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Integral Ontology

An "ontology" is a framework that defines the "ground of being" for some project or understanding. It establishes definitions and a systematic context for agreement.

Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences.


In this context, "integral ontology" is inherently holistic, and asserts that everything in the world, and every idea and every political issue, should be understood within a single framework of wholeness or “oneness”, and can be most properly and correctly understood as “parts” of that whole.

One way to understand integral politics involves seeing the world through just a few deeply intuitive principles. These ideas, grounded in wholeness and an instinct for inclusion, are widely understood by leading-edge thinkers and spiritual/ecological communitarians all over the world. Sometimes these ideas are seen as the expression of a universal archetype that is slowly coming into focus.

Today, in the context of what appears to be accelerating crisis and fragmenting polarization at all levels of social organization, a clear and workable restatement of these guiding principles could be more important than ever. Summarizing these ideas briefly, we might simply say we need a new politics that

  1. Recognizes interdependence (“everything is connected to everything else”)
  2. Is holistic and integral (everything in the world, and every idea and every political issue, should be understood within a single framework of wholeness or “oneness”, and can be understood as “parts” of that whole)
  3. Is capable of honoring every human being as a unique individual with a valuable and uniquely informed perspective
  4. Embraces sophisticated new interpretations of “system”, incorporating both “top down” and “bottom up” approaches to social organization and governance
  5. Recognizes the need for balance in all things, and sees balance as a fundamental principle of governance
  6. Understands that the language of political ideas can be inherently divisive, regardless of how well intended
  7. Depends on collaboration and cooperation and “community”, and builds the trust that makes it feasible
  • Reality is described by concepts.
  • Reality is a "holon" -- a two-sided abstract (conceptual) object that spans The One and The Many.
  • Levels of social organization are a fractal in a universal template form that repeats this same holon at all levels, until "indivisible unity" is reached -- at the top of the cascade (the wholeness/oneness/container of all things) and at the bottom of the cascade -- the immediate local point (the smallest identifiable unit in the cascade).

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