In the News (from Psychologies.ru): “Manfred Kets de Vries, an anthropological researcher who spent several years in the rainforests of Cameroon with a tribe of Pygmies, brought back 7 principles from their social life, which in his opinion would improve all of humanity.
- Members of the group respect, support and have confidence in each other. In the harsh conditions of the forest it is possible survive only together. There is not always enough food, the hunt can be dangerous. And here trust and help are imperative. There are equal rights in relationships between men and women. The women hunt together with the men, are actively involved with the distribution of food, participate in discussions and also perform difficult labor.
- The members of the group support and protect each other. There is no physical coercion in relation to women. They allocate a lot of time to discussing differences of opinion, yet they do this while maintaining self-respect. Causes of conflicts must be ‘reconsidered’, turning them into reasons for cooperation.
- The members of the group are open to dialogue and communication. Disputes are resolved by informal methods. Everyone has the right to turn to others to get help in resolving the conflict. So the whole village begins to participate in solving the conflict until it is settled. The solution to arguments is not put off for long, negative feelings don’t remain below the surface. Techniques for conflict resolution are also accommodated to work groups. One of the typical methods is joking, laughter and distraction so that people simply forget why an argument was created.
- All the members of the group aspire to a common goal. The best method for catching the prey is hunting in a group, in which they chase the animals into nets. A common goal provides motivation for working in the group; women chase the animals into the nets and the men stand behind the nets and kill the prey. After the hunt, the meat is divided among the participants according to clear and precise laws.
- The members of the group must have shared values and views. The life of the Pygmies can seem to a foreign observer as happy and carefree, but this impression is misleading. Apparently under the chaos is a hidden order. All of the Pygmies absorb the general rules of behavior from childhood, which are transmitted orally from generation to generation. A willingness to share, cooperation, independence and autonomy, keeping the peace among the members of the group, these are the basic values of the society.
- The interests of the group are above the interests of its members. They don’t make it possible to put their interests above the interests of the group. Group work can be successful only in an atmosphere that welcomes personal freedom and creativity, but within the framework of the common goals of the organization. So that this balance will be maintained, every member of the group must understand where the limitations of his personal freedom extend.
- The members of the group have equal rights in decision-making. There are no ‘important people’, there is no leader, there is no supreme council; leadership doesn’t belong to one person. Every member of the group has the right to make a decision. Adults are respected for knowledge, abilities and skills.”
My Comment: I see that everything goes back to the list of conditions for the unity of the Kabbalistic group, which contains a few additional conditions for attracting the Upper Light. But the conditions for unity are identical, for in the wisdom of Kabbalah everything happens according to the laws of nature, which the Pygmies discovered instinctively.