Contrary to conventional wisdom, 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 "human propensity to evil."
Critical examination of the insights that are brought together in Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature suggests 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 this conclusion is valid, if we are to successfully resolve our present predicament, 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. That, in sum, is the rationale, 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 the state of the world as:
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:
Analysis and synthesis of the insights that are brought together in Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature yield two conclusions, with fundamental implications for the way we think about ourselves, organize society, and conduct affairs:
Homo Creativus ("as nature made us") — the sobering and revealing sense of who we really are and why we live — and Global Creativity Crisis — the radically new understanding of the modern crises — require us to fundamentally 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 reason for the newly launched global civic creativity campaign, "Time to Rethink Everything: So That Mankind May Thrive and Flourish Into the Infinite Future."
All this is to say:
HOMO CREATIVUS: The Truth about Human Nature