Hi, I’m Planet Earth and here is the story of me and one of my species; homo sapiens.
For 3,7 billion years I’ve been developing a multitude of species, who are living in a complex web of interdependences; with advanced communication and resource allocation systems, energy efficient and with well-integrated recycling. I’ve had my ups and downs due to asteroids, volcanos, climate change and sea level fluctuation. But I’ve kept living and breathing through ever new species.
Some hundred thousands years ago one of my species, homo sapiens, embarked on an exciting journey. They started to become self-aware and develop a new sort of culture, with art, dance and learning. They began to think of me as a set of gods who lived in the animals, rivers and mountains all around them and their ancestors were hanging around as spirits. Even if the humans were a bit disconnected from my other parts, they still listened to me through shamanic journeys, trans dance and so on. They had to keep the connection if they wanted to find food and survive.
After hundreds of thousands of years of hunting and gathering, they started to farm plants and tame animals, and they created their own local ecosystems with as few species as possible, with the aim to produce wealth only for their species. Their gods moved away from the village, up into a huge tree or to the top of a mountain far away. They thanked their gods for what the plants and animals produced. Weird.
Well, my humans formed larger societies, and their gods became disconnected from me and moved up to heaven. This made it possible for more people to worship the same god and they formed larger societies based on trust and fear of this one god. My humans now started to believe that it was their god in heaven that had created the planet and given it to them. Well, well.
Some hundred years ago my humans discovered the stored and concentrated sunlight that my plants had collected during hundreds of millions of years. Overnight they became almost omnipotent. They needed no god anymore. The planet was theirs to enjoy, exploit and reshape. And they did, oh yes they did!
Not very long ago, they went to heaven and took a photo of me from outer space. I love that first photo of me. Looking at that photo, my humans finally understood that I’m a sphere and waste and pollution doesn’t go away, the sea isn’t limitless, nor is the land or the air. They started to call parts of me “ecological”, “organic” and “natural”. They began to talk about protecting me as if they were not a part of me, like I was a child to take care of, though I was the one who gave rise to them and has been feeding them and living them all the time.
Some of them reconnect with me, using shamanic techniques or spending a weekend in a “wild” part of me. While they still are consuming stuff as if I was four times bigger, then I am.
The last fifty years, their recognition of my web of life, what they call ecology and biology, has increased tremendously. So has their understanding of my complex metasystems and they start to become a bit humble before what I have accomplished without their help.
Though most of my humans are still absorbed with issues concerning their own species and their personal goals of power, pleasure, growth and enlightenment. A few of them have started to understand that they are me and I am them. That they are part of the planetary family tree, as are all living beings, and that they are part of the global ecosystem. Slowly they get that they belong here, they are not separate.
What they were unconsciously embedded in before, they can now consciously reconnect with. They can make me self-aware and themselves conscious contributors to life on Earth.
The idea of the one god, the omnipotent humanity and the separate individual made it hard for them to realise that it was me they experienced when they turned inwards. A holographic reality.
This blog post is my answer to ”Share an example of how you have the Spiral Dynamics levels in organisational contexts”, in the course ”Organization by Natural Design”, by Peter Merry. www.ubiquity.courses/p/organization-by-natural-design. I know I’ve stretched the topic a bit, but this is a story I use to understand where we come from and how to move forward and the organisational context is this Planet.
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