In the middle of the caterpillar cells – in a hostile environment, so to speak – more and more new imago cells form and unite into small groups. At some point, the caterpillar’s immune system can no longer compete with the new cells, which begin to form small networks and exchange information. The imago cells form long threads and at a certain point this network seems to understand that it is something different than a caterpillar. “With the recognition of its own identity, the new cell structure transforms the old caterpillar body from within. This insight is the actual birth of the butterfly,” explains Perlas.
What happens quite naturally in nature needs much more awareness and the free will of many in our society. Changing a society sustainably does not happen overnight, nor does it happen by force. It takes millions of people who are committed to change, who start to form networks and exchange ideas. A single strong human being alone is not enough, he needs – like the imago cells in the caterpillar – other people with whom he can exchange information and form networks, said Perlas. Only then, analogous to the development of butterflies, something new can form without the ideas being swallowed up again by the old system.