Coronavirus and a Course in Anti-Fragility

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en and Corey respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by suggesting a far more comprehensive approach to health and healing. Watch as we take a tour through all four quadrants of healthy living — a much-needed guide to integral anti-fragility in the 21st century.

When I approached Ken for this episode of The Ken Show, I tried to come up with questions that could help us better understand and cope with the coronavirus pandemic that is making such a deep impact upon our lives. The questions I submitted to Ken were an attempt to look at these transformative life conditions from three different angles — from above, from between, and from within:

  1. What are the geopolitical consequences of this pandemic — particularly the backslide we are seeing away from democracy and toward authoritarianism? What wisdoms are we learning from all of this that we can apply to our next set of global life conditions coming down the line?
  2. How is “collective trauma” different than “individual trauma”, and what kinds of treatments, interventions, and rehabilitations are required in order to heal this kind of shared injury?
  3. How can Integral practice help us cultivate the anti-fragile mindsets required to both endure and grow in the midst of crisis?

I figured these questions would give us a nice open sandbox to play in, since I wasn’t exactly sure what Ken wanted to say about all of this. What he offered was even better — not only did he answer all my questions, he also situated them into a much larger framework in order to explore an overall integral approach to health and healing. It was an extraordinary presentation that is immediately relevant to the world-wide system shock we are all experiencing right now.

Written and produced by Corey deVos

Music by Stuart Davis

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Corey deVos

About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is editor and producer of Integral Life. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.

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About Ken Wilber

Ken Wilber is a preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is an internationally acknowledged leader, founder of Integral Institute, and co-founder of Integral Life. Ken is the originator of arguably the first truly comprehensive or integrative world philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory”.