The magical state:
Tribal customs are passed down from an ancient lineage, including rites of passage and seasonal cycles. Safety and security are sought by bonding together and identifying (fusing) with a tribe. With the intention to persevere and protect against outsiders, allegiances are created, and admiration is given to the chief, parent, ancestors, customs, and clans. Mystical signs and desires of powerful spirits must be followed for the continued safety and wellbeing of the tribe.
The magical and mystical state:
Marks the emergence of a sense of self (ego) distinct from the tribe, although it often acts impulsively on behalf of its favored group. These individuals see themselves as the center of the world (egocentric). These individuals seek to express and fulfill their wants and desires immediately. Their motto: "It's all about me." These individuals don't plan for the future but act impulsively to get what they want now. Life is a wild jungle with predators and prey. To avoid threats and survive, these individuals exert their power to seek to align with powerful leaders. The moto: "Survival of the fittest."
This level of cultural worldview is most active in Sweden as we speak and is forcing a degradation of the Swedish culture through intimidation and violence. When given tools and resources, these individuals can do great harm. They have an underdeveloped ethical framework and group moral where shame, harassments, threats, physical violence, public humiliation, kidnapping, torture and rape, and murder are "acceptable" even worth honoring, creating nothing but trauma and separation in its path now and for generations to come.
These individuals make no recognition of a person's vulnerability. Their violence expands to physically disabled people, children, women, men, and the elderly. The abuse carried out in groups serves as a reinforcement of fear and trauma among tribe members. It is an effective way to force participation and differentiate group members from healthy parts of society.
Intimidating, humiliating, and dominating others is how these individuals get things done. Suppose you are a weaker individual or a weaker group. In that case, it often serves you better to submit to the warlord or chief accepting your place in the dominant power structure in exchange for protection and share of the spoils. This creates a silens-culture among both superiors and inferiors. A behavior spreading like a pandemic in Sweden.
The ethnocentric state: (pre-rational)
Powerful God rules with a direct hand on the earthy affairs of men and women. Instead of being united only by blood, individuals operating within this state can unite under the same power god and be united like brothers and sisters. They can live peacefully together under rules that maintain the established way of living and promote stability. Each individual must make sacrifices to God and community/country, which gives order and meaning to life. Our sacrifices and suffering ennoble us. Order and goodness depend on strict rules and laws, sacrifices, obedience, and providing sons as soldiers to maintain order. Everyone that works hard obeys rules, and fulfills social duties is honorable; these people are heroes. Rules give life a clear, absolute meaning, direction, and purpose. There are higher principles that must be followed. Everyone has their proper place in society, held together by laws and religious commandments. This state emphasizes order, consistency, and convention, being conservative and holding on to traditions. The structure is patriarchal, and men and women are given roles in society, based on gender, that must be obeyed. The authority shows the true path of righteous living, which maintains separation and polarization between men and women, the good and the bad, right and wrong, a sinner or a saint in a black and white perspective. Shame, blame, guilt, and fear controls impulsivity through disciplined allegiance to traditions, rules, and laws. Sacrifices and stability today guarantee rewards in the future. Glorious heaven awaits those who diligently follow the rules of the one true way. The imagination of one power God creates maintainer a dominant hierarchy like the one from the previous level of awareness but are manifested a bit more sophisticated and civilized in different nations.
An upgraded version of religion is ideology, but the dominant hierarchies are the same. Ideologies have leaders seen as power gods by themselves and others. A rigid take on ideology will regress into shame, blame, guilt, and fear demanding self-expression which are the worst ingredients for any group, may it be family, community, company, or nation.
Whenever there is a paradigm shift in human evolution, meaning awareness wants to expand, the ones in power regress and start to demonstrate behaviors from the previous level of worldview awareness. Every time in history, the ones in power have been under the misconception that they represent the highest level of awareness. People in power constantly fail to understand that human potential is infinite and fail to empower awareness to develop and grow freely. Of course, with a noble intention, "I know what's best for you," but with a high level of ignorance, they are hindering people from growing, often with the not-so-noble-subconscious-fear of being left behind and abounded, trying to hinder the inevitable change already happening. Hindering awareness from expanding WILL NEVER WORK.
The great enlightenment: (rational)
Everything that goes up must come down, and the force behind that is gravity. We entered the Newtonian world where gravity was followed by studies in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, astrology, psychology, and more. Many human and earthly matters suddenly became understandable and controllable phenomena of the human experience. The source of the magical, mystical, and miraculous in life was found in studies, science, intellectual and theoretical knowledge. The rational worldview of modernity cuts across group loyalties and applies universal systems and principles to all humans- the first genuinely world-centric view. The ideals were equality, justice, liberation, empowerment, and striving for progress, success, independence, worthy achievements, status, and affluence. The future is not predetermined or locked into place by norms and traditions. You can create a new tomorrow through goals-oriented actions taken today. These individuals play to win in a competitive marketplace of ideas and opportunities. Winning occurs through strategy, planning, and testing for the best solutions. You control your destiny through your cognitive intelligence and different skills that can be trained. The scientific method exemplifies these individuals' beliefs that the subjective realm is fundamentally set apart from the objective domain. The phenomenal success of science and technology continually enhances the standards of material living around the world.
The post-modern state: (post-rational)
Awareness grows into a multi-world-centric worldview. These individuals can stand outside the monolithic system and see multiple points of view, realities, and truths. Everything is equally interconnected in the holistic web of life. This state of worldview/culture first made itself known on the world stage in the 1960s. Indeed, all the major social revolutions of that time have their footprints in this state of awareness: the environmental movement, the holistic health movement, and the human potential movement.
These individuals have a sensibility for pluralism and relativism and scan the horizon, ensuring that no one gets left out, often disrupting the balance between inclusion and self-responsibility. Political correctness means advocating conformity, kindness, politeness, consideration, and consensus around a narrative created by the establishment. Political correctness often drives the decision-making process, which is its end game. This creates an inaccurate analysis of the reality, and the changes are short-term solutions, not providing long-lasting, sustainable changes for the better (since the analysis is incorrect). We all want kindness and consideration, but when the group morality expects us to let kindness, politeness, and consideration override authenticity, openness, honesty, and transparency, and not advocate self-responsibility for self-improvement, human evolution is derailing from growth and development.
Technology and social media have altered our perception of reality. Inequalities from all over the world are being shown to us every day through different channels. Greed and unethical use of resources are presented to us in which we participated. Relativism becomes a fact, and we are all placed on a scale of wealth and health. The process has been overwhelming, and many people cannot yet make judgments of depth, so egalitarianism becomes the most appropriate response, which is very unfortunate. Egalitarianism is not positive development from this level of society/culture. On the contrary, it is a massive setback going back to the ethnocentric worldview awareness, demanding submissiveness, obedience, and sacrifices —a solution created by shame, blame, guilt, and fear.
I believe the future is conscious capitalism, a balance between capitalism and socialism, decentralized through cryptocurrency, creating a healthy distribution of wealth by people by choice, not by power-driven self-appointed leaders taking it upon themselves to distribute wealth.
With "good intentions" like demarginalizing minorities and underrepresented voices, these individuals attempt to give equal recognition to a diversity of perspectives. However, their intention will not manifest without understanding the depth of worldview awareness. Some of these social justice warriors, the woke movement, and parts of the black lives matters-movement are creating rules and restrictions that bypass crucial components of human development on both social and cultural development and the aspect of personal growth.
Demanding equal rights for all is often the initiative of people who didn't use the birthright given to all of us, which is active choices in every given moment, and to take self-responsibility through self-awareness. People who were unable to use their advantage in life often shame other people who did. Sometimes, the true motive behind these different movements is often hidden in ones' shadow. Some actions are driven by shame, blame, guilt, fear, and jealousy and are simply bringing more of that to the table regardless of what they call their battle. Battles create wars regardless of the intention. The only battle you should be participating in is the one with your inner demons of not-enoughness and unworthiness.
Denying the inconvenient truth that some cultures are more developed, representing a more accurate interpretation of reality better supporting human evolution and growth, makes these people ignorant. Instead, they demand equal outcomes in the name of diversity and inclusion, which creates the exact opposite. Moreover, it hinders true diversity, which is shown in a subjective perception of passion, curiosity, experiences, different assets, traits, talents, abilities, advantages, and the ability to use them well.
The Integral state: (trans-rational)
Awareness keeps growing into the next state of worldview, creating a much-needed culture, the integral state, advocating a Deliberately Developmental Culture. These individuals see that every perspective captures some essential aspects of reality exceptionally well. Yet, each also empathizes and marginalizes other aspects of things, realizing a critical insight: All perspectives are true but partial.
From this point of view, these individuals can also see that some perspectives are more true than others. Depth exists from a developmental perceptive of human evolution that involves these different states of worldview awareness and cultures. These individuals can also understand that all of these states will be represented simultaneously and start to work towards supporting development and growth from within each state instead of working from the outside of each state.
Offering equal opportunities –and empowering people to take them– without attachment nor ownership of the desired outcome is the only way to move forward from every place of awareness in the evolution of humanity. Empowering through opportunities of education, self-awareness, self-expression, and creation. Emphasizing the importance of making active choices and taking self-responsibility for constant self-improvement and holding people responsible for the consequences each decision creates, as well as allowing individuals to keep and distribute most of their wealth earned this way, in whatever way they see fit.
All states are true but partial and depth exit. The state of enlightenment has more depth and is more true than the ethnocentric state, and the integral state has more depth and is more true than the post-modern state. When this understanding makes sense on a bodily level (not only in mind), these individuals will take a momentous leap within sensemaking of the world and overall clarity. This will start a positive spiral of creativity, motivation, inspiration, and innovation. This level of awareness expands the understanding of altruism. The highest level of altruism starts with self-love and self-care. These individuals will be focusing on long-lasting, sustainable solutions, starting on an individual level, and moving on to their environment and community. Their timeframe expands as well, and their commitment is for life. They see challenges, possibilities, and opportunities where others see problems, difficulties, and struggles. They see difficulties and struggles where other people see suffering and injustice. They can empathize with others' struggles without getting entangled, overwhelmed, or anxious. They are not getting emotionally hijacked easily. Awareness is freed up to enjoy life fully from fullness instead of lack, from needs of purpose instead of sufficiency need, from abundance instead of scarcity. These individuals take a healthy self-interest and an interest in the welfare of others. These individuals will not tell; they will show the way towards inner peace and liberation from hindering subconscious beliefs.
The Integral, holistic state and beyond, moving into a super integral worldview, are stages of human evolution and awareness that hopefully will be represented even more on the world stage during the 21st century. Suppose this inspires you and you want to know more. In that case, this text is built upon Ken Wilbers work and decades of studies regarding human consciousness, and you find valuable knowledge presented comprehensively in the book The integral life practice written by Ken Wilber, Terry Patten, Adam Leonard, and Marco Morelli.
Suppose you feel overwhelmed by the world and think that the ground beneath you is shaking and shattering your understanding of reality and your beliefs. In that case, you are probably having an awakening. Meditation is an excellent tool for coming back to your senses and finding stability and a healthy way forward. Here you can read about how I got started with meditation.