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atch as Corey and Keith discuss the psychological and cultural aftermath of the 2020 Presidential Election, and the integral work ahead of us to help put the fragmented pieces of our society back together in the post-Trump era.
We live in an incredibly divisive time, one that has adapted us to lead almost exclusively with our political identities, and where our most deeply-held values are hijacked by malignant views.
It’s clear that we do not all live in the same reality. If anyone is responsible for finally dispelling “the myth of the given”, it’s not Ken Wilber — it’s QAnon.
This is the era of “aperspectival madness”. It is where one person’s unfalsifiable mythic narrative is weighed equally with another person’s falsifiable evidence. Where extraordinary claims are accepted uncritically without the burden of extraordinary proof. Where a plurality of people believe that their YouTube “research” has made them legal and medical experts. Where pre-conventional views begin to infect post-conventional communities, and weaponize them against conventional structures of shared reality. Where we project our personal shadows out onto the world, and then self-righteously attack anyone standing in that “collective shadow” (which, coincidentally, happens to be shaped exactly like our own disowned self.)
Welcome to the Divided States (and Stages) of America.
How can we begin to heal and re-unify as a people, a nation, and as a world?
How can we defend our partial-but-still-important, conventional, civilizing structures from the black tide of pre-conventional superstition and propaganda?
How can we reason people out of non-rational positions they never reasoned themselves into in the first place?
How can we begin to restore trust in our institutions and in each other, and then use this trust to find our way back to shared values, shared principles, and shared realities?
There is no more important task ahead of us — and no challenge more ripe for integral problem solving. We may not have the answers yet, but we sure do have a comprehensive view of the problem, and of the fundamental tenets of reconstructive truth. If anyone can help the world out of this mess, it’s us.
What do you think? How are you stepping up to this challenge within your own sphere of influence? Let us know in the comments below!
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About Keith Witt
Dr. Keith Witt is a Licensed Psychologist, teacher, and author who has lived and worked in Santa Barbara, CA. for over forty years. Dr. Witt is also the founder of The School of Love.
About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.com. 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.