Deciding to reconcile contradictions, to bring opposing actors into dialogue and to find multidisciplinary solutions to the inextricable paradoxes of our complexity becomes an ethical imperative for a successful transition of civilization. Indeed, in the age of the anthropocene, our decisions now have an impact on the whole earth, all kingdoms and all humanity. We can avoid turning our future into that of the Titanic. It is a question of choice, responsibility, ethics and level of consciousness.
But what did Notre Dame actually burn?
Indeed, in a few days, Notre-Dame will not only have burned down and her forest with her. Reactions rustle and invade social networks with disparate and "contradictory" materials.
However, the challenges of the major transition in which we find ourselves require a mobilization that encourages unity of views, visions and actions. A unity that transcends opposition. The raison d'être of social networks is precisely the buzz that is created by an event, even more so than for the major media; Twitter takes the opposite approach to any form of reflection by privileging the emotional snapshot and the coarse words of preference.
At a time when we most need to dialogue our points of view in order to find creative, intelligent and integrative solutions - to act just as in the living and facilitate permaculture (in the sense of inclusive and regenerative) thinking - the snapshot of digital reactions is calling us to confrontation and vindictiveness.
So, to a potential "war of all against all".
This is done by pointing communities against each other, by making differences in points of view of ideological, religious or racist arguments. Any opportunity to divide society, to fragment it, and meanwhile, a few steer us, but not necessarily in the direction that "we" might have chosen. (The blurring of "they" and "us" is deliberate).
Thus, instead of mobilizing among actors with different opinions to embrace complex issues in multidisciplinary colleges of contributors, we devote colossal energy to thwarting attacks, responding to quibbles, and in the meantime, most of the essentials go out the window. But what are we talking about?
Highlighting social fragmentation
And that's when Notre Dame returns to the forefront. The fire of April 15 brought out the variety of opinions, values, priorities and interests. All of a sudden, the essence of our social diversity arose like so many flames that very quickly turned into social fires. For the values affected are turning against each other.
But why should we choose between giving to an emblematic monument, with a spiritual function that goes far beyond the religious AND giving to end poverty, house the homeless and provide conditions of dignity for all AND giving to "save" the planet from pollution, predation, looting and other contributions to the extinction of biodiversity?
When we are moved for the First Peoples that we all condemn, in the short term, with virulent policies like that of the President of Brazil or, in the medium term, with the generalization of tourism, it is both because they defend their land to live on, according to their choice of society AND to preserve their spiritual contribution to the balance of the world.
The imperative of "ET"
It is becoming essential to learn how to bring together around the table the various actors involved in the same issue and to provide the conditions for dialogue, because no situation today is white or black. Our interconnected world is experiencing an unparalleled level of complexity and ideological impulses could appear romantic without taking into account the systemic effects of the consequences of the required changes. For example: if for the preservation of the earth and the climate, we stop nuclear power, aviation, international tourism, to name but a few, thousands of jobs will be directly and indirectly eliminated in our country and in many others. And how will the people, their families, their towns or villages directly affected react? So, yes, to preserve the planet and biodiversity, and how can we achieve a transition that is not just a unilateral decision endangering other elements of the ecosystem?
It is not a question of stopping all action, but of combining local impulses, targeted actions AND taking into account systemic effects and putting the actors involved in dialogue to co-construct realistic, sustainable solutions that are a source of regeneration for people, territories and different kingdoms.
And to do this, we need two great resources: a holistic approach to reality and an integrative approach to relationships. Holistic in the sense of all dimensions of reality: from the spiritual to the smallest pragmatic detail. What Our Lady highlights is the lack of knowledge of spirituality (which is far beyond religion and above all transcends every religious current). The example of envisaging an architectural competition or that a designer proposes an answer indicates that Knowledge has been lost (1).
Holistic Approach and Knowledge
In order to find it again, because it has always guided collective actions, we must: 1) be aware of it, 2) take Knowledge out of the pseudo-secret places where it is held, because everyone needs it, 3) share and disseminate it and explain why there is an order and principles of the living and that by rediscovering and applying them, it allows us to put everything back on its feet. By putting the "orders" in the right direction then we can act together and find ways of dialogue again.
The Living inspires spiritual beings in all the traditions of the world and since all times (sorcerers, shamans, priests-priests, then the actors of contemporary religions and spiritualities ...). These people, men and women then transmit the lessons of the living to the actors in charge of politics (temporal power) so that they administer the City in ethics and correctness, as the principle of Maat guided the Pharaohs. (2). Then, traders, warriors, craftsmen and peasants could each manifest their art in "thought" harmony. Today, we are "thought" by the GAFAMs and algorithms that undermine our freedom, but if we are attentive to them, they will strengthen our intelligence and our ability to resist the regression of the Spirit and of action. (3). Instead of muscling our talents of multiple intelligences, we let ourselves be embarked in emotional ping-pongs, at the speed of tweets, to have, as soon as possible, deposited our imprint on the canvas. And then we let the vibrations of our egotistical misguidance swell on an overloaded and burning canvas.
If we want to save life, let's reduce our footprint on social networks so that our posts are contributions to the service of Life, an expression of resilience and hope.
The other essential element is to integrate different and divergent opinions and to achieve fruitful dialogues. We must learn to relearn how to dialogue, to co-create from fertile confrontations and not to allow insults that manifest violence and do not provide the perennial foundations for all the problems we have to face today. In order to manage the (multi-level) complex, it is a question of raising the level of consciousness, which is very well explained by the dynamic spiral - (4). We need to reach the Turquoise level (and not Opal - ignorance of nuances by both Ken Wilber and Frédéric Laloux). This is the level of human consciousness that allows us to "manage" the complexity we have co-created. From where to learn, to train, to extend one's capacities in all domains in order to more easily embrace complexity and find the modality of contributory action, in the service of the living.
While social networks invite a rapid mode of communication, favouring reaction rather than reflection and making us take the risk of being divided into "for" or "against", the transition in which we find ourselves invites us, conversely, to take the full measure of the ambient chaos to identify the means of channelling the "fire" manifested in the Notre-Dame fire. We have to act on all levels by manifesting the "ET", the integrative part in our thoughts, interactions and actions, then we will have a chance to get through this chaotic moment by transforming it into a fruitful opportunity of the possibilities of the living.
This implies deciding to renounce short-term media effects and untimely buzz to feed the currents of deeper thoughts and actions, embracing multiple causes and multiple effects. Weaving together lasting and authentic relationships, guaranteeing conditions for fruitful dialogue across divides. Let us dare to go against the tide of a present that is losing its north and feasting on chaos to nourish the fertile currents of a co-construction of a sustainable and perennial future inclusive of diversity and social creativity.
(1) Sacred architecture is based on visible architecture AND invisible architecture, which is practiced from the peoples of the megaliths, through the pyramids to the cathedrals. Therefore, the only people who can recreate sacred architecture are those who have the knowledge of it.
(2) The best Egyptologists provide essential information on this lost Knowledge, which is essential to guide our steps towards the exercise of enlightened democracies, moreover the Greeks were inspired by its principles. Notably Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt : https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christiane_Desroches_Noblecourt