Question: On the level of the beast, the “wisdom of the crowd” or the collective intelligence is revealed very beautifully: a school of fish, flocks of birds, and the like. Why is it not revealed like this on the human level?
Answer: On the animate level, the collective intelligence works instinctively according to the general law of the integral behavior of all of nature. We see how much this law is realized instinctively and egoistically because essentially it’s carried out for the preservation of the flocks of birds, the schools of fish, and the like. It’s derived from some great integral intelligence, yet acts on an instinctive, primitive, and egoistic level.
A different kind of behavior is required among humans, one which is not egoistic. Everyone needs to overcome his personal ego for the sake of the interests of the society while being concerned for the preservation of all the conditions of integral existence in the environment, including the still, vegetative, and animate nature, and human society. In this case, the ego creates a problem, something that doesn’t exist in the animal world.
From KabTV’s “The Wisdom of the Crowd” 5/14/15