You think there’s a real difference between ‘self’ and ‘other.’ But ‘self,’ what you call yourself, and what you call ‘other’ are mutually necessary to each other like back and front. They’re really one. Just as a magnet polarizes itself at north and south, but it’s all one magnet, so experience polarizes itself as self and other, but it’s all one. If you try to make the south pole defeat the north pole, or get the mastery of it, you show you don’t know what’s going on.
Love, if it is love, never goes away.
It is embedded in us,
like seams of gold in the Earth,
waiting for light,
waiting to be struck.
⚘ Alice Walker, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing
“One should avoid assertion (wu wei) and practice inaction. One should learn to find taste in the tasteless, to enlarge the small things, and multiply the few. He should respond to hatred with kindness. He should resolve a difficulty while it is easy, and manage a great thing while it is small. Surely all the world’s difficulties arose from slight causes, and all the world’s great affairs had small beginnings. Therefore the wise man avoids to the end participation in great affairs and by so doing establishes his greatness.”
- Rational Achievement (Orange): Seeks self-expression through their overt material accomplishments. Does not subjugate their opinions to a higher authority and often utilizes objective truths and scientific approaches as a vehicle for their accomplishments. Typically display little idealism and places personal success against the welfare of the group or the ecology.
Manifested in the following: capitalist entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.
- Sensitive Self (Green): Seeks diverse and egalitarian nonhierarchical communities that acknowledge and value all perspectives above any single authority. Willing to subjugate their authority to others and has a strong sense of justice and attempts to reach consensus rather than subjugation. Concerned about ecological systems. Have high empathy skills and often values emotions above cognitive reasoning.
Manifested in the following: Postmodernism, nonprofits such as Greenpeace, animal rights groups, environmental activists, and human rights organizations.