Why caring isn’t enough

Healing yourself, loving the world

I care. That’s a worldview that many of you relate to. You care about the environment, social issues, racial inequalities, war, peace, and making a difference. Welcome to the most interesting level of spiral dynamics, green. Green is a collaborative, cooperative worldview that brings in the quality of caring. It’s a relief after the orange level of self-determination because green brings a balance to the previous level of achievement and materialism.

However, there’s a blindside to this green level, several actually. One is scathing judgment and exclusion of anyone who has a different value system. Do you see the irony here? We’ve turned towards our hearts and a more holistic view, but we judge and reject people who haven’t caught up with us.

The other downside is that heart-based intelligence doesn’t give us the skills we need. Caring doesn’t equal competence. We need our trauma surgeons to be competent with a scalpel; we need our farmers to know how to grow food; we need truck drivers to safely and effectively transport goods.

Once we realize that there are valuable aspects from orange, and indeed all the levels, we can move to a more integral point of view.

Here is the talk by Dr. Simmons that explains this level. She refers to the Q-process, an approach for working with the shadow aspects of ourselves.

  • 5th level, Rev. Dr. Jane Simmons, “Boomeritis,” June 3, 2018. Unity of Spokane (28 minutes long)

Read More About Green

  • http://spiraldynamicsintegral.nl/en/green/


This is the sixth in a series of posts on the subject of spiral dynamics.  Find the whole series here.

Spiral dynamics is a model of social values and growth that also maps to our individual development. It’s a helpful tool to support your development as well as a way to better understand the world around you. The model contains eight levels, each assigned a color, and representing a specific world-view and developmental need.

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Deborah Donndelinger

Deborah Donndelinger

I'm writing from Maryland, but my heart goes out all over the world. I'm cheering you on as you tackle the hard stuff, embrace the easy, and show up to help others.