Depth & Span

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Polarity Description
The polarity of Depth and Span represents two crucial dimensions of consciousness and reality. Depth refers to the level of development or complexity in consciousness, ranging from basic, survival-oriented awareness to highly evolved, nuanced, and complex stages. Span, conversely, denotes the reach or inclusivity of consciousness, how broadly or narrowly one’s awareness encompasses various aspects of reality. This polarity highlights the interplay between the evolution of consciousness (Depth) and its capacity to integrate and embrace diversity (Span), both essential for holistic development.
Depth, representing the stages of evolution within each holon, is about the internal complexity and sophistication of individual entities. This includes the evolution of consciousness, cultural values, and technological advancements within societies, as well as the biological complexity of individual organisms. Depth is crucial for understanding the intricacies of development, the potential for transformation, and the progression towards more advanced, inclusive, and integrated states of being.
Span in this context refers to the variety and quantity of holons present at each level of evolutionary development. It encompasses the wide range of species, cultures, ideas, and systems that exist at similar stages of complexity. A broad Span signifies a rich diversity of existence, ensuring resilience, adaptability, and the potential for cross-fertilization of ideas and traits across different entities.

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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.