Friday, January 19, 2018

In Search of a Career (Part 2): Career Planning

Tap your eight realms of  intelligence 
Dr Abe V Rotor 

Career planning is defined as the ongoing pro

  • Explores his interests and abilities; 
  •  Strategically plans his career goals; and. 
  • Creates his future work success by designing learning and action plans to help him achieve his goals. 


These are three elements in career planning for every individual seeking a bright prospect in his career. They are categorized in this sequence along the career path he has laid out in mind as ambition, and in remote and vague term, as dream. 

Taken as a whole these elements cannot be determined in just one sweeping study, much less measured and assessed as a comprehensive career map that can be handed down as a lifetime guide, for three principal reasons: first, by the nature of the study, it needs a long and continuing research, and that the methodology 
involved is varied; second, there are alternative elements which may be missed out, not unanticipated in the process; and third, there are inevitable circumstances and unpredictable factors which are likely to be encountered in such a long-term study. 

Stages in Career Planning

The first stage in career planning which is to explore the interests and abilities of the person is essential, in fact primordial in any undertaking. Every person is endowed genetically with certain abilities passed on from his forebears through generations, and particular from his biological parents. There are eight realms or fields of intelligence, often referred to as 
, which are applied in examining and assessing a person’s potential intelligence or set of intelligence.

Multiple intelligence pioneer Howard Gardner's pluralistic view of intelligence suggests that all people possess at least eight different intelligences that operate in varying degrees depending upon each individual. Gardner initially present only 7, naturalism was included later. (Multiple Intelligences Theory, Howard Gardner, PhD)



A Survey on Multiple Intelligence

The 8 primary intelligences identified are as follows: by Gardner include the following: (not in proper order)
  •    linguistic intelligence,
  • 2    logical-mathematical intelligence,
  • 3    spatial intelligence,
  • 4    bodily-kinesthetic intelligence,
  • 5    musical intelligence,
  • 6    interpersonal intelligence, and
  • 7    intrapersonal intelligence.
  • 8   naturalistic intelligence
The eighth field of intelligence was not part of Gardner's original framework but was added in 1996 to include those who excel in the realm of natural science.

The general characteristics associated with each of these intelligences are described below. (CM Doria and AV Rotor: Humanities Today – An Experiential Approach C and E Publishing 2012)
  
Applications of Multiple Intelligence cartoon 
1. Linguistic intelligence - refers to an individual's capacity to use language effectively as a means of expression and communication through the written or spoken word (Examples: poets, writers, orators, and comedians. Some famous examples include: Jose Rizal, Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman).

2. Logical-Mathematical intelligence - refers to an individual's ability to recognize relationships and patterns between concepts and things, to think logically, to calculate numbers, and to solve problems scientifically and systematically. (Examples: mathematicians, economists, lawyers and scientists. Some famous examples include: Charles Newton, Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrodinger, and John Dewey).

3. Visual -Spatial intelligence - refers to the capability to think in images and orient oneself spatially. In addition, spatially intelligent people are able to graphically represent their visual and spatial ideas (Examples: artists, decorators, architects, pilots, sailors, surveyors, inventors, and guides. Some famous examples include: Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna, Picasso, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Leonardo DaVinci).

4. Musical intelligence - refers to the capacity to appreciate a variety of musical forms as well as being able to use music as a vehicle of expression. Musically intelligent people are perceptive to elements of rhythm, melody, and pitch (Examples: singers, musicians, and composers. Some famous examples include: Ryan Cayabyab, Nicanor Abelardo, Mozart, Julie Andrews, Andrea Boccelli and Leonard Bernstein).

5. Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence - refers to the capacity of using one's own body skillfully as a means of expression or to work with one's body to create or manipulate objects (Examples: dancers, actors, athletes, sculptors, surgeons, mechanics, and craftspeople. Some famous examples include: Manny Pacquiao, Michael Jordan, Julia Roberts, and Mikhail Baryshnikov).

6. Interpersonal (Social) intelligence - refers to the capacity to appropriately and effectively communicate with and respond to other people. The ability to work cooperatively with others and understand their feelings (Examples: sales people, politicians, religious leaders, talk show hosts, etc. Some famous examples include: Rodrigo Roa Duterte,  Bill Clinton, Ghandi, Oprah Winfrey).

7. Intrapersonal intelligence - refers to the capacity to accurately know one's self, including knowledge of one's own strengths, motivations, goals, and feelings. To be capable of self-reflection and to be introverted and contemplative are also traits held by persons with Intrapersonal intelligence. (Examples: entrepreneurs, therapists, philosophers, etc. Some famous examples include: Pope Francis, Sigmund Freud, Bill Gates, Socrates and Plato).

8. Naturalistic intelligence - refers to the ability to identify and classify the components that make up our environment. This intelligence would have been especially apt during the evolution of the human race in individuals who served as hunters, gatherers, and farmers. (Examples: botanists, farmers, etc. Some famous examples include: Eduardo Quisumbing, botanist; Aristotle, Charles Darwin, E.O. Wilson).

Awareness  of Multiple Intelligence "helps create communities of reflective, self-directed learners, to encourage the pursuit of deep understanding within and across disciplines, and to promote critical and creative thinking" (AV Rotor, Light from the Old Arch, UST 2001)

These intelligences are often attributed as God-given gifts, particularly in traditional and religious societies. This belief is reinforced by the fact that no normal individual is without any appropriate field of intelligence, often complemented by others to form a compatible combination.  

For example, Fernando Amorsolo, Philippine national artist, is evidently gifted with spatial intelligence and naturalism, hence his masterpieces are mainly nature’s scene, and the aesthetic human beauty. Teachers to be effective must possess the proper combination of intelligences: interpersonal for good human relations, logic for scholarly and methodical teaching, language for clear expression, intrapersonal as guide to teaching as a vocation.  In fact, there is no other profession that calls for the highest and widest application of all eighth realms, other qualities notwithstanding.

What are other elements other than the 8 realms of intelligence?

Jose Rizal is exceptionally endowed with a number of intelligence, from spatial to logic to language, as manifested in his works and biography. The question as to what makes a martyr, singularly manifested by bravery, sacrifice and sense of nationalism, may not be traced to mere intelligence.  Which therefore raises the  need to know more about the development of a person outside the eight realms of intelligence.

The question is also raised on great men and women who veered from their career path and by circumstances fate led them to fame, such as popularity in modern music (Elvis Priestley), original thought (Albert Einstein, E=MC2), ideas ahead of their time (Jules Verne, the science fiction novelist), radical life to the point of madness (Vincent Van Gogh, founder of Expressionism movement in art), or simply, demonstrating non-violence as a tool of liberation (Jose Rizal, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela).  [avrotor.blogspot.com]

Career planning is based on self-assessment of the eight realms of intelligence. It starts in the family, parents as talent scout of their children, friends and relatives affirming the dawning of evident talents, school providing motivation and direction, and the community in nurturing public appreciation.

It is for this reason that early detection and subsequent development of talents is key to career planning, more so in the pursuit of career path. It is also a fact that no one can’t possibly succeed under “no man is an island” condition. Career is greatly, in fact inevitably, influenced and dependent on these and other factors.
Surprisingly, the road to success is a rough and thorny one, and along the way lays crossroads of indecision to the point of feeling lost and forlorn.

This is the sad fate of many who settle down on careers not of their own choice and making, yet as life must go, and acceptance is a matter of adjusting to the prevailing conditions and circumstances.  Whether these people are happy or not may be gauged on their accomplishments and people’s perception.  A would-be lawyer settled down as businessman, a would-be doctor as a local politician, a would-be engineer a craftsman. Failure is not the word to describe them for failing in their planned career, but by the grace of humanity they are looked upon for meritorious achievements, contributing to the welfare of the community, being examples of the youth, and having a happy family.

Where do the eighth realms of intelligence come in? They may have the fullest expression of one realm of intelligence, like  Beethoven or Ryan Cayabyab, exemplars in musical composition.  But they also possess certain qualities found in  say St (Mother) Teresa,  Montessori, the teacher-innovator, Manny Pacquiao, the athlete political leader,  Ramon Magsaysay, people’s president.  They are in their own ways Spartans, Samaritans, and the like.  

From Failure to Success in the Pursuit of Careers

Models of success are not necessarily found on the pedestal, much less exclusive icons. Many may have failed once, or more, but were able to overcome such predicaments.  They may have taken another career path.  They may have found more meaning in a less prominent one.

Many are called late bloomers, which confirm that “life starts at forty,” or even later.  Gifted individuals, prodigies in the art, science, and other fields, simply took the path to success such as Mozart and Mendelsohn (music), Newton (physics), Bobby Fisher (chess). 

It is a dismay though for child prodigies who failed to sustain the extraordinary momentum.  In an commercial advertisement, a certain girl Allyia (not the real name) had higher IQ than the great astronomer Galileo, because she was regularly drinking a milk formula. This may be exaggerated but it is an example of a genetically gifted individual who failed because the other elements of development were not sufficiently given.

On the other hand, Severino Reyes (Lola Basyang) wrote his first story for children in past seventy.  He wrote volumes of bedtime and fantasy stories for the Komiks, movies, radio and TV series, and on stage.  (Rotor AV and CM Doria, Philippine Literature Today 2014)  


4.1 Twenty World’s Most Famous Failures
Career doesn’t come on a silver platter, it is earned, and earned with sacrifice, persistence and focus on a “dream to come true.” The ingredients however may be initial failure, in fact repeated failures, as in the cases of thousands of world famous men and women, among them are cited in this study.   

Nelson Mandela, first president of South Africa, has this to say on failure as a springboard to success, to wit:
 “Failure is a word which everyone dreads. Each of us wants to have a taste of success and be praised once in life time at least. Success certainly does not come that easy, it takes to strive hard to achieve our share.”

“Never give up on your hopes and your dreams. Never allow someone else to tell you that you’re not good enough, smart enough or talented enough to achieve greatness in whatever capacity you’re seeking. You can do anything you put your mind to. Anything.”  
Biographies of great men and women, twenty of them cited here, are recommended for reading to the career seekers, as well as those who need encouragement to go on in spite of failures.  
1.    Abraham Lincoln - 16th President of the United States
2.    Albert Einstein - One of the most brilliant minds to have ever lived,
3.    Bill Gates – Founder of Microsoft, richest man in the world
4.    Charles Darwin – World’s authority on the science of evolution
5.    Charlie Chaplin – pioneer in the movie industry

6.    Colonel Harland Sanders – Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken
7.    Elvis Presley – Most popular rock music star
8.    George Lucas – Film maker, revolutionized the film industry
9.    Henry Ford – Founder of Ford company, pioneer in car manufacturing
10. J.K. Rowling - author of the wildly-popular Harry Potter series of books

11. Nelson Mandela – liberated his country South Africa from British rule

12. Emily Dickinson – one of America’s greatest and most original poets

13. Marilyn Monroe - pop culture icon and sex symbol, unparalleled to this day

14. Oprah Winfrey – TV program host, first black woman-billionaire
15. Thomas A Edison – Inventor with dozens of parented works

16. Fred Astaire – stage dancer and comedian, actor and movie producer
17. Harrison Ford – famous actor in adventure movies
18. Jack London – author of Call of the Wild is now a classic
19. Howard Schultz – Founder of world famous Starbucks
20. Jack Canfield Chicken Soup for the Soul Series ~

These are Filipino celebrities who experienced hardships before becoming famous personalities. Their humble beginnings were recognized because of all their sacrifices just to have a better life.  What then is the most important ingredient of a successful career?

1. Coco Martin, one of ABS-CBN’s most prized artists, starring in the top-rating TV series, Ang Probinsyano.

2. Ai-ai delas Alas Ai-ai, dubbed ‘Philippine Queen of Comedy’

3. Willie Revillame TV Host ‘Wowowin".

4. Jennylyn Mercado was once hailed as the sexiest woman by a local magazine.

5. Jericho Rosales Mr. Pogi’ of ‘Eat Bulaga,’

6. Vice Ganda Comedian Vice Ganda,

7. Richard Gomez Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc City

8. Nora Aunor,  The Philippine Superstar 

9. Marvin Agustin Agustin, actor and successful businessman

10. Isko Moreno – actor, politician


In Search of a Career Part 1: GET (Genetic, Environment and Training)

Genetics-Environment-Training

Dr Abe V Rotor

Career is an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life, perhaps a lifetime, with opportunities for progress, though not always. In its broad application, career is synonymous to profession, occupation, job, vocation, calling, employment, line, line of work, walk of life.

Quite often the career of a person is his imprimatur: Maestro Selmo (school teacher), Doktor Ferrer (family physician), Aling Maria (sari-sari store operator), Pastor Nelson (religious minister). These are informal titles popularly conferred by the community these people serve. 

Down to the grassroots are people identified according to their particular expertise or occupation which they earned through the years. The quaintness of village culture developed such personalities as Nestor partidor (butcher), Nora kumadrona (midwife), Eustaquio herbolario, fondly called quack doctor, Pedro kutsero or kalesa driver, Perla labandera or laundry woman, Emilio kartero or mailman. They are the subject of stories in telenobela, movies, paintings, or simply happy gatherings, such as barrio fiesta.

There is no community without these “experts” whom people trust and hire for their services - electrician, plumber, jeepney driver, coconut harvester, cargador, house painter, kantero, kapintero, latero, and the like.

Name an occupation or odd job, and you can associate it with a kabarangay or town mate. Under a rural setting, for generations, careers have been regarded as lifelong occupations and people are simply happy and proud, of their calling by the community. 

Based on this social structure, a career therefore has a dichotomous definition differentiating the “professionals” from the “ordinary” workers. Society has always been keen on the importance of both, and the community has many good reasons to have them integrated into the village life. On their part, they are just too willing to serve for reasonable pay, and in addition often compensated in kind. On the other hand they work on bayanihan, in deference to village customs and values.

Career is a unifying force in a traditional community, now being threatened by modernization and exodus of people to live in cities and to work abroad. For one, such change is financially rewarding, especially to OFWs who are getting as much pay as the “professionals,” particularly those at home.

To keep up with finances many career professionals settle down for non-professional jobs. A teacher works as governess (yaya) and gets higher pay than being a teacher in her home country. An OFW engineer becomes a heavy equipment operator, a doctor as healthcare worker, a management expert as clerk – all these make little distinction in today’s standards, on socio-economic parameters.

It is not unusual to meet a doctor turned poultry man, a lawyer turned gentleman farmer, professor as private tutor or bible study leader, engineer resigned from a lucrative employment becoming an entrepreneur. Ask a carpenter foreman and he will give his credentials as board passer in engineering. There must be reasons behind these diversions, or change in career, which can be treated as case studies in this research. 

Triad of Human Development

Without exemption, every person – personhood to career – is a lifetime product of three interrelated factors of development, namely

· These are fondly coined into an acronym GET. In his entire life he encounters the six Ws: What, Where, When, Which, Whom (things often encountered in everyday living), and Why (the underlying philosophy of life, its reason and meaning of one’s life), and one H – How, which leads the person into a career path, involving strategies and methodologies. 

Here is a general illustration to show the interrelationships of the three factors. The core is the totality of such interrelationship. Ideally, the bigger the core, the more benefits the person derives from the contribution of each factor. 

These factors vary in their contributions to the person’s development. The governing principle is that of integration and compensation. Genetic potential is expressed under a favorable environment, and appropriate and thorough training. However, no amount of training will guarantee a person’s success if he is not gifted with a particular talent. Such is the case of music. It is said that a musician is born a musician, so with a painter who is born with visual-spatial talent. Poor or improper environment on the other hand, impedes an individual’s career, even with favorable genetic and training background. This is the irony of a society which cannot ensure the welfare of its citizens, more so under an environment of conflict and hostilities. This is rationale of governments to keep peace and order in the community or the whole region or country for that matter.

Genetics

“It runs in the family’’ is a common expression. Hence, there is a family of doctors, family of engineers, of teachers, of farmers, artists, religious leaders, journalists and writers, politicians, soldiers, and many other walks of life.

But there are also families that may lack any distinctive career pattern that is traced to heredity. What is the importance of knowing the hereditary background of a family?

It is used as valuable reference in choosing a career. Other that this it is often used as medical reference. He would ask, “Is there any cancer victim in your family?” Organizations refer to it in tracing moral background, employers in hiring, people in choosing their lifetime partners. 

Exceptional talents however may skip detection based on phylogeny or the family tree. Many great people came from simple families. On the other hand, not all potential genes are transmitted to the offspring. Whatever happened to the children of great men and women attest to this scientific finding. 

Career therefore has hereditary structure like a tree, if only the genes past and present can speak. This is a challenge posed to educator, sociologists, and primarily parents. With the Human Genome Map lately developed, a person’s genetic pool can be now analyzed, at least partially. The map indicates the chromosomes and component genes that govern the traits of the subject person. Medical science has begun using it in diagnostics, opening a new field of detecting a potential disease before it affects the individual. It has opened an unconventional approach in assessing personal character which is useful, say in employment and sensitive positions. 

Environment


Environment covers a time span “from womb to tomb,” exposure of anything mainly perceived by the senses. It is the totality of a person’s connection with the physical, biological and institutional world.

The home as the basic unit of society plays a primordial contribution to one’s career, the community as its extension, and the institutions that form a network in which every person is an integral part. .

Environment may be modified to suit career path, but limited to periodicity, a phenomenon that a person cannot choose the time and place he came into this world. History attests to the role of this phenomenon in the life of people, their society and civilizations for that matter.

With the breakthrough in science and technology, the present generations are witnessing more discoveries and inventions than what have been generated since ancient times. Environment today has grown complicated and encompassing, such as the power of cyber-communication, nuclear energy, automation and robotics. These feats of the Homo sapiens, the (only) intelligent being enabled him to live a 
postmodern life (that is, living ahead of the times). Which leads to the question, “What careers lie ahead for the millennials and Igen or social media generations?

City environment and rural environment divide careers into two fields: the street smart and the agrarian kid. One knows life from the blocks, the other from the field; one from books, the other from actual experience. One on the niceties of a comfortable life, while the other, on survival in a raw environment. In the movie, The Gods Must be Crazy, there is a charming sarcasm pitting the intelligence of a lady PhD holder and the instinctive intelligence of a desert dweller, a bushman, who without the latter, the lady guest could have been devoured by beasts or died of thirst and starvation. 

Career in postmodern times is driving people to seek better work conditions: hourly pay, security of tenure and benefits, among others. Others simply quit and would rather move away from poor socio economic conditions and from force majeure which is increasing in occurrence and intensity, as a result of global warming and other man-induced calamities. Today there is an irreversible phenomenon called eco-migration to illustrate this fact.

Training

The global trend to standardize school curricula pushed the Philippines to adopt K-12 to keep up with global competitiveness in job opportunities in other countries.

The new curriculum with two additional years an added is indeed a burden to parents, and opportunity loss to young people to work, and become responsible like grownups. It came at a time when whole libraries are at fingertip search with the smart phone, world geography on Google Earth, publication on the Internet. What then is education, its purpose and its contribution to personal and social growth when the “world has shrunk into a village and wired in all its corners?” 

On-line teaching, open-university e-learning have virtually rendered on-site campus education outdated. Students earn their college degrees and certificates of proficiency on-line. They are not disrupted in the present work and displaced from their present domicile. 

Two universities in Thailand have a combine enrollment online students taking up academic and short courses, specialized courses and graduate studies included. Bangladesh ranks among the advanced online education in Asia. On-line education has been perfected so to speak, in Europe and in the US. The Philippines has yet to develop its own on-line curriculum for countrywide application.

Continued ....

In Search of a Career (Part 3); Twenty Personal Views and Perceptions about Career

Self-administered Test
(Please answer opposite each item either YES or NO. Please answer all. Neutral answer is not accepted.)



1. I won't know anything about an occupation until I start working

2 A career counselor can tell me which occupation to pick

3. I can't make a living from my hobby

4. If I don't find my passion, I'll never be happy


5. I should rely on "best careers" lists

6. Earning a lot of money will make me happy

7. Once I figure out what to do I will be stuck doing It forever


8. My skills will go to waste If I decide to change careers

9. My best friend's (or sibling's) dream career will be mine too

10. All I have to do Is choose a career... everything else will fall Into place

11. There is one perfect job for me.

12. My major is going to lead to my career.

13. I will have only one career in my lifetime.

14. Liberal Arts, Humanities and Science majors are usually unemployable after college

15. Most students know their major and career goals when they enter college.
16. If I wait long enough, luck will eventually bring me to the right career.

17. Most people have a solid understanding of careers and the world‐of‐work and if I don't, then I am the only one who is confused!

18. Career assessments will tell me exactly what career is right for me

19. I should choose an occupation based on my strongest skills

20. The best place for me to start looking for an occupation is where employers are doing lots of hiring right now.~


ANSWERS: These are all myths often encountered in the pursuit of a career, therefore, the answer to each item is NO. Go back to the first two parts of this article IN SEARCH OF A CAREER. Read more. Learn more about career. Review, realign, reflect. Above all, be yourself. ~

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Third Planetary Evolution: The Noosphere

Towards Global Collective Consciousness
Guest Editorial
Greater Lagro Gazette 
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The attack on the World Trade Center on the morning on September 11, 2001 (9/11) caused intense, excruciating painful surge of grief and anger and sadness to millions and millions all over the world via media, albeit personal experience at the site in NY, instantly forming a global collective consciousness, a sheathe of mental energy that actually altered the operation of computers,* thus ushering the birth of a third evolution of our planet – The Noosphere.   
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Collective consciousness is not new. It is traced to the binding force of our basic unit of society, the family, expanding to that in a tribe, community, onto the national level. Thus we have the term nationalism to which the citizens, bound by commonalities in language, customs, beliefs, laws, ideology and other factors, unite and pledge their allegiance with pride and respect. 
Noosphere in acrylic by the author

Today with cyber communication, social media, modern transport, breakthroughs in science and technology and growth of megacities, collective consciousness is evolving and inevitably expanding into a global scale.  It is visualized as a planetary sphere of mind, a mental sheathe of the earth. It is the third evolutionary event that our planet earth is undergoing.  It is called noosphere – the unity of all minds and its thinking layer, in the words of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1926).

Prior to this, the first planetary evolution resulted in the stabilization of our fiery and tumultuous planet to form the geosphere which later began to support life becoming a global ecological system millions of years later - the biosphere, which is our living world today. This time we are entering into a new evolution – that of the human mind: noosphere.  
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Collective consciousness (sometimes collective conscience) is a fundamental sociological concept that refers to the set of shared beliefs, ideas, attitudes, and knowledge that are common to a social group or society. (Concept developed by Emile Durheim,  1894)
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The Computer and Social Media

With scientific breakthrough in communication, we are virtually just a call away from one another wherever we are at any given time. Worldwide we watch the same programs on TV and the Internet, celebrate common festivities, adapt standard curricula in school, ride cars, and build houses of common make and design. 

We keep abreast with the stock market, the same way with follow sports, fashion, and tourism. We shop on e-commerce, enroll in e-learning, preside over meeting via teleconference. The whole world is wired, so to speak.  We live in a very modern world indeed.  The gap of consciousness separating individuals is fast dissolving, and that between kids and grownup is narrowing down. In fact, in the world of computers the millennials are far ahead. “Students teach teachers” maybe an exaggeration but this is true with electronic devices and use of social media. This is a scenario to illustrate our expanding and converging collective consciousness in our postmodern era.  
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*Princeton University researchers have been trying to measure the hypothetical giant humanity-encompassing hive mind, by tracking the effect of events on a network of computers around the world. – Patrick J Kiger (9/11 and Global Consciousness)
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Collective Effervescence

But the earliest proof of collective consciousness is traced to aboriginal societies that practiced religion in its earliest and purest form by periodically gathering to eat, dance, cry, intoxicate, whip themselves to delirium, and the like.  Such state of collective consciousness and ecstasy brings material-spiritual and ideal-spiritual experiences to individual and social well-being. The effect is called  collective effervescence.
Ati-atihan festival in Aklan

Similarly we experience universal joy and merriment in Christmas, New Year, Valentine, and in lesser celebrations like Thanksgiving, Independence, and in local and family affairs. In fact collective consciousness strengthens our religious faith, sense of nationalism, stimulates our creativity, our compassion for one another, or simply takes us to fantasy as a coping mechanism from the harsh realities of life.   

However, what we wish from collective consciousness is the making of an ideal society - a society that is peaceful and harmonious, progressive and sustainable. It is a kind of collective consciousness we wish to create reminiscent of Plato’s Republic, though elusive, has been the dream of humankind.

Collective Consciousness and History

Theories have been put forward since the time of the Greeks and the Romans, whose adage “the glory that was Greece, the grandeur that was Rome” attests to that dream of an ideal society. Ironically, their civilizations declined and fell obscure in the Dark Ages. The term alone implies the dark period of human society which lasted for more than a millennium. Collective consciousness that bound the two civilizations, the Greco-Roman, was shattered and later its fragments were gathered and adapted by warring kingdoms or fiefs.

It was in the Renaissance Period starting in the 15th century that our world found a new beginning – the revival of collective consciousness, a prototype of the old Greco-Roman values, ranging from religion and the humanities to politics and socio-economics.   It flourished quickly in its place of origin, Florence, and swept across Europe onto the opposite side of the globe.  The age of colonization carried out this social reform to different parts of the world, including the Philippines.  The birth of new nations which joined other nations including former masters, ultimately after WWI, formed the United Nations which is the world’s umbrella of cooperation and peace.    

Again our collective consciousness was divided by the Cold War which separated the world into two ideologies – capitalism and socialism.  The world stood still in fear of a possible Armageddon.  Fortunately the Cold War ended in 1989 with the reunification of divided countries like Germany and Vietnam, and th dissolution of USSR. Collective consciousness began to take shape under a freer global system of politics and economics, and in fact, with the development of modern communication and transportation, the world shrunk into a “global village.” Globalization had begun.    

Jungian Collective Unconscious

As a background, collective consciousness has a counterpart - collective unconscious which has genetic roots the psychologist Carl Jung termed as archetypes.   It is some kind of “inherited psychic materials,” that link each and every one of us as a species on one hand, and we today with our ancestors in the past, on the other. According to Jung’s theory, though each of us appears to function independently, in actuality we are all trapped into the same global mind. 

These archetypes or instincts are hunger, sexuality, activity, reflection and creativity, in the order of increasing abstraction.  This laid down the three-tier ladder of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, from primordial to spiritual forms. These constitute the so-called Jungian concept of Collective Unconscious that governs our collective behavior that subordinates our own, guided and guarded by the norms of our society he termed as synchronicity.  Archetypes are therefore the genetic link of our species and the components of our rationality as Homo sapiens.

The importance and value of being aware of the collective unconscious is visualized this way: “Myriad invisible hands hold your hands and direct them.  When you rise in anger, a great grandfather froths at your mouth, when you make love, an ancestral caveman growls with lust; when you sleep, tombs open in your memory till your skull brims with ghosts.”  (Carl Jung: A Living Myth - Collective Intelligence yields Collective Action

The Jungian concept of collective unconscious places utmost importance in the preservation of our tradition, beliefs, myths and other ethnic values, though they may be lacking in scientific evidences.  For all we know, the awareness of our connection with our forebears that make us realize the vital role of such genetic inheritance. Which leads us to realize with awe and respect to our ancestors who lived happier and more fulfilled lives than we do in our postmodern era.
Transcendental Meditation

This leads us to the spiritual side of collective consciousness - transcendental meditation and its correlation to world peace.  

“Transcendental Meditation program, or the group practice of the TM-Sidhi program by a sufficient group raised the level of coherence in collective consciousness, thus providing a stable basis for a lasting world peace. Increases in societal coherence have been operationally defined as  decreases in armed conflicts, crimes, traffic fatalities, fires, suicides, hospital admissions, notifiable diseases, infant mortality, divorce, alcohol consumption, cigarette consumption, unemployment, and pollution; and increases in international cooperation, stock market indices, leading and coincident economic indicators, and GNP.” (Maharishi's Program to Create World Peace: Theory and Research David W. Orme-Johnson and Michael C. Dillbeck Maharishi International University, 2016 Fairfield, Iowa, U.S.A.)

The Noosphere

What are the challenges of the new evolution – The Noosphere?

First, collective consciousness through meditation can release us of fear, anxiety, anger and tension, and help bring peace of mind vital to the attainment of world peace and order.
Second, collective consciousness offers an avenue to resolve divided loyalties and faiths, incompatible ideologies, race discriminations, border conflicts, particularly our present growing problem of terrorism.

Third, collective consciousness, in order to attain global significance and integrity must exert cumulative power to unite, amalgamate existing and new consciousness, and revitalize waning unity and cooperation of social groups, cultures, and nations, through education, mass media and organizational strategies.

Fourth, collective consciousness must be strengthened and guided towards greater regional cooperation such as ASEAN, EU, APEC, and more assertive global summits and conferences, like Climate Change, the United Nations notwithstanding, all geared towards world peace and unity.

Fifth, collective consciousness, on the compassionate, benevolent and humanistic side, must be cognizant of the lessons set by history and great leaders in the past and present from Aristotle, Christ, Gandhi, Lincoln, Paul, Teresa, Mandela, to our own Jose Rizal, and other great men and women.

Outlook

Lofty indeed is the potential power of the envisioned noosphere in shaping humanity in the future with one-mind, one-heart, one-psyche at the expense of losing much of our rich diversity of intellect, behavior and emotions, and spirituality, physical attributes and health considerations notwithstanding.

Savants are divided. Rationality will make us seek and preserve freedom in many and unimaginable forms and means, retaining our connectivity with the past and the future, and our environment through collective DNA carried on through evolution, and from generation to generation. We belong to this genetic pool. We are natives of Planet Earth.

Personally as a biologist we are heading toward the sunset of our own species. By the way, all species without exemption follow a normal curve of emergence-plateau-decline and finally extinction, in favor of other species under the law of succession (seres) and pattern of the web of life. We may seem to have reached the plateau of our species. This is dangerous. A Damocles Sword hangs above us, forged by our superior intellect. What with the possibility of global nuclear war, unabated wastes generation resulting in progressive autotoxicity or genocide. By manipulating the plantilla of life through genetic engineering, we destroy homeostasis or the balance of nature. We have altered the composition of the earth as modern alchemists. In short we are destroying paradise the second time around. The noosphere could be our saving grace, or at least it gives us respite to examine and amend our wasteful and evil ways in the guise of The Good Life.

To the futuristic minds, man shall be leaving the earth and live in another planet, perhaps a million years from now. By then I believe Homo sapiens shall be no longer us. ~

Prepared by Dr Abe V Rotor
For the Greater Lagro Gazette 2017