how thick are you in time?
Many people are familiar with the notion of ‘finding oneself’ and ‘seeking’. This is a spatial metaphor, borrowing from ‘location’. But this locks us in place, something our bodies already do.
Our relationality is a mutual configuration of self and other identity. It is conducted continuously, from the moment we wake to the moment we fall asleep, from the moment you began reading this paragraph, to the moment you will finish reading it. Here we are, in space and time, momenting.
The technique for ‘zeroing the social distance’ between us invites us to enter this mutual moment, when we fully realise that our individually unique moment is, in fact, concurrent with everyone else.
multiple spiritual traditions
The primary technique for achieving ‘zero social distance’ has evolved across many cultures throughout history. It takes many forms, is clothed in various rituals. The description here is from 17th century Western philosophy and religion, in order to root a minimal spiritual practice at the foundation of science.
whatever our path
The method of science has self-perfected itself over centuries, stripping itself of subjective evaluation in order to describe as accurately as possible the world of objects. The spiritual leanings of Newton or Leibnitz can be dismissed and only their calculus adopted. Science has made objects of ourselves, and the process of oppositional thought (disproof, critical thinking) is endemic in all modern institutional practices (such as politics, law, markets). Over centuries, this has dehumanised us, reduced the human tribe to individuated atoms and sub-nuclear families, whilst science itself remains powerless amidst politico-economic structures which are ravaging the natural world.
Practicing ‘zero social distance’ counter-acts this problem, by appreciating our sameness, and in so doing strengthening our social cohesion.
What We Offer one another
The technique for zero social distance (on the left) is primarily an individual activity performed in the moment. It powers and is empowered by experiencing other closely related techniques (on the right).
- Thanking & Being Thanked
- Blessing & Being Blessed
- Sharing & Receiving
- Questioning & Being Questioned
- Helping & Being Helped
- Lead by Following
We Are all Experts
That you have the capacity to be aware of anything at this moment, let alone yourself, is miraculous. And yet, it is a simple self-affirming fact.
We can call this a belief, but it is only as much as we acknowledge its truth. It is not an objective truth (like the planet we live on), but a subjective one, which is entirely contingent on our individually, unique awareness.
That we are generous enough to believe that others have this capacity, is operationalising belief in a social dimension. The degree to which this is reciprocated or not (how many people constitute this ‘we’, how ardently we source our intention and action in it), defines our social strength.