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 reverse the catastrophic trend — and within sufficient time.
Concerned global observers portray the dreadfulness of our predicament in the starkest of terms:
Leading scientists and futurists warn that the world's already dire situation is rapidly deteriorating. There are even fears that humankind and Planet Earth are heading for mass extinction.
The answer, of course, is preventable; and, by all indications, the logical and necessary starting point is to correct the fundamental misconceptions of human nature that are at the root of our predicament. 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, certainly, they are not due to assumed "human depravity" or "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 and misleading.
To the extent that fundamental misconception of human nature 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 rationale for, as well as the central message of, Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature.
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:
Negative conditions include:
Disaster metaphor after disaster metaphor portrays a world that appears to be heading for its "catastrophic demise." Typical but gloomy metaphors and epithets, suggesting imminent planetary collapse, include:
The familiar cliché, “If you're not scared, you probably aren't listening,” captures the mood of people everywhere.
Reactions to the current state of the world range from passive resignation to naive optimism.
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.
The dreadful and increasingly volatile state of the world raises two fundamental questions:
As grim and ominous as they are, the life-threatening difficulties the world is experiencing are perfectly solvable. Analysis and synthesis of the insights that are brought together in Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature uncover some uncomfortable truths that need to be recognized as guide to successful planetary actions:
To the extent that the foregoing conclusions are valid, if we are to successfully resolve the dreadful situation the world is in, the logical and necessary starting point is to set right the way we define ourselves and measure "success" and "progress."
Critical analysis and synthesis of the insights that are brought together in Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature yield two vital conclusions — Homo Creativus and Global Creativity Crisis — with fundamental and transforming implications for the way we think about ourselves, organize society, and conduct affairs:
1. HOMO CREATIVUS, the first conclusion, is our quintessentially creative, but historically overlooked, essence as humans:
2. GLOBAL CREATIVITY CRISIS, the second conclusion, is the World's underlying but unsuspected and unnoticed crisis:
Homo Creativus signals a fundamental, transformative shift in the way we define ourselves and the purpose of our life.
All this is to say:
Time to Rethink Human Nature