I think a key thing here is the acknowledgment that we are integral. A lone bacterium is a different entity than one existing within a living system or ecology – just as we would be different without its presence. And frankly, sometimes I don’t see where one being begins and the other ends.
Correct me if I’m wrong James, but perhaps his point is equivalent to how being aware of the stories we live by makes all the difference. It’s ok to live by story, we are story creatures after all, but simply being aware of our stories (especially for Big Historians) is infinitely beneficial. I do agree with James, we need to be knocked of our ego-placed pedestals in order to truly manifest our greater opportunity (if that is indeed what you are saying).