Part III of the epistemological Model: economics to culturology

Levels 8-10 of the Model describe relations of the subjects of study from behavioral economics to culturology. This is the second triad of levels and the one that contains our immediate reality.

Level 8: Body and Environment

Body Environment

Bodies of animals with complete systems of organs, such as worms, flies, and other species, and human individuals exist on the same level. There is an extensive evolutionary development included in the concept of “Body.” In addition, trees and plants, when not separated from their ecological environment also exist at level 8. Similar to bodies, they have unique dipole organic systems: shoots and roots. When cut from their natural environment and when they stop growing, being cut off from ecological auras, they decompose through level 7 to the tissue level and below.

Environments can be diverse: natural or artificial. Artificial environments can be of a wide variety, such as economic, technological, political, etc. An economic environment that leads to society was described by me in the posts on emotional economy. When thinking about the concept of Environment, the thing to remember is that it includes only what’s immediately covered in a field of awareness. In other words, for humans, artificial environments that are created and maintained by single individuals can be, for example, various rooms of houses and what is found therein. Anything that can be built by one person is (in) an environment of this level. For example, works of art, such as paintings or novels, not folksy traditional ones, though, are included here. Kiosks and marketplaces are also appropriate to this level. Something that is in the line of perception and where you can physically exist is the bodily environment.

It gets more complicated when an industry starts to form, such as at construction sites. An industry involves individuals working cooperatively and towards a single goal in a variety of environments. This kind of activity requires relationships among individuals, such as friendships and partnerships. The minimum irreducible cell of society is a relationship between two beings.

Level 9: Society and Nature

Society Nature

Since the first industrial revolution, which occurred in the nineteenth century, most humans have been living inseparably from society rather than existing independently in environments. The relatively free marketplace of level 8 served as the foundation for level 9. Today, societies cover most of the surface of Earth – the biosphere, or Nature, is the true reality in which we are currently living. Our languages and communications are also products of societies as well as cultures. Things that surround us and that we require for our standards of living (e.g., clothes, food, cars, electronics, etc.) are manufactured all over the world by groups of individuals defined by nations. However, it is not nations that create these products and neither are they produced by independent individuals, but instead these various things are made by industries, businesses, or, more generally, Societies.

The immediate conflicts in our reality today are among systems of such artificial environments, directed by integrated human relationships, and this also implies a conflict with ecological systems of natural environments, i.e., Nature. Nature is more fundamental than Society, as it is implied by Society and is Society’s context. Nature cannot be destroyed, but Society is affected by Nature and thus can collapse under its own destructive weight. Many of our industries today are greatly dependent on natural resources, but such societies and systems of societies (e.g., conglomerates, multi-national corporations) act so irresponsibly that they are actually undermining their own potential growth. Businesses should be viewed as sociological as well as economical entities. The movie Home elaborates on such relations and helps provide a more wholesome picture concerning Nature.

Level 10: Race and World

Race World

Nations are the smallest irreducible localizations of races. A nation can be considered a family: it has parents and children. The true culture of a nation is not merely its science, industries, or any kind of art, but it is naturalized and time-tested attainments, such as traditions and traditional art, religions, cultural celebrations and icons, etc. A true culture is always in harmony with nature, in fact, some form of nature is part of a culture. Societies should never be confused with cultures, for society is in context of nature and is limited to the surface of a planet. Nature is two-dimensional – an area. World, on the other hand, has volume – it is three-dimensional. World contains temporal periods of the past as well as the future; worlds can be in many places. There is context within world, under its surface, as well as outside of it – on other worlds or in outer space. This level is of a higher civilization than ours currently is, although we are getting there. On level 10, our races are not only differentiated within humankind, but they are also differentiated from extraterrestrial races of other worlds. On this level, it is important to believe in one’s genetic race, with which one associates, love one’s race, and respect other races because we all come from one family and share much genetic information.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal: “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage” (qtd. in wikipedia.org; image source: http://www.historvius.com/)

Racism has a negative connotation because of the failures of some leaders to see our world as the context of interconnected nations and races. Instead of warring with each other, we should act as each other’s parents and friends. Racism should either be transformed into a more positive cultured outlook or a discipline of culturology. Each race and culture is beautiful, and many interesting things can be learned from them. By learning more about a culture, we can understand more about its people and thus love them even more for who they are. Cultural bonds, or family bonds, are much stronger than friendships or business partnerships, but the latter should not be ignored, since they also serve as bases for people in cultural bonds. Success of non-generic business cultures shows that we recognize family values socially and economically. As every other level, this level builds upon the levels below, so you should find every level being connected to all the rest. From this triad on, we will find levels with greater conceptual aspects, as we are going toward greater Existence.

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