Deception generates collective ignorance and folly. So it is important to represent ourselves and our views, feelings, intentions, and knowledge as truthfully as we can in life-serving ways. This helps everyone understand what is needed, real and available as they seek to generate broad benefits within changing conditions.
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Integrity and Authenticity – going deeper …
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Deception impedes collective intelligence. We need to be able to face reality, and what’s going on inside people is a major part of reality in any collective situation. So we need some access to that. We need to know what’s going on, what’s your story, how you are doing, what are you about and so forth.
To the extent there is deception going on, we don’t have access to that. So it generates collective ignorance when people hide important information, keeping it from the general pool of knowledge. Being ignorant of that information, they act without knowing it and their actions then don’t align with reality and fail. Withholding information is often a defense of one’s own interests and so the interest profile of the collective gets lopsided towards the psyche of the person who is withholding, or the group that is withholding.
But it is important to represent ourselves and our views, feelings, intentions, and knowledge as truthfully as we can in life-serving ways. After all, we can be open in ways that undermine other people or the aliveness of the group or the larger systems we’re part of. So we need to be conscious of how we share what’s going on while we recognize that there is a downside if we withhold important information that potentially reduces the collective intelligence of the group we are part of. And If we put out information that is unnecessarily disruptive and harmful we are also potentially undermining the collective intelligence of the group.
So we are holding both of those: We are thinking of the well-being and collective intelligence of the group and we are representing ourselves honestly: this is who I am, what am I capable of, what I am here for, what am I doing, my views and feelings, etc. These are the things I think, this is closest to what I can share, this is a good description of what I see. Here’s what I feel and need, here are my intentions, here’s where I’m at at this point, here’s what I’m here for.