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 today.
Graves' work observes that the emergence within humans of new bio-psycho-social
systems in response to the interplay of external conditions with neurology follows a
hierarchy in several dimensions, though without guarantees as to time lines or even
direction: both progression and regression are possibilities in his model. Furthermore,
each level in the hierarchy alternates as the human is either trying to make the
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
plateaus 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 yet imagined.
Richard Dawkins came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which
In 1982, he introduced into evolutionary biology the influential 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 is presented in his book The Extended Phenotype.
an argument for the existence of a supernatural creator 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 "spirituality" - to bridge the
divide between general relativity and the sub-atomic characteristics of our multiverse of
potential universal manifestations of reality.
expanded in the Guggenheim sponsored Lila: An Inquiry into Morals (1991). The MOQ
and Indigenous American philosophy. Pirsig argues that the MOQ is a better lens through
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 problems.
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
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."
Loraine Laubscher has eloquently summarised her own position, in respect to ALL
of this in her HUMAN NICHES - SPIRAL DYNAMICS FOR AFRICA thesis as follows ...
“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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