Complexity science research and lessons learned in the area of neurophilosophy have already created a scientific paradigm shift and are now calling for decision-makers to consider our new paradigm reality. If world leaders continue to act as if they are relatively unaware of the historical record each of us carries in our amygdala about our own evolution, they will continue to seek perceptually-biased solutions that will serve to increase the anger and resentment in leaders of countries with different perceptions of good vs. evil. This is how the good vs. evil perceptual bias held in a single person can be transferred to the larger scale of a nation. This is how the good vs. evil perceptual bias held in a single person can directly influence global relationships.
Simple Rule #5 is to create shared benefits because this is the only way to move past the irreconcilable differences and emotional tensions that will keep us stuck in polarizing divisions forever. Our currently polarized world will learn to focus on creating shared benefits if we want to promote a sense of oneness on a global scale. Likewise, those inhabiting that world will learn to focus on creating shared benefits if we want to promote a sense of oneness in our nation and communities. In this polarized world, we will learn to focus on creating shared benefits if we want to promote a sense of oneness in our families and marriages.
The stress caused by COVID-19 and our current wake-up call to take better care of our planet, provides the world with an opportunity to learn from the scientific paradigm shift that has already occurred. The Western World does need to listen to spiritual leaders with an Eastern Philosophy as they call our attention to the concept they call “oneness,” but we all need to recognize that oneness is a pattern and not a word. We all need to recognize that oneness will only be achieved when we create shared benefits on the deeply learned level of our own amygdala memories regarding good vs. evil.
It will take many generations to gradually overcome our evolutionary neurobiological tendency to develop good vs. bad perceptions that favor ourselves and our own people over “the other.” Yet, we can begin now to recognize good vs. bad perceptions in ourselves that are just as hurtful to others as, the ones they express against us. Remember, amygdala memories develop out of experience and without a new and better experience, their patterns don’t change.
Oneness is a human system state that requires us to fully understand that each of our amygdala memories have self-organized out of prior experience or have been inherited through our DNA. Oneness is a human system state that requires us to fully understand that our good vs. bad perceptions will not change until we have a new and better experience. In other words, we will not be on a path toward a shared sense of oneness until we take the first step of intentionally allowing our own good vs. bad perceptions to be changed through a more positive experience with people whose perceptual bias opposes ours.
Since perceptually-biased self/other assumptions develop out of our intent and experience trying to do good, when we do good, we must ask ourselves the question, “For whom am I doing good?” It is very likely we will realize that our own idea of doing good is as perceptually biased as anyone else’s. Simple Rule #5 is to create shared benefits because this is the only way to get past our own perceptually biased idea of doing good.