EPOCH II (LEVEL II)
Second loop of Epoch II is the “Experientialist Existence” (holistic).
Once humans come to the second loop of the second Gravesian Epoch (FEDERATION), they are driven onto an experientialist level of existence by, “…the winds of transparent knowledge, faith, and surging waves of confidence (Graves, 1970).” The knowledge and competence acquired at FEDERATION levels evoke an understanding of “collective” concern moving humankind toward awakening and emergent holistic awareness. When the independent tinkering of individual WIZARDS gives way to the collective FEDERATION, “…there will be no bowing to suffering, no vassalage, no peonage (Graves, 1970).” There will be no shame in behavior because all will behave as fully mature human beings. There will be no blame shifting, no segregation, depredation or degradation in behavior as commonly seen in the six loops of Epoch I. Humans will drive forth on subsequent crests of mature humanness rather than the vacillation and swirling turbulence of human childhood and adolescence.
HUMANS OF THE FEDERATION (holistic existence):
FEDERATION loopers see a world in danger of geo-political collapse as a result of adopting short term corporate strategies. FEDERATION loopers seek unity in living systems; they strive to eliminate war, poverty, disease, hunger and political oppression. They recognize the potential need of sacrificing others as well as self as may be required for the overall survival of the human species. FEDERATION loopers think and act globally. When speculating about how FEDERATION loopers might see sojourners with different loops in primacy it is not outrageous to imagine a pragmatic acceptance, curiosity, and partnership with Epoch I, Level I WIZARDS as they move together to solve global problems. It is not inconceivable that, like Level II of Epoch I (TRIBE), FEDERATION loopers adopt a mysterious tradition-bound, command and control approach. However, not enough data as yet exists for further speculation.
(to be continued)
Gravesian Epoch I reached its peak with the closing decades of the 20th century. As we approach the second decade of the 21st century, the first two loops of Epoch II have begun to take shape… they are briefly described below in the WIZARDS and FEDERATION links:
- LEVEL I (SURVIVORS)
- LEVEL II (TRIBE)
- LEVEL III (MONARCHS)
- LEVEL IV (MONOLITH)
- LEVEL V (MATERIALISTS)
- LEVEL VI (GREEN)
- LEVEL I (WIZARDS)
- LEVEL II (FEDERATION)