The goal of the site is to edge use towards a saner, happier, more just and equitable world by helping use change how we see ourselves and our world. A basic assumption of this site is that for each of us, the most useful thing we can do is to change ourselves, (or as Gandhi actually never said) become the change we want to see in the world.
Given that, does the following make sense?
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of G*d.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of G*d within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
So what am I suggesting ?
I am suggesting we change how we think of our self. We move away from worshiping the “individual” as some form of G*d. (And wouldn’t it be interesting if when he created us in his own image, that image is not the image we currently hold of ourselves? Wouldn’t it be interesting if the “fall from grace” was our forgetting what we really looked like and imagining we looked totally different than we really are?) While in some situations it makes sense to think of ourselves as independent, autonomous, self-contained agents, that only makes sense in some situations. Thinking of ourselves all the time (and with great devotion) as indivisablible, self-created, autonomous beings is what I call “The fetish of the individual.” This is not to deny that we are that (individuals) but that is not all we are. And the fetish part is that if we get too attached to that individual part — we might be in some trouble.
If we don’t view ourselves as individuals totally separate from our environment, then how might we view ourselves, how might we understand our relation to other people and the wider environment? The view I am proposing is summed up with the phrase “Fractal society.” The basic idea of fractal society can be approached by thinking of a fractal as a system that is a holon, and where the supra and sub-systems are self-similar. So I am a member of my family and to some degree my family is in me – how I am is a “reflection” of how my family is. I am a member of my church, and how I am is a reflection of, or self-similar to, my church. I belong to an ethnic group, and I am self-similar to that ethnic group. And so on and so on and so on.
And to make sense of that, you might want to explore these posts.