I started reading the work-in-progress online Excerpts from Wilberâ€™s forthcoming “Kosmic Karma and Creativity” and found the gems quoted below. They are followed by my burning questions.
â€œ[T]he technological revolution can speed through the social system extremely quickly–leaving the old cultural worldview completely out of sync with the new realities. To change that cultural worldview requires, of course, a difficult subjective transformation of consciousness in order to tetra-mesh with the new social realities of increased depth.â€
â€œ[T]hat modest 2% of the population that is now integral might soon swell to 5%, 10%, or more. I believe that, as with any evolutionary unfolding, we will especially start to see evidence of this increasingly integral consciousness at the growing tip, or at the leading edge, or in the avantgarde (by whatever appellation)–in academia, the arts, social movements, spirituality, thought leaders.â€
â€œOnce individuals download and install [an Integral Operating System] IOS in their own worldview, they begin more conscientiously attempting to include all views, all approaches, all potentials in their own sweep of the Kosmos. IOS initiates a self-correcting, self-organizing outreach to all aspects of the universe previously marginalized by worldviews that were too narrow, too shallow, too self-enclosing to serve as more transparent vehicles of Kosmic consciousness.â€
The power and clarity of those provocative ideas triggered some new insights and questions:
The value of operating systems–based on computer code or AQAL–is increasing to their users when more people use it, for similar reasons: â€œit is easier to exchange files in its data format, it is easier to hire staff that is trained in the use of the software, and it is even easier to find books that explain how to use the software.â€ (Jacob Nielsen usability guru on the â€œconcept of increasing returnsâ€ )
If Wilber and Nielsen are right, as I believe, then the path to widen the leading edge of the wave–let’s say, move from 2% to 4% of the population–will require a continuous expansion of IOS users. Where are the user groups supporting us? Not yet? It’s not too early. Of course, “installing” an Integral Operating System is not as simple and fast as downloading and configuring software. Yet, ramping up to â€œincreasing returnsâ€ on our investment of time and attention to install and learn using it, follows a similar pattern: The more users, the stronger the morphic field that causes more uses.
What does all this tell us about the potential for collective intelligence of individuals and communities on the leading edge of the evolutionary probability wave that moves from green to yellow and turquoise (in Spiral Dynamics terms)?
Once IOS is published as a multi-media product, and its user groups start working on how to translate it into various contexts and make it more user-friendly so that it can double its mindshare faster, it probably will.
When that happens, we will have a new, potent enzyme for 2nd Tier collective intelligence that is indispensable in any emergent social structure needed to steward the evolution of an integral culture into a Kosmic habit.
If so, whether we “install” IOS that serves as a “transparent vehicle of Kosmic consciousness” (Wilber) or not, is a personal choice but with tremendous impersonal, evolutionary consequences. In the moment of understanding that, how the evolution of consciousness depends on each of us became palpable for me.
That realization has also made it clear, I cannot avoid taking responsibility for it. What does it mean? To start with, it’s about taking time for thinking through and publishing what I’ve just posted here. To continue, it’s about engaging in “open source” IOS development projects and making sure that I always have and use the most current version. ☺