compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
"Hang it all, you've made me drunk, roaring drunk as I haven't been on a
book (I mean a book of doctrine; imaginative works are another matter)
since I first read Bergson during World War I. Who or what are you?
How have I lived forty years without my having heard of you before and
my sensation is that you have written a book of the highest genius."
on reading the draft of … The Hierarchy of Heaven and Earth
Clare Graves created an epistemological theory that he hoped would reconcile
the various approaches to human nature and questions about psychological
maturity. He collected pertinent data from his psychology students and others
(in total a diverse group of around 1,065 men and women aged 18 to 61) in
the seven years from 1952 to 1959. He gathered conceptions of the mature
personality and conducted batteries of psychological tests using recognized
instruments. His analysis of this data became the basis for a theory that he
called, among other titles ...
"The Emergent Cyclical Levels of Existence Theory" (ECLET).
He believed that tangible, emergent, self-assembling dynamic neuronal systems
evolved in the human brain in response to evolving existential and social
problems. He theorized "man's nature is not a set thing, that it is ever
emergent, that it is an open system, not a closed system."
This open-endedness set his approach apart from many of his contemporaries
who sought a final state, a nirvana, or perfectibility in human nature.
His inclusion of the bio-, psycho-, social, and systems theory as vital
co-elements also described an inclusive point of view that continues developing
Graves' work observes that the emergence within humans of new
bio-psycho-social systems in response to the interplay of external conditions
guarantees as to time lines or even direction: both progression and regression
are possibilities in his model. Furthermore, each level in the hierarchy alternates
human is adapting the self to the existential conditions. He called these
'express self' and 'deny self' systems, and the swing between them is the
cyclic aspect of his theory. Graves saw this process of stable plateaux
interspersed with change intervals as never ending, up to the limits of the
brain of Homo sapiens, something he viewed as far greater than we have
Richard Dawkins came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene,
which popularised the gene-centred view of evolution and introduced the
concept that the phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to
an organism's body, but can stretch far into the environment, including the
bodies of other organisms; this concept was well presented in his book
and a supporter of the Brights movement. He is well known for his criticism of
based upon the complexity of living organisms. Instead, he describes
evolutionary processes as analogous to a blind watchmaker. He has since
written several popular science books, and makes regular television and radio
appearances, predominantly discussing these topics. In his 2006 book
The God Delusion, Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost
certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion—
"a fixed false belief ".
Whatever Dawkins believes, there IS a growing understanding in the scientific
community of the desperate need to provide a scientific explanation of
The Metaphysics of Quality (MOQ) is a theory of reality introduced in Robert Pirsig's philosophical novel - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) and expanded in the Guggenheim sponsored Lila: An Inquiry into Morals (1991). The MOQ incorporates facets of East Asian philosophy, Pragmatism, the work of F. S. C. Northrop, and Indigenous American philosophy. Pirsig argues that the MOQ is a better lens through which to view reality than the traditional dualistic subjective/objective mindset found in the West.
Don Beck and Christopher Cowan on the other hand, proposed in their epic -
Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership & Change - that the same
principles of Spiral Dynamics apply to a single person, an organization, or
an entire society. Since it describes human nature in a universal sense rather
than through personality types or racial, gender, and ethnic traits, the model
provides a common language for grappling with both local and global
[IT] offers a unifying framework
that makes genuinely holistic
thinking and actions possible.
Don Beck said in his, reality awakening piece - Windmills, Tulips, and Fundamentalism in the Spring | Summer 2005 edition of Kosmos -
"There must also be an acceptance of superordinate goals that overarch the entire society, and the mutual sharing of accountability and responsibility. This common ground - the new Dutch Synthesis (actually it’s a spiral) can be the basis for resolving differences, mediating conflicts, enhancing sustainability while facilitating our inevitable emergence. A MeshWorks will facilitate the vertical inclusion of the Pre Modern, Modern, Post Modern, and now, Integral stages. In a horizontal sense, it will show how to both tolerate and enhance multiple expressions of culture, religion, life style, and personal choice. In all cases the overall needs and interests of the new Dutch 'polder' must have the highest priority, and provide the touchstone for decision-making.
The intent will be to seek the power of the Third Win (both parties and the world society win) and embrace those universals that flow through all healthy and responsive social orders and combines. This will not come easily and it may take decades for it to be realized. Yet, in this microcosm of human cultures in a small land area in Europe, we may well see serious and mature attempts to turn potential cultural tidal waves into synergistic flows that will benefit all. Obviously the Dutch are world famous for their understanding of how water moves and what happens when dams break, or holes appear in the dikes."
“During my intense diverse working career, I met Clare Graves (Existential Staircase, 1974) and worked intensively with Don Beck (Spiral Dynamics, 1995). These underlying theories significantly influenced the way in which I work. For more than 20 years I have been placing Graves’s theory of the Emergent Cyclical Double Helix Model of Bio-Pscyho-Social Human Development on the South African cultural landscape. The result is that to understand the diversity of South Africa and the way forward to a future with promise, all South Africans have got to be helped to see their world differently. There is always a different way to see and understand the world around you, and I became part of translating different thinking systems in an attempt to create shared understanding.
I believe that we should position the theory of Spiral Dynamics as a Human Niche theory, and that we should suspend judgement between the niches – the gifts of the different niches should rather be appreciated and unleashed.”
TIME to THINK and ponder ... or should that be polder, INDEED - and in the context of Loraine Laubscher’s ... ‘Back to the Future’ observation that …
“IT appears to me that things that were never said in “polite company” can now be written on Facebook, without condemnation” ... I shall endeavour to increase “the level” of my own auto-ethnographic reflexions - and work towards finalising the AlphaINDEX of AlphaINDEXs, in line with Loraine’s
Thesis concept of ethnographic content analysis.
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