The Journey Begins

Square one

Reconciliation in a technologically prolific and tribally fragmented humanity is the hope that I pursue and the reason that I write.

What I have in mind is rolling the mystical möbius argument out in a serial-style fashion. Hopefully some quick (five minute max) reads that will engage your thought and invite you to participate interactively on the site or (even better) with friends in real life.

I invite, welcome, and encourage any concerns/questions/comments. I visualize a space that welcomes and encourages dialog. Please use the share tools on the posts if you are so inclined and would be so kind. Thanks for joining me! I appreciate you!

So, what do I base this ‘mystical möbius’ on?




Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Springing from what?

The ground for my mystical möbius argument overall is an integral construction called an ‘orienting generality.’ American philosopher, Ken Wilber, is well known for developing this (controversial) form. This orienting generality is one I came to on a deep reflective dive into the dynamics of decency on a developmental view. I had a brief encounter with a Reconciling Ministries activist from Southwest Texas. Their idea of homophobia as a spiritual warfare matter provided the blast of insight I needed to visualize the frame for my argument.

First, I’m using Clare Graves’ developmental work and I’m applying the work of Carl Jung and Ludwig Feuerbach (regarding ‘shadows’ and ‘projection’) in order to ground this orienting-generality and it’s expression as a developmental stage model. The lens is for identifying unhealthy, pathological expressions of Blue [DQ] (order), Orange [ER] (merit), and Green [FS] (justice) values in the the U.S.A.

I’m also relating to the work of Brené Brown on “Shame” and John Braithwaite’s work in the area of restorative justice. Brown argues there is no such thing as healthy shame – the internal expression of feelings of a diminished self. Braithwaite’s work nuances the distinction between disintegrative and reintegrative shaming.

A Developmental Look At “Shadows”

OK, here is the new orienting generality I have fashioned:

  • Blue (mythic-membership, law, ‘order’ values) projects its shadows onto ‘demons.’
  • Orange (modern, rationalist, ‘merit’ values) projects its shadows onto ‘models.’
  • Green (postmodern, pluralist, ‘justice’ values) projects its shadows onto ‘Utopian schemes.’

First, let me be crystal clear: The Kingdom of God is not a Utopian scheme! Sorry, residual clergy reflex. But it’s not.

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

However, naïve [(flat) FS] Green’s idea of justice [even if informed by Jesus, et al.] is merely a Utopian scheme–because as yet we have no structural ways to sustain the imposition of Green postmodern values onto global humanity. Utopian schemes from the left or right rapidly become totalitarian, tyrannical, and finally dystopian.

Green [FS] needs help to avoid using any form of tyranny, it’s not doing so well on that.

I don’t think we want to depend on something like what is known as a ‘Rapture’ phenomenon to supernaturally realign everyone’s value systems to conform to Green’s ‘justice’ values. Real justice demands that viable social structures that account for the anthropology that we have (not the one we wish we had) to be in place. If the structures to sustain justice are not already in place, then, minimally, structures need to be readily available in the form of ideas and resources that are practical and viable. 

So, if we simply declare that “Justice/K.o.G.” is here right now without the structures or even any practical ideas for how to create structures that can incarnate it, then it’s a Utopian scheme.

To treat the K.o.G. (or even secular justice) as such is to do it, and persons in it’s path, great violence and harm. It is not new. [cf. Matthew  11.12; Luke 16.16; John 6.15]

Update [Sept.1, 2018]

This blog site is endeavoring to look at reality through a very select framing. This serial blog has been my way of organizing and expressing my thoughts about ‘VALUES‘ from a Gravesian developmental standpoint. What I am trying to get at in these faint attempts to write here are the animating energies; that is, what it is that animates human beings to think, speak, and act in the ways that we do—and so I’m taking ‘values’ in a Whiteheadian, Process sense. Values constellations, or “vMEMEs” hold the keys to unlocking the energies that drive us. The hope is that over time, regular readers will pick up a basic knowledge of the double helix of human development as purported by Clare Graves’ research and the applied Spiral Dynamics [SD] model. While it can sound a bit like it at first, the SD color coding is not word salad. Hopefully, this developmental language allows discussion of very hot topics by avoiding the traps and trip wires of common buzz words and talking points so often used to package our conflicted issues.

“Here goes, and bear with me if at first I seem irrelevant.” ~ Ernest Everhard

Your thoughts?

I never know what I’ve said till I hear the response. What did you hear me say?

social media share tools meme

SD Worldview Color Key


fainbow fruit





“Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box” by the Arbinger Institute

“Anatomy of Peace” by the Arbinger Institute

“dare to lead” by Brene Brown

“Spiral Dynamics” by Donald Edward Beck and Christopher C. Cowan

‘Decency/Spiral Dynamics’ series:

Link: Perennial Leading Edge Failure #ReturnToDecency for July 1, 2018

Link: Empathy Window Opens #ReturnToDecency for July 8, 2018

Link: Being “Naïve” Green (et al.) #ReturnToDecency for July 15, 2018

Link: Flatland #ReturnToDecency for July 22, 2018

Link: There is no Truth!  #ReturnToDecency for July 29, 2018

Link: Shadows and self awareness  #ReturnToDecency for August 5, 2018

Link: Who’s higher than whom?  #ReturnToDecency for August 12, 2018

Link: Like a rainbow  #ReturnToDecency for August 19, 2018

Link: Greed and naïve Orange [ER]  #ReturnToDecency for August 26, 2018

Link: Seeing above and below  #ReturnToDecency for September 2, 2018

Link: Visibility #ReturnToDecency for September 9, 2018

Link: Humility: prudent and helpful #ReturnToDecency for September 16, 2018

Link: A double helix  #ReturnToDecency for September 23, 2018

Link: Dystopian fulfillment? #ReturnToDecency for September 30, 2018

Link: a (values/politics) mashup #ReturnToDecency for October 7, 2018

Link: Following Jesus is political #ReturnToDecency for October 14, 2018

Link: Facts are facts, right?  #ReturnToDecency for October 21, 2018

Link: Beauty and protest #ReturnToDecency for October 28, 2018

Link: He took a knee #ReturnToDecency for November 4, 2018

Link: Will Blue hold? #ReturnToDecency for November 11, 2018

Link: Who’s Blue? Whose Blue? #ReturnToDecency for November 18, 2018

Link: Change seems impossible? #ReturnToDecency for November 25, 2018

Link: Greeting change gladly? #ReturnToDecency for December 2, 2018

Link: Spiral synergy? #ReturnToDecency for December 9, 2018

Link: Solutions || Dissonance #ReturnToDecency for December 16, 2018

Link: Change Condition 4: INSIGHT #ReturnToDecency for December 23, 2018

Link: Year End #ReturnToDecency for December 30, 2018

Link: Turn the page #ReturnToDecency for January 6, 2019

Link: Mystical = Experiential #ReturnToDecency for January 13, 2019

Link: Being stuck #ReturnToDecency for January 20, 2019

Link: Do no harm #ReturnToDecency for January 27, 2019

Link: Do no harm [continued] #ReturnToDecency for February 3, 2019

Link: Do no harm [part three] #ReturnToDecency for February 10, 2019

48 thoughts on “The Journey Begins

  1. Thank you. You have created something I want to read again. A rarity for me these days. Monday July 17th is the three year anniversary of the death of my friend Chris Cowan. I would have enjoyed discussing your insights with him very much. Be well.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Michael! I recall with fondness many good group discussions with Chris on the early SD list serve back at the turn of the century. I don’t think Chris had much use for Wilber’s project in general. I don’t really think Wilber has added a great deal to the ‘whole.’ However, I think he has a tremendous gift for pattern recognition and has created a rather helpful way to keep track of the ‘parts.’ I hope you do read/think along and participate here. All concerns/questions/comments are invited and encouraged. Cheers.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s