Reconciliation in a technologically prolific and tribally fragmented humanity is the hope that I pursue and the reason that I write.
What I have in mind is rolling the #ReturnToDecency argument out in a serial-style fashion. Hopefully some quick (five minute max) reads that will engage your thought and invite you to participate interactively on the site or (even better) with friends in real life.
I invite, welcome, and encourage any concerns/questions/comments. I visualize a space that welcomes and encourages dialog. Please use the share tools on the posts if you are so inclined and would be so kind. Thanks for joining me! I appreciate you!
So, what do I base this ‘return to decency’ on?
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Springing from what?
The ground for my #ReturnToDecency argument overall is an integral construction called an ‘orienting generality.’ American philosopher, Ken Wilber, is well known for developing this form. This orienting generality is one I came to on a deep reflective dive into the dynamics of decency on a developmental view. I had a brief encounter with a Reconciling Ministries activist from Southwest Texas. Their idea of homophobia as a spiritual warfare matter provided the blast of insight I needed to visualize the frame for my argument.
First, I’m using Clare Graves developmental work and I’m applying the work of Carl Jung and Ludwig Feuerbach (regarding ‘shadows’ and ‘projection’) in order to ground this orienting-generality and it’s expression as a developmental stage model. The lens is for identifying unhealthy, pathological expressions of Blue [DQ] (order), Orange [ER] (merit), and Green [FS] (justice) values in the the U.S.A.
I’m also relating to the work of Brené Brown on “Shame” and John Braithwaite’s work in the area of restorative justice. Brown argues there is no such thing as healthy shame – the internal expression of feelings of a diminished self. Braithwaite’s work nuances the distinction between disintegrative and reintegrative shaming.
A Developmental Look At “Shadows”
OK, here is the new orienting generality I have fashioned:
- Blue (mythic-membership, law, ‘order’ values) projects its shadows onto ‘demons.’
- Orange (modern, rationalist, ‘merit’ values) projects its shadows onto ‘models.’
- Green (postmodern, pluralist, ‘justice’ values) projects its shadows onto ‘Utopian schemes.’
First, let me be crystal clear: The Kingdom of God is not a Utopian scheme! Sorry, residual clergy reflex. But it’s not.
“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” ~ G.K. Chesterton
However, naïve [(flat) FS] Green’s idea of justice [even if informed by Jesus, et al.] is merely a Utopian scheme–because as yet we have no structural ways to sustain the imposition of Green postmodern values onto global humanity. Utopian schemes from the left or right rapidly become totalitarian, tyrannical, and finally dystopian.
Green [FS] needs help to avoid using any form of tyranny, it’s not doing so well on that.
I don’t think we want to depend on something like what is known as a ‘Rapture’ phenomenon to supernaturally realign everyone’s value systems to conform to Green’s ‘justice’ values. Real justice demands that viable social structures that account for the anthropology that we have (not the one we wish we had) to be in place. If the structures to sustain justice are not already in place, then, minimally, structures need to be readily available in the form of ideas and resources that are practical and viable.
So, if we simply declare that “Justice/K.o.G.” is here right now without the structures or even any practical ideas for how to create structures that can incarnate it, then it’s a Utopian scheme.
To treat the K.o.G. (or even secular justice) as such is to do it and persons in it’s path great violence and harm. It is not new. [cf. Matthew 11.12; Luke 16.16; John 6.15]
Update [Sept.1, 2018]
This blog site is endeavoring to look at decency through a very select framing. This serial blog has been my way of organizing and expressing my thoughts about ‘VALUES‘ from a Gravesian developmental standpoint. What I am trying to get at in these faint attempts to write here are the animating energies; that is, what it is that animates human beings to think, speak, and act in the ways that we do—and so I’m taking ‘values’ in a Whiteheadian, Process sense. Values constellations, or “vMEMEs” hold the keys to unlocking the energies that drive us. The hope is that over time, regular readers will pick up a basic knowledge of the double helix of human development as purported by Clare Graves’ research and the applied Spiral Dynamics [SD] model. While it can sound a bit like it at first, the SD color coding is not word salad. Hopefully, this developmental language allows discussion of very hot topics by avoiding the traps and trip wires of common buzz words and talking points so often used to package our conflicted issues.
“Here goes, and bear with me if at first I seem irrelevant.” ~ Ernest Everhard
I never know what I’ve said till I hear the response. What did you hear me say?
“Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box” by the Arbinger Institute
“Anatomy of Peace” by the Arbinger Institute
“Dare to Lard” by Brene Brown
“Spiral Dynamics” by Donald Edward Beck and Christopher C. Cowan
‘Decency/Spiral Dynamics’ series:
Link: Perennial Leading Edge Failure #ReturnToDecency for July 1, 2018
Link: Empathy Window Opens #ReturnToDecency for July 8, 2018
Link: Being “Naïve” Green (et al.) #ReturnToDecency for July 15, 2018
Link: Flatland #ReturnToDecency for July 22, 2018
Link: There is no Truth! #ReturnToDecency for July 29, 2018
Link: Shadows and self awareness #ReturnToDecency for August 5, 2018
Link: Who’s higher than whom? #ReturnToDecency for August 12, 2018
Link: Like a rainbow #ReturnToDecency for August 19, 2018
Link: Greed and naïve Orange [ER] #ReturnToDecency for August 26, 2018
Link: Seeing above and below #ReturnToDecency for September 2, 2018
Link: Visibility #ReturnToDecency for September 9, 2018
Link: Humility: prudent and helpful #ReturnToDecency for September 16, 2018
Link: A double helix #ReturnToDecency for September 23, 2018
Link: Dystopian fulfillment? #ReturnToDecency for September 30, 2018
Link: a (values/politics) mashup #ReturnToDecency for October 7, 2018
Link: Following Jesus is political #ReturnToDecency for October 14, 2018
Link: Facts are facts, right? #ReturnToDecency for October 21, 2018
Link: Beauty and protest #ReturnToDecency for October 28, 2018
Link: He took a knee #ReturnToDecency for November 4, 2018
Link: Will Blue hold? #ReturnToDecency for November 11, 2018
Link: Who’s Blue? Whose Blue? #ReturnToDecency for November 18, 2018
Link: Change seems impossible? #ReturnToDecency for November 25, 2018
Link: Greeting change gladly? #ReturnToDecency for December 2, 2018
Link: Spiral synergy? #ReturnToDecency for December 9, 2018
Link: Solutions || Dissonance #ReturnToDecency for December 16, 2018
Link: Change Condition 4: INSIGHT #ReturnToDecency for December 23, 2018
Link: Year End #ReturnToDecency for December 30, 2018
Link: Turn the page #ReturnToDecency for January 6, 2019
Link: Mystical = Experiential #ReturnToDecency for January 13, 2019
Link: Being stuck #ReturnToDecency for January 20, 2019
Link: Do no harm #ReturnToDecency for January 27, 2019
Link: Do no harm [continued] #ReturnToDecency for February 3, 2019
Link: Do no harm [part three] #ReturnToDecency for February 10, 2019