On Democratic Compassion

A Unified Account of Causation, Constitution, Persistence, and Emergence

Rögnvaldur Ingthorsson
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Metaphysics of properties,
I explore the prospects of a causal explanation of constitution, persistence, and emergence. I will suggest that the idea that causation involves the mutual manifestation of disposition partners allows us to think of compound entities as mutual manifestations of dynamic interactions between the parts that constitute them, and their persistence as a result of that dynamic interaction. However, I think we need to modify the conception of mutual manifestations. The mutuality has been described in terms of the equal importance of so-called disposition partners—pairs of active and passive powers—while the interaction between the objects that wield such powers is characterised as unidirectional; one object acts while the other receives the influence of the action. This view is challenged by the fact that the natural sciences do not recognise any form of unidirectional action. Instead they depict all interactions as perfectly reciprocal, in the sense that whenever one object exerts an influence, the other simultaneously exerts a proportional influence of the same kind on the first, but in the opposite direction. I suggest that to accept the reciprocity of interactions only strengthens the viability of a causal account of constitution, persistence, and emergence.


I wonder if this same causal effective explanation might apply to bicameral co-passion and bilateral health investments, and co-gravitation, for that energy matter, temporal binomial inside/outside space, ego eco-ing experiential neurometric prime relationship of left and right hemisphere co-passionate communion; where Yang=1x and Yin=0y-squared to the four dimensional nutritional recycle of octave double-binary fractal strings of regenerative DNA bicameral bilateral ergodic potential structure of compassionate golden rule consciousness.


In Our Distance Circle

Once upon time’s center
grows two permaculturing farmers,
multicultural mediators
of Earth’s healthy polypathic remainder,

And, surrounding them,
seven elders
and their cheer leading mascot
of disabling foolery

Arriving each spring
in his wheeled chair
to witness
and sometimes loudly prophecy,
to entertain with his win/win intentions,
studying compassionate economics
and empowering politics
and enlightening neurological communion
v dissonance.

These aged and playful snowbirds
form a Wisdom Circle
conjoined by all farmers

Committed to Earth’s health care
in humble Vermont neighborhood places
spaces balancing Green Lives Matter races
into organically interdependent co-investments.

This Circle plans cooperative gardens,
MultiCulturally designing
and redesigning shared outdoor climate spaces
in and on now abandoned places
they purchase together
to divest of Green Commons neglect
and invest in a local cooperatively-held enterprise

With land and water and healthy air-based capital
where patient customers
become curious partners
contributing cash
but also labor,
and nutritional equity,
gracious investment
and/or benignly viral infestment.

This Green Wisdom Circle
plants fruit and nut trees,
vegetables EarthMothers insist they eat
and would like as much as fruit sweet
if they remain of right/left balancing mind.

They plant hemp,
and make baskets
and yoga mats
during dispersed winters
into the retiring diaspora
season for planning futures
of health restoring EarthJustice.

Circles of weavers
and knitters
turn lambs
into shorn sheep
into yarn
into blankets
winter masks
with ear muff handles.

this Circle will reincarnate Wisdom
into Fire Circles for compline meditations
and story telling
into Singing Circles
of care medication
for young through old,
for those present living now,
and here dead
and yet to arrive
within all sacred regenerating species,

Egos circling within ecosystems,
interweaving networks
of TruthSeeker Circles
sharing win/win BeautyVisions,

Communion Farming Centers
within nonviolent communication systems
for engaging nutritional health,

Sacred ZeroCore recovery Allies,
not Lone Warriors,
within Earth’s fully present
care giving as receiving.


DNA’s Ecological Confession

I live each breath
each day
each month
each season
each year
each stage of lifespan
each life and death cycle
of passionate memory,
between eternal consciousness
and timeless change.

Breathing in non-zero sum
and exhaling zero-sum
and vice versa spatial Time

Who knows significant differences
in such profound zero balancing,
similarities of emptiness
and fullness,

Earth’s ecofeminist life span
and Ego’s left-hemisphere
mutually reflect dynamic changing passions,
timeless theological play,
passion’s eternal re-creative work,
eternal wisdom
as of timeless personal knowledge,
polypaths of correlating wonder
wandering in polyphonic
eternal octaved awe.

I need not become capable
of defining regenerative breath
and spirit of dynamic time
to already be bilateral refiner
of Spirit’s renatured fractal Source.


The Metric Music Teacher

There once was a math teacher
well-versed in singing
“We have many ways to learn.”

and ears,
and feelings,
and smells
each looking for redundant
polypathic messages
from polyphonic Others.

The math teacher
was conservative
about over-generalizing
from her own learning experience.
She did not trust
in only her way
to find resolution,
or musical,
to questions
paradoxically noted
predicting answers
and harmonic responses,
causes intending nonhypothetically resonant/dissonant effects,
trusted experience,

If “x” processes of seeing
and hearing,
and feeling,
and smelling are followed
with good faith humor,
and good humored compassion,
then a consensual win/win responsive passion
predictably follows.

In reason’s end,
two plus two quarter notes
will always equal
a measure of fractal four,
regardless of left brain dominant vision
or right brain prominent felt experience
touched and sensed,
or untouched and ignored,
non-emergent unconsciousness,

ZeroZone plus ZeroZone,
like ZeroZone times ZeroZone,
always invites OneEarth Justice
for her students right brain prominent,

While Zero plus,
or temporal-times Zero is,
at not-not best,
double-binding positive Zero freedom
for those left-brain prominent
who see more powerfully
than mentally hearing
and spirit-embodied feeling
sacred light of trust,
unity,not so much metric uniformity,
naturally swaying left
and spiritually ebbing right
health/wealth bicameral values

Whether metric
or numerologically versed
or ecological
or theological
or musical
or social-psychological
or neurological
or politically empowering
or economic Win/Win enlightening
or compassionate communication theory
or restorative EarthJustice
or resilient Permaculture Design
with polyculturally robust answers,
nutritional designs
for self-care
ZeroZone resilience.

Whether seen and heard,
or touched and felt,
or tasted and smelled,
or all of Earth’s sacred Above.


Growing Up Divided

Growing up in twentieth century USA,
without a recent immigrant history,
nor a Native American indigenous heritage,
just another in-between victim
of Straight WesternWhite Male privilege,

I recall a smirky fuss
about Eastern mind/body connection,
unrealistic philosophy,
meditation as if medication.

It did not occur to me,
in my enthusiastically extractive
and exhausting youth,
that in the East,
Buddhist and Taoist teachers
might have indulged
in a smirky fuss

About Western mind v body disconnection,
secular science severed from sacred arts,
dualistic divine spirit v corrupt nature theology,
just war theories
rooted in retributive justice theory
instead of restorative peace experience;
body medication
without mind meditation.

In my more enthusiastically inclusive
and creative-tensioned age,
it occurs to bicameral mindbody me,
that Eastern ecosystemic connection
is also Western ego-recentering compassion,
experienced by Left-dominant hemispheres
as felt by Right-prominent
mind/body biospheres,

Searching for why binomial structures
religiously emerge from organic co-relational nomials,
dynamic spirit/natured variables,
inside/outside co-determinate sociables,
theological ecology.

western polypathic autonomous variables
and eastern polyphonic relationships,
Earth double-binding polyvagal dancing bodies
wrapped around,
and developing through,
revolving polymorphic minds
equally not not polynomially independent,
communal saints
and divided sinners.


Earth Healthy Balance

A health optimizing life
also with cooperative eco-political
absence of unnecessary win/lose
egotistic strife,
seeks and finds an active conversation
between universal physics
and unitarian metaphysics,

Between living organic space
as regeneratively abstract
timeless win/win GameTime
for living happily
health wealthily

Between YangLeftBrain natural embodied
and YinRightBrain spiritually disembodied
Win/Win more lovingly powerful
than Win/Lose competitive duty
to economically perform
and politically ego-sacrifice,
long-term degenerative
Lose-binomial and Lose-bilateral

Place-BiTemporal Revolution Spirals

Still confused by complex dissonance
over articulation,
disease over ease,
unease over co-passion

Universally embodied
cooperatively uniting disembodied
polypathic co-relations
primally co-passionate
BiLateral NonZero-Sum

ergodic SpaceTime

Defining and refining
this health optimizing life:
Cooperatively eco-political
absence of unnecessary win/lose
egotistic strife,
seeks and finds and cherishes
an active conversation
between universal natural physics
and unitarian spiritual metaphysics,

Between healthy ecological relationship
and wealthy theological compassion.


Invitation to EarthHealth

Again, with Adam Robersmith,
Taking It Further emphasizing cooperative value choices
in each compassionate win/win moment
of sacred economic/ecological dialogue,
covenants of non-violent respect for multigenerational
resilient outcomes.

What co-passionately discerning choices
can we make today
the next day
next week
next month
next season
next year of seasons
restoring environmental
and cooperative economic
and multiculturally healing justice?
Rather than punishing ourselves
and others
for violent win/lose past
privileged injustice
rooted in fear
climates of internal monoculturing ego-anxiety.

In sacred covenants we have already engaged,
what healthy choices for extended family resilience
do we already support
with win/win cooperative environmental gratitude
and multiculturally interdependent
binomial left/right
20/20 empowering EarthJustice?

Let us refuse to remain stuck
in Ego-LeftBrain v. Eco-RightBrain fear
climate anxiety
systemic dispassionate despair,

Instead choosing one universal
regenerative win/win
health-faithful action
in every compassionate moment.

Let us remember
our Universalist/Catholic
Earth-multicultural heritage
and engage inherited BiLaudato Si wisdom,
On BiCameral Care for Our Common Creation,

To chart restoring a just,
globally holy holonic,
and sacredly resilient path
compassionately communioned forward

With other Thames River Valley goodfaith communities
Hearing Youth Voices
for FRESH-New London County
indigenous and immigrant and emigrant
elite and non-elite
non-violent listening

To invite this day’s cooperative stewardship
communication of Land
and Water
and Health
and Energy
and All Sainted Souls
democratic EarthTrust

Through this Mountain of PeaceSpace
flows a 20/20 BiCameral River
of polypathic healing EarthTime,
Here as also Now,
Safe as also Sufficient,
Peace as also JustUs,
NonViolence as also CoPassion.


Cherishing DiaLogical Earth

More Yang/Yin Conversation with Adam Robersmith

Robersmith (p. 47, Justice On Earth):
“…science is showing us something important:
We are affecting our climate
and ecosystems
in ways that are detrimental to life
on the planet
and to how we live.”

Yin: Science and conscience
are discovering and uncovering important health wealth:
We are degenerating our climate
and formerly more robust ecosystems
in ways that are detrimental to life
and love
and win/win restorative justice
on Earth
and to how we could more non-violently live
cooperatively together
rather than competitively apart.

Robersmith: “We know that we need to change how we act as a species.”

Yin: We feel how we are transforming
how we do not win/win act
as if we cared about our own extended future
as a healthy and wealthy species.

Robersmith: “We should have changed as a nation long ago,
yet we have not.”

Yin: We could restore global justice as one EarthTribe identity,
yet LeftBrain Straight White Male Dominance
has not gone in this Both/And non-violent direction,
heuristically tolerating Either/Or
Ego v Eco
HealthySelf v WealthyOther
Left v Right intolerance.

Robersmith: “Scientists are offering research that has been confirmed repeatedly
and making predictions that should frighten us all into behaving
yet change is not coming as many of us would expect.”

Yin: Consciousness invites cooperative research
confirmed by redundant thoughts and feelings
predicting what will frighten and anger
and what could heal and ease us all
into inviting win/win cooperative eco-political ownership,
non-violently resilient.

Robersmith: “Research shows that our acts disproportionately affect the poor
and oppressed
all over the world,
yet we continue to use harmful technologies and resources.”

Yin: Consciousness bicamerally feels and knows
our win/lose left-brain dominant acts
disproportionately and adversely influence poor
and oppressed
and ourselves
non-elite populations all over Earth,
yet we continue to use toxic energy,
violent technologies
and non-repurposed natural/spiritual resources.

Robersmith: “It seems that simply presenting information is not enough.”

Yin: It seems that presenting terrifying
indigestible shame and blame information
is not enough.

Robersmith: “Scaring people with doomsday scenarios–
even if they are based on our very best knowledge–
does not produce sufficient change.”

Yin: Scaring ourselves with lose/lose doomsday scenarios–
even though rooted in our best democratic healthcare knowledge–
does not produce resonant
win/win gratitude attitude.

Robersmith: “In fact,
it often creates resistance.”

Yin: In cooperatively felt fact,
we create self-isolating
emotional shame and blame resistance
to violent messages of despair.

Robersmith: “Making pollution
and waste
and overconsumption sinful
or shameful
has some effect,
but not enough to change how we behave
as a culture
or make policy as a nation.”

Yin: Framing pollution
and waste
and disassociating from win-now/lose-future overconsumption
as anthropocentrically sinful
and elitist shameful
has some eco-political power,
but not sufficient to restore health
to how we behave as a communal
sacred polyculture
or make policy as a state,
a locality,
a municipality,
an extended family.

Robersmith: “While these debates continue,
people around the world suffer
with changes they are unable to ameliorate,
and those with the least power
and resources
suffer most of all.”

While win/win-seeking dialogue does not continue,
EarthTribes competitively suffer
with isolating military-industrialized capitalism as usual
we are unable to heal,
and those people
and species
and regenerative macro-living systems with the least ego-resonant power
and privately-held resilience
and natural/spiritual
health/wealth resources
suffer most dualistically divided of all.


The One OtherZone

Permaculture Design,
like any health restoring process,
begins with listening to each ZeroZone client
speak about deeply held goals and underlying values
they would like to share with their OneZone property(s).

Integral Permaculture Design
is no double-binary exception
in its ZeroZone internal culture
and OneZone external climate
appositional view (not necessarily oppositional),

A NonZero-Sum dipolar co-arising relationship
that restorative justice would heal
through compassionate comparisons
between predator and prey,
ego and eco-other.

These emergent analogical comparisons
need not be LeftBrain reduced to invidious competitions
of overly industrious agricultural ways and means,

Pitting Man Against MotherEarth
rather than a more cooperative dialogue
between Holy ZeroZone Spirits
(Winds, Healthy Breath, Positive Atmosphere-Energy)
and bilateral properties
of Holonic OneZone MotherEarth

As bicamerally mapped
climate strength/polycultural flow
Within bilateral neurological structures
(e.g., thymine/adenine prime 0-relationship)
of DNA’s fractal-Yang/Yin
half-octave ZeroZone display.

Experiential Non-Zero Sum GeoSystemic Structures
of 4D prime relational EarthMetrics
(see Buckminster Fuller, Synergetics I and II)
can become distracting
from more essential warm wet-wombed Original Attachment
(see Positive Developmental Psychology, especially Attachment Theory)
within win/win unfolding regenerate tissues
(see Win/Win Game Theory, especially Tit For Tat cooperative outcomes)
and compassion-default healthy neurological development values
underlying more RightHemisphere felt therapeutic needs,
compassion wants,
win/win ecofeminist hopes,
for both ego’s Left ZeroZone
and economic/ecologically interdependent OneZone
in Sacred RightHemispheric communication co-investments
(see Iain McGilchrist and Julian Jaynes and Marshall Rosenberg)

CoOperative future polyculturing Paradise
for polypathic non-violent communication Outcomes
in polyphonic regenerative harmony,
self-optimizing permaculturing designs
for more nutritional dialogue, investment, empowerment,
less parching debate
between ZeroZone bicameral neurological balance
and OneZone, as not Alien Other,
yet also not(not) EarthSacred Other

Historically and culturally rooted in win/win experiences
of healthy/wealthy EarthMother polycultures
as not(not) warm
refulgent MotherEarth

Issues of too-warm
too-fast changing properties
and opportunities of just-right/left
sacred HolySpirit tipping point boundary experiences
(see Buckminster Fuller, again, and again…)
restoring polycultural 0/1-bilateral co-binary Zone
EarthJustice win/win slow-grow regenerative trend properties

Within each of our potential
ZeroZone healthy
compassion therapeutic
non-violent communioned
restorative justicing
HolySpirit Clients

ZeroLeft/OneRight Elder-Sacred-Indigenous
rather than

OneLeft/ZeroRight cognitive/emotive
bipolar LeftBrain dominant
negative exhale more than positive inhale
degenerative-trend dissonance.

Restorative justice processes
like Win/Win Strategic Permaculture Design,
also ends with listening to each ZeroZone client
within and without,
speak about deeply held future health goals
and underlying wealth values
we would like to share as cooperative OneZone EarthSanctuary(s).