How does a person elevate their thinking above the madding crowd, stay above the fray?
How do we not get drawn into the emotions of any particular drama?
How do we keep our head, as in clear thinking? How do we become a facilitator rather than an antagonist?
How do we not let the blood boil when we are being attacked, questioned, or our ideas dismissed?
Is transcendence a spiritual state, a removal from the physical plane,
a state of being beyond the range of normal perception?
“Transcendentalism is a philosophical movement that developed in the 1830s and 1840s. Among the transcendentalists’ core beliefs was the inherent goodness of both man and nature. Transcendentalists believed that society and its institutions – particularly organized religion and political parties – ultimately corrupted the purity of the individual. They had faith that man is at his best when truly “self-reliant” and independent. It is only from such real individuals that true community could be formed.” Wikipedia
It appears that one must become truly independent to form healthy communities. That seems to dovetail with the idea of capitalism, which has been based on the invisible hand of the market, everyone looks out for their own interest & the market will take care of the rest?
Or does it?
Even the United States, the proclaimed home of the free capitalistic economy, ran into significant challenges when Wall Street was unharnessed. Reagan was revered for his reducing government regulation & then Bush Jr. found himself faced with a possible international financial collapse.
It seems that financial, social, & environmental, interactions play themselves out on the local community level, as well. Everyone has their opinions based on their perception of reality.
Where does one find the balance?
Can that balance be achieved by joining the fray?
Would transcending the material & emotional interests help gain perspective, balance?
Individuality is admired for many good reasons but when do the interests of the community dictate setting aside our own personal interests? Tough question, no easy answer.
Might a community come together by transcending it’s own issues & focusing on the greater good?
Might that bring a new health & vitality to the community in question?
Are transcendent communities generally internet based:
“Our ongoing work seeks to contribute towards a general understanding of design for transcendent communities: larger spheres of common identity and social capital that arise from interactions between individuals who participate in collections of related communities.”
Transcendent Communities, Sam Joseph
Might connectivity happen on a personal localized level, if we can transcend our differences? What difference does it make?
Maybe all the difference in the world!