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I've gone on a tangent as I often do in conversations but all things are connected and move in circles so I'll now come back around to main topic. In Seabright's book he talks about "tunnel vision". Tunnel vision is how people in our world get things done. Individuals don't usually focus on big picture; rather, they find one specific area of expertise to specialize in. When thousands and thousands of people do their small part functions of society as a whole get completed. This is same as all of cells in our bodies doing their specific tasks to keep whole machine functioning. Seabright discusses positive and negative results of this new style of thinking (people in past were usually more in vein of 'Jack of all trades" having multiple skills in many areas of life). One of great things about this tunnel vision focus that we use in our everyday life besides obvious attainment of our social needs, is fact that we now trust strangers more than ever before. We have faith that other people we've never actually met will do their specific job properly, as in case when we put our own physical health in hands of doctors when we got to hospital.
The other side of coin in case of tunnel vision is one I spoke of before. We lose larger perspectives on life that logically bring us all together. People start to think that because they are of a certain religion, nationality, or so-called 'race' that they can't connect with others. The irony is that we all are connecting anyway even if it is unbeknownst to many. Seabright uses an excellent example of shirt you wear on your back. "Say cotton came from India, grown with seeds bred in U.S.A., artificial fiber from Portugal, collar linings from Brazil, and dyes from half a dozen other countries augment shirt, which was sewn in Malaysia on German machinery. Thus a simple shirt represents a veritable symphony of economic and industrial forces, likes of which no one person possibly could coordinate."
So answer to our dilemma is relatively simple. We need to implement a new perspective that is more balanced between our necessary tunnel vision that gets job done, and a wider point of view that appreciates both vastness and minuteness of reality. If we can connect with each other with this more balanced, informed and aware perspective, many of conflicts and perceived differences between humans could diminish greatly. One might also predict that this new view would also bring about a global advance in consciousness and spirituality as a result of our knowledge of 'oneness' and connectedness of all that exists in Universe. This would also definitely affect ways in which we respect and treat immediate environs around us in terms of nature preservation and treatment of animals and resources.
Jesse S. Somer M6.Net http://www.m6.net Jesse S. Somer believes that humanity, by widening its perception on what it is actually made of and where it comes from, will evolve further as a species. Happiness and sustainability of life for all creatures could become our new creed.