Get a feel for “We” and don’t be so selfish!
Apologies as it’s been a while since my last post as I have been a little busy with life. In the previous post we discussed the two top quadrants of Ken Wilber’s AQAL model, the upper left (your interior aspects) and the upper right ( your physical being). In this post I want to bring your attention to the two lower levels of you.
Get a feel for “we”.
All of us are born into a specific culture or “We” space and this has huge influences on the development of our world view and what we perceive as normal or acceptable to us. The reason being that as each of us as individuals exist in a cultural shared reality and are conditioned by it. We learn the language of our culture when we are spoken to, be it either Indian or English. We as individuals could not have even language or thoughts (using words) without the surrounding culture. There has been shown extreme cases of children having been brought up without a surrounding culture that is human, in cases such as the “Wolf Boy” who having grown up with animals had no words with which he could think and no language to communicate.
In the lower left “we” space we have to have a common language with which to communicate with, we need to agree on some sort of morals and ethics if we are to get on and live in the same space. We need a common law. We also need some form of shared identity that embraces our individual selves and provides some form of commonality. These have shown up in human history as tribal, ethnic, religious, nationality etc. This allows us to see each of ourselves in each other so we can treat each other with care and concern.
What systems are you a part of?
In Integral Theory when discussing the difference between the left and the right hand quadrants of AQAL one way can be in the type of the discussion involved. When we are looking at the left hand quadrants we have to engage in dialogue to find out what is going on in either an individuals interior space or a groups interiors shared understood meaning. Right hand quadrants use what is called a monologue as in they observed externally in order to be able to understand how they work. You as a individual are a part of many systems that you may have not given your attention to over the course of your life.
For example take a look at your clothing. Where did it come from? Do you know who made it for you, or even what material was used. Then you can think about what financial systems have allowed you to purchase it? Think about the fact that there is a transportation system that brought it to a store near your place of residence. Then there is the Internet which we are all a part of somewhere along the line of our daily lives from social media to weather forecasts and train times etc.
So whats the big deal regards AQAL and its use? In the next post we will begin to see how AQAL is important in helping us come to a more fuller understanding of some of the most fragmented and complex problems facing humanity.
Till then try to get a feel into all the aspects of you, your thoughts, your actions, your community, family or culture and the systems you are apart of every day.