Thank you for your account of what you are working with in metamodern, and in integral circles.
I am familiar with Lena Rachel Andersen’s work, including her book Metamodernity: Meaning and Hope in a Complex World, and her Club of Rome book Bildung: Keep Growing.
She begins her preface in Bildung saying: “it is perhaps no big wonder that breath, spirit, consciousness are connected in the spiritual traditions and in different languages. …
It is a diabolic irony that through our very breath, humanity is now connected. Not through wisdom of the spirit, but through a virus; not though life, but through the risk of death.
While we have created technologies and economic infrastructures that connect us around the globe, we forgot to upgrade our understanding, our consciousness, our sense of responsibility, and our consciense; our spirit. We forgot to study, learn, and teach to everybody that which is at the core and forefront of human knowledge. We forgot to think, and we forgot to understand ourselves as connected around the globe and to protect life. We also forgot to see ourselves as a part of nature and to pay heed to the spiritual traditions that, different as they are, all tell us to treat Earth’s resources with humility and respect. We were poor stewards of the Earth we inherited; we are poor gardeners.”
What we need, according to Andersen, is … “all summed up in one German word: Bildung” (pp. 11-12).
Now let us try to understand who is seeing (child, student, adult, mature elder), how seeing is being done (in skills in individual-collective arts, in inter-personal relations, and in social contracts-disciplines), and what is being seen (in a skill, context, contract, discipline, organization, matrix, system), in various Primal Traditions (First Nations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Americas, Australia, Oceania), in various Oriental Traditions (Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism et al.), in various Semitic Traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam et al.), in various modern schools (focused on various sciences of measurement), in various postmodern schools (with various social justice and ecological critiques of various authoritarian knowledge claims), and in various metamodern and various integral schools (with various attempts to hold various knowledge claims altogether), ALTOGETHER.
Let us try to understand here the various who x how x what inhabitations we can share with each other, altogether, because, as Andersen affirms, our “breath, spirit, consciousness are connected in [our] spiritual traditions and in [our] different languages.”
If you are curious, let me invite you to see my paper at Academia.edu, From Only Economic Growth Counts in Our Work and Lives Towards Integrative Heart-Centred Thriveability.
Thank you for your time and attention.