Section four: Reflections and applications
This section provides a reflection of what I have come to understand as the holographic nature of not only my life but of all life (Bohm, 1980; Laszlo & Currivan, 2008; Talbot, 1991; Wilber, 1982). I have provided this reflection to complement the description of my story in chapter two. It is important to reiterate that this understanding is emerging, constantly unfolding, enfolding, and evolving as I progress along my journey in search of wholeness and meaning. This section articulates my understanding of the concepts of community, adult learning, meaningful work, and sustainability as they have emerged from my inquiry to date. It also describes the rela- tionship between these concepts and a harmonious ontology. CHAPTER EIGHT An emergent understanding of a holographic life Reflection In the years since I began my post-graduate study, my approach to in- quiry has drawn criticism largely in four areas. First, there has been criticism with regard to the relevance of such meta-narratives (as I have investigated) to the issues facing humanity in the twenty-first century. Second, with regard to the perception that a researcher from an Anglo- Saxon/Viking background, such as myself, should not be researching meta-narratives from outside their cultural context, what Dr. Cajete calls ‘cultural schizophrenia’ (collaborative conversation, 2006). Third, with regard to the perception that it is inappropriate to highlight for discussion and synthesis only certain orientations, strategies, or cultural forms since this removes them from their original cultural context, what Dr. Cajete again calls the ‘all or none apology’ (collaborative...
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