Ken Wilber (link) once wrote something about how systems theory (or something like that) was not the solution to everything. And while I think FSATFOTI answers many questions (and delightfully poses many more) I’ve come to realize it is not the solution to everything. For example, I find it very helpful when I am doing my visualization practices to have the FSATFOTI as a backdrop. In parts of the practice I’m visualizing myself as an enlightened being, and inside me are chakras containing enlightened beings, and outside me are (one or three or millions) of enlightened beings.
And from the view of the practice, we are all fundamentally the same, we all share those wavicles that are what make us enlightened beings. For me – having the FSATFOTI perspective helps me accept that world, that reality, that view of reality.But the basic thing is the visualization practice, not the Fractal Society view.
I suppose it is possible to have the Fractal Society viewpoint and not feel compassion for oneself and others, but I really don’t see how. I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 13:3
- Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity,I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profits me nothing. …
Since “where you stand determines what you see” or where you stand is where you will stand (Double bind guy??) if you take the Fractal Society stance, you will see the world differently than if you take the stand that the universe revolves around you.
So just to be simple (for now) is might be good to flavor FSATFOTI with love or compassion.