Questions Emerging with Each Lens on the Agreements

5th of 5 posts on “Lenses for Seeing Agreements”

Each lens highlights different questions about the agreements within the five primary relationships, focusing on: the abundance of how much there is in resources; the value of the vibrancy experienced; and the harmony in the organization of human interactions.  I will start by highlighting the questions each lens shows, then dedicate later posts to unpacking each of the lenses.  I will show how these three lenses, when used together, define the path of agreements available to you, and eventually the level of harmonic vibrancy and abundance you experience.  This will allow you to change the agreements.  For now, I will start by looking through the lens of “how much?”

The “how much” lens assesses the state of the substances that support human life.  I have suggested earlier that people describe their experience of these substances in terms of the abundance they experience in their relationships to self, other, group, nature, and spirit.  A technical term for these substances is resource, used by economists and organizational strategists.  The resources supporting you are tangible and intangible.  These are the substances you experience every day.  The tangible include things you can touch, like water, food, clothing, the roof over your head, and money.  The intangible you cannot, including your reputation, the quality of your work, and the good will of your group.

In working with resources at the three levels of perceived reality, three “big questions” emerge.  How much is there right now?  How does this change over time?  What are potential resources?  These are captured in the figure below.  In later posts I will delve into these three questions, exploring what has been learned so far by the giants who came before us, and how these resource questions convert the five primary relationships and three levels of perceived reality into tangible and intangible resources.



The “what do I experience” lens evaluates the value assigned to the experience of each of the five primary relationships at each of the three levels of perceived reality.  People value the vibrancy they experience in each element and the way the elements interact.  Through the lens of value, three big questions come to light: the value of exchange, the mode of exchange, and who gets what from the exchange.  These are the questions that the giants of value theory have uncovered.  Basically, these questions ask, “How much value of what and how is it divided up?”  In later posts I will use the three levels of reality to parse out what has been learned over the last centuries about value, what it is, what generates it, how people exchange it, and who gets what part of it.

The “how do the elements interact” lens looks at how human interactions are organized to bring out the harmony in the five primary relationships among the three levels of perceived reality.  Through the lens of organization, our forefathers developed three big questions: why we come together; how we agree to work together; and what supports our agreements.  Subsequent posts will explore the organizing structures and processes that foster harmonic agreements, answering these three big organization questions as they influence each level of perceived reality.

The figure above captures the subtle gift in these three lenses on the agreements available in the five primary relationships, showing that these seemingly unrelated questions actually describe different textures of the same experience in human relationships.  They give you the lens of resources to see the experience of abundance, the lens of value to see the experience of vibrancy, and the lens of organization, to see the experience of the harmonic.

One thought on “Questions Emerging with Each Lens on the Agreements

  1. Pingback: Why Agreements Are Hard to See or Why Agreements Are Like Sauerkraut and Bread « Jim Ritchie-Dunham

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