As I experience the postings from the participants in the cChallenge I am struck that they reveal all three perspectives from which we can view our intended changes.
Perspectives are so embedded in our language we usually don’t notice them. But they impart different experiences of the very realities of Beauty, Goodness and Truth as we live our changes.
Perspectives can be described briefly like this:
1st person perspective offers a subjective report. I express this with “I” language (a request that is often made when we are in sharing circles in the Findhorn community). It is a very personal perspective that only I can impart to the world – others won’t know about it until I express the experience.
2nd person perspective offers an intersubjective report. We express this with “We” or “You” language. This perspective occurs when we are “reading” each other, influencing others or being influenced by others
3rd person perspective offers an objective or interobjective report that is expressed through “it” or “its” language. This perspective depends on objects that we can point to as evidence or data, like counting our meals, plastics or trips.
This can sound very academic but in fact these perspectives are what give us Beauty, Goodness and Truth.
Beauty is emerging, in our cChallenge through the experience of 1st person artistic expression – like Jane’s poem Nature in the City (from Day 16).
Beauty has also emerged through interobjective 2nd person sharing, in the creation of the artwork by the YIPs (reported on Day 18). This co-creative experience brought us together for individual contributions of 1st person ideas that got transformed into 2nd person intersubjective co-generation of a painting symbolic of Zero Waste.
Goodness is emerging in very tangible ways out of the cChallenge experiment. A feeling of community is arising from our intentions to make changes that result in positive impacts for Climate Change. Eveline’s cChallenge to start up a community composting project has attracted people from across the Findhorn Park to participate in recycling food waste.
Goodness for Susie and Kerstin have both shared the “we space” of their cChallenges in how it has impacted their families. Susie’s generosity in sharing recipes has even created new meaning through the invention of “splodge” – adding humour and colourful language to our emerging culture.
Goodness for Emma and Judith relates to their fine sensitivity to the animal kingdom as rightful members of our “we” experience. They have explained how their deep sense of connection to farm animals (and removing them from their diets) and birds (feeding them nuts without purchasing plastic), has reminded them of the Goodness that emerges from noticing their relationship with the animal kingdom.
Truth is also a vital part of our cChallengers outcomes. Berent’s pursuit of a plastic free household has produced a wealth of 3rd person facts and figures – from weights, to frequency of use, to typologies (compostable, recyclable, non-compostable). Roger too, has reminded us of other facts that relate to our travels and carbon emissions. He remarks on Eveline’s composting project. And he is broadcasting his findings and offers through “Carbon Bites” in the Rainbow Bridge.
Truth is even reported on the ccc19cChallenge website in the form of the ripples we are creating, and the number of people inspired (628 on Day 19 at time of writing).
Although, we are only 2/3 of the way through our cChallenge it is easy to see that we can appreciate how the value of our personal reflections and self-awareness, our interactions as groups and our observations, actions and data are contributing to the emergence of Beauty, Goodness and Truth.
I don’t know about you – but this casts a whole new light for me on the power of changing together. I never expected the experiment to generate 3rd person fun factoids, 2nd person relationships or 1st person insights. Thanks to everyone for different perspectives on what makes a difference for cChange!