The Rainbow Nation – Lost In Translation

The Rainbow Nation – Lost In Translation

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?

Bjorn Heyerdahl

Less is More

Less is More

Less is More
My question, Socratic question – to any one of the hundreds of persons who wide eyed and excited have told me that they know someone who has just invented, designed, produced – free energy from a machine (they saw in an eighties new age science documentary) and is just about to give it or sell it to the world – is what will you or they do with that energy?
What do they want energy for in a world that has too much already and uses it to produce more stuff that it does not need which causes more waste and resource depletion than our biospheric system can sustain? The next question is: have they seen it work? – and they never have. Not once in 30 years of asking have they seen it work, let alone been able to buy one and put it to good use.
To a stage of infantile human evolution still obsessed with more and more toys- in particular free energy, clean energy, bla, bla, bla – these things are all the same thing – another toy, more shiny beads to distract themselves with until they mature into something deeper. The damage caused by adding more energy to the industrial complex and the child like worldview of the new age ‘engineers’ who are going to save the world through more, is very measurable and the only viable solutions are offered through less. Less is more – in terms of sustainability of our biosphere and ethnosphere. We don’t need more of anything we need much, much less. We need mature leadership and citizenry that have outgrown the greedy little child stage of human development, co-creating efficient, minimalist temporary autonomous zones of human habitation based on encouraging more depth in humanity and human experience and enterprise and less breadth or production of more of the same in the material sphere. Of course there are so many ‘good things’ planned for this free, clean energy, that one hesitates to introduce an integral perspective, to give context, to this kind of naive optimism.
Then of course there are those who ‘know’ the aliens are bringing us, or already have brought us, this free energy. In their story, and it is always an exciting story, filled with intrigue and conspiracy, soon the aliens will give us the technologies they have had for so long and all will be well… the big bad wolf currently prevents this from happening OR they will give it to us when we are evolved enough not to hurt ourselves with it. The second story line might come from some kind of intuition or archetype with some basis in a healthy perspective on the evolution of consciousness and stage appropriate technologies. The first is quite pathological and boarders on psychotic paranoia. Some of these folk have seen these aliens, mated with them, had their eggs harvested, etc, which shows that the genius aliens want to breed with our country bumpkins, already inbred, simple folk from rural wherever… there just is no explaining taste on the romantic front.
The evidence for this and the argument, for the most part, is that these sightings and experiences are wide spread and numerous – could so many people be completely deluded? And the answer is yes, definitely.
For the most part humanity sits at the Mythic-Rational phase of development now – trying to find compelling reasons for their mythological beliefs and world views. This is why there is such a ready supply of this nonsense and such an appetite and audience for it.
We could spend ages on the subject of developmental levels and the correlations in what we ‘see’ as reality from those perspectives. Suffice to say if you are waiting for an alien, leader, deity or some power god or great ‘other’ to provide solutions and give direction then you are at the Mythic or Mythic-Rational level of development and the good news is, as comforting as that perspective is for a while, there is so much more to come for you.
Serious students of human development generally agree, cross-culturally, in a discernible progression in humanity from Archaic/Hunter Gatherer; to Magic/Tribal/Animism; to Mythic/City States/Religious; to Rational/Nation States/Scientism; to Pluralistic/ United Nations/World centric compassion; to Integral/Global Commons/compassion for and identity with all sentient life; and so on – with many degrees in-between these major shifts or stages of discrete development.
It is the good folk of the Mythic-Rational-Pluralistic stage, of the spiral dynamic affair that human development takes, with its progression and regression, that are most excited about the imminent change to ‘safer tools and toys’ of which clean, free energy will be the driver. Hopefully we push though that phase quite quickly and mature into something less lava like in our need for consumption. The healthy, mature end is, not to be better or cleverer or more conscious consumers of new energy and new products, but to not need them any longer.

The liberation from slavery to the industrial complex lies not in the pathological need for more but in less – in no longer needing ‘it’ at all.

 

Less is more.
Bjorn Heyerdahl
For my friend Christian, 22 August 2014, Serengeti House, North West, SA