Meeting at the monastery
Barry Taylor and Philip Franses 8th April 2018 meet at Glastonbury to recover the shared founding vision of Global Synapses. The meeting happens outside the old St Benedictine monastery that in the time of the Middle-Ages would have been at the centre not just of prayer, but of working the land, craft, environment, caring for the poor, education, book copying, medicine, brewing etc. In many ways Global Synapses is attempting to be the modern version of a monastery, to be at the heart of a community, the purveyor of good public works, giving humanity as a whole the tools and framework to answer to a global challenge.
Recognising the Core
The monastery would have had the task to develop the inquiry into the secret question of the source or mystery that held at the core of life. This secret quest would not involve all the monks, as many lay-monks would occupy themselves in specific duties with the land, education or medicine. There would be continuity between the values promoted in the copying of book or the caring for the sick and the reflection on the worth of the values themselves – of excellence and justice. In the same way of inclusivity, Global Synapses wants to recognise the core task of the upholding of values, while giving people the freedom to make their journey with respect to purely practical applications.
The Task of Global Synapses
The synapses of today are people who want to commit their actions to a collectively held value in the world, however dimly or fully this is perceived. What is lacking is any medium, tools or institution that gives these synapses a platform to uphold this common held belief so as to trust together in a common way. Complexity and Goethean Science provides tools and methods to the individual synapses to realise the collective dimension of this seeking together.
Abbeys crisscrossed Europe with a vision of wholeness before spirit and knowledge claimed separate dominion over our souls and minds. Global Synapses challenges this divisive move to separate soul and mind by showing the path of wholeness takes us through the door at which modern science has arrived in its ideas of measurement.
Philip Franses and Barry Taylor