Humanity will have significant differences from biological organisms (cells, tissues, organs, physiological subsystems, whole multi-celled being, hives), but we can gain insight from exploring analogs.
Living systems are nested hierarchies or holarchies. It is too complex to attempt to comprehend whole organisms as composed of cells. Intermediate holons make our comprehension possible, and probably also essential for the viability of living systems in changing environments. The cell is itself a holarchy (atoms, bead molecules, chain molecules, molecular fabrics, organelles and cellular subsystems).
What is the biological analog for a person in humankind and humanity? This is our choice in our conceptualization, not an objective identification. I propose the protein as analog to the person, and the cell as analog to a tribal community – in humankind, before the emergence of the super-organism: humanity. Tribes (before civilization) were analog to bacteria or single celled animals.
The challenge of humanity is the viable organization of vastly different communities as components in societies, and then societies into the whole of humanity. Evolution led to viable tribes with single cultures. With success, tribes reproduced and spread into networks of similar tribes (bacterial colonies). We have no biological analogy for the overlap of persons in multiple pseudo communities, we find in melting pot civilizations. Humankind has yet to evolve a stable organization of very diverse “communities”.
The viability and sustainability of animals and plants probably rests on the fact that each organism emerged from a single cell, and not from a coalescence of a multitude of different cell types. My proposal for our future, via UPLIFT through Societal Metamorphosis applies this emergence process. Humanity will start with a small “community-of-teams” of diverse, individual human persons.
However, the emergence will not come from their biological reproduction, but through a psycho/social learning/organizing (OLLO) process to Promote, Recruit, Select, Orient, Seaf (PRSOS) others from humankind to join NU (nu humanity). This is analog with the proteins of the decaying caterpillar cells becoming components of the emergent imaginal buds of the butterfly. [There are some significant differences between insect metamorphosis and societal metamorphosis from humankind (caterpillar) to humanity (butterfly).]
How many actual living human persons transit from humankind to humanity depends of many variable not controlled by UPLIFT or societal metamorphosis. Humans, today, continue to suffer and die. UPLIFT and societal metamorphosis cannot suddenly bring this to a halt. Death is an essential feature of Life. It is possible that UPLIFT to societal metamorphosis will be the path of least suffering, unnecessary death, and biospheric destruction – again, NOT caused by this transition but by the continuing old order.
Abandoning attempts to transFORM/morph humankind into HUMANITY doesn’t imply the abandonment of all attempts to transform different aspects/institutions of humankind. Efforts will be needed to insure that collapsing humankind doesn’t exterminate the imaginal buds of emergent humanity. Early stages of UPLIFT will require some access to resources controlled by elites. Working within contemporary societal institutions will be very useful for the optimal development of UPLIFT.
UPLIFT (for those not yet familiar with the conceptual scheme): A process to RAPIDLY uplift the DISTRIBUTION of competencies (conceptual, affective, performance) in different populations of global humankind. A vastly more competent and actively participant global population of humans is critically essential for the success of any project to survive/thrive our Crisis-of-Crises.
Pragmatically, this can’t mean everyone, but it must be a large majority. Humankind DOES HAVE, TODAY the potential for this, even if denied by most.
What to do with those who insist on violent opposition is an issue that MUST BE FACED, NOT DUCKED.
SUMMARY: By exploring analogies between bio and social systems, we can gain perspective on our alternatives: Societal transFORMation vs Emergence via UPLIFT & Societal Metamorphosis. The latter must be given priority, while transformation can become more effective when limited in objectives.
HOWEVER: Our dominant issue is the creation of a viable forum/platform/app/curriculum where we humans can Dialog/Deliberate/Decide/DO what is needed.