THE SIXTH SUBSISTENCE LEVEL -
The F-S or Relativistic Existential State
Theme: Sacrifice now
in order to get acceptance now.
This level arises when the human's struggle for individuality
is solved but does not bring the happiness expected because it has
created the problem of interpersonal acceptance. The struggle for
individuality, through expression of self and outer material
existence, seems solved, but it has left one alone in the world.
This creates the F problems, the problems of coming to peace with
aloneness, with one's inner self and with others. These
problems increase markedly the activation of the right side of the
brain, the equipment for subjective, non-linear thinking.
Thinks in terms of one's own and others' individualities, in
terms of others also being individuals in their own rights, havein
their own, just as good, views of the world. Thus, shows a greater
degree of affective warmtn and a greater ability to extend it to
full appreciation of the individuality of the other person. Turns
excessively to the exploration of the inner self and others
and focuses on relationships as a central aspect of living. The
way people relate to others looms high in their consciousness.
Thinks in terms of goals which relate to all human kind, rather
than just to self; in terms of living by what is unique for thee.
This system sees the world relativistically. Thinking shows an
almost radical, almost compulsive emphasis on seeing everything
from a relativistic, subjective frame of reference. Thus, shows
growth in placing self at a distance when reflecting on,one's own
Appears to effect a deliberate inarticulation and disdain for
precise language. Expresses a need to be "more connected''
and feels alienated when others do not share his/her unique
Talks earnestly about community, intimacy, involvement, shared
experience, but behaviorally shows an inability to commit self to
others. Rigidly against uniformity and homogenization, but follows
the crowds' or peers' lead or pressure. Objects strongly to
authorities' lead or pressure. Spawns a participative form of
First appeared about 80-90 years ago.
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