The Polarization Effect - Healing our Worldviews

Anneloes Smitsman


Our current sustainability crisis reveals a deeper systemic behavioral pattern, discussed in this paper as the polarization effect that gave rise to our mechanistic worldviews. This effect is in part driven by our attempts to control our natural world to suit our economic needs via technological advancements that have decreased our reciprocity with our natural systems. This also resulted in a loss of coherence in our human-made systems and an increase in entropy. We have attempted to negate this by forming and imposing agreement and regulatory mechanisms, yet a far more fundamental change is required. We humbly suggest that it is time to acknowledge that many of our conventional human-made systems are based on a systemic design error. We explore an ancient Australian Aboriginal teaching called Kanyini, to better understand the nature of this design error. We offer this understanding to heal the system dynamics of our worldviews.


Worldviews, the Polarization Effect, Systemic Wholeness, Reciprocity, Healing

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