The Egalitarian

Stability

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Potential

Passion

Optimism & Energy

Love

Purity

Wellbeing

Card Meaning

The Egalitarian card symbolizes compassion, energy, endurance, success and strength. 

In the image, a woman, cladded in a space suite is holding a lion head. The lion symbolizes her passion and her ability to handle it as she travels upwards. The space suite represents her purity of spirit and virtue. They yellow moon in the background is a symbol of clarity, energy, and optimism. There is a Jet above the woman’s head, which represents her unlimited potential.

World View

The Egalitarian see the world as relativistic and everything being the byproduct of different perspectives. As a result, there are no 'objective truth' instead just a multiplicity of perspectives. The multiplicity of perspectives are respected and taken into account, which gives Egalitarians a communitarian worldview. Egalitarians believes that the human spirit must be freed from greed, dogma and divisiveness.

At its peak, Egalitarians is consensual, group orientated, and moves from competitiveness to themes of sharing, understanding, appreciating, and tolerance. Egalitarians are interested in diversity and view each individual’s unique contributions – “language usage, values, lifestyles” as ingredients that enhance the whole of humanity.

In its move away from materialism and individualism, Egalitarians develops a “heightened empathy” which leads to “abundant communication”. With a high priority on equality and equanimity, Egalitarians discussions dissolve conflict, build consensus, and enhance everybody’s feelings of inclusion in the group. Its relativistic worldview makes room for many truths, each acceptable, until one of them tries to dominate others. Then, Egalitarians swell up indignantly, a phenomenon which shocks those naïve enough to equate Egalitarians with softness and unconditional love of everyone. Still, its ability to be inclusive, to listen with little prejudice, and to support those who have been marginalized or condemned by others, makes Egalitarians vital. In essence, what Egalitarians have accomplished, in a very positive sense, in declaring an equality of all the different experiences of life.

Egalitarians are closer to the “sacrifice self” polarity as they prefer feeling liked and accepted to feeling materially successful or regarded as a winner. Accordingly, an Egalitarians individual gives their power to whatever the community thinks is best, true, right, and proper. Its members accept each other unreservedly, expecting reciprocity. This allows for expressions of any number of alternative lifestyles and behaviors, each of which is acceptable as long as it does not harm others.

Egalitarians's greatest weakness is that it flattens all value systems and everything is 'relative' and just another perspective. As a result, it flattens hierarchies, which makes decision making difficult. It has a hard time prioritize and getting things done. Since it does not believe in hierarchies, it fights against the ideas of development or that people are on different levels of competence. Ironically, this prevents people who don't share the Egalitarian's values to grow into them. While it claims there is “plenty of room for everyone” Egalitarians can be quite dismissive of (or blind to) people that don't share its values. Egalitarians belief that its way is the way, not a way.

Characteristics of the Egalitarian:

  • Strives for harmony, unity and consensus

  • Relationships, sharing and bonding

  • Ecological and environmental consciousness

  • Egalitarian, relativistic, and political correctness

  • Idealistic, humanistic and pacifistic

  • Tolerant and acceptant of different views

  • Emotional, sensitive, and caring

  • Personal growth, spirituality and introspection

  • Ideological and attention for the life environment and the Planet

  • Development of compassion and social networks

  • Process orientation, communication and dialogue

  • Knowledge sharing, decentralization and bottom up

Values

Bottom line: Community harmony and equality.

 

Basic theme: Seek peace within the inner self and explore, with others, the caring dimensions of community What’s important: Sensitivity to others and the environment; feelings and caring (in response to the cold rationality of Orange); harmony and equality; reconciliation, consensus, dialogue, participation, relationships, and networking; human development, bonding and spirituality; diversity and multiculturalism; relativism and pluralism; freeing the human spirit from greed, dogma, and divisiveness; distributing the earth’s resources and opportunities equally among all

 

Where seen: Frequently visible in the helping professions (e.g., health care, education, and feelings-oriented business activities); John Lennon’s Imagine; Netherlands’ idealism; sensitivity training; cooperative inquiry; postmodernism; politically correct; human rights and diversity issues

Self Identity

Main focus: Self in relation to the system and in interaction with the system

 

Qualities: Makes decisions based upon their own view of reality; aware that interpreting reality “always depends on the position of the observer”; more tolerant of oneself and others due to awareness of life’s complexity and individual differences; questions old identities; more interested in personal accomplishments independent of socially sanctioned rewards; increased understanding of complexity, systemic connections, and unintended effects of actions; begins to question own assumptions and those of others; talks of interpretations rather than truth; systematic problem solving; begins to seek out and value feedback.

 

How influences others: Adapts (ignores) rules when needed, or invents new ones; discusses issues and airs differences

Ego Development

The Integrator has a 4th person perspective. They can see things from their 1st person perspective, take on a 2nd person perspective of another person or group via empathy, integrate a 3rd person and see themselves as an object, take on a 4th person perspective of understanding multiple perspectives.

Integrators now realize that things are not necessarily what they seemed at earlier stages because the interpretation of reality always depends on the position of the observer. Thus the idea of myself as a participant observer as well as having multiple perspectives becomes fascinating to explore. Once we realize that as observers we inevitably influence what we observe, pure, detached, that is “objective” judgment becomes impossible. This individual discovery is supported by more recent challenges to the rational/scientific assumptions of the Newtonian. A big discovery for this stage is the relativity of points of view. When people first become aware of this, they may see everything as relative and reject any prior certainties including scientific knowledge as absolute and therefore “false.”

The 4th person perspective allows individuals to focus on how they came to believe what they believe and feel and how one knows and proves things. Stage 4/5 persons become interested in watching themselves trying to make sense of themselves. At this stage of differentiation, individuals realize that all groups and societies see it as their mandate to mold the minds and hearts of their members. We cannot help but filter our observations through our personal and subjective lenses. Simultaneously, once we also allow for the validity of others’ personal views and perspectives, we can no longer disregard the enormous diversity of people and their beliefs, values and preferences. They are all seem equally valid and worthy of consideration.

 

Since their focus is on community, getting a long with with others, being caring and compassionate, etc to a large degree they give up on more individual pursuits. Most individuals need to make a living to survive. Sticking with a job one may not totally like and getting along with others who do not appreciate constant questioning is thus a requirement for most adults no matter how creative and post-conventional one may be. It takes experience at this stage to realize that successful living likely requires some of the earlier values.

The 4th Person Perspective Details:

  • Cognition: recognition of multiple perspectives, beginning awareness of the complexity of systems and cultural conditioning

  • Relativism: discovery of non-objectivity as participant-observer, and of the potential for defensive self-deception

  • Positive expression: vivid individualism. Focus on and relishing experience in the present, listen to every voice, honor all ideas equally

  • Truth: can never be found; everything is relative; there is no place to evaluate anything with certainty (postmodernism).

  • Fear of being sucked back into the conventional mindset and constrained by its demands

Healthy Expressions

Attention for emotions and exploring the inner being of self. A need for community and gathering. Personal development as the basis for collective development. Accepting differences. Attention, care and compassion for all people and the Planet. Open, loving, warm, empathic and helpful.

Unhealthy Expressions

Appeasing, avoiding conflicts, soft and patronizing. Conflicts are not addresses because harmony is more important and should not be compromised. When the Egalitarian adopts her own wisdom as the only truth it becomes limiting and exclusive and it will exclude everyone who’s not an Egalitarian. Conversations tend to take longer and results may not be achieved because of the continuous search for consensus and the need to include everyone in the process.

Sources

Spiral Dynamics: Stage Geen 

Ken Wilber's AQAL: Stage Green

Cognitive Development: Early Vision Logic 

Ego Development Stage: Individualistic - Pluralistic (4/5)

Kegan: Institutional

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