I’ve been doing some thinking lately about the Spiral and how different stages of consciousness present themselves, particularly how stages express individually vs. collectively, and how they express internally vs. externally.
For example, if a group of individuals who predominantly are at Orange interact with the world, what is the stage of consciousness expressed by the group? One might be inclined to say Orange, because they’re all at Orange, but I think that’s an error, and here’s why: while one may have evolved a particular stage of consciousness individually, from a collective point of view, the collective consciousness expressed is fully dependent on the quality of interactions inside the collective organism.
Take, for example, organizations like the Chamber of Commerce. We can probably safely say that many members of this group will be at Orange, expressing their entrepreneurial genius. However, when we see the CoC interacting with the world, we actually see it expressing in ways much more aligned with Amber/Blue on the Spiral. They fight only for the good of their organization’s members, and frequently their interactions with other groups (like Greenpeace and other environmental groups that would seek to regulate their activities) expresses as “us vs. them,” which we all know is very much Amber/Blue. This isn’t just the case with the CoC–we see this with how many collective organizations interact with the world.
That gets me thinking… as a collective, will the predominant individual stage of consciousness in that group regress a level when the group has to act as an individual organism? Group interactions are inherently more difficult given there are so many moving parts that need to align for the group to speak with one voice. That means that it will be very tempting for a group to regress to a stage of consciousness that is familiar and easy… certainly not the cutting edge. So a Green group, when speaking as a collective, will fall back to Orange science (Green groups, when the speaking about climate change, universal health care, etc, tend to focus on the logic and reason, which is very Orange). A Blue group, such as many alt-right groups, will fall back to Red when acting as a group.
Looking at internal interactions within a group, however, I think we will see those mostly at the predominate level of the individual members. There is less cognitive dissonance and more trust, and so therefore it becomes far easier to communicate at the same level as your peers, and therefore less likely to regress a stage. The exception might be a group without a truly predominant stage, or that is unhealthy; the Republicans and Democrats come to mind, as they are a mix of Amber & Orange and Green & Orange, respectively, and we frequently see internal conflicts within those groups that lead to an external paralysis of communications and actions, and certainly a “least common denominator” output from these conflicts. For example, the Green Democrats try to use their Green egalitarianism to make their Orange members happy… remember the Public Option and how it died during the Obamacare debate?
Am I off base here? Has anyone else noticed this? It seems like it is important given how many disparate groups are vying for attention and power these days. If this is the case, this knowledge could be very helpful for easing the communications between seemingly conflicting groups, like the Democrats and the Republicans, since we will know how to translate to the group’s level rather than the individuals in that group.