It is flat…the map is flat. No depth, just flat time past to future, and you are not on it…The modern world is a flat map where everything is just objects, parts in a machine, billiard balls bumping into each other creating art by chance. From every quarter in the post modern world this flat map is under attack. The Religious want to restore a Biblical map with God on it. The spiritual want to create a non-dual map with nothing on it. The Evangelicals want a map with Jesus on it. The Quantum want a map with pure potential on it. The Republicans want a map the Imperial president on it. Trump wants a map with him on it. The liberals want a map with the Promised land on it. Technology wants a map with you at the center with a smart phone.
The map of the world is up for grabs.
Ken Wilbur is the post modern philosophy who dares to created a new map that includes You, the First Person that has been left off since science drew the map of reality.
All of our upheaval since the 50s has been Western man’s attempt to recognize ME as the First Person…and even here it makes no sense, these words, because we assume the First Person (remember you grammar) is somebody, an IT. But that is Third Person, a name of a person, place, thing,,a noun. The First Person is not a noun.
Are you a noun? Are you a thing defined. Oh, how we hate to be judged and defined by some other IT. Buddhism is the awakening of the First Person, I AM. When he awoke he said: “Throughout heaven and earth I am the most honored One.” That does not mean it is the Biggest IT..it means that as the center of his world, he is awake to that center that has no circumference. The IT world is still there and you can catch a bus…but your center is restored, and wherever you go on the flat map of the world, you are at its center.
The best metaphor for this is the GPS Navigator. in our technology we are doing the First Person. On the navigator you are always at the center and when you move, the world reboots around you. Then look at your partner with a flat map telling you the best way to go, like and ant on a page. You see the difference. We love the GPS because you are always going home, always in the center even when you go the wrong way. There are no wrong ways on the GPS. You are always just turning here, turning there…no guilt. No sin.
While on the flat map is you make a wrong turn, “YOU IDIOT, you didn’t listen to my direction”
And if you have a Smart Phone, you are at the center of the internet reality. Wherever you go you are at the center, and you are interactive with this world, changing it as it changes you.
Our technology which is who we are now—we have become our tools—is working in a different paradigm than the paradigm of the Newtonian universe, which is where our common sense still remains like an X on a flat map. The new generations coming up who were born with a lap top are at home in this new paradigm of interconnectedness, the world where the First Person is a co-creator of reality instead of being created by God or the Big Bang. We are no longer able to live on the assembly line that pops us out like chocolates.
but if you think you are a verb, you are a noun, a thing that thinks it’s a verb. But if you are a verb, you are Just This…there is no one there, you are just action…or on the old Hebrew map..you are the Word. The word is not a noun, a “word” but the action of speaking..
We have moments when we fall into the verb mode, and it is always WOW…and then the noun comes back as think being a verb is special.
The Wilber integral map (if we need a map) is that we are both verb and noun, both the First Person and Third Person in our HS English class, action and a thing that acts. But our reality map only has nouns on it. The only map that has a verb on it is the GPS and that’s not a map but a navigator.
And..if my map just has me as the verb with no nouns, just the First Person, then I become a cult leader. But when both persons are on the map, everyone is the center of the universe, and everyone is a thing in the universe. Like two side of a coin, both persons are there when the Word is spoken.
The First Person is the Beloved we all yearn for. I remember in the Yoga map it is the Self, and in Guru Yoga, it’s the Guru, this mystical Unity or the One that has no second that is the center of a circle without a circumference with is a theological definition of God. God is the Beloved but religion has turned the Beloved into an IT in time.
The Hindu has God as the seeker of Himself, entering into creation as form, forgetting Himself, and then surprise…I am IT. In Christianity God is aloof and divorced, absolutely separate, the absolute Third Person IT. The First Person is missing in this paradigm because the First Person is always Now..verbs are now.
So I’m trying to frame the rules of our grammar as a living grammar. First Person is alive; Third person is the known and a semantic creation, a thought creation, a cultural creation.
This sense of being excluded, left out, denied, judged and buried as an IT is everywhere driving out history.
The First Person is the One in this Cole Porter song;
Night and day, you are the one
Only you beneath the moon
Under the sun
Whether near to me or far
It’s no matter, darlin’, where you are
I think of you night and day
Night and day, why’s it so
That this longing for you
Follows wherever I go
In the roaring traffic’s boom
In the silence of my lonely room
I think of you night and day
Night and day, under the hide of me
There’s an, ooh, such a hungry yearning
Burning inside of me
And this torment won’t be through
Till you let me spend my life making love to you
Day and night, night and day