There are many important perspectives to consider as we try to make sense of this moment in our history. Most importantly, we must recognize that we are first and foremost humans on a personal journey, and that we can choose how we respond in this critical moment. In an article I wrote on Wednesday, A New Dawn: Love, Get Curious and Lead, we can each move through this chaos by 1. loving ourselves and our fellow humans and feeling all that comes up for us in the wake of the election, 2. getting really curious and staying open about the meaning we assign to what just happened, 3. then declaring or renewing our commitment to be a leader, and if necessary, investing in the training required (purpose discovery and leadership training) to play an active role in creating a world that works for everyone. This article is designed to serve the second task - getting curious and expanding our understanding of what is really happening in this moment.
To do so, I would like to offer an integral perspective. Integral theory holds that all of reality is whole, perfect, complete, evolving and interdependent, that in order to create a generative outcome, to create a world that works for everybody, we need all points of view, and must appreciate every human and group for who they are, what they care about, what they can contribute and where they are in their evolutionary journey.
From a values perspective, the United States is roughly comprised of 4 groups of people. We have traditionals, who primarily value God, country, family, community and nature. They represent about 25% of the US population. We have moderns, who (in addition to valuing much of the traditional value set) also value economic abundance, scientific and technological progress, reason and individual achievement. They represent about 50% of the US population. We have post-moderns who (in addition to valuing much of the traditional and modern value sets) also value subjective experience, equality, justice and inclusion. They represent about 20% of the US population. We have integral folks who (in addition to valuing ALL of the traditional, modern and post-modern values) also value systems and solutions that make life better for ALL concerned parties. They represent about 5% of the US population.
Now, each of these value-sets are experiencing what is happening in the aftermath of the election differently and in order to create a cohesive and inclusive (integral) plan of action, it is important to really dig in and get curious about the internal experience of our traditional, modern, post-modern and integral sisters and brothers. A number of articles have surfaced recently that explore the experience of these different groups. I encourage you to read them:
TRADITIONAL: Daniel Greenfield exposes what is going on inside the hearts of Trump supporters, and how this election represents a victory for the powerless and possibly gives them a voice in Washington; their internal experience - pride, joy, vindication, excitement: http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/264771/american-uprising-daniel-greenfield
MODERN: Archaeologist, Tobias Stone looks at the history of the rise of demagogues and how Trump / Brexit are more the norm these days, how epidemic proportions of death and destruction seem to be the outcomes produced by their actions; their internal experience - detachment, shock, horror, fear http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tobias-stone/history-tells-us-what-will-brexit-trump_b_11179774.html
POST-MODERN: Charles Eisenstein explores how Trump's victory signals the end of the technocratic neoliberal world order: http://charleseisenstein.net/hategriefandanewstory/, echoed by Naomi Klein's persecution of the Davos-class; their internal experience - self-hatred, anger, fear, denial: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/09/rise-of-the-davos-class-sealed-americas-fate
INTEGRAL: In an article I wrote back in May, I explore how the rise of HRC and Trump signal the end of post-modernism's reign in America, how Americans are furious over the duplicity and lies of politicians, how Americans are now demanding soul-level truth from their leadership, and are hungry for purpose at all levels of human cooperation, from the individual, to the couple, family, community, company, nation (New Yorker article on national purpose) and species. Perhaps the complexity of human civilization requires something other than a democracy as Motherboard explores. Perhaps we need to see that a Trump presidency reflects, not only the need for a deep restructuring of electoral politics, the RNC and DNC, but the potential to unite our a country and species, as integral thinker, Joe Corbett explores. What really is needed in order to create a world that works for everyone? The integral internal experience - fear, excitement, creativity, curiosity.
With a full-stack evolving integral awareness, we can now step into creating solutions. How do we create a political economy and culture that allows traditional, modern, post-modern and integral folks to reach greater fullness as individuals through working together from a shared identity and common purpose? I don't have any answers here, but I welcome your contributions. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
I'll be exploring these questions on Tuesday evening with Michael Murphy (Founder of the Esalen Institute), Lynne Twist (Founder of The Pachamama Alliance) and Emanuel Kuntzelman (Founder of Greenheart International) in San Rafael. Details below. FB event here. Buy tickets here.