During my retirement I want to include the benefits and cons of group consciousness behavior in retrospect, looking at older articles so that it is clearer and could enhance perhaps the true meaning and experience of ‘communidas’
Words like ‘society’ and ‘sociology’ are delineated from the Latin and Greek roots of ‘socius’ and ‘logos’, or the study or absolute truth of companionship. The phenomena in which individuals come together to form a party, preferably a synergistic one, in which 1+1 equals 3, so that they make a surplus while already having a win-win situation. This is a non-linear relationship in the sense that a third element is brought into existence when two parties meet without showing a direct and constant linearity. This is different then a linear relationship in which the variables are predictable in the sense that 1+1 always equals 2. A simple metaphor is that of getting children when a man and woman wish to do so, another is that of two business companions who want to co-create a fresh business idea that wouldn’t exist without their companionship, the so called ‘mind-baby’. So you could see a society as a biologically and mentally intimate soup of individuals, an organism, who are coming together to co-create, ideally speaking, forming synergistic alliances so that a surplus is created and, therefore, a foundation for the next generations to build upon. Synergy is from what I understand, basically the decision of both parties to work in harmony without unnecessary conflicts, therefore, growing through joy rather then pain.
Synergy is one of the principles in which companions or a society can form a measure of cohesion together. Cohesion is crucial for establishing a durable sense of harmony while working together, could it be a family, a business, a community or every form in which unique individuals want to co-exist peacefully, synergy makes it happen. As long as their will be losers and winners, there cannot be a complete integration of social cohesion, but instead segregation, competition and contradiction of the ‘otherness’ of ‘others’. I have written earlier about how competition is a sign of falseness in the sense that ‘we all rowing the same boat‘ to begin with as unique snowflakes being apart of a greater storm. Without seeing yourself as an extension of all that is, all though unique and special, you become disconnected and alienated from the well-being of the ‘other’ or actually yourself. Paradoxically, the more we individualize ourselves and get to know our nature, the more we open up to the oneness that is with others, nature and the universe at large and, therefore, giving us a stronger urge to nurture that which we feel connected too. Many feelings of loneliness evaporate when you realize and feel how connected you are to one another. Therefore, a basic principle of having synergy is that of having the ability to see the other, whether that might be the plant and animal kingdom or nature and other cultures, as an extension, or at least a minor extension of who you are yourself. We might feel attracted to certain places and people more then to others, but following this principle of oneness, we can open up to feel connected to everything around us, and by doing so finding the truth to care about the ‘otherness of others’, to learn how to appreciate it and love it and in doing so creating great abundance, creativity and surplus for the greater whole.
This is fundamentally in building anything worth lasting when two opposing parties meet with each other. This is the very reason why war, environmental destruction and basically any deep conflict that is painful, is not paying valuable results on the long term, however seducing it may be to find comfort in such approaches, it is a flimsy comfort, since you remain growing through pain rather then joy. This is why virtues like forgiveness, acceptance, tolerance, patience and empathy, as examples, are necessary ingredients to make synergistic alliances work. For the sake of both parties, it is key then to relate to one another as if you are relating to the well-being of yourself, since the two are inter-dependent. For example, we might want to believe that health is just about eating right and having enough movement, all though it is important, it is not the whole spectrum of what makes a person healthy. Our physiology cannot operate on their highest potential if fresh water resources are polluted and the oxygen quality has been poisoned and by not treating nature as an extension of our own physiology, we diminish ourselves in the levels of health and well-being we can experience. I have often said that the word ‘health’ is related to ‘whole-ness’ or being ‘whole’, and seeing other disciplines or practices through this philosophical lens of wholeness, can increase the quality of the solutions we come up with in battling today’s challenges.
You can try to create social cohesion by using fear and win-lose, competition based relationships, but it will merely be an unstable framework of relating to on another. By only seeing the other as your enemy to beat, to control and to dominate, you motivate yourself out of false reasoning, not based on philosophical common sense. All though you have many fear-based systems, they only work as long as the ‘illusion’ of competitiveness, fear and Maya holds up in the participants of the system. In the sense that truth will prevail, these systems of social cohesion are only durable to the extend in which people want to live and work together based on certain fears and illusion or themes life has to offer us.
Let me know your thoughts about synergy and this article in general.
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