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Living in Layers – Part V – Fear and Loathing

At a profound level that underlies our need for power, control, and security, is a sense of fundamental fear. We fear a loss of basic ground, identity, meaning, death (both physical and psychological), and numerous other losses and even gains. … Continue reading

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Living in Layers – Part III – Power and Control

As suggested by Bertrand Russell1, the major motivation of most human beings is a striving for power and control in at least some aspect of life. When we examine the layers of a variety of social and institutional structures, the … Continue reading

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Living in Layers – Part II – Living in Layers

This blog entry explores the notion of layers – both hierarchies and holarchies – in the individual, communities, schools and classrooms, various natural phenomena, and cultural and societal structures. The fundamental characteristics of hierarchies involve top-down power and control, which … Continue reading

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More on Hierarchies and Holarchies

Layered systems are supposed to create stability. However, most hierarchies in the social realm seem to create instability. Those at the top are faced with struggles to maintain stability, while those at the bottom feel disconnected and marginalized. As a … Continue reading

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