Structural corroboration gives good reasons to think that the is actually hierarchical. It also help us conclude that it does have Levels with functions broadly as described in the Superstructure for Doing.
However, there are some simpler tests suggestive of hierarchy that can be identified here and now. They serve to deepen our understanding of this map of , and also provide some useful plausibility. These tests relate to:
The creation of my endeavour», a in which potential is developed; and a lower part «pursuit of my endeavour» which is about of that potential. The creation is «higher» than the pursuit in the sense that it governs pursuit. However «creation» of an endeavour demands «pursuit», otherwise it is pointless. So and are both part of the same thing: .lends itself to division into an upper part dealing with the «
The upper three Levels are about the creation of my endeavour:
has no bounds and so .
a readiness to engage in endeavour including perceiving realities and acting on them as the endeavour evolves and its ramifications fill our consciousness.entails
provides structure and direction to .
a readiness to be responsible for what is important in our endeavour and exactly how and why it is being pursued.entails
as a social reality.
a readiness to perceive, affirm and explain both the intended endeavour, the relevant realities and what will be done. Yet nothing tangible has been created. If something is created and we stop talking about it, then it rapidly ceases to exist in psychosocial reality.entails
The central Level is . This provides the tools (i.e. taxonomic elements) to assess and govern essential judgements, both in regard to at higher levels and at lower levels. Looking upwards, we use intuitions and feelings to assess the . Looking downwards, we use them to appraise the .
The lower three Levels are about the pursuit of my endeavour:
indicates the required stable end-state (or meaningful sequence of identifiable states), and so .
an engagement with forces and conditions —personal, interpersonal, social and physical—that exist in the environment where the endeavour is established, develops and endures.entails
provides the checks, information, calculations and analyses that .
testing conjectures about the realities and gaining knowledge directly relevant to the endeavour and its pursuit.entails
engages empirical realities with the view to maintain the purpose of the endeavour and .
interacting physically with the environment so as to modify it in accord with reasons that can all be traced back to the guiding purpose. If action stopped, the endeavour would crumble in empirical reality.entails
In everyday life, we mostly apply our biases, shift our perspectives and jump between frames of reference easily and unthinkingly without coming to grief. This does not work when you are pursuing systematic inquiry. To avoid getting lost and confused, a modicum of mental discipline is necessary. Try to respect many perspectives while maintaining a single frame of reference: it will make everything much easier and clearer.
In hierarchies, like « », each Level has a part to play, so none is unimportant or even less important. If a particular extrinsic value perspective is being applied, then one or more Levels may seem more (or less) important.
A THEE hierarchy is a whole that depends on each Level, so:
In THEE's holistic hierarchies, Levels dynamically interact, so:
Also: Higher levels are generally expected to reflect greater complexity or a larger scope, while lower levels are expected to be increasingly concrete and tangible. From experience, this difference is not always obvious until the hierarchy is applied in a specific situation.
Originally posted: 06-Jul-2011; Last updated: 18-Jun-2012