EPOCH I (LEVEL VI)
The sixth loop of Epoch I is called “Sociocentric Existence” (personalistic).
At the sociocentric level, humans become concerned with the relation of self to others. The GREEN is concerned with, “…belonging, with being accepted, with not being rejected, with knowing the inner side of self and other selves so human harmony can come to be (Graves, 1970).” When this is achieved, there is more concern with community bonds than self. GREEN loopers concern themselves with, “…self in relation to life and the whole, the total universe (Graves, 1970).”
As sociocentric GREEN moves from a kumbaya level of being with others to the first individualistic level of the second epoch (WIZARDS: cognitive existence), a chasm of the unbelievable depth of meaning is being crossed. The bridge from Epoch I, Level VI to Epoch II, Level I is the bridge between getting and giving, taking and contributing, destroying and constructing. It is the bridge between scarcity, deficiency, or deficit motivation to growth or abundance motivation. Dr. Graves called it, “…the bridge between similarity to animals and dissimilarity to animals (Graves, 1970).”
GREEN focuses on involvement and gaining consensus/agreement. GREEN seeks peace with inner self and contact with the inner selves of others. GREEN core values include fairness and equality with the desire to free the human spirit from exploitation. GREEN sparked the women’s movement and the civil rights movement in the last century. GREEN wishes to eliminate poverty, racism, chauvinism and other forms of divisiveness in this one.
When imagining how GREEN would interact with individuals sojourning in the various other levels, one need only watch news reports as they engage TRIBE as beautiful communities that should be valued. MONARCHS as primitives that need to be saved or re-educated into other ways of behaving. MONOLITH loopers as authoritarian, biased, and unfair. MATERIALISTS as greedy and exploitative. Fellow GREEN loopers as enlightened, caring equals. Loop WIZARDS as insensitive, overly intellectual, and unemotional. And FEDERATION loopers might be seen as OK but lacking in emotional sensitivity.
Gravesian Epoch I reached its peak in 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)