What do I mean by a Phase Jumper and what is the link to The Matrix? What might this mean to you?
If Hugh's immortal cartoon makes you cringe and laugh, you are likely to be what I call a "Phase Jumper".
If you are made angry by it, you are not.
If you feel uncomfortable with the traditional work space, or worse, if you cannot stand it anymore, you are likely to be a Phase Jumper. If you think you only have to work hard and be willing at work to get ahead and have security, you are not.
If you are now doubting that Big Pharma and the Institution of Medicine have your best intersts at heart, you are likely to be a Phase Jumper. If you put all your faith in them, you are not.
If you question that school is where you and your children will get the education that they need for the life ahead, it is likely that you are a Phase Jumper. If you make school the centre of your educational plans you are not.
If you doubt that government will look after you and also do the right thing, it is likely that you are a Phase Jumper. If you put your faith in government and "them" to solve your and the world's problems you are not.
What is going on to make some people question the norms of society?
I see it as a marker in spiritual development. I suspect that the global culture today is mainly one of two types, Family and High School. If you are a Phase Jumper, you are separating from these cultures. You are literally jumping from one phase to another. For as Neo found out in the Matrix, there is no easy transition.
You are jumping from a known world to one that you cannot know until you live it.
So what are the characteristics of the worlds that many of us as jumping from?
Family - Patriarchal Phase - This culture is like the Mafia. Men on top. Women in their place. You are either with me or you are my enemy. His favour is what you seek most of all. His wrath can be fatal. A good example of this is Russia. Russians expect their leaders to be tough, manly, demanding and cruel. Even if you are persecuted, this is your normal. Many prisoners in the Gulag wept when they heard of Stalin's death. Many corporations are run like this too. Certainly my old bank was.
It is deeply patriarchal. Think Tony Soprano or President Putin. Father knows best and will accept no challenge. It's an honest culture in that the words and the action line up. If you go against the father, you will pay. As a result, people are like small children who give up all their power to have a hand out. They complain a lot but do nothing. They are so accustomed to being children that they fear freedom and adulthood. Cronies and Henchmen are favoured roles at the top. But no one crosses the boss. Succession is by spilling blood.
High school - Bureaucratic Phase - This is the US or the UK. Here good appearances are everything. The mass appeal is to patriotism and the good old days. We are the best. Personally it is also all about how we look. I am my car and house and clothing. Things are very important. Fitting in is important. Public status is critical. I am my title. People at the top speak politely but use "Final Solution" terms to hide their real actions. Downsizing, Human Resources, Shareholder Value, Right Sizing are just a few terms that come from "Special Action", "Relocation" etc.
No one speaks their truth. All participate in the lie that we are all doing well and are happy. People worry about trivial things but not about important things. ISIS will invade Mexico but Global Warming is a hoax. Celebrity is more important than real achievement. Hope is a powerful fake feeling fed by all.
HighSchool is deeply bureaucratic. It's all about rules. Rules that are applied harshly to all that is uness you are at the top. Rules don't apply at the top. The "Teacher" and "Principals" cannot be questioned.
They are much more polite than the Putins of the world but are no less cruel. Worse in a way, they don't even know they are being cruel. The illusion is that the people have a say. But they don't. The people are treated as a school treats teens. The people in turn behave like teens.
Both Family and School cultures have no sense of any future or of consequences. For they give that concern up to their leaders. It is their leaders job to think and to act ahead. Like children they have no sense of the consequences of their actions and no sense of responsibility for the future.
These two major cultures are I think are the first two two Phases of Societal Development. Just as each of us as an individual grows by phases, so we seem to grow as societies. They are the child and the teen phase.
I see the "Phase Jumper" as a person who has gone to the next level. That is of the young adult who is ready to have a family for themselves. this may well be Phase III. It is the first truly adult phase where the individual takes charge of their own lives and works actively with others to solve common problems. It is a phase where the future is owned by the person and by the group.
They are also self reliant. They do not look to "Them" or to their "Father" to look after them. They want to take care of themselves.
But they don't start here. To become a Phase Jumper demands a developmental crisis. Each Phase Jumper has to leave the old culture, never to return. That is why I see them as "Jumpers".
All were born into either a Family or into a High School culture. But like Neo in the Matrix, they start to feel that some thing is wrong. At first many feel that it is THEY that are the misfits. But then an insight emerges for them.
Here Neo is confronted with the real choice in his life - as is at some stage every Phase Jumper.
Morpheus: I imagine that right now, you're feeling a bit like Alice. Hmm? Tumbling down the rabbit hole?
Neo: You could say that.
Morpheus: I see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, that's not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate, Neo?
Morpheus: Why not?
Neo: Because I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life.
Morpheus: I know *exactly* what you mean. Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?
Neo: The Matrix.
Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is?
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.
The Phase Jumper shares this experience with Neo. She reaches the point when she is confronted by the choice. Some choose the blue pill and go back to the Family or to High School. Some choose the Red pill and the truth.
Once you choose, there is no going back. And the new phase has to be learned by experience, just as a child learned the other cultures.
20 years ago there were not many Phase Jumpers in the world. Now there are millions of us. Most are still like Neo early in the film. You are unhappy and uncomfortable. You know that there is something wrong but you too cannot name it. You may be protesting and angry. You may feel that there is something wrong with you. You are acting out. THEY are noticing! You can sense that THEY don't like you anymore.
One day you will have to choose. You may just wake up and know or you may have been thrown out by THEM and have to find another life.
But be sure, you will have to choose. If you take the blue pill, you accept that you are indeed a slave. This will be a conscious choice and by making this choice for yourself, you will have condemned yourself.
If you take the red pill, you will find out that there are many on this side. You will notice people that you could not see before. You will see that you are not mad or alone.
You will find out that the work ahead is not protest but building. You will find the kind of people that you want to build with.
For the Phase Jumper the great act of rebellion is building the new so that the new takes away the power of the Patriarch and the Principal. You will really be in charge of your future. You won't do it all at once. Here are some signs about yourself that you can notice.
When you become a true freelancer, you control how and where you make your living. You can do the work that calls you and you can meet your reponsibilities to your family too. When you take charge of your health, you control your ability and your energy. You become available to your family and to your community as a fully functioning adult. When you participate in a new food system, you restore the land and you restore the contract that we have with animals.
Most of all, you can be your own true self. When this is OK, you will have made the jump. You will have grown up and joined the world of adults.
If you wish to know more - here is a review of the work on culture by Frederic Laloux and Brian Hall.
Here is a link to my small book - only $2.75 - You Don't Need a Job to Make a Living that goes deeper still.