“I think of the past and the future as well as the present to determine where I am, and I move on while thinking of these things.” –Tadao Ando
“The life of the ever-present Spirit is a cycle of stages, which, on the one hand, co-exist side by side, but, on the other hand, seem to be past. The moment which Spirit seems to have left behind, it still possesses in the depth of its present.” –Hegel, Reason in History
In every sense and measure, the past is with us, guiding our steps forward. It is up to us to determine the depth of its influence. Whether we let our past constrain, empower, or desensitize us, we are inexorable walking histories. Of course, this is critically relevant to the erstwhile paradigm.
Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) describes the qualitative ontological paradigm shift of dyads from the phenomenological-metaphysical duality to the infinite creative potentiality (ICP)-ultimate freedom (UF) collaborative interrelationship. In other words, we shifted from a tension between existence and essence to a collaborative interrelationship between creativity and freedom of and from the self. As a result, the individual is posited in an ‘other’ framework wherein he can make a meaningfully positive difference. Like outward-radiating waves, he achieves this beyond his locus to that of future generations.
This shift came about as soon as the individual activated his effective e-presence – at the individual level – to make a meaningful difference. This occurred circa 2001 in the Philippines, with the first successful political revolution mediated by portable e-technologies (please see Howard Rheingold’s Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution). Within four (4) days, “Generation Txt” demonstrated the power of the text message to topple a government. More importantly, they proved it on the global arena.
There is something to be said of little ripples in big oceans. Without notice, they quickly become tsunamis. A seemingly innocuous medium – the cellular device – and the simple act of text messaging turned into the ‘next generation’ metonymic adage of: “the pen is mightier than the sword.”
More importantly, the Philippine smart mob collaborated creatively to resolve a ‘problem’ in a completely novel way. Defying evidence of their past history, they remained undeterred. One could say they were even fueled by their past limitations. In an act of its wholehearted rejection, they used a significantly advanced methodology relative to the time, which would itself prove to have infinite future potentiality, and they did so in a revolutionary way.
A revolution indeed…
The SWF Answered:
Before the paradigm shift, the challenge of limitations overshadowed us. Rather perniciously, it inhibited our effective agency towards meaningful empowerment. Trapped in the quagmire of self-imposed gossamer nets of personal histories, the individual was confined to a self-mode of existing, rather than an other-mode of living life.
After the paradigm shift, the individual activated his own empowerment. On a global level, he transcended his past by overcoming erstwhile limitations of time, space, and geography. On an individual level, he became liberated from his self and all related – mundane – fetters. So liberated, he could focus on the other relative to the impact of his footprint.
Jettisoning obstacles of self-considerations, he can now focus on elevating others to the same.
From the one to the many…
Moving from a self-mentality focused on the one to an other-mentality focused on the many, the individual can create measures and means of transcendence in very real and practical ways. He already mediated overcoming time-space-geography constraints. He has proven himself at the individual level to create meaningful change in the political, economic, and social spheres.
So the questions remain:
How will you face your past?
What will be your transcendence?