Following the last post’s foundational conviction that society should be organized according to the principles of reciprocity, cooperation, and interconnectedness, that oneness is the operating principle of civilization – as well as following a previous post’s idea that oneness is an ontological truth of reality – our perspective takes on dimensions of time and space.
On a spatial level, these principles imply the need for a global perspective. The well-being of geographically distant people is taken into account for personal and collective decision-making. If, indeed, oneness of humanity is the principle by which civilization operates, then the well-being of the entire earth’s population needs to be accounted for in decisions made by any one part of the world. (And this is precisely how human physiology operates.)
On a temporal level, our perspective needs to be intergenerational. In other words, the well-being of future generations of people is taken into account for any personal, local, collective, or world-wide decision-making. If one thinks more deeply, this is also a feature of human physiology, particularly during embryonic and infant stages of development. This temporal dimension to the oneness of humankind provides the foundation for the concept of sustainability – concern for future well-being – a concern that is more fully understood when adopting a vision of the body of humanity over time.
The environment crisis is one practical example of ignoring these two dimensions of oneness. Can you think of others? How can these issues be addressed through this richer understanding of oneness? Any daily life examples of the operationalization of the principle of oneness?