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Interdependenz – Interverbundenheit
Wechselwirkung – Partnerschaft

 

 

Forever

With all things and in all things,
we are relatives.

Wisdom of the Sioux


 

Geschichtliches

Der Begriff Interdependenz tauchte zum ersten Mal 1848 in dem Werk Das Kommunistische Manifest (Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei) von Karl Marx. Er wies darin auf die universelle gegenseitige Abhängigkeit der Nationen hin im Vergleich zu dem scheinbar unabhängigen Denkmodell der örtlichen Selbstversorgung.

"Kleine-Welt"-Phänomen: Jeder kennt jeden über sechs Ecken.

Das Kleine-Welt-Phänomen besagt, dass Menschen durch überraschend kurze Kette intervernetzt sind: Jeder sozial agierende Mensch auf dem Erdball ist mit jedem anderen über nur sechs Bekanntschaftsbeziehungen verbunden und miteinander bekannt.

 


1 Dreieck und 3 "verbundene Tripel"

Zwischen jedem Menschen und einem beliebigen anderen Menschen, den er treffen möchte, liegen nur sechs menschliche Zwischenträger.
Ab 1967 und in den 70er Jahren führten die US-amerikanischen Sozialpsychologen Dr. Stanley Milgram und Jeffrey Travers von der Harvard University ein Experiment der Interverbundenheit durch. Eine Gruppe von Menschen aus einem Teil der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika verschickte einen Brief an ausgewählte, ihnen persönlich unbekannte Personen in einem anderen Teil der Nation. Die Absender wurden gebeten, die Briefe an Menschen zu versenden, von denen sie vermuteten, den Empfänger zu kennen. Die Briefe, die tatsächlich ankamen, benötigten durchschnittlich nur fünf bis sechs Zwischenstationen (manche weniger und manche mehr).
In Milgrams erfolgreichstem Versuch wurden insgesamt 217 Briefe versendet. Es kamen allerdings nur 64 Briefe (29%) beim ausgewählten Empfänger an. Somit waren 29% aller Teilnehmer im Schnitt über sechs Ecken mit dem Empfänger verbunden. 71% der Teilnehmer hatten keine funktionierende Interverbundenheit.

 

Eine Studie amerikanischer Soziologen1 an der Columbia University in New York wertete den E-Mail-Verkehr von 61.168 Freiwilligen aus 166 Ländern aus. Auch bezogen auf das weltumspannende Datennetz bestätigten Duncan Watts und seine Kollegen die bereits in den sechziger Jahren aufgestellte "Small- World-Hypothese".

 

2008 haben die Microsoft-Wissenschaftler Jure Leskovec und Eric Horvitz die Kleine-Welt-These bezüglich eines Netzwerks von Instant-Messenger-Nutzern (180 Millionen Knoten mit 9,1 Milliarden Kanten) empirisch bestätigt.

 

Über 30 Milliarden Instant Messages wurden ausgewertet. Am Ende stand die verblüffende Erkenntnis: Es gibt tatsächlich
ein Grundgesetz für soziale Netzwerke. Jeder kennt jeden über 6,6 Zwischenträger – wie bereits
von dem amerikanischen Psychologen Stanley Milgram schon vor Jahrzehnten postuliert.

 

Quelle: ► Artikel Über 6,6 Ecken. Das Jeder-kennt-jeden-Gesetz,
präsentiert von dem deutschen Nachrichtenmagazin Spiegel Online, Holger Dambeck, 2. August 2008

Wie ein Bogenstrich

Doch alles, was uns anrührt, dich und mich,
nimmt uns zusammen wie ein Bogenstrich,
der aus zwei Saiten eine Stimme zieht.
Auf welches Instrument sind wir gespannt?
Und welcher Geiger hat uns in der Hand?

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) böhmisch-österreichischer Dichter, Lyriker,
Neue Gedichte, Liebes-Lied, 1907

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Jesus: Was ihr getan habt einem von diesen meinen geringsten Brüdern, das habt ihr mir getan. Matthäus 25, 40b (NT)

 

Heile die Atmosphäre und die Atmosphäre heilt dich. Vedischer Leitgedanke, Veden hinduistische Weisheitsschriften

 

  • Wir sind aus demselben Ursprung ausgeflossen, und mit allem, was wir sind, haben wir dasselbe Ziel und kehren zu demselben Ursprung zurück. Johannes Tauler (~1300-1361) deutscher katholischer Theologe, neuplatonischer Dominikaner, Rheinland-Mystiker, Volksprediger, Predigten in 2 Bänden, herausgegeben und übertragen von Georg Hofmann, Johannes Verlag, Einsiedeln 1979, Neuauflage 2011

 

 

  • Jedes werdende Menschenkind ruht, wie alles werdende Wesen, im Schoß der großen Mutter: der ungeschieden vorgestaltigen Urwelt. Von ihr auch löst es sich ins persönliche Leben [...]. Aber jene Ablösung geschieht nicht, wie die von der leiblichen Mutter, plötzlich und katastrophal; es ist dem Menschenkind Frist gewährt, für die verloren gehende, naturhafte Verbundenheit mit der Welt geisthafte, das ist Beziehung, einzutauschen. [...] Die Schöpfung offenbart ihre Gestaltigkeit in der Begegnung; sie schüttet sich nicht in die wartenden Sinne, sie hebt sich den fassenden entgegen. Martin Buber(1878-1965) österreichisch-jüdischer Religionsforscher und -philosoph, Das dialogische Prinzip. Ich und Du. Zwiesprache. Die Frage an den Einzelnen. Elemente des Zwischenmenschlichen. Zur Geschichte des dialogischen Prinzips, Auszüge, Verlag Lambert Schneider, Heidelberg, 1923, Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Heidelberg, 4. September 2001, 10. Auflage 2006

 

  • Mein Bruder bat die Vögel um Verzeihung. Das scheint sinnlos, und doch hatte er Recht, denn alles ist wie ein Ozean, alles fließt und grenzt aneinander; rührst du an ein Ende der Welt, so zuckt es am anderen. (Sosima) Fjodor Michailowitsch Dostojewski (1821-1881) russischer Romanschriftsteller, Die Brüder Karamasow VI, 3, Kaiser Verlag, Klagenfurt, 1978

 

  • Die Rettung der Menschheit besteht gerade darin, dass alle alles angeht. Alexander Issajewitsch Solschenizyn (1918-2008) russischer Schriftsteller, Dramatiker, Dankesrede zur Entgegennahme des Nobelpreises für Literatur, nobelprize.org, 10. Dezember 1970

 

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Resonanz und Einklang

  • Wann immer zwei schwingende Systeme miteinander in Resonanz treten, kommt es zu einer Annäherung. Unter bestimmten Bedingungen kann diese sich durch Resonanz immer weiter aufschaukelnde Annäherung einen Punkt erreichen, wo mit einem Schlag die Grenzen zwischen diesen Systemen zusammenbrechen. Fortan schwingen sie in Einklang.
    Das so entstandene Ganze ist mehr als die Summer seiner Teile. Es hat neue, eigene Eigenschaften, und es schwingt nun selbst in einem neuen, eigenen Rhythmus. Resonanz ist das Ganzheit vermittelnde Prinzip unserer Welt. "Auf diese Weise", so der Molekularbiologe Friedrich Cramer, "lässt sich der Kosmos als ein lebendiges Zusammenspiel seiner schwingenden Teile beschreiben, als Weltresonanz" (Cramer 1996).
    Wenn wir die Tendenz, in Resonanz zu treten, als ein universelles Prinzip anerkennen, dann ist die Liebe Ausdruck und Ziel dieses Prinzips.
    Wer anders denkt, sieht anders, und wer bisher nicht Geschautes plötzlich zu sehen imstande ist, fängt an, anders zu denken. Falls es der Wissenschaft vom Leben irgendwann gelingt, ihre bisherige analytische, zusammenfügende Denkweise zu ersetzen, könnte aus der alten Biologie der Angst eine künftige Biologie der Liebe werden. Prof. DDr. Gerald Hüther gerald-huether.de (*1951) deutscher Neurobiologe, Professor für neurobiologische Grundlagenforschung, Universität Göttingen, wissenschaftlicher und populärwissenschaftlicher Referent und Autor, Die Evolution der Liebe. Was Darwin bereits ahnte und die Darwinisten nicht wahrhaben wollen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 7. Auflage 13. Juni 2012

 

  • Wenn die Wahrnehmung der Realität eben nur durch Messung und Beobachtung stattfinden kann, also durch Interaktion, wie auch immer, und die Wahrheit dieser Beobachtungen nur durch Kommunikation mit anderen Lebewesen einigermaßen überprüft werden kann, so ist die Lehre der Quantenphysik, dass eben unsere Welt, wo Phänomene nur existieren, wenn sie auch beobachtet werden, ein partizipatorisches Universum ist. John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008) US-amerikanischer theoretischer Physiker, Nobelpreisträger in Quantenelektrodynamik, 1965

 

  • Was die Menschen trennt, ist gering, gemessen an dem, was sie einen könnte. wp:Halldòr_LaxnessHalldòr Laxness (1902-1998) isländischer Schriftsteller, Literaturnobelpreisträger

 

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'Entweder-oder'-Kultur vs. 'Sowohl-als-auch'-Kultur * Rangordnung vs. Vernetzung

  • Wir leben noch immer in einer 'Entweder-oder'-Kultur, nicht in einer 'Sowohl-als-auch'-Kultur. Wir achten noch immer auf Rangfolgen, statt uns zu vernetzen. Statt eine zirkuläre Weltsicht zu vertreten, betrachten wir das Leben noch immer aus hierarchischer Sicht. Tatsächlich haben wir im Lauf der menschlichen Geschichte größtenteils anders gelebt. Es ging um Verbundenheit, nicht um Rangordnungen. Der Kreis war das Paradigma der Gesellschaft. Video TV-Interview mit Gloria Steinem (*1934) US-amerikanische Feministin der neuen Frauenbewegung, Frauenrechtlerin, visionäre politische Aktivistin, Gründerin und Herausgeberin des feministischen US-Magazins "Ms", Journalistin, Autorin, @katiecouric: A Woman's World?, präsentiert vom US-amerikanischen TV-Sender CBS NEWS, Gastgeberin Katie Couric (*1957) US-amerikanische TV-Moderatorin, YouTube film, Minute 37:29, eingestellt 22. Juni 2010

General quotes

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Reference:

Indra's net

Far away, in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each eye of the net, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number.
There hang the jewels, glittering like stars of the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now look closely at any one of the jewels for inspection, we will discover that in its polished surface are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is reflecting all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflection process occuring.
This symbolises our world where every sentient being (and thing) is inter-related to one another.
Avatamsaka Sutra, 11-12th century, cited in: Francis H. Cook, US American author, Hua-Yen Buddhism. The Jewel Net of Indra, 1977, Penn State Press, 1. January 2001

 

Personal avowals

 

  • Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) US American clergyman, activist, leader in the African American civil rights movement, Letter from Birmingham Jail, 16. April 1963

 

Recommendations

  • The great challenge facing humanity today is to overcome the ethos of selfishness and "me-firstism" (or in the case of nation states, "we-firstism"). Once we recognize that we are all interdependent, we will be able to work as one united human race to undo the 150 years' worth of damage we and our ancestors have perpetrated on the life-support system of the planet. To many of us, this may sound like some Utopian fantasy, but to survive on this planet, we must change the way we think. We need to do everything we can to build a new ethos of love, recognition of our mutual interdependence, and a whole new attitude toward the universe based on awe, wonder, and radical amazement at the grandeur of creation to replace our utilitarian materialistic world view toward nature and each other. Every specific political decision needs to be made within the context of whether it advances or impedes this urgent survival necessity. Blog article by Michael Lerner (*1943) US American rabbi, visionary political activist, editor of the progressive Jewish interfaith magazine Tikkun, author, The Case against War: It's Not Good for the World, presented by the progressive Jewish interfaith magazine Tikkun, November/December 2002

 

Appeal

  • We don't need to convince large numbers of people to change; instead, we need to connect with kindred spirits. This is why networks are so important. But networks aren't the whole story. They need to evolve into intentional working relationships where new knowledge, practices, courage, and commitment can develop, such as happens in Communities of Practice. From these relationships, emergence becomes possible. Emergence is the process by which all large-scale change happens on this planet. Separate, local efforts connect and strengthen their interactions and interdependencies. What emerges as these become stronger is a system of influence, a powerful cultural shift that then greatly influences behaviors and defines accepted practices. Article by Margaret J. Wheatley, Ed.D. margaretwheatley.com (*1941) US American associate professor of management, researcher on organizational behavior, leadership consultant, co-founder and president emerita of the global charitable foundation The Berkana Institute, speaker, author, Deborah Frieze, Using Emergence To Take Social Innovations To Scale, 2006

 

Future prospects

  • Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) Bohemian-Austrian poet, novelist, Letters to a Young Poet, written 1903-1908, published 1929

 

Insights

 

  • [F]or many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) US American clergyman, activist, leader in the African American civil rights movement, I have a dream, 28. August 1963

 

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Reconsidering the American Dream

Interrelated structure of reality ❄ inescapable network of mutuality

  • [A]ll life is interrelated. And we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny — whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. […] I think this is the first challenge and it is necessary to meet it in order to move on toward the realization of the American Dream, the dream of men of all races, creeds, national backgrounds, living together as brothers. […]
    I would like to start on the world scale, so to speak, by saying if the American Dream is to be a reality we must develop a world perspective. It goes without saying that the world in which we live is geographically one, and now more than ever before we are challenged to make it one in terms of brotherhood. […] [T]hrough our scientific genius we have made of this world a neighborhood, and now through our moral and ethical commitment, we must make of it a brotherhood. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. This is the challenge of the hour. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone. Somehow we are interdependent. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) US American Baptist minister, activist, leader of the African American civil rights movement, speech on "The American Dream", 1964

 

  • Useful as it is under ordinary circumstances to say that the world exists 'out there' independent of us, that view can no longer be upheld. There is a strange sense in which this is a "participatory universe."   John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008) US American theoretical physicist, Nobel laureate in quantum electrodynamics, 1965, At Home in the Universe (Masters of Modern Physics), S. 126, American Institute of Physics, 1. September 1997

 

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Dependence ⇒ independence ⇒ interdependence

  • It is as if we had natural stages of dependence as children, independence as young people, interdependence as we grow wiser. And I think that happens social justice movements, too. So perhaps we can begin to see the ways that we are, in fact; not ranked but linked.
    ➤ Yes, we've been through dependence.
    ➤ Yes, we've been through independence.
    ➤ But now we can hope for interdependence.
    Video presentation by Gloria Steinem gloriasteinem.com (*1934) leading US American feminist of the new women's movement, visionary and political activist, journalist, writer, An Evening with Gloria Steinem – Prevailing barriers to equality, sponsored by Vassar Chapel, Poughkeepsie, New York, 19. September 2012, YouTube film, minute 13:03 and 43:52, 44:51 minutes duration, posted 28. September 2012

 

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Life affirming interdependence

  • The research I and others in many different fields have been doing, to me, suggests we are rapidly approaching a world where we recognize a measure of interdependence that was never acknowledged before. That you have the power not only to change your life but to change the world. Conclusion of audio interview with Stephan A. Schwartz, Ph.D., US American futurologist, senior fellow for Brain, Mind and Healing, Samueli Institute, cognitive sciences research associate, Laboratories for Fundamental Research, author, Applied Parapsychology, PDF, presented by Virtual U Wisdom Network Radio, host Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., posted 24. May 1999

 

  • Zen pretty much comes down to three things.
    1. Everything changes.
    2. Everything is connected.
    3. Pay attention.
Jane Hirshfield (*1953) US American poet, ordinated lay person in Soto Zen, 1979, source unknown

 

  • All the religions and all the peoples of the world are undergoing the most radical, far-reaching, and challenging transformation in history. The stakes are high: the very survival of life on our planet; either chaos and destruction, or creative transformation and the birth of a new consciousness. Forces, which have been at work for centuries, have in our day reached a crescendo that has the power to draw the human race into a global network. Essay by Ewert Cousins (1927-2009) US American professor of religious studies, Fordham University (*1960), The World Religions: Facing Modernity Together, presented by globalethic.org, posted 1997

 

  • We are interconnected. We are going to have to move from egonomics to true economics. Video presentation by Robb Smith, US American social entrepreneur, co-founder of Integral Life and Chrysallis, The Transformational Life, presented by TEDx Integral, University of Nevada, YouTube film, minute 13:23, 16:25 minutes duration, posted 14. February 2013

 

  • To exist is to coexist. [[wpe:Gabriel_Marcel|Gabriel Honoré Marcel (1889-1973) French philosopher, leading Christian existentialist, music critic, playwright, source unknown

 

  • The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other. Interview with Meryl Streep (*1949) US American actress, Cosmo, host Michael Segell, May 1991

 

  • When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. John Muir (1838-1914) Scottish-born US American naturalist, early advocate of the preservation of American wilderness, author, My First Summer in the Sierra, chapter 7, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1911
  • To say, 'This is one of us', or 'this is a stranger', is the mode of estimating practised by trifling minds. To those of more generous principles, the whole world is but as one family. Collection of Sanskrit fables in prose and verse Hitopadesha, translated and edited by Lakshami Nārāyan Nyālankār, 1830
    • [Colloquial rephrased version:] To him in whom love dwells, the whole world is but one family. Misattributed to Buddha (563-483 BC) Indian Avatar, teacher of enlightenment, central figure of Buddhism

 

  • Interdependence is and ought to be as much as the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being. Without interrelation with society he cannot realize his oneness with the universe or suppress his egotism. His social interdependence enables him to test his faith and to prove himself on the touchstone of reality. Mohandas Karamchand Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian Hindu sage, spiritual activist leader, humanitarian, lawyer, nonviolent freedom fighter, presented by Indian newspaper Young India, S. 93, 21. March 1929

 

  • The Earth does not belong to man; man belongs to Earth. Man did not weave the web of life. He is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself. Famous speech by Chief Seattle (1780-1866) Native American chief of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribesm, Chief Seattle's Letter, ~December 1854

 

  • Humankind has not woven the web of life.
    We are but one thread within it.
    Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
    All things are bound together.
    All things connect.
    Famous speech by Chief Seattle (1780-1866) Native American chief of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribesm, Chief Seattle's Letter, ~December 1854

 

  • The lives of 6.8 billion human beings from different continents are very much interdependent, interconnected. All parts of the world are part of me. My own happy future, my success, my peaceful life depend on the rest of the world. That kind of conclusion can develop out of investigation, not just out of mere compassion. Video presentation by H.H. 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (*1935) Tibetan monk, leader of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1989, Peace Summit, presented by CTV.ca, video clip 2 of 4, 2/3rd section, minute 50:13-55:00, Vancouver, Canada, Sunday 27. September 2009

 

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Ubuntu: Bantu, Zulu and Xhosa term for the African philosophy of humaneness.

  • One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity. Desmond Tutu (*1931) South African anti-apartheid activist, first black archbishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1984, No Future Without Forgiveness, Image, 17. October 2000

 

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Dealing with the Great Depression (1929-1939)

  • The basic thought that guides these specific means of national recovery is not narrowly nationalistic. It is the insistence, as a first consideration, upon the interdependence of the various elements in all parts of the United States – a recognition of the old and permanently important manifestation of the American spirit of the pioneer. First Inaugural Address by Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) 32nd US president during World War II (1933-1945), 32nd degree Freemason, war criminal, 4. March 1933

 

 

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Mutuality bestows security.

  • Security and contentment can come only through interdependence of every man upon every other man. Walter Russell (1871-1963) US American polymath, natural philosopher, mystic, architect, painter, sculptor, builder, author (unified theory in physics and cosmogony), source unknown

 

  • Imagine a multidimensional spider's web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so ad infinitum. That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image. Lecture by Alan Watts (1915-1973) British religious philosopher, minister, Episcopal priest, Zen expert, speaker, writer, Following the Middle Way #3, Alan Watts Podcast, 31. August 2008

 

 

 

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Consciousness, aligned intention, focus of mind

  • [T]he new physics presents prima facie evidence that our human thoughts are linked to nature by nonlocal connections: what a person chooses to do in one region seems immediately to effect what is true elsewhere in the universe. This nonlocal aspect can be understood by conceiving the universe to be not a collection of tiny bits of matter, but rather a growing compendium of ‘bits of information’. […] And, I believe that most quantum physicists will also agree that our conscious thoughts ought eventually to be understood within science and that when properly understood, our thoughts will be seen to DO something: they will be efficacious. [Emphasis in the original.] Article by Henry P. Stapp, Ph.D. (*1928) US American quantum physicist, UC Berkeley, California, Harnessing Science and Religion. Implications of the new scientific conception of human beings, presented by Research News, 1(6), 8. February 2001

 

Christakis and Fowler published the results of their long-term "Happiness study" of 20 years done with 4739 individuals in the British journal BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), December 2008. Humans are affected by their friends friends friends at three degrees of separation.

  • NC: What I think is somewhat novel about the work that we've done is not that we've shown that people are affected by those around them as this is common sense. But what we've been able to show, I think, is that we're affected not just by people who are one degree removed from us, but also by people who are two and even three degrees removed from us.
    JF: Not only is it the case that our friends seem to affect us, but our friends friends also seem to affect us. In fact this spreads to our friends friends friends at three degrees of separation.
    NC: The point is is that it's not just one degree. It's more than one degree. The point is that we don't just affect those around us, but we affect other people who are strangers to us. And that we are not just affected by those around us, but affected by other people who are strangers to us.
    JF: And we find that this is true for obesity, for smoking, for happiness, for loneliness, for drinking behavior, for depression. Everywhere we look we find that there is three degrees of separation. You tend to affect your friends friends friends and no further, and your friends friends friends tend to affect you and no further.
    NC: The human beings are assembled into these elaborate complex branching lightning-like structures where I'm connected to you and you to others and those others each others and you get this incredibly baroque intricate beautiful pattern of human social networks. And most people when they hear social networks nowadays they think about the online variety which is a very recent phenomenon, you know, in the last five or 10 years we've been assembling ourselves into these online networks but in reality human beings have been assembling themselves into social networks for hundreds of thousands of years. Nicholas A. Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., MPH (*1962) US American social scientist, physician, professor of social and natural science, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachussetts, Yale University (*2013), author, James H. Fowler, Ph.D. (*1970) US American social scientist specializing in social networks, cooperation, political participation, and genopolitics, professor of medical genetics, professor of political science, University of California, San Diego, commenting as experts in the documentary I Am Fishhead – Are Corporate Leaders Psychopaths?, produced by FHmovie.com, Misha Votruba Vaclav Dejcmar, 2011, YouTube film, minute 58:43, 1:18:18 duration, posted 8. January 2013

 

  • Everything is alive; everything is interconnected.
    [Latin: Omnia vivunt, omnia inter se conexa.]
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman statesman, political theorist, consul, lawyer, constitutionalist, philosopher, orator, author, aphorism

 

  • We can't separate ourselves from one another. We are all part of a vast sea of love, one indivisible divine mind. Marianne Williamson (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, political activist, visionary, lecturer, author, aphorism, source unknown

 

  • Interdependence connects two entities, ❍ and ❍, in a nondualistic way, ∞. Dualism, in contrast, means merging them into one entity, ❂, or separating them into two isolated entities, ❍|❍. Dualism means either separation or merging; either agreement or disagreement; either one or two. Nondualism means separation and connection; agreement and disagreement; one and two. For successful pendulation, the right kind of distance is critical, for individuals as much as for society at large. For example, having a wide network of relatively weak social connections provides more individual autonomy than being embedded into one single tightly knit social context that allows only for minimal dissent. Evelin Gerda Lindner, Ph.D., M.D. humiliationstudies.org (*1954) German physician, psychologist, transdisciplinary scholar in social sciences and humanities, human dignity researcher, founding president of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security. Dignifying Relationships from Love, Sex, and Parenthood to World Affairs, chapter 6 The Humiliation Antidote: How About the Audacity of Love, S. 76, Praeger, 26. February 2010

 

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Interconnectedness and sustainability

  • Organizations are not separate from society, they are part of society. And in fact, I would say that it's only important for organizations to pay attention to the environmental conditions that we live in. Because if the environment crashes our society will crash. And if the society crashes our business will crash. So therefore, it is in the best interest of every organization to think about their global impact, to think about sustainability, to think about the local community and to do good in the world. sustainability|sustainability]], to think about the local community and to do good in the world. Richard Barrett, FRSA valuescentre.com (*1945) British social commentator, speaker, author on the evolution of leadership and human values in business and society, Conscious Capitalism, sponsored by Italian Asterys s.r.l., Rome, YouTube film, minute 2:35, 3:15 minutes duration, posted 27. November 2012

 

  • Still, while there is no such requirement, this much should be said: long-term relationships do hold remarkable opportunities for mutual growth, mutual expression, and mutual fulfillment – and that has its own reward. Neale Donald Walsch US American spiritual teacher, author, trilogy Conversations with God, Book 1 "An Uncommon Dialogue",  S. 138, 1995

 

  • Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment. [...] Humanity is in 'final exam' as to whether or not it qualifies for continuance in Universe. [...]
    It is the integrity of each individual human that is in final examination. On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) US American engineer, systems theorist, architect, constructor, designer, inventor, futurist, philosopher, author, Critical Path, St Martins Press, 1981

 

  • Each moment or part lives only by participating in and eventually giving itself up to the whole. [...] [T]he 'self' or identity which is given up, however, is only the claim on the part of a fragment to be the whole, a truth claiming to be truer than it is. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) German philosopher of the German idealism, author, cited in: Hegel and the History of Philosophy. Proceedings of the 1972 Hegel Society of America. Conference,  edited by J.J. O'Malley, K.W. Algozin, F.G. Weiss, S. 107, Marinus Nijhoff, The Hague, The Netherlands, 1974

 

 

 

  • [E]ach system – genetic code or I Ching – gives a microcosmic rendition of a larger principle of cochaos theory. Fortunately, these two models, ancient and modern, provide a means to observe a mathematical paradigm that is perhaps inherent in the fabric of the universe itself. Numbers create the patterns of the universe. Analogs form the networks of qualitative resonance in the timing and spacing of matter and energy, while linears develop the discrete sums that quantify units of whatever is being spaced or timed. Together – as analinear number – they give a flowing, connective quality to the universe's discrete quantities. To merge the analog with the linear in cochaos patterning provides a truly universal computation method. Katya Walter, Ph.D., US American multi-disciplinary scientist, physicist, I Ching scholar, Jungian scholar, A New (and very Old) Model for Nonlinear Computation, presented at Sixth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Tokyo, Japan, July 1995

 

  • To balance and harmonize the analog and linear functions of number is the special gift of analinear computation. It is evident in the ancient I Ching and in modern DNA. By combining unitized counting with flowing proportions, this paradigm creates nonlinear equations, or more appropriately, analinear equations. Katya Walter, Ph.D., US American multi-disciplinary scientist, physicist, I Ching scholar, Jungian scholar, A New (and very Old) Model for Nonlinear Computation, presented at Sixth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Tokyo, Japan, July 1995

 

  • [There is] strong evidence that we are different than we've been told. We really are not separate. This is why people respond to tragedies like Haiti. When we see the Haitian children, whom we've never met, we intuit and know in our hearts that they are family, that they are our brothers and sisters. It's natural that we want to reach out. We participate in a society that disconnects us from that. It says, 'okay, that was fine. Now, you have to get back to the 'real world.' This idea of a 'real world' isn't the real world. Audio interview with Tom Shadyac (*1958) Aramean US American comedian, Hollywood film director, producer, truth seeker, neardeather (2007), multimillionaire converted to the path of simplicity, screenwriter, producer of the documentary I am, CHANGING OUR STORY TO SAVE THE WORLD, presented by the US American web radio station New Dimensions, host Justine Willis-Toms, 60 minutes duration, aired 5. March 2011

 

  • The individual mind is immanent but not only in the body. It is immanent also in the pathways and messages outside the body; and there is a larger Mind of which the individual mind is only a sub-system. This larger Mind is comparable to God and is perhaps what some people mean by "God," but it is still immanent in the total interconnected social system and planetary ecology. Gregory Bateson (1904-1980) British American (visual) anthropologist, biologist, social scientist, linguist, semiotician, cyberneticist on the concept of the CIA, information flow in nature, philosopher, OSS agent, co-initiator of author, Steps to an Ecology of Mind. Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution and Epistemology, S. 467, Chandler Press, San Francisco, 1972, University of Chicago Press, 23. May 2000

 

  • Independent thinking alone is not suited to interdependent reality.
    Independent people who do not have the maturity to think and act interdependently may be good individual producers, but they won't be good leaders or team players. They're not coming from the paradigm of interdependence necessary to succeed in marriage, family, or organizational reality. Stephen R. Covey (*1932) US American leading management consultant, best-selling author, Principle Centered Leadership, Stephen Covey, Wikipedia entry, Free Press, 1. October 1992

 

  • We are all linked in a vast network of life, from the smallest cell to the highest and most powerful person. We are all not only linked but interdependent. That the well being of the one affects the wellbeing of the many, and that as we seek to that which is life affirming, we evoke the best that is within us. Interview with Stephan A. Schwartz, Ph.D., US American futurologist, senior fellow for Brain, Mind and Healing, Samueli Institute, cognitive sciences research associate, Laboratories for Fundamental Research, author, Nonlocal Awareness and Visions of the Future, presented by Health World Online, Daniel Redwood D.C., page 16 (last page), 2005

 

  • The many and the one – […] The distinctness of the many, both manifest and spiritual, is interdependent with the unity of the one. Distinctness is not separateness: distinctness celebrates diversity in free unity; separatedness is a mental state of closure against unity. John Heron (*1928) British pioneer in the creation of a participatory research method in the social sciences, committed to the process of co-operative inquiry, Participatory Spirituality. A Farewell to Authoritarian Religion, PDF, Lulu Press, Morrisville, North Carolina, September 2006

 

  • Hence, international co-operation and solidarity and the relentless search for consensus become an absolute imperative. They are the only possible alternative for all nations, whose interdependence is being made increasingly manifest by the rapid development of production technology, of transport and communications, as well as by the overhanging threat of deterioration of the environment and exhaustion of natural resources. And what is one to say of the frightful accumulation of means of destruction in a world facing the no less frightful problems of hunger, disease and ignorance? Federico Mayor Zaragoza (*1934) Spanish scholar, politician, address to the Symposium 80 on International Cultural Relations. Bridges Across Frontiers, Bonn, 27. May 1980

 

  • We are not similar [...] or alike [...] we are each other. Eva Athena, source unknown

 

  • Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail. So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it. Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; progress must be shared. [Applause.] Historic address to the Muslim world by Barack Obama, 44th US president, Remarks by the President on a New Beginning, Cairo University, Egypt, presented by Whitehouse.gov, Thursday, 4. June 2009

 

  • There is sometimes a sense that old ways of thinking must prevail; a conception of power that is rooted in the past rather than in the future. [...] In 2009, a great power does not show strength by dominating or demonizing other countries. [...] As I said in Cairo, given our interdependence, any world order that tries to elevate one nation or one group of people over an other will inevitably fail. The pursuit of power is no longer a zero-sum game – progress must be shared. Historic address to the Muslim world by Barack Obama, 44th US president, trip to Russia, July 2009

Quotes by David R. Hawkins

Jesus: Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matthew 25, 40 (NT)

 

⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

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Human consciousness is a ubiquitous database, accessible through kinesiology

  • The individual human mind is like a computer terminal connected to a giant database.  The database is human consciousness itself, of which our own cognizance is merely an individual expression, but with its roots in the common consciousness of all mankind. This database is the realm of genius; because to be human is to participate in the database and everyone, by virtue of his birth, has access to genius. The unlimited information contained in the database has now been shown to be readily available to anyone in a few seconds, at any time and in any place. This is indeed an astonishing discovery, bearing the power to change lives, both individually and collectively, to a degree never yet anticipated. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, Introduction, S. 34, Hay House, February 2002

 

 

 

  • In this interconnected universe, every improvement we make in our private world improves the world at large for everyone. We all float on the collective level of consciousness of mankind, so that any increment we add comes back to us. We all add to our common buoyancy by our efforts to benefit life. What we do to serve life automatically benefits all of us because we're all included in that which is life. It is a scientific fact that what is good for you is good for me. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Power versus Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, chapter 7 Everyday Critical Point Analysis, S. 128, Hay House, February 2002

 

  • For the universe, the very essence of life itself, is highly conscious. Every act, thought, and choice, adds to a permanent mosaic. Our decisions ripple through the universe of consciousness to affect the lives of all. Lest this idea be considered merely mystical or fanciful, let's remember that fundamental tenet of the new theoretical physics: Everything in the universe is connected with everything else. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, chapter 9, S. 184, Hay House, February 2002

 

  • A hushed silence pervades the surroundings, and motion itself slows and becomes still. All things radiated forth an intense aliveness. Each is aware of every other. The luminous quality of the radiance is overwhelmingly Divine in nature. It completely includes everything in its Total Oneness so that all things are interconnected and in communication and harmony by means of awareness and by sharing the basic quality of the essence of existence itself. Dr. David R. Hawkins, The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, chapter 1, S. 23, 2001

 

 

No man is an island.

  • All mankind is of one author, and is one volume;
    when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language;
    and every chapter must be so translated. [...]
    As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon,
    calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all:
    but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness. [...]
    No man is an island, entire of itself, entire of itself;
    every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

    [...] any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind;
    and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

 

Source: ► John Donne (1572-1631) English lawyer, priest, satirist, metaphysical poet,
poem Meditation XVII, famous line No man is an island, 1623

Englische Texte – English section on interdepence

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Links zum Thema Interdepenz / Interdependence and mutuality

Literatur

Literature (engl.)

Externe Weblinks

External web links (engl.)


Audio- und Videolinks

Themen: Gravitationskraft, 12-Dimensionen-Theorie von Burkhard Heim (1925-2001) deutscher theoretischer Physiker, Entwickler der Einheitlichen Feldtheorie ("Hyperraum", "Weltformel")

Audio and video links (engl.)

  • Animated video, narrated and produced by Peter Russell, M.A., D.C.S. (*1946) awakened British physicist, visionary futurist, eco-philosopher, producer of three films on consciousness, author, The Global Brain, producued 1983, YouTube film, 35:13 minutes duration, recorded 1983, posted 7. August 2014
  • Video interview and dialog with James H. Fowler, Ph.D. (*1970) US American social scientist specializing in social networks, cooperation, political participation, and genopolitics, professor of medical genetics, professor of political science, University of California, San Diego, Research of happiness, obesity, drinking based on the Framingham Heart Study data, sponsored by UC San Diego Faculty Club, video series Conversations with Tom, presented by hosts Tom Munnecke and Heather Wood, videographed by Robert Foxworth, 52:59 minutes duration, recorded 6. January 2009

Evidence shows that social networks propagate happiness in a contagious fashion 7-9% more powerfully than unhappiness. Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D. (*1963) US American professor of social, cultural, moral psychology and ethical leadership, New York University Stern School of Business, author, is studying the spread of loneliness, empathy research, centralized "smart center" networks ⇔ smart edges, group selection, the work of happiness and elevation, and ways to construct networks of uplift.

Surprising power of social networks and how they shape human lives:
Happiness is contagious. One's future spouse is likely to be one's friend's friend. One's friends' friends' friends can make one fat or thin.

Empathy and mirror neurons

Paradigmatic shift from the left-brained object-based Western perspective to the right-brained Native interdependent relational philosophy practicing justice as a healing experience based on a reversed hierarchy

Music links (engl.)

"We Are All Connected" is a sampling of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, presented by US American basic cable and satellite television station The History Channel, Universe series, Richard Feynmann's 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson's cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye's Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from The Elegant Universe (NOVA), Stephen Hawking's Universe, Cosmos, the Powers of 10, and more.

 

Interne Links

Englisch Wiki

Hawkins

 

 

1 Peter Sheridan Dodds, Roby Muhamad und Duncan J. Watts, An Experimental Study of Search in Global Social Networks, veröffentlicht in Wissenschaftsmagazin Science, Band 301, S. 827-28, Ausgabe 8. August 2003

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