What is Synthesis?

» Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Tree of Synthesis

What is Synthesis?

Synthesis is a method of interaction that will re-focus our political dynamic on solving difficult problems and creating entirely new ways to improve our nation.  It is the mechanism to propel our political and economic discourse to overcome the barriers of ideology and partisan tribalism – and allows us to focus on perpetual improvement and ascent.

Society, and even nature itself has always been a byproduct of competing forces, and political and economic development is no exception.  In direct contrast to this universal phenomenon, the limited choices of our current political dynamic are to take one side, the other, or some hodgepodge combination of the two.  There is however another way.  By recognizing that both sides contain some valid observations as well as some unproductive elements, we can engage in a process that systematically takes what is good and useful from both sides to create ideas and solutions that are completely new and also superior to either one on its own.   These solutions are refined by being subjected to the purifying crucible of heated, but productive, open debate, one quality that is completely vacant in our current discourse.

The approach of Synthesis is modeled after the formula:  thesis + antithesis = synthesis which has historically been associated with the German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel.    The key to the process is that even though people have very different perspectives, as has been the case since the beginning of Western thought, the two sides are both necessary to shape a comprehensive solution, something very different, but far superior to either side on its own or some watered-down, unsustainable position in between.

For us to begin this journey upward and rise above the current dynamic that so clearly does not work, we need the energy of a Revolution, the Synthesis Revolution.   Just as our first Revolution began in the mid-18th century with the new thinking and new forms of interaction, so will this one as well.   In pursuit of the most innovative, productive and inclusive society possible, we must re-focus on our political dynamic on perpetual improvement and ascent.  We have the tools and the potential, but it is still up to us to act, to realize our potential through the Synthesis Revolution.

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