Why Lacking a Unifying Way of Seeing Ourselves in Early Education is Problematic
By Kristina de Corpo — Creative Strategist for Social Change
We are living in challenging times with the polarization of our political systems and a pandemic that is keeping us all isolated in our own bubbles of reality. Our perspectives of the outside world are shaped by the information we choose to surround ourselves, which then informs how we relate to our shared experience of each other. So often the narratives that shape the stories we choose to identify as true or real is based on the information we gather, which then creates the reality that does feel good to us, through the information we experience.
I am wondering if the lack of a fundamental construct that shapes our perspectives of a shared collective human story that we all experience differently is missing from this reality, in terms of language? And if so, how does that missing awareness inform our experience of reality, as we shape it from our earliest childhood experiences? Because is it true we are all one and if so, what language are we using that meaningfully supports that experience in early education, as we each individually shape our perspectives through information?
In some spheres of our experience, we have God as the unifying oneness of our experience that we believe in and feel one with in our experience of our shared story. Philosophically, there are others that identify with the feelings of being non-separate in the experience of duality, or the perception we are separate, as we each identify with reality in terms of our physical and felt senses, out of being or feeling one.
Then we come to science with empirical data that informs our experience of the Universe at both the large-scale and small-scale level, or as the observable physical reality we touch and see as experience, at the smallest fundamental particle level that we cannot see. Science seeks to measure what is, to become a basis for our experience of being, based on fact. Which seems the logical basis for developing language that supports the perception and factual understanding of “being one” in early education.
When we look deeper into science at the smallest scale of our existence, counterintuitive to our perceptions of science, there is an intuitive underlying framework that governs space and time as a fundamental representation of our being. Because as of now, we do not yet have a proven theory of how the smallest particles relate to become the observable reality we share, as we experience waves of exchanging information becoming our experience of reality. Theoretical scientists have intuitively guessed what would work as they look deeper and deeper into reality at the smallest scales, hoping to prove and understand how particle reality really does fundamentally work, as we each experience it.
According to Patrick Koppenburg, a research fellow in particle physics, to get to a proven deeper understanding of our shared experience of being, science studies matter at the shortest distance and highest energy points in particle colliders to identify how the material world literally “pops out of empty space”. Scientists work with the standard model as a fundamental framework, but particles at the elementary level or smallest possible scale are still being discovered in these colliders, with measurable data missing to determine a complete set.
So really what we have essentially is an assortment of particles, but we do not yet have a clear understanding of how they become or shape our experience of reality, as we ourselves experience waves of exchanging information, as a shared experience. Quantum Physicist, Sabine Hossenfelder, describes it as a found collection of “different pots and lids” without a complete set that gives us a model of how the physical laws of nature work, as we physically experience observable reality. In other words, we do not have a concrete way of measuring how reality works at the smallest level of our existence, relative to our physical observable reality, we each experience differently.
If there is no proven scientific understanding of our shared reality that factually supports the concept of we are one, how does that affect our way of seeing ourselves? Other than we are waves of information, exchanging information, to become anything different within our experience of each other, through how we as human beings relate as reality.
Ultimately, possibilities become possible as experience, out of waves of exchanging information. Which means in a system relating through experience, we are interdependent as possibility. Language is powerful. Because it inspires us and motivates us to see ourselves. How we see or identify ourselves and each other in our stories of how we exist in our shared experience of being, shapes our perspectives, and ultimately our narratives of each other.
Implicit memories, or long-term memories acquired and used unconsciously, shape our experience of a unique self from early childhood. So how we imagine and experience our reality as a child informs our experience of it as an adult. Is the lack of language that explains we are our thoughts, and feelings and ideas, all interrelating through waves of information, as we experience reality, as an interdependent whole missing in our schools? In how we relate as an interconnected whole, as waves of information exchanging emerging possibilities that work to solve a problem as creative possibility?
To move beyond polarizing mindsets that keep us in a place of division over unity, identifying new language in how we see ourselves is critical. If we want a shared reality filled with meaning and purpose, as a reality that values the whole because they feel deeply connected to it, we must start shaping a shared construct of how we identify as waves of information becoming possibility, in that we do not know how it works as fact. There is a truth to it and at the same time there is not a concrete way of identifying it as true, other than if nothing changes, we cease to exist dimensionally. Space makes it possible for us to be an interconnected whole, as possibilities.
Whether you assign meaning through God, philosophy, science, or other ways of identifying our fundamental way of being, there is at the base root of it, waves of possibility becoming anything possible within our shared experience. Which is how the present moment becomes anything different within itself, within each of us.
We have the perception of science as being based on fact. Particle physicist Patrick Koppenburg shares, “Quantum mechanics hopes to determine how the strong force holds matter together at the smallest elementary level that keeps it from breaking down into a sea of quarks or tiny particles with no direction in space.” Because without the strong force, there would be no neutrons and protons organizing the quarks housed in the hadrons to visually become the space we experience as reality.
We have so much to understand and yet at the very heart of it, exists a very unifying way of being through conceptual language which allows for any possibility within to shape it. Quite frankly, without possibility relatively relating there would be no possible direction in space, only a sea of possibilities.
Kristina is a creative strategist interested in social change focusing on our perceptions of reality and how we experience it through our relationships.