Elements of Integralism: An introduction to the Integral Era – Part II

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This is a continuation of our previous post on Elements of Integralism: An introduction to the Integral Era – Part I. Henry Augustine, an Integral scholar, has made predictions of how different departments of an Integral Era will be in his essay “Integral Politics: A Brief Outline of and Introduction to the Integral Era”. In the essay, he analyzes the different ages of consciousness – the modernist, the postmodernist and finally, the integralist. In Augustine’s opinion, the current era can be dubbed as the “holistic” era and the one is to follow, the third sub-era of the Integral Era will be the true Integral Era. Though the time period of the Holistic era is not known, Augustine believes that an Integral Era will mean a higher state of social and cultural consciousness in the world. In the previous article, we measured how an Integral Era will be, when it comes to Morality, Art, Perspective and Technology. This article will analyze how integralism will reflect on the Power/Government, Economy, Education and Architecture fields of  the world during the Integral Era.

Integral Authority or Power: In the primitive, “Archaic” world, when consciousness was “tribal” and  “instinctual”, power was constrained in a few chieftains. In the next stages, the “traditional or warrior”  stages of Spiral Dynamics, power was with people in authority, especially those who knew how to  exercise control over the masses, by conquest or religious authority. Often this higher authority was a religious order system, like the Church. In the modernist age, democracy crept in, ruling out autocratism. The postmodernist era, saw slow failures of democracy and the need for creation of global bodies. The Integral Era will see a shift in power. According to Augustine, “Authority will harmoniously synthesize the role of the individual with that of the collective, together operating in compatibility and productivity.”

Similarly, there will be change in the purpose for which authority exists. The shift will be from “keeping society from chaos” to “maintaining the organization, harmony, and splendor of Earth as a whole.” Totalitarianism or establishment of supreme authority will come to perish and a more integral, holonic world-state will come into being. Augustine predicts that there will be about 7 major world-states and all these would be managed by one particular world-state. Such an integralized authority will unite all the world-states with a strong provincial structure which will have as its smallest unity a community. All provinces will be divided equally and comprise of contributing members who have “extraordinary moral, communicative and cognitive abilities.”

In brief, the Integral Era will be a place were people will not rule people but live in as an integrated community, adopting  unified values, political ideologies and a world-state constitution. Currently, the European Union is the only world-state we know of.

Integral Economy: Economy is all about harmonious, free market. Individuals will trade in what they are interested in and there will be minimal governmental restrictions with regard to economy. Often intervention from the government would restrict the free flow of economy and hence, an Integral economy would be full of free markets, with no cut-throat regulations. In Augustine’s words, “The economy is most harmonious when its constituents individually and independently are doing what for which they are passionate and what at which they are skilled. There is no need for government to interfere with the course of people’s constructive lives, i.e. their vocations, when such vocations are in accordance with each person’s respective Destiny.”

Integral Education: A holistic education for all and sundry. Augustine opines the education system will be structured based on Wilber’s AQAL and will be universal. Everyone around will get access to this Integral education. The money spent on such education also will be much cheaper compared to now. The growth of consciousness will help people differentiate between what to do and what not to do. So excessive waste of money will be avoided for the purpose of education alone.

Integral Architecture: Henry Augustine has a slightly uncertain view about the field of architecture. Though he firmly believes that the Integral architecture will be a synthesis between mechanical and aesthetic perfection, he opines that it will embody a greater truth than the current one. Integral architects will act upon the realization that their art shapes the way society looks and hence, has to be holistically appealing and complementary to the society’s structural make-up. Architects will masters of art, aesthetics, engineering, and mathematics and ready to take upon any new challenge.

Reference Links:

1. Henry Augustine’s essay Integral Politics: A Brief Outline of and Introduction to the Integral Era

2. Integralism.com: Elements of Integralism: An introduction to the Integral Era – Part I

3. Henry Augustine’s Integral Politics: An Introduction to Integral Government

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