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Harmony and Exchange

Toward a Legoic Society


Nick Mehrdad Loghmani and Ramin Jahanbegloo

This book examines two main concepts – harmony and exchange – in relation to the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of human life. As such, what differentiates humans from other living species are the possibility of understanding a context and the willingness to collaborate and create complex models of exchange. Specifically, emotion and intellect are established as fundamental dimensions of our being which play key roles in exchange with others and dealing with our environment.

This text provides a new perspective that examines «being and becoming» in a multidimensional exchange framework, concentrating on the analysis of a utilitarian society which reduces human beings to operators and servants of techno-scientific machinery. This approach to validity demands conformity to social and political norms which have lost touch with the intellectual and emotional expressions of the citizens of the world, resulting in an environment of alienation, violence, and subordination of humans to meaningless institutions and positivistic ideologies. The quest for true harmony and collaborative exchange in contemporary societies requires the recognition of multiple sites of subjectivity, self-certainty, and global domination of techno-scientific rationality. This book’s primary application towards a Legoic society is built on a critical pedagogy committed to dialogue and exchange, and is an environment that is accompanied by the process of development of a critical consciousness based on new systems of agency, moving toward a fundamentally non-reductionist praxis of the socio-political dimension of living together.

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Chapter 4. Harmonic Transformation


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The institutionalisation of multi-dimensional exchange and the process of taming and managing violence in human societies require not only the development of a culture of non-violence but also an internal transformation of individuals and societies. The internal capacity of these individuals or societies for transformation seems crucial to their adaptation to the process of harmonic exchange and to their success in building new social and political structures. But the very nature of the transformative process depends on the act of rearranging or changing compositions according to an expression model. This rearrangement can be done on the basis of a ‘spatial placement’ or a ‘temporal occurrence’ or a combination of the two. The characteristics that the compositions manifest are contingent upon the context. It goes without saying that our understanding of the world is based on a subjective space-time template. In other words, the context acts as a filter and guiding criteria to enable us to interact with our universe. Moreover, what we consider as changing compositions are manifested or observed in reality according to the context. As such, we can compare the space-time template to a chessboard with changing compositions acting as chess pieces. Here the context is formed through the observation of characteristics that we find in reality and which we compare with exchange patterns that we find in other cognitive systems. As a ← 51 | 52 → result, we attain a base line, which shapes the expression model for the...

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