Individual and collective explorations, learning and teaching can serve wholeness—whole people, whole communities, healthy ecosystems and wholesome futures. And deep, nuanced understandings enrich quality of life. So participate eagerly together in the vibrant realization of enlightening, effective knowledge that is both multi-dimensional and evolving.
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Going deeper …
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It’s interesting to think of the learning enterprise as being something that happens not only in individuals and but also in collectives – in groups, organizations, communities, countries. There is a whole field of organizational consulting based on organizational learning. How does an organization learn? People flow through it and they learn, but how does IT – as an organization, as an entity – learn, remember, solve problems, etc.
So I include in this pattern the individual’s explorations, learning and teaching, and also the collective’s explorations, learning and teaching. And we want all of that to serve wholeness, the whole person, the whole child, the whole community. We want communities to be healed and healthy and all participating together in making a good life for the people who live there. This also is about healthy ecosystems – the wholeness of the ecosystem – and also about wholesome futures.
Whatever we are learning in our wise democracy, whatever we are teaching, whatever we are doing, whatever we are exploring, we have this wholeness and wholesomeness in our minds, our hearts, our spirits. That is what we’re going for.
So often in our current culture the idea is that you are being educated into an ideology, or you are being educated for a job, or we’re giving you our culture so our culture can maintain itself against the onslaught of other cultures. These are all justifiable – if limited – goals for education and for lifelong learning. A current rationale for lifelong learning tells us to make sure that when we lose a job, we get retrained for a new job.
But that’s not the essence of what’s going on in a wise democracy. A wise democracy is looking at the wholeness of things and what kind of learning is involved in maintaining and supporting that wholeness. What do people need to know – and at what levels of their being do they need to know it – in order to serve their own wholeness and the wholeness of the world around them?