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The Logical and Necessary Starting Point for Global Recovery

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The human prospect and the current state of the world are alarmingly grim; however, they are perfectly solvable! 


A dreadful combination of social, economic, political, and ecological crises threatens our very survival and the future of Planet Earth, unless appropriate actions are taken to resolve those crises — and within sufficient time. 


Concerned global observers portray the dreadfulness of our predicament in the starkest of terms:


  • "Evolution or extinction."
  • "Change our ways or perish."
  • "Species maturation or collective suicide."
  • And so on.


Leading scientists and futurists warn that the world's dire situation is rapidly getting worse. There are even fears that Planet Earth might be heading for mass extinction. 


The question arises: Is the looming global catastrophe inevitable? Or. preventable? 


The answer, of course, is preventable; and, by all indications, the logical and necessary starting point is to correct the widely accepted but inadequate and misleading sense of who we are and why we live. For, contrary to the usual view, the modern crises and the global predicament are not economic, social, or political crises, per se. They are not separate crises, either.  And they certainly are not due to "human depravity," or to assumed "human propensity to evil." 


Analysis and synthesis of the insights that are brought together in Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature suggest that the chaos and life-threatening difficulties the world is experiencing are, fundamentally, the result of attempting to build human civilization on a view of human nature which is seriously flawed or, at best, inadequate. 


To the extent that this conclusion is valid, if we are to successfully resolve our present difficulties, and to leave a viable Planet for future generations, the logical and necessary starting point is to set right the way we define ourselves and the purpose of our life. 


There, precisely, is the crux — the central message — of Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature. 


The Global Balance Sheet

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Ours is the best of times. Ironically, it is the worst of times also. Summary review of the state of the world indicates a mixed blessing. 


On the positive side are: 

  • The highest standard of living ever known 
  • Record consumption of goods and services 
  • Eradication of hitherto incurable diseases 
  • Unprecedented levels of material well-being 
  • Healthier lives and longer life spans 
  • Instantaneous communication across the globe 
  • Vast array of scientific and technological breakthroughs. 


Negative conditions include: 

  • Widespread poverty 
  • Hunger 
  • Misery 
  • Insecurity 
  • Fear 
  • Despair 
  • Prejudice 
  • Mutual distrust 
  • Destructiveness 
  • Group violence 
  • Ecological disasters
  • Ever-looming threat of mutually assured destruction. 


Disaster metaphor after disaster metaphor portrays the state of the world as: 

  • “Apocalypse” 
  • “Armageddon” 
  • “a planet in peril” 
  • “breakdown of our cultural pattern” 
  • “bubble economy” 
  • “crumbling modernist times” 
  • “disillusionment of entire populations” 
  • “disintegration of society”
  • “imminent collapse of civilization” 
  • “impending convulsions and chaos”
  • “malfunctioning socio-political-economic system” 
  • “massive breakdown of individuals, and societies” 
  • “massive dislocation in the affairs of humanity” 
  • “massive failure of modern civilization” 
  • “sinking Titanic” 
  • “the end of civilization”
  • “tottering on the brink of disaster” 
  • “unsustainable direction of modern society” 
  • “world problematique” 
  • And so on.   


The familiar cliché, “If you're not scared, you probably aren't listening,” captures the mood of people everywhere.     

Reactions to the State of the World

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Reactions to the current state of the world range from passive resignation to naive optimism. 


  • The one extreme is people who interpret the modern crises as signaling imminent collapse of civilization.    

  • The other extreme is those who seem to believe that things will somehow sort themselves out if we simply maintain the present course. 


Between the two extremes is the growing number of individuals and social movements proffering an assortment of (sometimes complementary, sometimes conflicting) proposals to avert the ultimate catastrophe.  

Questions for Concerned Planetary Citizens

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The dreadful and increasingly volatile state of the world raises two fundamental questions:

First: 

  • Why is the world’s deplorable situation continuing to deteriorate, despite all the time, energy, and resources that are being committed to its amelioration?


Second: 

  • Are the world's life-threatening crises unsolved because they are impossible, or too difficult, to solve?

  • Or, might it be that we have not yet found appropriate framework for understanding and resolving the seemingly disparate problems? 

Vital Conclusions

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Analysis and synthesis of the insights that are brought together in Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature yield two conclusions — Homo Creativus and Global Creativity Crisis — with fundamental implications for the way we think about ourselves, organize society, and conduct affairs: 


1. HOMO CREATIVUS

Our quintessentially creative, but historically overlooked, essence as humans: 

  • Homo Creativus implies that the taken-for-granted “rational economic man” (inherently materialistic and consumption-driven) upon which most modern institutions have been built is, rather, an inherently creative and potential-actualizing being — naturally and primarily driven to develop and to beneficially engage one’s unique set of abilities, with economic consumption and material well-being as the means to that end. 



2. GLOBAL CREATIVITY CRISIS

World's underlying but unsuspected and unnoticed crisis:

  • Global Creativity Crisis is the inability of the vast majority of people to reach and to contribute their creative potential in significant and beneficial functions; and, resultantly, the spreading epidemic of meaninglessness of which many (probably, most) psychological, social, economic, political, and environmental crises are the symptoms.  

Implications for Human Affairs and the Planetary Future

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Homo Creativus (the authentic sense of who we really are and why we live) and Global Creativity Crisis (the fundamentally new understanding of the modern crises) require us to rethink the way we live, work, raise children, educate the youth, manage institutions and organizations, govern society, and relate with one another and with the natural world.


Practical implications of Homo Creativus and Global Creativity Crisis for human affairs and for our planetary future are the rationale for the newly launched global civic creativity campaign, Time to Rethink Everything: So That Mankind May Thrive and Flourish Into the Infinite Future.


In summary:

  • Since humans are quintessentially creative beings, naturally and primarily driven to realize one's potential and to fulfill one's destiny, it is essential that every public policy, every business decision, every social action enhances people's innate abilities — their creativeness — if the policy, decision, or action is to genuinely succeed and endure.


Furthermore:

  • If we are to successfully resolve the chaos that the world is experiencing, and to leave a viable Planet Earth for future generations, what is needed is a social-economic-political system in which all the Earth’s seven billion inhabitants are able to develop and to contribute their unique abilities in important and beneficial functions and, thus, to experience their lives as having meaning and significance, and as genuinely successful.

  • Necessarily, too, we will need to evolve goals for mankind and Planet Earth that people see as giving meaning, purpose, and direction to their lives and, therefore, as worthy of the commitment of their time and their creative energies. 


All this is to say:


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