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core commons

According to Tom Atlee, the core commons is "the depth of kinship" of life through resonant intelligence.

"As human beings, our experience of resonance arises from what we share or what we have in common with one another or with the world around us. Several realms of kinship with life support this phenomenon:
  • Group: We feel special connection with people with whom we share significant ties, characteristics or experiences. Family members, war buddies, single mothers or cancer survivors--"we can relate." Even when the "vibes" are not pleasant, they tend to be more intense because of the resonance. Tribal and national resonances are also found at this level of kinship.
  • Humanity: Deeper down, we feel kinship with all other people. We share a tremendous amount in common simply by being human. We often call this "our common humanity."
  • Animals: Then there is our kinship with animalsespecially our intelligent, infant-nursing, often furry relatives, the other mammalssuch as dogs, cats, horses, dolphins, and monkeys. Most pets are mammals, but most people can empathize with any animal that is like us in any way.
  • Life: We also can have feelings for plants and other life forms. We can respond to all forms of life, since we are living creatures, too.
  • Earth: Most of us feel deeply at home with sunsets, mountains, oceans, and the rain--and the way the moon and stars look. We are part of the earth, and kin with everything on it. Every atom in our bodies has been part of this planet for eons, flowing through life in all its forms, including its winds, seas and lands.
  • Universe: Some people even identify with the entire universe, saying (with considerable scientific evidence) that humans are "star dust" and that "we are the universe becoming conscious of itself."
  • Spirit: Finally, at perhaps the deepest level, as spiritual beings, we recognize other spirits and other creatures as part of our larger spiritual family. Many people experience spiritual kinship in all of the realms described above.

Combined, I call these kinship realitiesthese facts of our relatedness that help us resonate with each otherour core commons. This biological, human and spiritual kinship deep within all of us nurtures our most basic values, such as compassion, respect, and integrity.

Which brings us to that energetic responsiveness called resonance. The fact that the common core exists in all of us means that you can evoke its resonance within meand the resonance between us can cause it to come alive in our larger groupand a group, in the right conditions, can cause it to resonate in the wider population. Under the right conditions, resonance can ripple out through life quite remarkably.

So somewhere deep inside us, our sense of goodness, our connection to spirit, and our natural earth consciousness are all blended together into a seamless sense of right relationship and healthy, wholesome behavior. Sometimes this common core is buried, and sometimes it is very much alive and vivid in our consciousness. The more we are in touch with the kinship realities that make it upin ourselves and each otherthe more resonance becomes possible, allowing these deep forms of intelligence to resonate from one person to another and from one form of life to another.

This is "co-resonant wisdom"the wisdom that is evoked in one person, group or other living being by someone else's powerful love, integrity, inquiry, suffering, empathy or other pure invitation to common humanity or life. Resonant intelligence, or the ability to evoke co-resonant wisdom in others, is what made Gandhi and King so effective. Our core commonsour shared patterns of human, biological, and spiritual kinship--can, if we attend to them, point us towards connection, towards healing, towards life, towards making our actions and our solutions wiser. The fact that we can evoke these things one another is remarkably empowering."

The living ontology is based on a core ontology that combines the above with philosophy of action and Four Pillars analysis, cognitive science of mathematics, risk as regret and some related theory. The above is an influential view but it does not define it.