(Concluded from yesterday.)
When we add other people into the picture, our behavior gets still more complex.
So we agree to arrive at some shared understandings so that we’re not always at each other’s throats – some rules of the game, agreed-upon ways of being, common values.
My best statement of the paradigm or shared understanding that we, at least in western culture – which is all I feel comfortable speaking about – seem to subscribe to is this: That we are “separate selves struggling for survival in a society of seeming scarcity.’” (1)
Yes, we have moments of feeling good as a group, a neighborhood, a city, a team, etc. But for the most part that isn’t the way we appear to conduct ourselves. (Not yet, anyways.)
We seem to think we’re separate and of course on this dimension we are. But that’s not the whole truth. The whole truth is that we are One, but that becomes apparent only at higher dimensions.
We believe scarcity to exist in the world. We perceive and experience lack. We cannot see conditions in which there would be no lack and no scarcity. And so we languish.
However in the higher dimensions, there is no lack or scarcity. The lack is only “seeming” to us here in the lower ranges. So again what is true here is not true there – and there is where we’re headed.
As a society of separate-seeming selves living amid conditions of scarcity and lack, we convince ourselves that we must struggle to survive. One separate-seeming self competing with another for scarce resources.
In my estimation, many men and a few women seem to hold this paradigm and many women and a few men seem not to.
The strongest will survive. The weakest will go to the wall. Darwin called it “natural selection.” Applied to society, it became social Darwinism. Applied to business, it became business Darwinism.
It’s one plant that thrives in the seedbed of empirical materialism, the belief that only what we can see, hear, touch, and taste is real.
And all of it is destined to fade away, to pass from memory, in a much, much bigger world, run on principles we never would have guessed at. And never could have guessed at, as long as the old paradigms held sway.
(1) “Why Do We … Uhhh, I … Seem to Need to Feel Special?” November 29, 2017, at https://goldenageofgaia.com/?p=290945.