People tend to identify themselves and evaluate others in terms of systems: religious, political, ideological etc. But it only takes a little observation to see that within any given system, there are people who identify and participate with that system in very different ways.
For this reason, recognizing the particular modules that a person strings under their system’s banner is often much more valuable than paying attention to the system identity the person is outwardly using. Such a shift of attention allows us to talk to each other in more basic shared terms and experiences. It makes our encounters more “real”.
Throughout my blog, I try to get Christians, Buddhists and Atheists AWAY from discussing their systems and instead, have them dig down as deep as they can to discuss the smallest mind patterns they can recognize and use those modules for the purposes of dialogue — the less abstract the better. Many of my posts try to illustrate the inherent problems of mis-identifying ourselves with construed abstract system titles.
Our modules are complex, nested webs– vibrant nests which support our lives. It is the relationships and interaction between modules within these webs with their various tensions, resonance and weights that makes us much more than the mere sum of the simple modules we employ–thus escaping the simplistic “reductionist” criticism. Due to this inherent complexity, many people attempt to identify themselves with several systems so as to try and capture more of their individual fluxing complexity.
I was inspired to summarize this theme in my blog after reading a friend’s post who writes something very similar (albeit more succinctly). He calls his smaller units “stances” — which has a much more inviting anthropomorphic ring than my mechanical choice of “modules”.
Here are some of my past posts centering on modules:
- Many Self-No Self : demystifying the Buddhist phrase using modules
- Web of Beliefs : web of modules
- Beliefs as Circuit Components : modular relationships and functions
- Images of Self : contrasting different images
- The Moral Mind : viewed modularly
- Your Modular God : addressed to Christians
- Atheism as an epiphenomenon: My modules made me an atheism