The Rainbow Nation – lost In translation; found in an understanding of diversity, not of colour, culture and language, but in the spiral dynamics of all stages of human development in a meta culture of acceptance, inclusion, encouragement and transcendence of limiting patterns of thought.
So much energy is expended on dialogue about the solutions for our Rainbow Nation between parties not yet at the level of development where the problems facing the people of South Africa are visible. Each of the major discreet stages of human development usher in new panoramas, whole new perspectives of broader and higher reach, depth and breadth of embrace. Whole new possibilities for the expansion of identity to something much more inclusive.
The old adage that ‘the solutions for problems created at a level of development are not found at that same level of development’ could not be more profoundly illustrated than in the dynamics of change in ‘The New South Africa’ – which looks very much like the old one with new exploiters of power at the helm.
The coining of the term ‘Rainbow Nation’ came, in part, from 68 constitutive visits by Donald Beck with Nelson Mandela to elucidate a spectrum of consciousness through which all people, cross culturally, develop toward human maturity. This was to allow diverse world views to relate to one another in a culture of encouragement and transcendence of limitations on every front.
The issue of racism is not resolved at the level of race. It is solved at the transcendence of race and inclusion of racial world views as valid but partial. All races, all cultures, look very much the same at the various stages of their development. And so, we face, not so much the lack of understanding between one race and another. We loose, in translation, a common thread, between discrete levels of development across the whole spectrum of consciousness common to all culture.
Posturing and promoting the merits of ones developmental level, mistaken for cultural attributes or race, is what most of the dialogue in South Africa is about in the popular media. Confusing and blaming race for general, shared, developmental problems is our Achilles Heal.
A truly integral perspective, one that includes all views, methodologies and perspectives, is not easily attained.
A clear framework, to make this spectrum known to all, is a starting point to illuminating the possibilities for all people, at any stage of development, to move through the various levels of potential development.
This frame work, or spectrum of development potential, is far better understood and more commonly accepted in terms of child development, through discrete stages. Most will accept that the world looks very different between the archaic, sensory-motor phase of development from birth to 18 months, for example, than it does at the magic/emotional phase from 2 till 4 or 5 and agin at the Mythic phase from 5 till 7 or 11 to the Rational phase and on to the Rational/Pluralistic phase in teenage years, where multiple perspectives can be entertained, and on again to Mature Reason later in life.
Our development can be arrested at any point and come to rest at any stage of childhood or adult development.
To see the potentials, across all people, for this developmental progression, throughout life is one of the true gifts of the Rainbow Nation concept.
The tools of support and encouragement, toward the highest ideals of this Rainbow Nation concept, are what we should be investing in.
The challenge is enormous and unprecedented, for the most part, in human history. This change requires leadership with an integral world view and integrative potential.
Leadership, that has transcended the limitations of the populous, but includes all the diversity in a compassionate embrace and can provide a culture of encouragement, is what we should be seeking.
Where and who are these leaders? How could we identify them?