THE FIRST BEING LEVEL - The A'-N' or Systemic
Theme: Express self
for what self desires and others need, but never at the expense of
others, and in a manner that all life, not my life, will profit.
This is the first system in the second spiral of existence. In
this system, sheer organismic life is threatened by the rape of
the world by the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th subsistence levels. Thus,
the A problems are problems such as the need to substitute for
depleting natural resources, overpopulation, too much
individuality, and the like -- problems which require tremendous
change in thinking of human kind in order to solve them. This is
accomplished by a marked activation of previously uncommitted
cells in the brain. These cells of the Y system in the brain
combine with the basic coping cells to form the first of the
second order coping systems, that is, N + some Y = NO.
Because of its prime characteristics, dissolution of fear and
compulsiveness and marked increases in conceptual space, seventh
level thinking cannot be readily empathized with by other people.
This type of thinking still involves anxieties, worries, and
concerns, even some fears, but not in a manner bothersome to the
person. No need is felt to overcome them. They do not intrude. One
lives comfortably with them, tries to deal with them, but does not
feel compelled to master them, though still thinking it would be
nice if they were gone. Ambition is shown, but there is not
ambitiousness. Anger, even hostility, is present, but it is
intellectually used rather than just emotionally displayed. one
directs it, rather than its-directing the self.
Concern is felt, but solutions do not have to be.
Care for others is displayed, but one does not feel compelled
to care for. Things done well is prefeered, but things not done
well does not mean the end of the world.
Knowledge in A’N’ thinking exists in different settings and
knowers think in different ways. Thus, thinking is in terms of
several legitimate interpretations and several sets of values are
legitimate, depending on the thinker and his/her conditions of and
The world is seen kaliedoscopically with different views
demanding different attention. AIN' thinking is in terms of the
systemic whole and thought is about the different wholes in
different ways. Thought strives to ascertain which way of thinking
or which combination of ways fits the extant set of conditions.
Thinking is in terms of what is best for the survival of life,
my life, their lives, and all life, but not compulsively; and what
is best for me or thee does not have to be best for she or them.
My way does not have to be yours, nor yours mine, yet I have very
strong convictions about what is my way, but never such about
They think in terms of authority being centered in the person
in terms of his/her capacity to act in this or that situation. It
is not derived from age, status, blood, etc. It is situational. It
must be earned and it must be given over to the superior
competence of another. Thinks in terms of competence, not
Thought is of being there to help and helping if helping is
desired, but not helping to straighten out, to shape up, to gain
power or control over.
Sees life in terms of life continuing hereafter, not in terms
of my life continuing in a hereafter. Accepts and lives with the
fact of differences and that one is relating to people who are
different. Shows readiness to live with differences.
Accepts that life is an up-and-down journey from problem to
solution, with no mean point ever to be found.
Spawns a variable management form wherein managed and managing
change according to the fit between problem and competencies to
deal with problems.
First appeared about 30-35 years ago.
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