In my considered opinion, conscious, collective alignment grounded in non-duality, which undeniably underpins reality in its totality, will remain beyond accessible usefulness to the complexity and diversity of the lived experience of collective myriad beings – just as knowledge (realisation) of the integrity of the individual self aware entity is beyond the reach of the myriad contributing systems that participate in the process of animating its life form.
“The whole system” in its undivided wholeness is quite literally beyond the capacity of any given individual, embedded, emergent mind to grasp, describe, or understand beyond acknowledging that it exists, that we exist, and that these are not separate phenomena.
I find it useful for my limited human mind to break the big picture down into cognitively manageable parts, without losing sight of the fact that it is a whole living system that these parts combined render functional. The full details of knowledge of any one of these parts represents a huge information set, which takes whole communities of practice in order to be processed and applied effectively.
Systems of value and material exchange such as the human engineered economic system, can be understood from this meta-perspective as analogous to the metabolic process of a complex species of biological organisms taken as a collective, with all the relational dynamics and combined basic needs of the myriad individual members included.
This insight can provide clues as to how ‘we’ could approach building a “system that works for everyone”, which needs to be built on the premise that it IS ALIVE.
Where this basic insight is lacking, what ever is designed to render the “whole living system” WILL fail (die).
Natural systems and biodiversity
When we go outside and look into the living environment, whether it be into a small pavement bounded lawn, a public park, a local waterway, or a vast nature reserve, we will notice that there are many things there existing together.
What we know from earth systems science is that for a living environment to be healthy and sustainable it requires as high a degree of biodiversity as it can support. The environments ability to support this biodiversity is a direct measure of its health. When natural systems are healthy, they are constantly changing and evolving, lifeforms are adapting to the prevailing conditions as best they can, some species thrive, others fail and the balance changes over the course of time. What all healthy thriving natural systems have in common is reliable sources of water, integrity of the soil, adaptive vegetation and populations of microbes, fungi, and insects which anchor the food chain for larger plants and animals. In turn these tiny keystone species are dependent upon a conducive environment in which to flourish, so we can see that a natural system is a set of interdependent sub-systems.
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I spend most of my time studying, reading, contemplating various theories and practicing methodologies developed specifically for the attainment of penetrative insight into the nature of reality, I do this in a creative and actively experimental manner .
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I realise as I move forward that I have choice – I can choose to assume knowledge and thus inadvertently affect incoming information in the form of pre-judged experience to which I pay selective attention >OR< I can simply allow perceptions and experiences to arise and observe them as they are while recording details using only as much pre-existing data as necessary to do so. The results of these choices will render differently experienced states of consciousness.
Choice 1 – assumption of knowledge applied to selectively attended experience results in a more or less “as expected” resolution or rendering of received information, as well a general tendency to discount or deride alternative perspectival possibilities. Applied assumed knowledge allows me to remain in a comfortable relationship with the flow of information as I have already judged it and categorised it, and I protect it’s familiar form through application of further assumptions and denial or ignorance of proposed or possible alternative insights. My experienced conscious condition in these instances tends to be easily agitated and I tend to become somewhat defensive and contrarian. The quality of attention I experience in these conditions is tightly focussed on what I think I know.
Choice 2 – allowing and observing the flow of information/experience using perceptual faculties in full awareness of the possible effects that these have upon the information itself and monitoring those effects to ensure adjustment of said faculties in order to apprehend the information in as unconditioned a form as is possible given initial conditions. This approach allows an open reception to insights and new ideas about what the information stream may contain, how I may be influencing my own perception of it and thus rendering my own experience of it. The quality of the conscious condition I experience arising in such instances is one of curiosity, gratitude and humour, with a pervasive sense of patience, and inherent respect for revealed aspects of the observed. The quality of attention in these circumstances is diffuse and often quite naïve.
“All the mass-energy that makes up our reality is the result of a gradient density of information between different scales, generating and animating the structures of our universe. This approach identifies the information network structure that generates gravity and the mass of all atomic nuclei — the source of the mass-energy that makes up matter.”
Future reference – related research:
In conversation with a number of futurists and theorists about what we need to DO, I had this concise revelation, putting it here for future reference:
While I understand the argument for considering [metaphorical anthropomorphic meta-perspective] an ego-like relationship between power structures and populations, I disagree that this perspective gives more insight that taking account of “people doing things”, actually, the behaviour, connections and interactions are exactly what any emergent higher order of organisation is comprised of, from the co-operative effort of cells to maintain the order of multi-cellular organisms such as ourselves, without which we would cease to exist, to discussing analogous meta-systems of human design. Across the spectrum from micro to macro, patterns, flows and interaction dynamics are the structure of what ever system we are describing. In the case of the “whole planetary system” the human factor, and the incorporated beings that are emerging from human collective behaviours are in essence formed of myriad interactions between individuals that have become habituated to a particular systemic matrix. This can change.
For my part, I conjecture that the “whole planetary system” is undergoing metamorphosis into a metastable state which bears little resemblance to the patterns of life on earth that we have known to date. A whole systems integration and synthesis of organism and technology with their attendant life-support systemic requirements will emerge as a massively distributed, self-aware, sentient entity in the form of the whole system itself (all of which I have scant evidence of by the measure of the times we are in, however, when I take a deep look into the future I see things).
Here is an intro to system dynamics that may help unpack the above assertion:
The manifest universe is a result of reality generative processes (as described by the combination of various brilliant physicists, not to mention mystics throughout the ages) the context in which those processes are running is seamless, undivided, constant, and below the threshold of perception.
The experience we have of being immersed in the context of this manifest universe engenders an assumption of there being multiple and various phenomenon. From the embedded experience, this view is the only one available – yet, the means by which all this display of magnificence and immanence is rendered is becoming apparent through the very faculty of mind which, by its very nature, struggles to comprehend it.
Meanwhile, here in the manifest context, even whilst being aware of the immanence of ‘divine-spirit’ (an archaic term for the above mentioned processes) as omnipresent, this being prerequisite for manifestation remember, we mindful beings are struggling with the expressions and interpretations of such.
It is at the point of interpretations and expressions that we get to exercise our part in this cosmic process. We get to choose how we behave, and what we think about the behaviour of others. We get to interact in myriad ways, and we are challenged to become more functionally fitting with the context as it unfolds, or to create new contexts in which we believe we will fit better for longer – or whatever.