Something triggered me today that
I now get...thanks to Don Beck,
his generosity of spirit and training me in spiral dynamics.
I see this a lot:
Space...The Practice of Peace
with your self, your organization,
your local and global community, and the land
Now, let me speak to this "meme."
Peace is a solution. However,
when you can begin to understand that peace is not the answer
but an answer,
then you are well on your way to understanding that you have to be
sensitive to a host of needs/opportunities for improving our human way
of being with each other.
As man progresses along the evolutionary
journey to ______________ (you fill in the blank), we find that each
plateau of mental models (vMEMEs) requires a different way of being.
Peace is one of them.
As more and more people find that peace is not
always the answer, we can perhaps begin to find out what people really
need. In some cases, conflict and in many cases destructive
conflict (creative destruction--Schumpeter) will be the only thing
that creates the birth of a new way of coping that replaces a previous
way of dysfunctional coping.
I know many of you will be repulsed by this
notion--as I first was--yet what is now clear to me that peace is not
the answer. The answer is different for each person,
family, community, nation, world. When we reach the point to
where we begin to identify these different needs, then we are on our
way. However, it may not always be peaceful--unfortunately and I
guess fortunately--paradoxically so.
What I mean is that we can't have the ability
to cope at increasingly higher levels unless we fail to cope at lower
levels. If we did, we wouldn't have the need/desire to find
other ways. Many of those ways will be--beyond peace.