“I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.” [Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes]
In an effort of adding something worth while to any discourse, I experience myself as being saturated in perspectives.
With anything I read, think, write there are always endless perspectives present. I can bring them to the fore of my consciousness, or leave them. Interweave them with perspectives of others or with perspectives I used to have, could have, should have, or should not have. My choice. Or is it?
Post modernism can be seen as coming in 2 flavors:
|–||Critical. All perspectives (especially the so called ‘grand narratives’, with claims for meaning and truth), are interchangeable, reality is an arbitrary construction / illusion. So let the world run down like the second law of thermodynamics predicts and sleep it off till then. The reader is invited to explore how current policies fit in this model (without explicitly wanting or knowing so, but effectively bringing it about nevertheless)|
|–||Affirmative. This states that the predicament we’re in as a world now is due to the fact that our narratives weren’t ‘grand’ enough up to now.|
The latter version makes our global predicament an opportunity for a next step in -our- evolution.
An evolution towards greater circles of compassion towards the Good. I feel this is an invitation to go beyond the rational brain. To transcend and include it, to explore other dimensions of existence.
This process to me is inevitable and plays itself out like Kuhn describes the structure of scientific revolutions: old paradigms decreasingly become able to support new data, which thus far marginal(ized) paradigms do support. An ideal paradigm would be one that supports ever newly emerging paradigms. This exists: Integral theory. Interesting for those dedicated towards a ffwd approach to reducing suffering.
Add this to the simple stuff or earlier postings, and there’s much we can do making our own narratives simple, after having lived complexity.