Pierre Teilhard de Chardin proposes (“The Phenomenon of Man”) stages of evolution from physical through chemical, biological and now of ideas. He proposes that all matter/energy has an element of consciousness, and that evolution leads to its concrescence. Man is one breakthrough with the emergence of self-awareness; the next being awareness of All/God at what he calls “the Omega point”.
This “self-awareness” is roughly equivalent to the boundary that many of us place on life. It is hard to believe in that which is beyond what I believe to be “me”. It’s an extraordinary assumption though that “I” is all there is. Perhaps death releases us from this imprisoning prism, into a consciousness of All/God.
There is always difference of opinion. Consciousness requires boundary; an other must be established in order for there to be a conscious self. An “I” (Ich) requires a dance with a “Thou” (Du). Reality is the dynamic balance that results from the interplay of opposites.
But balance can be achieved with different dynamics.. A child’s see-saw has a balance – but with big amplitude waves – whereas as we stand we unconsciously make fine adjustments to stay upright.
And of course, opposites are related to each other. They are in a sense part of the same thing; coins with two sides. Mrs Thatcher was a consequence of Arthur Scarghill – in a way a part of the same system. Donald Trump’s appeal and Daish are parts of systems reacting to each other. Brexit and Boris Johnson is a response to Euro-fanaticism and Jean-Claude Juncker.
Why are the swings in politics so severe now? Is it simply that we have had decades of stability in the west and that we’re due for challenges? Is it the pressure of global population growth? Is it the split between those who have and the rest of humanity?
Whatever, it is the duty of civilised peoples to work to temper the big swings, to be considerate in our language and to see the point of view of the other.
Otherwise, we’ll all fall off the global see-saw together.
Feminism is a conjugating force rebalancing centuries of dominance of male. The work though is inside each of us, balancing our Anima and Animus to release our true self. Can someone tell Donald Trump & Daish.
[And yes the attached sound-thought-expressions (I don’t want to call them music) owe something both to Bach’s Siciliano transcribed by Wilhelm Kempf]