Here I am stuck in the middle with you.
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you.
– Stealers Wheel 1970[i]
Human beings always do the most intelligent thing…after they’ve tried every stupid alternative and none of them have worked.
– Buckminister Fuller.
My sense of humour plays a significant role in keeping me vibrant. Whilst socially legitimised inanity[ii] seems to be the name of the game, I need to find ways to stay on track. These lyrics by Stealers Wheel trigger for me laughter informed refreshment, and often spontaneous song. They hopefully, will assist me in engaging you more meaningfully on a challenging topic—the importance of bringing holistically informed fresh thinking to light on Earth.
“Stuck in the middle with you”.
I am delighted to live in a world of evidence-based science, especially as human creativity in this domain is so dynamic and always innovating atomistically to make-visible and measure what was until recently invisible. However, there is a problem. As the previously immeasurable becomes visible, our challenge is to interpret the new patterns appropriately in alignment with how all life-works. The more subtle our metrics, the more we move away from the abilities of a Newtonian ‘Clockwork Universe’ view of All-life, to deduce reliable meaning.
From my life-long study and practice of human emergence based upon the research lineage of Clare W Graves, the last 100 years has revealed the development of a new worldview that offers a more Universe centric, or Holistic interpretation of the data.
We need to manage holistically, embracing all of our science and traditional knowledge – all sources of knowledge. We can do that from the household to government to international relations.
— Allan Savory
History shows us that when old ways of thinking cannot manage, any new offerings of interpretation or solutions are inevitably heretical to the fiercely protected ‘old ways’. Amidst this tussle fear, insecurity, anger, guilt, panic, depression, frustration and loneliness most probably arise across a population and, in many cases, the harbingers of a new way forward are cast out as heretical by an unwitting mob. It is as if an invisible force of culture causes individuals to cling to outdated norms and ideals as if they were clinging to a high-altitude trapeze bar. The comfort of the old bar encourages a tight grip with the myth of best-practise whilst a hidden fear of an imagined fall, and the irrational fears of shame, blame and guilt slowly tighten the grip to manic proportions. Such tension will inevitably lead to desperation as the energy to cling-on wanes, and panic-induced actions do more harm and further weaken our grip.
Socially elected positions of authority, power, and influence currently depend on assuring a social spectrum of subconscious dependencies and innate needs. These include quality food, air and water, shelter, warmth and information, whilst meeting the requirements for a collective sense of safety, creative expression, security, enterprise, prosperity and community.
The gap between the experience of a Citizen and their subconscious demands shape this middle ground as a prime space of messiness for all Nations and Earth’s current civilisation.
Democracy, with its promise of international peace, has been no better guarantee against war than the old dynastic rule of kings.
— Jan Smuts
I suspect that future history will show us that this was a time when our cultural narrative was the most disconnected from the reality of the Divine, our Universe and ourselves. Yet like a child moving through adolescence, it was a phase we had to go through.
Humans have always unknowingly affected all Universe by every act and thought they articulate or even consider.
– Buckminister Fuller.
So where is the new trapeze bar?
Here I am.
Recognise – truly notice – what life is and you shall know how to behave.
— Clare W Graves.
All change starts with an inspired individual who can see a way forward and despite many inner and outer challenges and adventures, they succeed in demonstrating the truth of their insights in practical ways to overcome the irrational cultural projections. It requires staying power and stamina for a long haul of many decades. Seemingly, Nature does not like to release the next new version until it is fully-tested and the old approach is past its sell-by date.
To differentiate between a worldview that strives to control and dominate the world through a reductionistic and entropic stance from a worldview inspired to shape the emergence of team humanity on a viable planet through a holistic and syntropic perspective is significant. All evidence suggests that a Holistic awareness is the essential future proof thought leadership capacity of this Century. Such thinking, if current trends continue, will continue to evolve and refine further to equip humanity to be the eyes, ears and insatiable curiosity of an eternally regenerative creative Universe.
For you to accept and appreciate that the Clowns to the left and the Jokers to the right reflect the deeper dynamics of the Universe acting out in human form results in personal freedom.
In the words of Buckminster Fuller, “We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.” For myself, here I be.
[ii] Inanity: Something empty of meaning or sense.