Complexity science has given our new paradigm world a greater appreciation of the process called creativity. Creativity is now understood as a natural self-organization process in all complex adaptive systems. We now know that new patterns can be formed in a small part of a large complex adaptive system to influence the whole system. This means that a single small change can be multiplied and its power enhanced through interconnected feedback loops. Physical examples of this abound and include increased turbulence in water or air currents due to new system conditions. A more relevant example of our discussion of simple rules designed to promote a sense of oneness is the human creative process.
When we establish a set of simple rules, we are setting new system conditions that multiply the power of change through a set of interconnected feedback loops. When we create a set of simple rules designed to promote a sense of oneness, we are increasing the number of potential exchanges between them that can make that change happen. This means the probability of us developing a unifying sense of oneness is enhanced or amplified by increasing the number of exchanges between a set of simple rules fit for that purpose.
Another useful example of establishing a set of simple rules in this way has been put into place to minimize the spread of COVID-19. If we follow a set of simple rules such as those issued by the CDC, we are protecting ourselves by increasing the probability of exchanges that will potentially stop the spread of COVID-19. In this case, that set of simple rules is designed to reduce the probability of contracting or giving others coronavirus. In this example, people, our environments, and COVID-19 are three parts of a larger interconnected complex adaptive system. We are changing system conditions to influence a natural self-organization process that we know can’t be stopped but can potentially be positively influenced.
This is why and how I have established a set of simple rules to promote a sense of oneness. In this case, that set of simple rules is designed to reduce the probability of getting stuck in irreconcilable differences due to individualized perceptions of good vs. bad. In this case, people, our environments, and our individual perceptual biases are three parts of a larger interconnected complex adaptive system. In this case, we are changing system conditions to influence a natural self-organization process that we know can’t be stopped but, can potentially be positively influenced.
Oneness is a human system state that can be promoted through the creative process as more people decide they are ready for us to evolve past the emotional turbulence that is always caused by opposing good vs. bad perceptions. Nationally, we have seen news agencies and businesses help us through COVID-19 by changing sets of simple rules to be less competitive and more concerned about the common good. This different set of simple rules has not been broadcast in list form but, has been communicated through the expression, “We are all in this together.”
Since perceptually biased self-other assumptions develop out of our intent and experience trying to do good, it is especially important for all of us doing work for the common good to be intentional about overcoming our own perceptual biases. For this same reason, it is important for me to say that the set of seven simple rules I created should not be considered the only one. Simple Rule #6 is to multiply positive outcomes because by multiplying positive outcomes we learn over time and enhance the power of the simple rules that are making a positive difference.