How can we make sense of this complex, modern world?

Question from the Internet:

“In this complex modern world, it is impossible to be simple. Can you explain this?”

Imagine sensing, experiencing life on the level of one of the cells of your body, instead of feeling your “being” as a complete system, experiencing everything on that single-cellular level, being in the constant chaotic processes, constant rebuilding, destruction, the war that goes on inside our bodies.

I do not think we could tolerate, suffer that chaos, the mind-boggling complexity, the seemingly wanton destruction and rebuilding that keeps repeating itself without the “global oversight” our systemic consciousness above the body gives us.

In order to make sense, to understand and tolerate the increasing, seemingly chaotic complexity of our global world — which global world has become a single, fully integrated, and interdependent system like a biological body — we also have to develop a higher, qualitatively much more potent, collective consciousness, intellect. Only with such a composite, collective consciousness can we understand and control the seemingly pointless, aimless, chaotic processes, events “on the ground” — on our presently single-cellular level when each person thinks, calculates only for oneself.

We reached a unique evolutionary turning point in human development when the original egocentric, subjective individualistic consciousness, perception of reality cannot serve our continuing survival. As standalone, separated individuals we will not survive but consume everything and each other like cancer.

We are entering the new era of collective, mutually integrated, “Nature-like” human existence. The transition will unfold either through increasing pressure, growing, finally intolerable individual and collective suffering, or through a proactive, conscious preparation and purposeful, methodical implementation.



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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.