaction is proposed: Creativity Should be Social consisting of three specific interrelated endeavors of collaboration in creative problem solving necessarily into the intermediate and long term. Nevertheless, the exploration and development whereof are socially engineered to become creatively stimulating and thereby socially gratifying for all participants, far more immediately.

The proposed intentional immediate social circle of Creativity Should be Social is conceived of two related endeavors in collaboration, one more abstract: creative fiction writing co-authorship and imagination, and the other more concrete and entrepreneurial: that of an interdisciplinary embryonic "kitchen table" inception stage or phase think-tank and steering committee for innovative new venture creation and (pre)incubation, tasked with feasibility study, implementation strategy, logistics and action agenda as per point #4 of the Unreasonable Demand Manifesto.

Plus a third related endeavors in collaboration is conceived: Creativity can be Popular, a concept of a fun and painless creative strategic initiative for facilitating and improving professional and social life and networking for participants, as top priority, while secondarily meeting expanding human resource needs of the other two collaborative endeavors. The notion of Creativity can be Popular is that fun and egalitarian creative exchange and problem solving, can be cultivated a friendlier alternative in autonomy to the cult of socialization and the unfriendly and demanding heteronomy and travail of jumping through hoops on the social minefield for social outreach and networking.

Creativity Should be Social is presented in full detail in it's own section on FoolQuest.com, wherein the three proposed specific interrelated endeavors of collaboration in creative problem solving are expounded more fully.

 

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But the question remains: What do you want, and what are you ready to do about it? Are you even ready to think things through seriously?
 
In truth, Dialectics, the practice of controversy being the free exchange of criticism among equals, with ongoing miscommunication repair remaining so essential to conversational adequacy, seems like the least demanding and most interesting step even to begin realistically considering organization and collaboration in confrontation with our most overwhelming life challenges.
 
Further discourse of Situation Analysis and problem statement, with supporting argument in detail, follows.
 
 
So: Why aren't the preceding numbered steps of intentional social environment obvious and common practice?
 
Answer: Because the sheeple so willingly perceive the spectacle presented us all at face value, so blithely accepting that we are all here primarily for competent service within our roles towards the established grand designs of heteronomy, left to our own devices and taking no autonomous initiative individually in personal lives lead, and never rising up together. Because we are at every turn, systematically and heteronymously propagandized into believing that cooperation is a function of subordination, all for our own good of course, and therefore quite impossible among equals. And that therefore, open resistance is futile because one way or another, autonomy must ever remain secret and solitary. Because we are misguided into priorities not our own and to the expense of intrinsic social needs and compatibility. Because social contract is perceived as something that we simply are born into, not an evolving understanding to be reached between one another in life as it is lead by us each. Because therefore we take the blame individually instead of collectively taking responsibility. It is so easy to miss the obvious because we are discouraged by subtext taboo, first of all from questioning authority or convention via thoughtful analysis and research, or secondly, by taking practical action, and most of all, especially from any autonomous and capable integration thereof. Because the entire malignant malaise of our lives as mapped out for us, is so manipulatively contrived as rationalization and obfuscation diversionary from the truth of ubiquitous norms of skilled incompetence and learned helplessness of heteronomy.

In the words of George Orwell: “The main motive for 'nonattachment' is a desire to escape from the pain of living, and above all from love, which, sexual or non-sexual is hard work.” And indeed, is there anything more arduous and less playful than social life, nowadays? And as shall be seen, all, paradoxically, from such depressive dread of seriousness and focus. And as Mark R. J. Lavoie said: “Life dies inside a person when there are no others willing to befriend him.”

In truth, crimestop, the bored and uninterested inhibition or taboo barring entry into salient discussion upon matters of obvious concern, can be inspired less by bad faith so much as by simple despair and sense of futility. And only to look around us, there is indeed much to despair and no end of futility. But there may also still be hope. FoolQuest.com seeks the barest beginning in rising to the challenge that lies before us in life. So, in the word of Henri-Louis Bergson: "Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought" 

 
 
Our woeful world of heteronomy 
further problem statement
 
 

“Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least — Wolfgang Goethe

From cradle to grave, the entire arsenal of manipulation is brought to bear, maneuvering the hapless individual from any position of control into one of powerless futility. Mounting panic and pressure cause increasing disorientation and alienation. Situation looms ever in supreme power over the individual ensnared in the smoke and mirrors of stimulus and reflex, who can only react as whatever scenario unfolds, trapped, clueless, lonely, bored, needy and vulnerable, ripe for exploitation and bullying one way or another. Who is there to turn to? There is plenty of guidance, most of it rather poor, in meeting social expectations, but little guidance aimed at better adjusting society in accord with individual needs. Alas, one way or another, that anyone finally coming forward with help or guidance in the navigation of life's challenges, be they individuals, traditions or institutions all alike, may often covertly harbor ulterior motive and howsoever ambivalent or duplicitously undisclosed or dubiously rationalized hidden agendas of their own. Such exploitative hidden agendas typically either just self-serving and even crooked, or conformist and oppressive or all aforesaid at once. Manipulation then serves to obfuscate and misdirect from such ulterior motivating hidden agendas. Salesmanship thus requires first discovering the customer's own motivating wants and needs, making them feel special and understood, and then convincing them that what is for sale will fill their emotional void. But the truth is that understanding takes effort, care and attention. Indeed, in the words of Simone Weil: “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” Attention is manifest first of all, in curiosity which is the agent of compassion and empathy to motivate real problem solving with resilient integrity. And the real thing can't be scripted and detached like some inane sales pitch or like the insincere generic positive strokes in the stealth Behaviorism of some bogus support group. A con man may go further than a salesperson, by validating the marks' desires to believe that they have some edge on other people. After all, anyone might naturally prefer to play to their strengths than to struggle with their weaknesses. But finding and positioning for one's strengths is likewise easier said than done. People want to be impressed, seduced and to have their doubts allayed. But the higher the bar to impress and the more skillful, subtle and ephemeral the seduction required, then quite naturally the greater the nagging doubt to be allayed and how transitory the beguiling and intimidating manipulation that cultivates contented wishful thinking.
 
Alas thence the greater risk tolerance and personal investment required, and the more desperate the reluctance to cut losses and quit. Such is the even deeper trap in the desperate perception of personal investment, effort and vested interest. Worse, so many become heedless of the trouble they put other to, ignoring and casting aside all that is most truly advantageous, precious and freely given. Trust is risky, but chronic mistrust is toxic. Adult interaction needs to be responsible, considerate and sustainable, open eyed. And there's the rub. What is ironic is how the deepest human needs and desires are basically so well known and understood, and therefore so is the void to be filled. But all of that becomes too complicated and sobering for any simplistic sales pitch. Therefore the same variations upon the same sophomoric and simplistic short attention span counterfeit, in conformity to the same Existential bait-and-switch, distraction and slight of hand, remain as ever, ubiquitous and celebrated:
 
Don't be fooled! Everywhere variations upon the same consistent bogus come on, blare out the same weak-minded exhortation to Pollyanna submission and the rewards of making do, getting with the program and conforming to expectations, or else following some expertly foolproof plan or another as the secret to success, or else attaining dominance by mastery of whatever sleazy cynical con or manipulation. And then, invariably, we are left to our own devices, in test of our eager determination to comply. The harsher the oppression, the more Sisyphusian the suffering and discontent, the plainer and more emphatic the injunction, implicit and even explicit: Never complain! To be popular, always stay willfully positive, chipper and upbeat. Keep it light! Given then, how it is known and established that creative and happy people talk more seriously, hence the demands of social acceptance therefore actually contravene the requirements of happiness, which remain, as Epicurus put forth, freedom, friendship and thought. And the fickle and uncaring demands of conformity and popularity in so many ways, so often clash with the constancy, sympathy and succor so essential friendship. To begin with, relationship arises only as a byproduct of purposeful interaction and substantive communication, not by keeping it light in order to fit in. In the famous words of Socrates: "The unexamined life is not worth the living for a human being." It is the oppressor, in all of his guises, who in whatever lies and subterfuge, exhorts the masses to cast aside all values and principles and not to think. Our role models, the star student, ideal employee, perfect disciple or model prisoner alike, are all characterized, beyond mere responsive obedience and passivity otherwise, by obsessive-compulsive eager beaver hard work and initiative in anticipation of their superior's desires, without complaint or resistance. Exactly such adaptation of enthusiastic approval seeking, still held up as exemplary in order to vindicate systemic failure and disappointment in most every walk of life, remains, by hierarchical design, indeed the benchmark that for better or worse, most of us will fail and fall by the wayside, make do, for each to learn their place.
 
Nothing is more essential to winning in the rat-race and snatching up every reward, but more misanthropically poisonous and soul crushing, than the very yearning to win approval by passing any such a test as above. Pandemic anxiety, dystress and codependency, then inevitably present from ambivalence, inner conflict in guilty frustrated rebellion against mediocrity and oppression. And as we shall see, here is the ineffectual inadequacy stemming from an heteronymously false and guilt ridden understanding of responsibility, all much the same patronizing and supercilious Moralistic Behavioral compliance so essential to diet and exercise or using condoms: Whatever system is always perfect, and the lazy hedonistic individual sinner to blame for consistent failure. The real human condition and needs of interdependency, rather than being addressed and tended to, are systematically undermined and exploited. Rugged self reliance is celebrated but never cultivated, indeed if anything, likewise undermined at every turn. If not compliance, then talent likewise is tested by abuse, rather than nurtured and nourished in freedom and respect. The man or woman of destiny must arise despite and not because of the world into which we are all born, into the loneliness of command. Perhaps the extol of rugged self reliance may be understood as even so much as feigning any endorsement or appreciation of autonomy, even in so distorted a view thereof. Be that as it may, autonomy as such, is even more virulently and consistently undermined, everywhere one turns.
 
There is no call for transparency, neither of expectations nor of redress for complaint against the wholesale hypocritical mockery of our most cherished values and principles. The thankless burden of demystification rests upon the dissents. Seduced and abandoned to our own devices in so far as anything actually important, the blame is placed squarely upon the shell shocked individual's social ineptitude and inadequacy in such dire need of remediation, imputedly for failing to uncritically "read between the lines" and with the right positive attitude. Thus are we routinely, blithely yet ever so slyly invalidated.
 
In those immortal driving staccato lyrics of The Godfathers: "Birth, School, Work, Death..." In pigheaded totalitarian mentality from time immemorial as typified hypothetically in Plato's Republic modeled upon the actual city-state of Sparta, most people are generally perceived as drones, contentment extolled as resultant from fulfilling the role in society into which one is born, whatever crushing sore travail to which one has been so drearily schooled and conditioned, with death as the blissful release when this in no longer possible. And you better like it! Because it turns out that social life is much the same grind, another chore to which one must be indoctrinated to play ones role, struggle and bide ones all too brief time. Whatever intrinsic value of any individual unto themselves, is much a matter for lip service. There is no call for transparency. No matter how many succumb to ever more widespread frustration and alienation, no routine systematic failure, needless obstacles, complications or ubiquitous stumbling blocks in the navigation of society, are ever acknowledged, questioned or confronted openly. The matter is taboo. But it is not enough simply to ask why such issues are never confronted openly. No, let us ask: Why don't we , even just I and thou, begin confronting them right now? What stops us?
Only FoolQuest.com reaches out with an explicit agenda, for anyone interested, advocating better reciprocity in together working out our own plans and forging real support systems of capability conducive to individual intrinsic motivation characteristic of autonomy, criticality and creative problem solving. Because, putting well aside all of life's broken promises, let us face the crucial irony of outmoded heteronomy: Whosoever yearns for drone like submission to authority for lack of the responsible autonomy even to collaborate effectively as equals, then who of our social betters ought truly ever even take notice and be much impressed to reach out to include and invest in them however the access to any kind of capital, connections, or whatever other manner of empowering vital resources of which we are all so chronically impoverished? In courting any beneficial contact, networking them to another contact who turns out to be unreliable, will typically result in severing the desirable contact permanently. When unserious and dishonest people work at cross purposes and let one another down, any investor or patron of whatever kind, such as a money manager responsible to others with much at stake at considerable risk, a public official bringing political power to bear and likewise responsible to the interests of constituents, or even a celebrity putting their reputation on the line with a public endorsement, will only quite rightly fear likewise to be disappointed if not actually harmed by such a rabble, and will therefore steer well clear.

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