The Union of the Whys is a collective initiative in response
to a sense of unfulfilled potential -- exemplified by existential tragedy,
paradox and the relative inability of the insightful and engaged to interact
in a more frutiful and timely manner. It explores and seeks to transcend
the dilemmas of contrasting values, as variously upheld and misunderstood
-- especially by those who focus on why problems emerge and are encountered
with such collective ineffectiveness. These explorations
draw on ways of knowing that are notably in sympathy with those of Taoism
and Zen. However they also evoke the "lost" pattern of dialogue exemplified
by the archetypal roundtable of Camelot. The social engagement is in sympathy
with various unions of "concerned" scientists or professionals
of other disciplines.
Fundamentally the initiative may be understood in terms of
the dynamics of questioning and answering and their various implications
for learning and imposing dysfunctional constraints. This polarity might
be understood in terms of the associated processes of dialogue, and the
merits of more fruitful intercourse -- a more profound marriage between
them -- conducive to an emergent synthesis, perhaps to be comprehended
as insight or wisdom. The latter might then be a consequence of the transcendence
of the 3-fold labyrinthine relationship between question, answer and dialogue
-- a tetrahedral configuration.
This initiative is consistent with the
need to explore subtler and more
dynamic approaches to organization, beyond the unfocused "vision" of "networking" or "knowledge
The issues are articulated in Consciously
Self-reflexive Global Initiatives: Renaissance zones, complex adaptive
systems, and third order organizations. The initiative is complementary
to three others --
each accessible via the logo above -- mutually counter-balancing echoes
of a central process in the moment and beyond time. Together these form
an emerging, overarching union of interweaving processes: a potential "pattern
that connects". The challenge to comprehension is discussed
Reframing of "Union": implications for the coherence of knowledge,
social organization and personal identity).
These issues are further clarified in a table interrelating
the four initiatives (In
Quest of "Meta-Union"?). The nature of any
union of significance is therefore not predefined by any form of understanding
but is progressively and continually (re)discovered in time.
since "yoga" signifies "union" (in Sanskrit), the corollary
may be that the challenge of any "union" of significance implies
some form of "yoga".
Frequently asked questions about this initiative are addressed
in a FAQ. The
web address of this site (www.un-whys.org)
also offers a caution against overly hasty assumptions
-- as discussed separately.