In the wise words of Red Redding: “Every man has a breaking point.” And as we swirl around in this particular vortex, it seems we’ve collectively reached ours.
But it’s not just at the individual level; entire fields of thinking are realizing that ‘what was’ won’t hold.
We’d grown comfortable with thinking about our lives in mechanistic, systematic ways. Problem, solution, problem, solution. But the thing is: We don’t live in a machine; our world doesn’t operate systematically, as much as we might like it to.
And finally, that’s become abundantly clear.
“We need new words; we need new language. Because time is language and if we only have present, past, and future to define all of our reality, it is really limited….We are going to need to find non-binary answers. We are not in one extreme or the other. We are going to need to hold the space that is in between the cracks of these two kinds of world."
– Gustavo Nogueira de Menezes (Expert Interview)
The world around us has become so complex and chaotic that we aren’t equipped with the adequate concepts to explain it. The toolkit we’ve been toting around for decades is suddenly useless for addressing our new reality.
We’re at an impasse where we’re forced to unlearn dogmatic habits to create a new paradigm. We know we’re not going to find it where we’ve been — or at least not in any recent time.
We also know that there won’t be a singular answer to these questions. Hard lines and neatly drawn boxes are what got us into this mess. But that’s OK, because if there’s one thing we’ve learned on this journey, it’s that singularity ≠ synchrony.
“We are, by nature, ancient souls - each of us a microcosm of the mysterious all-that-is. And yet we dance, greet our lives upon time, this ever-emerging landscape facilitating our current experience of existence. In this dimension, within which time exists, we will always be emerging. Therefore, "bridging the gap" between the ancient and the emerging is not a task, nor a goal to achieve, for it has already been done, it is inherent.”
– Clear Mortifee
To exist in synchrony with ourselves, with each other, and with the world around us is to exist in resonance. As defined in Gerhard Stumm and Alfred Pritz’s Dictionary of Psychotherapy, it’s “...a state of being where two or more entities mutually affect one another in such a way that they can be understood to be responding to each other, at the same time each using their own, distinct voice.”
Our soundtrack will need to be polyrhythmic: layered, complex, and full of life, finding common ground in a more nuanced and beautiful composition.
For us, this feels like a make or break moment.
But you tell us — What's at stake if we don't find our way back to some semblance of synchrony? What hangs in the balance? Why is synchrony important (or not, feel free to disagree!) to the realization of a better future?
Please share your thoughts with us...