Integration. It’s a concept that our society based on separation and silos is in dire need of. Integration of research, design, and launch. Integration of thought, emotion and action. Integration of masculine and feminine. When we look to integrate things we’ve previously seen as separate, we stumble upon genius, something outlined in the classic book the Medici effect.
Currently, our western societal structure is built on separation. Politically, the separation between left and right. Medically, the separation between mental, physical, and spiritual health. Financially, separation between the common man and meaningful ownership of wealth and property.
What if this separation was the root of the issues that come out of our current systems? Widespread political discontent. Skyrocketing mental health issues. Increased chronic illness. Pervasive income inequality.
When we separate concepts, systems, or ideas, we introduce more baseline complexity. This complexity decreases the chance of solving a problem or creating a specific outcome in a holistic manner, because “holistic” or “comprehensive” solutions inherently atrophy when built on the principles of separation. How do we create “holistic” health solutions if the solution treats our mind as separate from our body?
Integration requires us to see the perspectives created by separation from a wider lens and weave them together using the patterns and commonalities found in the previously separate perspectives.
Integration also requires us to respect the fact that there is truth in all perspectives, if we are willing to see it. It requires a hardcore liberal to see the truth in the perspective of a hardcore conservative. While this seems crazy, it might be a little less crazy once we realize that we’re living in the same country and have the same basic needs as humans.
At the end of the day, we all have the same desires. Love, safety, having our physical needs met. With this unified end destination, how has our society become so fragmented? How can we move towards integrating all perspectives to build the future where all our basic desires are met?
These are just my initial thoughts, inspired by Sahil’s encouragement to write at least 15 minutes a day. Where do you think we should start with creating a more integrated, full society? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.