“The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close social cohesion.”
—AlbertEinstein, Mein Weltbild, Amsterdam: Querido Verlag, 1934 (from Ideas and Opinions, “Society and Personality”)
At first, this bit of irony from Einstein’s statement – calling for independence and cohesion – might seem odd. It might even be a near impossibility. After all, how can a society be simultaneously autonomous and unified, let alone closely unified? Doesn’t unity with others interfere with autonomy? In other words, within a group – a closely unified group – wouldn’t the actions, behaviors, and decisions of the individuals influence each other thus interfering with the integrity of true independence of those same individuals?
Let’s take a closer look at this through the IPT lens.
IPT proposes a paradigm shift. In the old paradigm, the irony of Einstein’s statement inhibits its own fruition. In IPT’s paradigm, it not only makes sense, but also becomes critically necessary as yet another apropos demarcation between the two realities those paradigms represent.
The current e-reality mediates an endless array of information at exponentially lightning speeds and unmanageably indigestible quantities thus fragmenting the mediasphere and clogging the pipes of intelligence. Against the backdrop of fragmentation, cohesion becomes increasingly out of reach. However, within a paradigm where ultimate freedom (UF) is a realizable ‘end-goal’, the individual attains liberation from these ‘fetters’ of the self. More importantly, within the UF sphere, not only is the individual cohesively in union with freedom, s/he is freedom.
Upon closer inspection then, Einstein’s statement is exactly on-point with IPT.
Einstein, you are a friend, indeed!