The Vision of Wholeness
A Vision of Life's continuity
by Wolfgang Fischer

 
 

If we do not wish to be coerced by fatal disasters into changing our way of living and our political goals, we urgently need to analyse the global developments concerning life on this planet. By so doing we will arrive at a theory which is in harmony with nature and which people can relate to - which due to its inherent plausibility will be attractive enough to form the starting point for purposive action.

In outlining this vision [I] and showing up its roots and inherent connections [II] I hope to make it easy to relate to and thus bring it closer to concrete realisation. The assertions here presented are open to being either refuted or confirmed. Both Religion and the Natural Sciences, each claiming to pronounce truth in their respective domains, are called upon to advance constructive contributions, as is each individual seeking to comprehend the meaning of Humanity or Being Human.

(I)
It is a vision of man and woman cooperating as equals, a vision of an end to the lack of feeling that marks the patriarchal system all over the world. It is a vision of the emergence of empathy concerning the value of living together, a vision of the beginning of global cooperation.

It is a vision of the end of a deadly power struggle which is still being excused with the argument that fighting for reproductive advantage were a natural animal instinct (whilst on the other hand man imagines himself as being far superior to the animals and no longer determined by Nature!).

In this vision humans rediscover their predestined human identity. After millennia of seemingly being cut off, they at last find peace not only amongst each other but as well with Nature as such. Furthermore, through realising the deadly threat to all higher life forms in consequence of an inhumane system of values and aspirations, they are forced to expand their mental horizon.

The morbid conception of 'being-separate-from- each-other', of 'being-different-from' or 'superior-to' others, with all its deadly consequences, is the result of a bipolar friend/foe, black/white, good/evil mentality - an initial stage of the human maturing process which needs to be left behind. From the starting point of human diversity each individual is able to make their own and special contribution to "the Whole".

The recognition of the common origin of all planetary life forms and the knowledge that identical physical laws apply to the entire universe will lead us to an acceptance of our own specifically human responsibility.

The act of humans ceasing to hand over their own responsibility to "Fate" or "Divine Will" spells the end also for the impotence of the oppressed. The conscious rejection of the principle of domination and power in favour of universal cooperation in the interest of all will release a much-needed potential which is so far only being misused for propping up the entrenched unfairness system called "world economic order".

This is a system which, in the name of humanity or supposed progress - if not a misunderstood 'divinely willed natural order' -, materially benefits and enriches a minority at the expense of a global increase in poverty and homelessness, and in which an increasing variety of life forms is falling prey to rampant greed for profit and power.
In its morbid delusion this unfairness system goes so far as to imagine itself being without an alternative! In this way it is trying to raise itself to the level of the Divine: as being unique in its goodness and demanding unconditional faith. By its High Priests in the International Monetary Fund, in the W.T.O., the World Bank, the World Economic , the E.U. and other organisations, Capital is being chosen as the one and only Saviour, and by its vasalls, the politicians of the various nations, empowered to displace the growing disposition towards social responsibility.

Social responsibility is the result of a historical development from the beginnings of rational thought via the catchphrase "liberté - egalité - fraternité!" up to efficient social systems caring for the sick, the elderly and the needy. The fact that this responsibility, long since achieved in the wealthy nations through persistent struggle, has of late been totally subjected to Capital's striving for profit maximizing, must be regarded as a huge step backwards. In the guise of neo-liberalism and globalisation, the elitist beneficiaries of Capital are gambling away humanity's achievements of the last centuries. Nor is anyone safe any longer from the machinations of these international profiteers: the social situation of those living on the fringe - the majority of the world's population - is becoming increasingly desperate.

Amid the general impoverishment, ideas like subsidiarism and solidarity are gaining a foothold. They relate to wholistic, pre-patriarchal traditions where, as is the case today, women were bearing the main burden of social survival - with the decisive difference that in those times, unlike today, their achievement was universally recognised.


(II)
The meander has been known for ages in many cultures as a symbol for the sequence of generations. Its corner points give an inkling of the genetic substance DNA. Apart from the well-known analogy of meander and DNA in regard to content, the drawing gives an indication of their hidden structural analogy. Only through science a few decades ago uncovering the molecular structure of the DNA has the information hidden within the meander become understandable.

Mysterious and confusing as Nature and our existence may appear, their complexity should not deter us from looking out for clear and simple connections. In the following I shall try to draw attention to some of these basic inherent connections so we can perceive their meaning and deduce from it some kind of orientation for the future.

Building upon elementary physical forces, basic laws and constants we can observe a development from the simple to the manifold and complex: from the basic components of matter and energy, the quarks, leptons, bosons via the protons, neutrons, electrons right up to the atomic structure of the elements, - from the individual atoms up to the crystal or metal structure, from the individual atoms up to the molecular structure of the genetic substance DNA, - to the tissue structures of the plant and animal kingdom, and also from the individual atoms up to the physical and psychological structures of humans: - the development always runs from the simple to the highly complex.

As these examples show, the development from one step to the next not only results in a "more", but always as well in a "more and different". Besides quantity it is also quality which develops. In this general given context, the view that such a development of increasing quality and complexity should end with humans seems rather naive.
Notwithstanding the variety apparent in the individual elements of the total development - both in the temporal sequence and horizontally at any given time -: all of them are subject to the same universal laws. With regard to life as such, a further unifying factor may be observed, namely, the passing on of information from one individual to another through the physical structures of the DNA.

The highly complex molecular structures of the genetic information from the beginning of Life up until today are to a large part identical, and where they do differ, still compatible. In the debates about genetic technology this aspect has so far remained unnoticed. The arbitrary artificial changing of sequences of genetic information may quite possibly render such information incompatible with regard to the manipulated sections. The consequences for Life as such are totally unforeseeable. Nor is anything known about the metabolism of - be it manipulated or not - DNA absorbed via the food chain.

Life has been directed from its beginnings by the information stored within the molecules of the DNA. With the development of the central nervous system, in particular the neurons in the brain as well as the cerebrum, it created for itself a new medium capable of learning. To begin with, the high point of this development was the formation of Instinct.

The DNA is undoubtedly subject to the physical laws of nature, and the same may be said of animal instinct. Spontaneous alterations such as mutations will either prove their worth within the system of the Whole by enriching it, or else, where they endanger the foundations of living together, will soon eliminate themselves. Instinct not only serves the preservation of the individual but also that of the entire species and, over and above this, the living together in nature.

A most vital new phenomenon come about through the continuing development of the human brain is the emergence of free will. This has created a completely novel situation. For the first time in history there exists a creature who on the one hand by its very nature is totally subject to the natural laws but on the other hand is not readily willing to acknowledge this. Nature is thereby taking an extremely high risk, endangering its very own existence.

However, through its learning process covering thousands of years the newly emerging human being has gained the opportunity through steady growth in knowledge and awareness to develop its intrinsic human-ness. By experience humans are able to learn to understand, accept and observe all those laws which serve the maintaining of their own existence as well as the continuance of life around them. Through the continued growth of the cerebrum in the anthropoids, an immaterial medium of information has arisen in man. On the mental level we here find in close competition the various stages of consciousness, rational thought, the languages, the cultures, ideologies and religions.

Besides the expansion of creativity the freedom from being guided by the DNA or by instinct has also had a most negative effect. It paves the way for trouble arising from ignorance which, as is shown by the dark side of history up to the present day, may even culminate in wilful destruction. The separation from the state of securely being guided if not controlled in the interest of the living Whole (Fromm calls it 'biophilia') creates in man a kind of vacuum. This inner emptiness can later take the form of an 'emotional deficit' if at birth certain primary natural needs of the young human are no longer being fulfilled.

Whereas all animals, even our nearest relatives in the animal kingdom, instinctively know how to behave, we alienated humans, far removed from the natural knowledge of ancient cultures, no longer realise that the trauma of birth needs to be alleviated through continuous close touch between the parent and the new-born infant. The pain of being separated from being one with the mother, from the accustomed warmth, the accustomed comforting sounds of the mother's breathing and heartbeat, can prevent a positive imprint in the new-born. Moreover, the sense of being alone, oftentimes covered over by crying and whimpering, leaves no room for the innate instinctual trust to develop. The development of a healthy sense of social belonging is impeded and the experienced deprivation may cause the natural need for support and security to degenerate into the extremes of anxiety, greed, addiction or emotional frigidity ('necrophilia', as Fromm calls it).

With humankind's freedom there emerged for the first time an energy capable of independent thought. It forever confronts us with the essential choice: Will I be in alignment with the system of Nature, or in opposition to it?

The more human individuals in the interest of their continued growth manage to stop staring at partial achievements and particular interests manifested in the course of history, the more closely they remain aligned to their inner centre where they will regain the vision of the Whole. Many indigenous societies intuitively master this technique of letting go.

Their trance experiences induced through dancing, drugs or meditation have a centering effect through connecting and harmonising the rational, more recently evolved aspect of being-human with the, in the history of the species more ancient, emotional one.
In the process of human living and learning, joy and well-being are our rewards, whereas suffering, neediness and pain constitute important warnings of developments going wrong.

Human reasoning's tendency to consider as absolute what are only partial findings, the stagnation of knowledge through dogmatising as well as greed for power at all costs are the obstacles blinding us with regard to what needs to be done. They impede the further development of humanity and its ability to find a way out of the self-created predicament. For as long as discomfort and pain are suppressed or subordinated to special interests, no wrong course of action will be corrected and dead-end paths will continue to be pursued. In pursuit solely of our own interests we fail to notice the suffering we humans have been, and still are, causing on this planet. Were this not so, we would all be screaming with pain, non-stop, and would devote all our energies to a closure of this quarry of death that we call life.

In the context of these ideas it seems plausible to assume that the products of rational thought, our ideas right up to the various world views and ideologies, must also be subject to those laws which brought them into being. Whatever is being thought can no longer be a matter of indifference. The quality of our thinking directly affects the quality of our life. Culture and philosophy, ideology or religion http://emanzipationhumanum.de/english/immunize.html - in view of the complex interrelationships coming to light, their teachings and assertions must be able to be assessed with the wellbeing of the totality of Nature in mind. No longer can they live in conceited isolation with impunity, without negative consequences for everyone involved. For these days, the human potential transcends all boundaries. There is no longer any place on this planet that remains unknown and thus safe from humans.

With regard to the social dimension this poses an urgent task for alienated humanity. Unless it wants to forego its own basis of living - or better: survival, it will need to learn to adapt to the continuity of Nature as a unified Whole.

There is as yet no generally accepted blueprint for a society committed to safeguarding the Whole, not to mention its survival. The hierarchical structures of the world's population continue to serve solely particularised interests of certain individuals or individual groups. In this endeavour they even turn a blind eye to the large-scale destruction of their own species and its base for survival. This has widely led to a general condemnation of hierarchies. As long as they continue to disregard the welfare of the Whole, failing to secure for it a viable future whilst pursuing their individual concerns at others' expense, they lack all credibility: they will need to be resisted and changed.

Humanity alone is free to serve that "vital system", the Earth - the rest of Nature, lacking free will, is fixated to it through genetical or instinctual imprint.

The full potential of human creativity will only unfold in voluntary ("freely willed") service to the Whole. This does not mean that the overcoming of human destructiveness through the voluntary limiting of our free will must necessarily result in empty boredom. Certainly there will be less waste of time with products of a leisure industry subservient to the whims of consumers at the cost of precious resources and a clean environment. However, the gain will undoubtedly be an improved quality of life as well as more spare time through more meaningful work.Time which will then be used for relaxed idleness or active meditation, for conscious rest as well as responsible enjoyment or cheerful celebration in joyous harmony with others.

My thanks to Mathias Vetter and Maike Varenkamp & Co. for their constructive contributions.
here is more on the subject: http://emanzipationhumanum.de/english/titels.html#1

The only solution I see is if government based on exploitation and destruction of nature is replaced by people who want there to be further human reproduction beyond the next hundred years. The first step would be to ban harmful industrialization, focus on food production and distribution, encourage communication systems for cooperative efforts, set population limits and use as little natural resources as possible.
Next we would need education beyond the extent of creating mindless consumers, and teach the values of life and interdependance without using dividers such as religion and isms.

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Wolfgang Fischer
[http://globalresonance.net/profile.cfm?uid=128100&si=213277&sp=60963061]

Born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1951, traditional education in euro-centric Christian environment, medical doctor since 1978, married 1989, two children, experience of life lead to emotional tensions which urged me to question many of the concepts I automatically had accepted and adopted, a burning desire for harmony and a deep confidence in life helped to overcome my fears allowing me to withdraw support and to disassociate myself where- and whenever possible from concepts, programs, practices and persons that do not meet my deeply perceived ideal of overall responsibility.
In permanent schooling on my path towards growing humaneness I try to model my experience into words.

The emerging texts present mental concepts of reality as I learn to understand it.
Published in German, English and Spanish on internet [http://emanzipationhumanum.de], [http://mensch-sein.de] everybody can check and see if my perceptions are coherent to what other people perceive, feel and think about existence, about life and the conditions of interrelated being.

My hope is to give a chance to the authenticity of united autonomy which is embedded in the interdependent and growing diversity of life to overcome the alienating monotony of maniac aberration and human degeneration.

The deviation towards unhealthy development in my eyes is being caused by the unique humane freedom of choice either to cooperate with life or to stand against it if the second choice is made.

My intention is to augment humane resonance within the given cosmic context for the benefit of an overall well being - finally allowing the emergence of the transformation of the prevailing socio-political systems away from clinging to matter and subordinating powers (necrophilia) towards pacifying and safeguarding Love of Life (biophilia).