I am for you

A self aware small world

This is just the beginning!

A variety of studies and mathematics research suggests that the number of connections between one random individual human on this planet and another random human is no more than somewhere between 3 and 7. This is that classic idea of Six Degrees of Separation, for which Kevin Bacon and mathematician Paul Erdös were, separately, somewhat famous for. (Alas, I don’t think Bacon has an Erdös number, as you’re required to have authored an academic paper published in some accepted science journal to even have a chance…)

This means that the family tree of living human beings overlaps itself pretty tightly for a world so small that you probably know someone who knows someone who knows someone who lives in Zimbabwe and rides a bicycle to school.

Add this bit of serendipity to the fact that a large proportion of the human population has the ability to think at a fourth person perspective, for a systems thinking approach to viewing reality – where I can imagine what my friend’s friend’s friend thinks about the situation in the Gaza Strip – and with the majority of humans having at least third person perspective awareness – being able to think about what my friend’s friend on the other side of the planet is doing today – and you have a world where nearly every human is at least capable of being aware of how every other human (and many other people of other shapes and sizes and colors and material make-up) on the planet experiences life.

For those of us in the second half or so of the average human lifespan, over the age of 40, this means that we literally have the capacity to hold the entire world of humans in our minds at once, and not just in theory, but in practice as well, at a spiritual level of connection. And because of the internet, we can get a much more personal experience of what it’s like to be those individuals, including the folks in places that are very different from our own environment.

The Earth is literally becoming fully aware of itself.

The Earth is becoming conscious.

We might be not much more than a newborn, and not able to do much more than know what we want at a very basic level, and know a couple of things we enjoy at doing – making noise, looking at things, flailing around a lot, and discovering what our various parts can do – but we are emerging out of our fetal stage, finally…


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