As the World Thinks, So is Its State of Affairs. QUESTION: Is It Satisfactory?
At the root of the chaos and life-threatening difficulties the world is experiencing lies a fundamental misconception of human nature — of who we really are and why we live — a misconception that needs to be set right, if humankind is to thrive and flourish into the infinite future.
Questions for Concerned Planetary Citizens
The precarious state of our world is too plain to be denied. A dreadful and unprecedented combination of old and new crises portend the collapse of civilization and threaten the future of the Planet, unless appropriate solutions are found, and within sufficient time.
Erich Fromm's gloomy but all too prescient observation signifies the dread and apprehension. Fromm's words:
"This time, mankind is at one crossroad where the wrong step could be the last step."
Fromm's observation corroborates the horror that other global analysts variously portray as:
"imminent collapse of civilization"
"disintegration of society"
"impending convulsion and chaos"
"breakdown of our cultural patterns"
and so on.
Credible scientists fear that the world is definitely heading for mass extinction; and only drastic measures can avert catastrophe.
Daunting and deeply troubling prognoses!
What is even more troubling, however, is the growing ineffectiveness of traditional solution approaches. Hence, the twin questions:
Are the modern crises and the global predicament unsolved because they are too difficult to solve?
Or, might it be that we've been tackling the wrong problems?
World's Underlying Problem: Creativity Crisis
Contrary to popular belief, the dreadful situation the world is in is not “economic,” “social,” “political,” or “environmental” crises, per se. Our difficulties are not separate crises, either. And they certainly are not due to “human depravity,” or to the so-called “human propensity to evil.”
This is the inability of the vast majority of people to reach their full potential — inability to recognize, to develop, and to engage one's natural abilities in meaningful and beneficial functions. Resultantly, widespread sense of futility (meaninglessness), of which many psychological, social, economic, and political crises are the symptoms.
Building a Creativity-Friendly Global Society
To the extent that Global Creativity Crisis is valid, resolving the modern crises and building a viable and sustainable global future require us to:
Correct the widely accepted, but inadequate and misleading representations of human nature — misrepresentations that, clearly, are at the root of many of the difficulties the world is experiencing.
Create, provide, and maintain ample opportunities for everyone to find, to follow, and to fulfill his/her passion, his/her path, his/her authentic purpose in life.
Give considerable attention to inner development of people as ethically, morally, socially, and ecologically responsible beings: So that everyone recognizes his/her own special abilities — his/her own creativity — as a global asset, rather than a personal competitive advantage.
BE CREATIVE: Find innovative ways to build inclusive and participatory neighborhoods, classrooms, workplaces, social groups, institutions, and organizations in which everyone is able to maximize and contribute his or her unique abilities for the greater good.
ACT NOW! While there is still time.
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