Ierrellus wrote:Within these parameters of experience one can describe where one is by what one is doing.
For me ... yet another "gem" Ierrellus ... keep them coming!
Let me try to illustrate my 'gut reaction' ...
With keen observation and intuition perhaps one can also describe where "others" are ... vis a vis the three stages you mentioned.
Individuation ... by far the most populous category ... especially among adults. How many adults continue to "lean" on others ... be it political leaders ... religious leaders ... philosophers ... heroes ... family. How many adults remain incapable of standing on their own and taking responsibility for their personal/individual thoughts, decisions, actions, feelings and so on.
Metamorphosis ... empirical evidence consistently confirms the existence of incredible levels of metamorphosis within one lifetime. Though for most adults the changes are subtle and often go (un)noticed ... like the chick developing inside the egg ... we can't see the changes taking place. Using the egg and chick metaphor again ... at the end of the chick's metamorphosis ... the becoming of a living chick ... the chick must personally/individually contribute to the process ... the chick must break through the egg shell.
Synthesis ... a level of maturity that defies description ... something the very few that reach this level tell us themselves.