Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Everything is connected

I have just finished reading The Bond from Lynne McTaggart, a highly recommended book.  The Bond shows that the essential impulse of all life is a will to connect rather than a drive to compete! The latest evidence from many disciplines – from neuroscience and biology to quantum physics – suggests that nature’s most basic drive is not competition, as classic evolutionary theory maintains, but wholeness.

In fact we are inescapably connected, hardwired to each other at our most elemental level – from cells to whole societies. The desire to help others is so necessary that we experience it as one of our chief pleasures, as essential as eating, and we succeed and prosper only when we see ourselves as part of a greater whole. It is recommended to help foster more holistic thinking, more cooperative relationships, and more unified social groups.

“… the dance of life is not a solo, but a duet – that every part of you connects to an essential and irreducible Bond.”

This impulse to seek connection has four signatories in any society: a need to belong, a need to agree, a need to give, and a need to take turns.

“ We now require nothing less than a revolution in our thinking. We must abandon the path of atomization in the way we relate to people, in the way we create our neighbourhoods, in the way we view our world. It is time for all of us to embrace the new scientific discoveries across all the disciplines, which are proving that we have maintained a false and dangerous view of ourselves. It’s time to begin a new Age of Enlightenment, one that recognizes and honours wholeness, and abhors the polarization of one people, one religion or even one political party against another. Like Nipun Mehta, we must all begin our individual efforts to make the Bond our superordinate goal.”

This means that employee as well as customer engagement is crucial to our business. We should focus on building alliances, rather than competitive strategies. It is also necessary to be connected with the scientific community, to stay up to date on the latest research.

What are you doing to be connected?


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