We all come into the world endowed with abilities — capacities — that are unique to each of us. Intrinsic to everyone's abilities are work to do, duties to perform, roles to fulfill which are peculiarly his or her own; and which he or she must accomplish to genuinely feel successful.
To the extent that we are able to recognize, to develop, and to engage our natural abilities in important and beneficial functions, we experience our lives as having meaning and significance. We feel good about ourselves!
Where, for whatever reason, we are not able to realize our potentialities — not able to maximize our creativity — we, naturally, sense our lives as deprived: meaningless; unsatisfactory; unfulfilling; without purpose; without direction. Historically, that tragic sense of deprivation has been the lot of the vast majority of people. And that, humanistic psychologists believe, explains why we are experiencing so many psychological problems: meaninglessness; anxiety; depression; mental illness; suicide; substance abuse; destructiveness; hatred; violence; personality disorder; etc.
If, therefore, we are to solve the global epidemic of meaninglessness and the resultant psychological and social problems that are ruining the lives and destinies of countless millions of people around the world, traumatizing families, societies, and the global community, it is critical that everyone be enabled to realize his or her potential, to accomplish his or her particular purpose and, thus, to feel himself or herself a real success.
Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature, a foundational resource for self-understanding and personal success, puts you in touch with your innermost being and the authentic purpose of your own life; so you can use the resulting personal insight to build a life that is really you — authentic, genuinely successful!
A Four-Point Agenda for Planetary Recovery and Regeneration:
Ours is arguably the best of times. Summary review of the current state of the world indicates, among so many blessings:
But, how could "the most brilliant civilization in human history" entail so many crises:
How could "the highest standard of living the world has ever known" leave practically everybody deeply unhappy: anxious, worried, scared and, in many cases, despairing of the future?
Rhetorically: "Why is it that the better things are, the unhappier people are becoming?"
Evidence abounds of the deplorable and rapidly deteriorating human condition. Widely reported and deeply disturbing trends include:
Conventional wisdom regards these tragic human conditions largely as personal crises. Close examination of the insights that are brought together in Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature identifies their systemic roots: fundamental misconceptions of human nature and the way of life that we have built on those misconceptions.
To the extent that this conclusion is valid, resolving the modern crises and building the viable global civilization and planetary future that everyone so deeply desires require a new and authentic way of thinking about ourselves and the purpose of our life.
There, in a nutshell, is the key to, as well as the agenda for, global recovery and regeneration.
Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature is intended to ignite conversations and spur actions on five critical global recovery and regeneration needs:
The remainder of this Page elaborates these vital global needs:
Reactions to the modern crises and the rapidly deteriorating human condition generally tend to focus on personal inadequacies or the so-called “human propensity to evil.”
Based on assumptions of personal inadequacies, several person-focused, person-centered solutions and remedies have been proposed and tried, including:
The limited success and, in many cases, counterproductive results of punitive, correctional, and remedial approaches call into question the underlying assumption of those approaches — personal inadequacy.
Critical examination of the insights that are brought together in Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature suggests that we are dealing with existential crisis (i.e., fundamental misconceptions of human nature, with their tragic psychological, social, political, and ecological consequences) but, inadvertently, tackling the symptoms of that problem.
To the extent that this conclusion is valid, if we are to successfully resolve our present difficulties and to achieve the much desired viable and sustainable planetary future, the logical and necessary starting point is to correct prevailing misconceptions of human nature that, evidently, are at the root of the modern crises.
Central to the urgently needed and vitally important correction, of course, is a shift in the way we think about ourselves and the purpose of our life:
Homo Creativus — Humankind as nature made us!
There, precisely, is the crux of Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature — a fundamentally different and authentic conception of human nature and key to genuine and enduring success in all people-related matters: parenting, education, leadership, business, politics, governance, relationships.
Seven billion "locked treasure chests" are a terrible waste the world can no longer afford, ignore, or condone!
The obvious referent here is the vast majority of people who live and die without ever realizing why they lived at all. Everyday illustrations of this colossal waste include:
There is no denying the precarious and rapidly deteriorating state of the world. A terrible combination of mutually reinforcing crises threatens our very survival and our collective future, unless appropriate remedies are found to resolve them — and within sufficient time. In near-total despair of the future, informed and respected global observers variously portray our predicament as:
Erich Fromm's gloomy but all too prescient observation succinctly summarizes the global dread and growing despair. Fromm's words:
"This time, mankind is at one crossroad where the wrong step could be the last step."
Daunting and deeply troubling!
What is even more troubling, however, is the growing ineffectiveness of traditional approaches to apprehend the seemingly many and life-threatening crises. Hence the twin questions:
Contrary to popular belief and conventional wisdom, the modern crises and the global predicament are not “economic,” “social,” “political,” or “environmental” crises, per se. Our difficulties are not separate crises, either. And they are not due to widely assumed “human depravity” or “human propensity to evil.”
Timeless and revealing insights into the nature of human nature suggest that we are facing existential crisis — inadequate and misleading sense of who we really are and the authentic purpose of our life — but, inadvertently, tackling its economic, social, political, psychological, and ecological symptoms.
Analysis and synthesis of the insights identify global creativity crisis as the underlying, but largely unnoticed and unsuspected predicament the world is facing:
To the extent that this conclusion is valid, if we are to successfully resolve the dreadful situation the world is in, and to achieve the viable and sustainable global future that everyone wishes to see, the logical and necessary starting point is to correct the prevailing misconceptions of human nature that, evidently, are at the root of many (probably, most) of our difficulties.
Central to this planetary effort — this crucial and urgently needed correction — are:
Universal recognition, nurture, and meaningful engagement of everyone's natural (creative) abilities.
Social-economic-political systems in which all the Earth's (currently) seven billion inhabitants are able to develop and contribute their natural abilities and, thus, to experience their lives as having meaning and significance, to genuinely feel good about themselves.
Significantly more attention to inner development of people — including, in particular, ethical, moral, social, and ecological responsibility — in addition to economic consumption and material well-being.
The book for our time, Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature addresses itself to higher-order human and global needs that, ever more stridently, "clamor" for satisfaction. The more obvious of these are:
Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature, the sobering and illuminating sense of who we really are and why we live, puts us in touch with our innermost beings and the authentic purpose of our life; so that we can use the resulting personal insight to build the life that is really us, and to relate more deeply and more successfully with fellow human beings, and with nature.
Beyond self-understanding, Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature seeks to mobilize the creative intelligence of all people to turn around the dreadful situation the world is facing.
To that end, Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature urges goals for mankind and Planet Earth that everyone sees as universally beneficial to both humans and nature and, therefore, as worthy of the commitment of his or her time, talents, and creative energies.
There, briefly, are the reasons for the book.
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HOMO CREATIVUS: The Truth about Human Nature