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COMPARISON OF MAJOR SCHOOLS IN SPIRAL DYNAMIC'S THEORY
GRAVES, BECK AND LAUBSCHER
In Table 8.1, the various Gravesian value systems, Beck and Cowan's MEMEs, Laubscher and Viljoen's human niches and Wilber's levels of consciousness are presented.
Table 8.1 presents a short description of the different schools that can be found in the literature. The systems are divided into first-tier and second-tier systems. The authors of the various schools interpreted the theory through his or her own worldview. In this chapter the view of Graves, Beck and Laubscher on spiral dynamics are highlighted.
The major differences in interpretation between Laubscher and Viljoen and other schools of thought on the topic are based on the following philosophical assumptions:
Table 8.1 Comparison of Major Schools in Spiral Dynamic's Theory
• The Beige system – Survival Sense – is still alive and not extinct.
• The global population of Beige has a much larger presence than initially described.
• We do not have to "fix" or "convert" Purple (Kin Spirit) and Red (Power God).
• Leaders in systems, however, have to design from an integrated second-tier angle to ensure optimization of various human niches.
• There are low and high manifestations of human niches, for example a person that broke away from Purple will first become low Red with all the side-effects thereof, before he matures to become high Red.
• Various interpretations of the spiral can be explained by the unique human niches of the interpreter.
• Human niches are attitudinal not behavioural.
• Red energy is needed to individualize and form an identity.
• The repression of a social uprising, a manifestation of low Red, should be worked through and not suppressed.
• The strive to be better, or become second-tier is repositioned.
• In interpreting different systems to determine the human niche, one should carefully look at the philosophy and the actual behaviour which are often in two different niches.
It is very clear that there are different thinking systems and that we should be very aware of the systemic dynamics in the ecosystem where we function.
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