Thought Experiment

What is HOPE

Imagine an intelligent being woke up one day and found himself alone in an alien world without any trace of memory, but with strong analytical ability. What would he do?

Most likely, he would:

  • Survey and understand his environment, and (possibly) why he is there;
  • Consider and decide what he wants to achieve in this environment;
  • Decide on a set of rules to use in this environment to achieve his goals; and
  • Work to achieve his goals.

While humans are born into families and societies, they also come into a world that is completely new to them. Humans thus go through a very similar process, even though some individuals shorten it or even skip certain steps by simply adopting what others in society are already doing.

The ENP is proposed as a paradigm that describes this process that every individual engages in (to some degree) to evaluate his or her environment and live.

The ENP is comprised of two parts: enlightened needs, and the pursuit of them.

Enlightened needs (EN) are defined as needs beyond pure survival and procreation; these are the bubbles in The Bubble Theory.

The pursuit (P) of these enlightened needs is another integral component of a culture. Specifically, the ENP paradigm classifies this component into four subcomponents: human-I-cosmos (H), objectives (O), protocols (P) and experiences (E). Collectively, these comprisethe HOPE framework .