Cat. 2, Philosophy 6 – BL-30 – The 6 Levels of Earth

Cat. 2, Philosophy 6 – BL-30 – The 6 Levels of Earth

Ch. 30 –  The Six Levels of Planet Earth

Brief and smooth as the following story may go, and obvious and logical as its intellectual progression, it is very much a summary of a convoluted series of exchanges with Raminothna over an extended period involving unforeseen tangents and free-ranging lateral thinking condensed into hundreds of pages of free-hand writing. I will present it as a highly condensed composite conversation between Raminothna and myself:

I: Raminothna, there seems to be more to this model.

Raminothna: I’m listening.

I: So, if a termite society is an organism, what about a human society? Shouldn’t a human-based society be just as much of an organism as a termite-based society?

R: Can’t see why not. But what human society are you talking about? A tribal culture like the Maasai, or a technological society like Canada?

I: Just a minute here. Shouldn’t Canada be compared to Tanzania, rather than to a Maasai village?

R: It should.

I: So, right there, I see two levels of human-based societies right here where I am – Maasai tribal villages within the Tanzania nation, a case of society within society it looks like.

R: So, where does the termite society fit?

I: I would say that a termite-based society is on the same level as a human-based tribal village, whereas the nation of Tanzania is a society of social villages, towns and cities the ‘organisms’ are villages, towns and cities, all of which being on the same Citian Level of organization, as are the termite societies. Tanzania, on the other hand, is an organism on the National Level.

R: A NATION IS A SOCIETY OF SOCIAL CITIES. Noted.

I: So now, there are four levels of Organization – the Cellular, the Metabiont, the Citian and the National.

R: Are there things in parallel from level to level?

I: Yes. For one thing, there are nonsocial and social organisms on every level.

R: Noted.

I: The organisms of a given level integrate themselves into a society of their own, which then transcends into becoming an organism of the level above.

R: What does it take for the social organisms of a level to form a society?

I: I’d say DIFFERENTIATION and COOPERATION of the social organisms involved, towards INTEGRATION into a society, then TRANSCENDENCE into a higher organism.”

R: And what would you call this process of integration and transcendence?

I: INTEGRATIVE TRANSCENDENCE.

R: Integrative Transcendence it is. I have a question for you. Are there any insect societies on the National level?

I: Not that I can see.

R: Why not?

I: It appears that insect societies cannot form a high society of their own. Put a hundred termite mounds on a plane and they will not differentiate and cooperate. Seems that the insects have reached their TRANSCENDENCE LIMIT – at the Citian Level.

R: Are there levels beneath the Cellular?

I: There should be, since a Cellular organism can itself be seen as a society.

R: A society of what?

I: Of SOCIAL MOLECULES. Each cellular organism is a society of Social Molecules.

R: So add the MOLECULAR LEVEL to the structure. Is there a level above the National?

I: There should be.

R: And you would call it?

I: It would involve the nations becoming ‘social’ and collectively form a MULTINATIONAL SOCIETY that could transcend into an organism as big as the planet itself. So, I would call it the PLANETARY LEVEL.

R: And what kind of an organism would live on this level?

I: I would call it a PLANETARY ORGANISM, integrated from SOCIAL NATIONS and transcended from the SOCIETY OF SOCIAL NATIONS.

R: Excellent, my man! Now, the stage is set.

I: Set? For what?

R: The INTEGRATIVE TRANSCENDENCE of PLANET EARTH!

 

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