Thursday, September 5, 2019

A multi-perspectival worldview

In this FB post Bauwens mentions "equiprimacy = no human attribute is intrinsically superior or more evolved than any other" and goes on to quote Jorge Ferrer:

"Intrapersonal cocreation consists of the collaborative participation of all human attributes—body, vital energy, heart, mind, and consciousness—in the enactment of spiritual phenomena. This dimension is grounded in the principle of equiprimacy, according to which no human attribute is intrinsically superioror more evolved than any other. As Romero and Albareda (2001) point out,the cogni-centric (i.e., mind-centered) character of Western culture hinders the maturation of non-mental attributes, making it normally necessary to engage in intentional practices to bring these attributes up to the same developmental level the mind achieves through mainstream education. In principle, however, all human attributes can participate as equal partners in the creative unfolding of the spiritual path, are equally capable of sharing freely in the life of spirit here on earth, and can also be equally alienated from spirit."

Amen. It's sort of like what I mean by hier(an)archical synplexity. It's also what Lakoff means by the difference between real and false reason. There was then some discussion about how our emotional biases infect our reasoning, so the notion of a purely abstract and objective reason promoted by the Enlightenment is misleading at best. Lakoff addresses that sort of false reasoning.

But the thing is...
with an integral transpersonal practice that includes real reason, balanced emotions, meditative or contemplative introspection, social justice, cogsci, psychotherapy etc. we can attain a more functional and humane degree of awareness through syntegrating all our domains. Then we more easily recognize our biases, which is another way of saying we can shift our perspectives depending on the context. Such multi-perspectivism itself tempers getting stuck in one bias or perspective. Which is itself a guiding, more comprehensive, coherent and functional metanarrative worldview, one that recognizes progress in that some views are definitely more humane, more functional and more conducive to health and well being than others.

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