Today’s show is an Integral Chat with Jeff Salzman of the Daily Evolver and the second of a three part series about finding the “gold” in each of the three major levels of human consciousness (as delineated in Integral Theory). Part 1 discussed “Traditional Values We Can’t Evolve Without” and today we highlight the optimism, self-determinism, and the courage to explore that arose with Modernism in “We choose the Moon.”
Everything is evolving. The same force that allowed physical evolution from single cells to complex organisms, from fish to mammals, is also at work in the subtle realms like consciousness and perhaps spirit (whatever those things really are).
So… Human consciousness is, and always has been, in the process of evolving.
At the heart of Integral Theory is the idea that, as human beings develop new capacities in consciousness – how we are capable of understanding the world and our place in it – we integrate all the positives of the previous levels, while discarding the negatives. So… laws and morality: Yes. Burning people at the stake for seeing things a little differently: No.
This chart breaks down the estimated timeline of how that evolution of conscious happened, how it’s happening right now, and theorizes about where it’s going.
It’s time for another Integral Chat with Jeff Salzman of the DailyEvolver.com. This is the first of a three part series we have planned wherein we look deep at the heart and soul of each of the three most prevalent orientations of human conscious active in the world today.
3 Groups currently struggle for the steering wheel of the human race.
Traditionalists, Modernists, and Post Modernists.
3 groups who don’t get along, and are finding it harder and harder to even talk to each other. We’re going to need to fix that… soon.
The idea of this series is to find the “gold” of each in the hopes that the sooner we realize we need to carry it forward – to Integrate it, as the name of this particular theory promises we can – the faster our species will collectively move to the next level… to attain the ability to hold multiple perspectives, to stop insisting on the exclusivity of our racial, national, or intellectual tribes, and get on with the business of growing the hell up.
After all, that’s what we’re really here for, right?
To start this series of conversations, our subject today is the Traditional mindset. Personally, I have great affinity for this angle of approach to life. These are the storytellers, the myth makers and myth believers. Though I will answer to “post modern lib-tard” from time to time, I do believe that the most important things in life tend to be the unseen elements largely rejected by Modern and Post-modern thought.
I believe that the Traditionalist’s ability to rally around an abstract idea is a great strength. One that we as a species lose at our peril.
I also believe that this great strength of the Traditionalist – the ability to lean on the unseen, on morals, ethics and things of the spirit when science and raw power is not enough – appears to be hanging by a thread. In fighting a losing battle against time and species evolution, many Traditionalists, it seems, have fallen sway to words they want to hear, promises coming from outside themselves, instead of drawing power from the invisible, silent, and incorruptible soul within.
The Traditionalists are the keepers of soul wisdom. They hold that fire for us all. They wait for us to remember how important it is. And I see evidence that many of them are losing faith. And again, we ALL lose what they hold at our peril.
To represent the best in Traditional values, I put together a short video featuring the words of Joseph Campbell, Jordan Peterson, and scenes from one of the great films about the possibilities – both good and bad – of America and our amazing experiment in self-governance, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart. Watch the whole film and see that 1939 was more 2018 than we might think.
Notes: We finally bought a house! Moving in Friday. The “What’s Your Theory” offices will be up and running as soon as the golden fountains are installed and the shark tanks are filled. So new podcasts will be coming much more regularly very soon.
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