It’s interesting how influential barriers and speed of communication are upon systems and their abilities to achieve goals.
With a brain, I observe dramatically different forms of consciousness exhibited depending upon varying degrees of communication between cerebral hemispheres. Seamless communication suggests primary process, animal, autistic, nonreflective consciousness. Inhibited communication compels self-conscious, self-aware, often confused, alienated and modern, reflexive frames of reference. A single society may profit from both paradigms. We need our artists, mystics, businesspeople and politicians.
In our society, I also observe dramatically different forms of consciousness exhibited. Different individuals within a society may produce a balance, thus offering a society a multiplicity of forms. Still, a society may produce tendencies describable by how influential barriers and speed of communication are upon societal systems and their abilities to achieve societal goals.
In an individual, seamless cerebral communication may prevent the emergence of individual-driven creativity with no relative experience of different times, different places or what a thing may be if a thing is not. In a society characterized by massive barriers and poor communications, a disappearing of those barriers may have an opposite effect. Instead of a diminution of self awareness, a society without barriers that follows a society with walls can be a society that experiences an explosion of creativity as far more combinations of information compel a dramatic increase in potential outcomes.
Homogenous consciousness evolved to our present mottled consciousness. It seems our own peculiar, multifaceted, mixed-up consciousness, though unfathomably powerful at producing unique ideas and achieving goals, could use a little of that homogenous-consciousness ability to behave intuitively as part of a larger whole. In other words, there is less compulsion to frame experience as me/other, ignoring other if me is not clearly identified with. So, many individuals on the planet are exploring the possible advantages of having voluntary access to homogenous consciousness, what we might call a peace or universal self experience. We would like to be beings with barriers with the choice to have an experience of the barriers gone away.
Society has evolved from small bands of hominids exhibiting, we assume, relatively homogenous behaviors across the species. When we began to experience the world with nonhomogenous consciousness and split brains, society proliferated with varying cultures exhibiting tendencies to become quite baroque in isolation. Geographic distance enhanced unique cultural productions. Societal stratification congregated resources in the hands of those with skill, talent, luck, family connections, strength and the tendency to think of the self as more important than the other. Stratification and geographic isolation were instrumental in the creation of variation.
Now the walls come down. New communications technologies, globalization and the horizontalization of society are combining to offer vigorous hybrid ideas as the complete spectrum of human variation now blends colors in an almost infinite palette of concept procreation.
This massive creative surge would not have been possible without those barriers that kept resources and ideas segregated. An individual’s return to an experience of consciousness characterized by Self or a transcendence of barriers would not have been possible without our experience of alienation.
These two trends, of course, are inextricably related. As we as individuals achieve success experiencing peace, society at large is seeking to understand the power of homogeneity without transforming into some sort of cultural hegemony. We would like to be integrated into the larger environment, not unlike our hominid ancestors, but without being clueless about our contributions.
The paradox is that there is no growth without destruction. Individually or societally, we’ve had to experience isolation and angst to be able to experience union and insight. The cycle must go on. After the coming, unfathomably beautiful, subtle and sophisticated personal/societal integration, there must be barriers created again. Without barriers, the homogeneity that birthed us will emerge again and we’ll have no ideas, no ability to self-reflect.
A painter, after creating for a while, often has to throw out his or her palette. The colors become all blended with repeated use. It becomes impossible to create without clear barriers between the constituent elements.
As we individually explore emergence with the all, as our society investigates a world without want, we might at the same time offer reverence for that which made it possible to merge. Barriers are necessary for evolution.