The common denominator

As proposed by Danish philosopher Thomas Heide

All human beings share the ability to experience change as something solid. This is a common denominator we can use as a universal point of reference for communication when we find ourselves in a context without stable, sustainable and unifying objective pointers; when we pass the threshold between locality and globality.

As the world becomes smaller, the number of possible objective pointers increases. The more people engaged in defining the content and borders of reality, the less certain these, the content and borders of reality, become. When the content and borders of reality are no longer dependable as objective pointers the rules of the game have changed and a replacement of objective pointers as the governing principle of communication must be provided. The only thing human beings have in common when the validity of objective pointers is disrupted is the ability to experience change. When the world was local, we could depend on objective pointers to sustain ordered reality. In a global world, change experience itself is this order, or the new governing principle of communication as the universal point of reference. Hence, change experience is THE COMMON DENOMINATOR. In the form of an equation, THE COMMON DENOMINATOR expresses the ability of human beings to experience change as something solid and the transformation of individual psychology (local presence) into field psychology (omnipresence) as the new analytical approach to problem-solving:

(X ≠ X) = (X = X)

The equation of change experience is THE COMMON DENOMINATOR of globality objectified.