Anyway, whatever it should be called, I will share some of those thoughts here.
In an earlier piece --"When You Hear Hoofbeats, Think Horses, Not Zebras...." (to be found here at www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_andrew_b_060620_when_you_hear_hoofbe.htm-- I described how I came to feel that there was a danger to the world's financial markets such that I felt impelled to hunker down my own retirement funds with less vulnerable instruments like three-year U.S. Treasury notes.
A few of the most knowledgeable of these challenged me in the same way: Tell me precisely HOW it is, they wanted to know, that what you are saying about the Bush administration, and what you see as their dark nature and their irresponsibility, will have an impact on the financial markets. My interlocutors observed --with considerable basis-- that the world of money is not concerned about good and evil, that so long as the economy is humming along, there's money to be made in the markets even if those in power are bad people.
So these people wanted me to spell out the scenario that would connect one level of things (the spirit that animates the Bush administration) with another level of things (the conduct of the financial markets). And when I indicated that I had no clear idea about how things might play out, they thought me unwise to act on my intuitive sense.
A Wholeness that Blows Our Minds
The apprehension of that profound interconnectedness has been, for me, at the heart of my own spiritual experience and understanding.
In my article --"Our Pathways into Deep Meaning," which can be found at www.nonesoblind.org/blog/?p=79-- I share how one such life-changing spiritual experience led me to the understanding of "Wholeness" as the key to the sacred.
One of the factors that can impart to the apprehension of such Wholeness a quality of "mystical" experience -being transported into an elevated, transcendent, mind-boggling state of mine-is that the sheer magnitude of the complexity and depth of interconnection goes so far beyond our normal perception of reality. In other words, if "everything is connected with everything else," and if our world is so vast (a whole planet and more, a biosphere of intricate complexity, cultural systems moving through history, six billion people living their own lives and also interacting with all the foregoing), the network of connection is way, way beyond our capacity to grasp thoroughly. We humans can do no more than glimpse this Wholeness. And to glimpse it so stretches our awareness that it brings us to an altered state of consciousness.
That's why the request from my friends/advisors that I give them some specific scenario misreads -probably by several orders of magnitude-the extent of our understanding of how the various levels at work in the world might impact each other. One can observe some major new force being absorbed by the world system, and may reasonably infer that a force of such magnitude will ramify in important ways, but be wholly unable to foresee with any specificity what those ramifications will be.
This also connects with the idea of "systems," in which the various elements can interact in complex and subtle ways so that no one part of the system can be completely understood apart from the others.
Someone might argue that the very unfathomability of the workings of such a complex system implies that we can't judge just what the consequences will be of a given development. And up to a point that is true.
Who, for example, could have foreseen in the early 1940s that one of the consequences of Hitler's genocide against the Jews would have been the establishment of a Jewish state in the Middle East?
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