In 1982, the “Humanity Hexagon” came into mind in a moment of sheer desperation.
At that time I was in the midst of fieldwork research for my doctoral dissertation, supporting myself, a student husband, and three school-aged children, with the daily help of my recently widowed mother.
The research was with self-help advocacy groups fighting in the newly forming information society to get themselves some social justice. Their struggles expanded my list of burning issues. At some point it got so bad that I couldn’t think clearly or see through the hurricane.
One afternoon, I called a total halt to my life and made a list of the 18+ raging priorities making a traffic jam in my thoughts. They ranged from how to close the hole in the ozone to how to get some dishes clean before supper. It was a ridiculous list of mismatched crises. Then the miracle happened.
Thanks to a social science research tool attributed to Max Weber, I had learned the amazing craft of reducing an infinite number of occurrences in society into the smallest possible number of archetypal recurrences — something like reducing all colors in the world to just red-yellow-blue. (not quite, but never mind)
And there it was: all the problems in the world could be reduced to the level of aggregation needed to launch their solution. How many people does it take to solve my life? One. How many people to solve what’s going on in a house? All of those living there. How many people to make our planet proud to be hosting humanity? Every one of us. The planet won’t be happy until every human being is living a healthy, peaceful, creative life.
In turn, the compelling power of the Humanity Hexagon led me to create Harvest Home Lifelong Learning as a vehicle to pursue these integrated fields of living, learning, and action.
By the way, here is a strange and amusing animation that portrays the HEXAGON as ruler of the universe no less! Titled “Triumph of the Hexagon”, it’s set to the music of “Carmina Burana” by composer Carl Orff. It’s a bit spooky and well worth watching! You can find it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyY0ymMYXPo