Since we have started including discussions on various integral traditions here, we would like to know what the term "Integral" means to you.
For Centuries, the word Integral as in Integral Calculus gave sleepless nights to the students of mathematics world over. Now the word comes to haunt even those not that well familiar with mathematics. Please check the sample:
Integral Future, Integral Scholarship etc,
I am sure there will be hundreds of other uses of the word Integral. What can one make out of this. Great marketing people are always on the lookout for catchy new words to serve old wine (Integral Alcohol) in new bottle (Integral Packaging).
Do you think Bhagvad-Gita or Savitri contains Integral World-View as described above.
Part of the challenge of really appreciating what Integral means is that it takes quite a lot to understand its real significance, but many leaders in the field are convinced that it is going to be the next really significant leap we are going to make in terms of human development - consciousness and culture. For a real explanation, see Jean Gebser in terms of the beginnnings of this understanding and Ken Wilber as the most contemporary and major exponent.
Thanks Steve. What do I think? Several things:
1. You have just managed to convert me by the sheer depth and eloquence of the short exposition on "Integral".
2. Indeed, I think "Transformation" is the key. As had been for the ages. What will be the process mechanism of this transformation needs to be explored beyond Ken WIlber and the likes. What role "networking" plays in this transformation is what we need to explore over here, ourselves.
3. What happens to ordinary people like us carrying proteins within our DNA for greed, anger, jealousy, lust etc. Will we be stamped out or transform? History tells us that even great tecahers like Buddha or Christ or many others have not been very successful in transforming these proteins.
4. What software applications are available for common people who can perhaps only recognize what a mouse or a keyboard is and are not programmers, to connect with this "Transformation"?
Thanks again. Your comments have made this topic most relevant.
Ad 2. Aspiration to be of spiritual service is the key. A healthy group to work in is very important too as it sets up a nourishing environment to grow in.
Ad 4. There is some interest now with commercial companies to stimulate the development of social apps for the smartphone. Think of apps for locating neighbours who want to eat together, help each other with practical jobs, etc.
On a larger scale, there could be apps for facebook to exchange services worldwide, between friends on facebook, or between friends of friends, or basically anybody, free of money, but possibly measured in time-units spent on helping each other. This would be a kind of global-exchange-system, a variant of local exchange trading systems. This is part of my vision for the future. Money in that case would not be needed for such exchanges. Just time-units to measure the value of a service. There are already such systems on a local scale, like Ithaca hours. look it up on the net if you want to learn more about it.
It's just a matter of time before such applications are being developed. It is already possible now, with the help of web software. STRO in The Netherlands has developed a web-based accounting system for LETSystems called Cyclos. This is open source software! This is already in use in my country and also serves to help poor people in Brazil and elsewhere. A LETSystem can help to forego the limits of raw capitalism. This is now proved daily by its use worldwide in many local communities! .