On Adulthood

It is in Awareness that all questions arise and it is in Awareness that the answers are discovered. No matter what questions are posed and answers sought, the ultimate mystery is the mystery of Awareness itself.”

If you are reading this (assuming that the reading is not taking place in some far distant time from when these words were written), you most likely are a human being, a complex lifeform conceived on the planet known as Earth through the fusion of egg and sperm cells belonging to a pair of human beings that became your parents, causing a chain reaction of embryonic cell division and replication that led to the formation of a human child.

Now it is not actually correct to say that you “are” a human being. This is actually quite far from the truth. But it is correct to say that you identify with and employ the body through which you are able to perceive the world in which this reading is taking place, although you already may have some inkling of your greater potential.

After being “born” in this world, you were not immediately able to perceive this world in the terms that are now familiar to you. This method of perception had to be learned, and, in fact, your Awareness had to be gradually attuned to the perceptual mechanisms of the human body in order to operate it properly.

The body grows, and simultaneously, the associated Awareness becomes accustomed to it. Your parents teach both directly and indirectly – for a child soaks in every perception, and every action observed is a lesson, even if it is not intended to be.

The affinity with this body increases rapidly until the basic functions become essentially automatic. Then a miracle occurs. This is the miracle of language and speech, of communication and confusion.

You are told that you have a certain name and identity, and that this body that you are learning to embrace is “you”. There is no one to contradict this assertion, and eventually you accept it as true. The moment you accept this so-called “truth” is when the confusion begins.

Learning to operate the image-and-meaning making function that results from the affinity of your Awareness to the human body, you associate symbols and sounds with meanings. You begin to reflect, to anticipate and to remember, and you eventually accept these functions as “your” mind.

This acceptance seals your fate, From then on, you are “this body”, “this person”, and nothing more. But, what else could have happened? This is entirely Natural, and practically inevitable. However, this identification is only a phase, a phase that we rarely outgrow before this life comes to an end.

Having accepted the body as yourself, you learn, grow, accrue experiences, and eventually reach adolescence. If you are old enough to reflect on adolescence, you may recognize the inexorable movement of one’s life from childhood to so-called adulthood.

The biology has a mind of its own, different strengths and weaknesses, different basic parameters. In puberty, the parameters shift, inducing the transformation of the child into the teenager, with different concerns and undeniable urges. This is all designed to insure the survival and genetic diversity of the species, and the majority of human beings mate, have children and form family bonds.

Part of this process consists of the displacement of identity during adolescence, the biological changes corresponding to a shift in attitude, expression and beliefs. These changes eventually settle, leaving the individual with a relatively fixed personality that is called an “adult” personality.

But this so-called adulthood, what is its drive, where is its genetic imperative? Firstly it is to teach the young, to insure their safety and to allow them to continue the cycle. However, for the individual, this is simply a dead end. Surely this is a worthy cause, but is it all there is to adulthood? Is it any wonder that depression, despair, nihilism, familial strife, and suicide are commonplace?

Set aside, for a moment, the influence of the functional integrity or decrepitude of the associated society, that is certainly a large issue, but it is not what we are discussing here.

Even if human society was a perfect utopia, these problems would appear, because they are symptoms of failing to reach adulthood. They point to the potential furtherance of the evolution of the individual human being into something more.

The sorrow and longing of the individual who seems to have reached a “dead end” in life, despite the fulfilling parts of the life experience, are symptoms of adulthood, just as much as the emergence of sexual urges are symptoms of adolescence.

Why is this? Because the individual who has reached what is called “adulthood” has either fulfilled their biological imperative, or has not fulfilled it. Either way, that part of their life is essentially over. However, human beings often spend the rest of their lives either recapitulating or attempting to recapture the spark of adolescence.

We stay concerned with the same adolescent concerns, and spin the wheel over and over again, all the while getting older. The degenerate society at large, of course, heavily supports this type of activity. The engines of commerce practically run on this alone, entrapping us in endless material desires, all serving to prop up the adolescent ego. Those who define and propagate our culture are either simply unwitting participants in this vicious cycle, or, much worse, they employ it as a means of control.

Many societies recognized another stage of life, a true adulthood, and this is why the elder members of our race were treated with respect and were venerated in those cultures. It is not simply the recognition of knowledge and experience that brought about this respect for the aged, it is something more, a recognition of what is called wisdom.

Wisdom is adulthood, and few of us find it. Instead we have nursing and retirement homes, places where overgrown adolescents can end their lives, never reaching this state of wisdom, or we have viagra and plastic surgery, scientific means to extend the adolescent state.

What is adulthood? It is moving beyond adolescence, not prolonging it. The deep self-absorption and self-identification that naturally comes from childhood and adolescence supports the perpetuation of the species and it defines the individual in necessary ways. After this, it is no longer valuable, and is in fact nothing more than a skin to be shed.

The adult is one who discovers what they truly are and lives that truth. Human beings rarely reach adulthood, and those phenomenal individuals in the past who have done so tend to loom large on the canvas of history, being known as leaders, prophets, saints, gurus, and even as infamous scoundrels and fiends.

Integralism can be defined as the deliberate activity of seeking adulthood, both in the individual and the tribe.

Of course, there is no conflict whatsoever between Integralism and family life. Humanity could certainly use more Integralist parents, for children benefit greatly from this. Integralists simply reject the notion that adulthood is nothing more than the aftermath of adolescence.

The trick is that adulthood is a particular state of being, one based in a new Consciousness beyond the adolescent experience. There is no “obvious” biological trigger for achieving this condition as there is for moving from childhood to adulthood.

However, there is one condition that induces the individual to seek adulthood. This is the recognition that one’s life will eventually come to an end: the Awareness of death. Our bodies sense this, the body knows that it will one day cease to function. The melancholy common to middle age is simply a symptom of this recognition, whether conscious or not.

Furthermore, there is recognition of one’s achievements and mistakes, one’s flaws and strengths, as well as desire to improve. Everyone feels this desire, even if they do not act on it. We are simply caught between desire and pleasure, fear and pain, those salient principles of adolescence, and cannot find a way to move beyond them.

This is one of the key purposes of Integralism, to take the individual that is willing to move beyond what they were, and to help them to become what they truly are, to break the mold that has hardened around their Awareness.

For, as mentioned before, it is not true to say that you are “so-and-so” from “such-and-such” birthplace, this is far from correct, but it was, for a time, a convenient and necessary fiction, being at times pleasant, and at times horrific, but, either way, simply a part of the process of life. The Integralist celebrates their origin, while also achieving a greater perspective.

The key factor of existing is to be aware that one exists. What we are is aware. But what is Awareness? Why does it exist? Who are we really? These questions lead us into adulthood.

Addressing this question has generally been the practice of a select few, and this is no accident, for there is nothing worse than fending off hordes of overgrown adolescents who avoid anything that may threaten their deeply ingrained sense of identity. Society is a mob, a mob of irrational teenagers, and those who seek to move beyond this and reach the state of adulthood are usually a vast minority.

The mystery schools of antiquity, the genuine practices of religion, as well as the spiritual and metaphysical practices of the present day, are simply diverse means of facilitating the search for adulthood.

The practice of Integral Initiation is a particular method of breaking free from the blind fixation of Cognition that is characteristic of the human condition, in order to achieve a greater form of understanding through the consequent expansion of Awareness.

As the teenager is latent within the child, the true adult is latent in the teenager, and what you are is what you have always been, it needs only be made manifest.

The only security against imminent mortality is to become mature, to be what you are in full Awareness and confidence. This is the security that comes from finding and knowing oneself beyond all doubt or opinion, of reaching the totality of oneself, the full spectrum of what you are capable of being, and what you truly are. For what you are is beyond the limits of the world you think you know.

Are you afraid, or uncertain? Then you are moving in the right direction.

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The Essential Aspect Roles

Function Names

Sections with an opposite preference begin with the same letter (M for Manipulation vs Mediation, and O for Operation vs Observation). Additionally, Divisions with an opposite preference begin with the same letter (R for Regulation vs Reconciliation, C for Correction vs Conservation). This is helpful for memorizing the relationships between the Functions.

The Integral Roles

Each role is composed of four preferences, those also being a combination of one of the four Sections and one of the four Divisions. Roles, when grouped by and within a specific Division, begin with the same letter: A for Regulators, P for Conservators, I for Correctors, and M for Reconcilers.

The sixteen roles are listed here, organized by Division:

Regulators:

Administrator (Manipulation & Regulation = Independent, Assertive, Critical, & Resilient)

Arbitrator (Mediation & Regulation = Interdependent, Receptive, Critical, & Resilient)

Authorizer (Operation & Regulation = Interdependent, Assertive, Critical, & Resilient)

Analyzer (Observation & Regulation = Independent, Receptive, Critical, & Resilient)

Reconcilers:

Ministrator (Manipulation & Reconciliation = Independent, Assertive, Tolerant, & Flexible)

Motivator (Mediation & Reconciliation = Interdependent, Receptive, Tolerant, & Flexible)

Mobilizer (Operation & Reconciliation = Interdependent, Assertive, Tolerant, & Flexible)

Moderator (Observation & Reconciliation = Independent, Receptive, Tolerant, & Flexible)

Conservators:

Protector (Manipulation & Conservation = Independent, Assertive, Tolerant, & Resilient)

Promoter (Mediation & Conservation = Interdependent, Receptive, Tolerant, & Resilient)

Provider (Operation & Conservation = Interdependent, Assertive, Tolerant, & Resilient)

Preserver (Observation & Conservation = Independent, Receptive, Tolerant, & Resilient)

Correctors:

Investigator (Manipulation & Correction = Independent, Assertive, Critical, & Flexible)

Interpreter (Mediation & Correction = Interdependent, Receptive, Critical, & Flexible)

Improviser (Operation & Correction = Interdependent, Assertive, Critical, & Flexible)

Inspector (Observation & Correction = Independent, Receptive, Critical, & Flexible)

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The Essential Aspect Orienting Modes

The Orienting Modes provide a basic model for decision-making and creative activity.

First, Articulate: Define the content. Isolate and identify it as precisely as possible. What is the situation, goal, idea, plan?

Then, Associate: Determine the context. Orient the content to its environment. What are the contingencies, the history, and relationships involving the content?

Execute or Examine: Having defined the content and the context, decide: is it time to take action, or is more information needed?

Execute: Take action upon the external situation. Work with, create, influence, subdue.

Examine: Seek understanding. Analyze, observe, research, find more information.

Execute

Repeat: This works, let’s keep doing it. Reinforce, maintain, habitualize, codify.

Restrict: This is either a problem, or it doesn’t work. Limit, restrain, discontinue, eliminate.

Examine

Adopt: This is valuable, useful, or desirable. Recruit, include, incorporate, accommodate.

Adapt: This is an issue to either change, or change with. Lets go around it or transform it. Modify, predict, avoid, negotiate.

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The War Within: Integralism As Conscious Revolution

In today’s world, meaning itself is generally treated as an irrelevant anachronism. Social engineers of every stripe claim to pursue unity or peace, while simultaneously undermining the very principles that could potentially create unity or peace through their actions.

False and degrading signals from the society at large undermine the individual Will at virtually every turn. Falsity has been enshrined in human society as normal and desirable, and there are countless pitfalls hidden in the social world to ensnare the genuine individual.

Integralists strive for a fundamental understanding of Nature and its origins. In the modern world, applying oneself to the such a meaningful quest is tantamount to rebellion against the system and its prevailing narrative.

A crucial aim of Integralism is to abolish “belief” entirely, replacing it with sure, accurate knowledge, or “faith”. Integralism challenges nearly every cherished concept of modern social “consensus”: the post-modern viewpoint of functional materialism, as well as the dogmas of “scientism”, politics, and religion. Established patterns of behavior and belief in all sectors of the social order are disrupted by its tenets.

The Integralist is a revolutionary, and field of battle is, first and foremost, an internal one. This strife consists of the struggle between the authentic being within and the false identity provided through the signals in the social environment. One must first realize that the extant system uses every trick at its disposal in order to obscure the authentic being that is its prisoner.

The inauthentic persona; that “person” who was infused with contradictory beliefs and attitudes, is the true adversary in this struggle. By engaging in this “war within”, we may undermine the corruption of the social order through the very act of reclaiming a genuine identity. For it is the regenerated faculty of Will (Consciousness as the expression of an activated Soul) that is necessary for preservation of what is valuable, both in general and specific contexts.

The renunciation of the Integralist is not asceticism (a rejection of the world), but a disavowal of illusion. The false images projected by the system, and internalized as “personality”, must be defeated.

Pursuing an unbiased acceptance of truth, however uncomfortable that truth may be, allows for a more immediate embracing of what was previously rejected, and a more passionate avowal of held principles that resonate with truth.

As authentic Conscious beings, we can more readily maintain ourselves, our people, and our environment. The means of the expression of this new-found Awareness is, of course, unique to the predilection of the individual.

It is only through the expansion of Awareness that the problems we face may be understood correctly, and eventually solved. We must endeavor to reject false ideas and comforting illusions, while affirming that which is beneficial and true.

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The Tolerant Bias

In recent history, western society has excessively emphasized the principles of inclusiveness and accommodation. This preference has manifested a cultural environment where tolerance is the keystone of social acceptance.

It is currently considered more worthwhile to be sympathetic than it is to be accurate. Critical thinking is devalued, and tolerance is given extreme consideration. This pervasive tendency is hindering scientific education and genuine progress, while also casting its dark shadow over the socio-political landscape.

Utilizing political correctness as a general mechanism for managing society as a whole ultimately fails to address countless important issues. The social emphasis placed upon tolerance is easily exploited by politicians and pundits, who often employ it as a means of influence, control, and misdirection.

As a society, we often say “yes”, when we should be saying “no”. Such an attitude inherently implies rejecting unpleasant facts, as well as fostering a general avoidance of the negative – an unwillingness to “feel bad”, coupled with a crippling inability to bear unpleasant realities.

Excessive reliance on tolerance fosters the insidious belief that the only requirement for integrity is an easygoing, sympathetic, and shameless attitude. However, objective critical evaluation is an absolute requirement to any sort of genuine integrity – the very integrity that is a minimum requirement for truly solving the problems faced by our tribes, communities, nations, and the world itself.

The false integrity of superficial tolerance can only avoid difficult truths, because it would be too uncomfortable to address them directly. Subjective valuation must be applied in synergy with objective evaluation, where neither approach is neglected or overemphasized.

We cannot simply discard that which we do not prefer, without examination, if we wish to have any legitimate understanding of the world. Nature is both nurturing and cruel; allowing personal preference to be expressed, while also balancing such preference with the objective realm of fact and necessity.

There are many individuals who believe that embracing leniency grants them a measure of moral superiority. However, this surface openness very often conceals a covert intolerance towards criticality, towards “no” itself! These individuals affirm themselves and others, but are not willing to accept the need to reject, to forbid, to exclude, and to evaluate the world objectively.

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Integral Society

Integralism fosters the cooperation of individuals with similar values, origins, and interests.

Distributed & Centralized

Integralism is grounded in the concept of synarchy (literally “ruling together”) – a word used here to refer to the inherent organizational tendencies of Nature. Synarchic systems incorporate both heirarchical (vertical, or consolidated) and heterarchical (horizontal, or distributed) structures.

The Integralist model of society consists of a synarchic structure with inherent checks and balances at each level of complexity, combined with a mechanism for increased authority based upon merit.

Integralism aims to insure a high degree of cooperation and individual autonomy, while also maintaining a social order with nested levels of authority.

Administrative and logistical concerns are engaged at their local or systemic level, and are thus are considered to be distributed. Decision making and planning is increasingly concentrated towards the higher levels of the network, and thus is considered to be centralized.

An Eye Towards Nature

Integralism is simultaneously spiritual, social, and political, ideally without distinction.

Looking towards Nature as the primal expression of a higher power, Integralists seek to understand and mimic Natural processes in their socio-political efforts, employing Natural principles intentionally.

This exploration reveals several key points:

  • A higher power exists. It is not important what we call this power.
  • The means through which we initially become intimate with this power is through its ubiquitous expression: Nature.
  • As beings who arise from and within the context of Nature, we are endowed with certain qualities and capacities.
  • All living beings are NOT equal. Differences are natural.
  • A Nation is its people and their culture, and is not necessarily tied to location.
  • Nations are not mere social contracts, but instead consist of an organic synarchy of individuals with similar heritage and culture.
  • A Nation requires both heirarchical and heterarcical components to function correctly and endure.
  • Race, or racial differentiation, is a valid means of classification, as evinced by the clear preponderance of divergent sub-species of countless animals in Nature.
  • True diversity means maintaining the distinctness of each racial group.
  • Each racial group has a natural imperative to preserve and propagate its interests.
  • Elements foreign to the integrated functioning of a particular Nation must be minimized or eliminated.

The Freedom to Disassociate

While Integralism supports mutual understanding and cooperation between all Peoples, and all Nations, it fundamentally rejects the extant globalist hypothesis of “one world without borders” as a anti-Natural fallacy. There are simply too many differences among the peoples of the world for an integralist society to emerge using that model.

The much-touted globalist principle of “diversity” is anything but. Without their own spaces, cultures, languages, and defining characteristics, all peoples will be absorbed into a grey mass of formless, purposeless, and mediocre “humanity.” True diversity is the preservation of unique peoples and cultures.

Integralists affirm the principle of free association through choice, as well as the freedom to disassociate. Any specific group (whether organized on the basis of beliefs, as a racial or ethnic group, or through other common interests) ought not be compelled to associate with another, and from this follows that it is an imperative to provide distinct ethnic groups with a space of their own.

The Integralist social model provides a means of internal organization; one that may also be employed externally as a means of connecting groups that lack Natural affinity, yet share the syntax of the Integralist method, in order to serve as a means of mediation, negotiation, cooperation, and exchange.

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Facets of Integralism

Recognition of a Higher Power

  • Call it what you like, but “something” is ultimately responsible for “everything”
  • This Higher Power is both beyond and within our world
  • It is within us, and also accessible to us, if we seek it

Recognition of Natural Law

  • Acceptance of ubiquitous organizing principles
  • Hierarchy and heterarchy are both necessary
  • Living beings are not all equal, as they have different attributes, context, and history

Recognition of the Cosmos

  • Our universe is but a piece of the Cosmos
  • Our human cognition limits this to an even smaller piece
  • The integral energy exists at a level beyond the limits of our cognition

Following Nature

  • Though the method of explaining Natural Law may differ, Natural Law is perennial
  • Through recognition of Nature, one’s own self comes into focus
  • One who follows Nature thereby achieves greater integrity

Free Association

  • There will always be conflict, seeking to force cooperation will not change this
  • Any group or tribe that wishes to gather among themselves, and to exclude others, ought be allowed to do so
  • All tribes require their own culture, context, and Nation in order to continue existing
  • mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation between different tribes is only possible when each of them has a clearly defined identity

Brotherhood, Nation, Synarchy

  • We inherently seek to be around others who are like us
  • A highly functional society requires a high degree of homogeneity
  • True cooperation is only possible through synarchy (cooperation, authority, and synergy)
  • Sharing ideals strengthens the group, divergence of ideals weakens it

The Structure of Society

  • Natural Law should be the basis of the societal structure
  • Extending from this should be the unique attitudes and strengths of the tribe
  • When Nations are based in Natural Law, differing tribes may negotiate more easily
  • Boundaries are necessary for the maintenance of a Nation

The People

  • Honest work is the lifeblood of a Nation, productivity is to be rewarded
  • The people must be protected from predatory professions and financial practices
  • No matter the profession, geniune work is to be valued

The Squire, Warrior, and General

  • The warrior class must be cultivated
  • Personal excellence ought be rewarded
  • This should be a profession, a calling

The Seeker, Adept, and Sage

  • A philosopher class in a society is as important as the warrior class
  • There must be allowances for the exploration of Awareness via unusual means
  • This should be a profession, a calling

The Maiden, Mother, and Crone

  • The family is the heart of the Nation
  • While some women may be drawn to the path of the Warrior or the Adept, Motherhood is the the most important duty of women
  • Homemaking, caring for the family should be considered not only a good, but it should be given as much respect as excellence in war and philosophy

Deviancy

  • Anti-social behavior is not to be allowed in the public space
  • Each tribe has their own cultural norms, but some taboos are virtually universal
  • Failure to enforce healthy taboos leads to the downfall of a Nation

Liberty

  • Freedom implies responsibility
  • Integralists seek to maximize liberty, within the context of an all-embracing duty
  • The individual is not an island, and is always connected to the group
  • Property is Natural
  • Cooperation is Natural
  • Exploitation is Natural, and thus it must be guarded against
  • Consistent Rules, Values, Customs, and Inheritances insure both liberty and security

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