What is this thing we need? It is difficult to write about, because writing it not its medium. But let us try to grasp it a little, in outline at least. I sense three interpermeating truths.
The first is the realization of the fundamental reality of other things. Not just as substance, but instantiation of the fundamental nature of the unvierse -- with, very crucially, its own self-justification. It is real to itself. This may not mean feelings or perceptions like a human being has, but there is a "way to be" everything; which other parts of the universe are partaking of. This alludes to a unity, a shared connection between all things.
Related to this is the idea of organizations of things also very much mattering. A different local configuration, say of trees, or tables and chairs, is different to the universe than some other configuration; it is lived differently. Each combination creates a different effect; a different "experience" for everything around it.
The second idea flows from the first. It is a timelessness of things, a univerality in them, alongside the particularities. That is, each unique configuration is a unique experience; and yet because all parts of the universe could be any other, two identical configurations are not merely similar but literally the same; they have the same identity. And this works in shades and degrees as well. Any configuration is, from our perspective, eternal; something like a Platonic form, but in reverse (the ideal is an imperfect reflection of what is substantiated). For the universe to exist in a form somewhere, that form is connected to all other similar forms; and any witness can perceive a universal truth in the particular.
This brings up the possibilities that might exist in all eternity. Whether everything that could happen does happen is not the question exactly; it is, however, true -- any form that exists now has been incorporated into reality. Analagously, when a human sees something, he can then imagine it in many permutations and across changes in scene. This is literally true for the universe as well.
An upshot of all this is the role of imagination. To see a thing is to engage with it; to imagine it, to engage more. And a particular form of imagination should be possible, and encouraged: that the particular form in front of us can, and does, exist in many other places -- imagining it thus is not frivolous, but a kind of devotion.
We generally want imagination to be rooted back in things; in the feel of existence of things. This is initiated by seeing something in the world, and is cultivated by imagination. This means imagination is not separate from the world; or an imitation of it, but is the direct result of it. That is, the world is a partner in imagination. And we must take this one step further: the world is a partner in all thinking; and in all experience. We share our existence with other parts of the world constantly; some more than others. This constancy, and creation of subtly different permutations through life, is also real.
One need we have is for a word, or an expression or symbol -- perhaps not even in the medium of writing -- that captures this sense of truth, of reality, of presence.
The third big idea is integration with the concept of algorithms, of process.