Even though the TED talk below is called “Religion, Evolution, and the Ecstasy of Self-Transcendence,” part of what Jonathan Haidt is talking about is groups coming together around shared situations. Perhaps some of the same effects he mentions (I’ll discuss some below) will result from using the shared situation guide. We’ll have to see. Let’s find out.
Some of the effects he mentions include:
- Your self-interest and your sense of self becoming less dominant.
- A sense of uniting into a team and of communal effort.
- Life seeming more interconnected.
- The things above feeling good and being uplifting.
Haidt also mentions that nature’s solution to the more destructive extremes of self-interest is containment, or putting related elements “into the same boat.” In a sense, this is what using the shared situation guide does, especially when deployed via our mobile devices (rather than just on our computers). In other words, the people using the guide for their shared situation are in the same boat in at least two ways:
- The proximity of their shared situation is a shared boat. They are more aware of, and can more directly relate to, the elements and relationships in the proximity of their shared situation. Here, the concept of the proximity, and relating to the proximity, is the shared boat.
- The networked, mobile shared situation guide is a shared boat. They can more easily relate to each other and their shared situation via the guide. Here the technology and the processes of the guide are the shared boat.
I hope you’ll learn more and try the shared situation guide here. Also, I hope to start having more workshops for getting up to speed on the guide, which will be posted on the ProxThink Eventbrite page, as well as here in the blog.