Stigmergy Structures and Yom Kippur

Here is a rather obscure and confused invocation of stigmergy.

Our habits, the way we present ourselves to others and the persona we have created, our social context – all these things constrain us, limit our capacity for change, and drag the “old” us into any attempt to start afresh. Kol Nidre annuls those vows and breaks the chains that hold us back from reassessing our goals and practices as the year begins.

This is vulgarly rationalistic and at odds with custom and tradition which is by it’s very nature is stigmergic.

To human beings, “essence” and “self” depend on ideals and values, on will and commitment, and on actions and practice. The moment we truly change course on those levels, we are different – and we will begin to build other stigmergy structures that are better suited for the new place that we want to be.

There is a tension here. Mereological theorizing from a stigmergic perspective does not preclude personal identity issues: “actions and practice” are part and parcel of stigmergy.