TIME TO RETHINK EVERYTHING

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Published on December 15, 2016

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1. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” SYNOPSIS THE WAY WE THINK Most of the social, economic, political, and ecological crises that are ruining the life and destiny of countless millions of people around the world, traumatizing families and societies, and even threatening our collective survival and continued existence are the result of inadequate, misleading, or seriously flawed beliefs, values, and assumptions we hold about ourselves and about the natural world.

2. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK Resolving our present difficulties and building a viable and sustainable global future require fundamental reassessment, and change, of some of the beliefs, assumptions, and values by which we live, work, and relate – beliefs and assumptions which, evidently, are implicated in our present predicament –

3. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK … a transformation in human consciousness …

4. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK … involving, among other things:

5. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK Realization that some aspects of life and reality might not be accessible to currently available methods of inquiry. Realization that some of the things that are currently accepted as true are “true” merely because we have been

6. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK Valid, more adequate conception of human nature and the purpose of human life. Recognition of the inherent right of everything and everyone to develop according to its nature. Generative, life-sustaining criteria of personal success and social progress.

7. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK Recognition of Planet Earth as the context of all actions, where everyone and everything is able to fulfill its role and itself. Institutions, systems, and actions that enhance human and non-human members of the Earth community. Benign, nurturing, mutually-enhancing mode of relating with one another and with the Earth community of life.

8. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK … and, the willingness to:

9. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK Confront the cultural or metaphysical roots of the modern crisis.  Revise or reject outdated beliefs, obsolete concepts, and false assumptions. Reassess established practices that are

10. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK Rethink accustomed ways of life, even those that appear to have provided comfort and stability in the past. Recognize our common humanity, as well as our interdependence with non- human members of the Earth. Dismantle artificial barriers;

11. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK The following is a selection of provocative insights, intriguing perspectives, and alternative proposals brought together to expand ongoing global conversations on the imperative to re-examine modern beliefs, assumptions, and values – however hallowed or time-honored. …

12. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK Described variously as “transformation of human consciousness,” “whole-system change,” “paradigm shift,” etc., the conversation underscores four main imperatives: Correct deep-level misconceptions of reality that are at the root of our present predicament. Recognize and accord with the fundamentally creative nature of human beings. Align human affairs within the natural life-systems in mutually-enhancing ways.

13. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Common vision and values means that for the global society to avoid an accelerating move toward destructive conflict, we need a shared global vision of a different society from the one we live in today, in which interdependencies are recognized for the benefit of all … based on respect for differences of opinion, different cultures, and respect for the other living things with which we co-inhabit the earth.” -Ichak Adizes THE WAY WE THINK

14. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “We are entering a period in our history – the industrial as well as the developing nations – when well-established practices must be re-examined, when existing organizational forms must be re-evaluated, and when old products must be replaced by new ones. This is now a necessity.” -D. S. Brown THE WAY WE THINK

15. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Cultivating creativity is a precondition of finding our way toward an interconnected society in which individuals, businesses, regions and our global family of peoples can live in peace, cooperation and with mutual benefit.” -The Club of Budapest USA THE WAY WE THINK

16. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.” -Confucius THE WAY WE THINK

17. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Every significant breakthrough is first a break with tradition, with old ways of thinking, with old paradigms … Suddenly, everything took on a different interpretation.” -Stephen R. Covey THE WAY WE THINK

18. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality, and will never, therefore, make any progress.” -Stephen R. Covey THE WAY WE THINK

19. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation. … We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” -Albert Einstein THE WAY WE THINK

20. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “We are convinced that the existing system does not deal adequately with individual and social problems and will become even less capable of meeting minimum human and planetary needs in the future. The existing order is breaking down at a very rapid rate, and the main uncertainty is whether mankind can exert a positive role in shaping a new world order or is doomed to await collapse in a passive posture.” -Richard A. Falk THE WAY WE THINK

21. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Enough individuals, as well as nations, can be interested in civilization but not in true enlightenment. The former is easy and meets with approval; the latter requires rigorous efforts and therefore, from the great majority, always meets with nothing but contempt and hatred, for it exposes the lie of civilization.” -Erich Fromm THE WAY WE THINK

22. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Modern civilization is broken … and modern beliefs seem to be a root part of the problem.” -S. J. Goerner THE WAY WE THINK

23. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “A frog if put in cold water will not bestir itself if that water is heated up slowly and gradually and will in the end let itself be boiled alive, too comfortable with continuity to realize that continuous change at some point may become intolerable and demand a change in behavior. If we want to avoid the fate of the boiling frog, we must learn to look for and embrace discontinuous change.” -Charles Handy THE WAY WE THINK

24. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “A good formula for disaster is to attempt to make decisions affecting the future of a person, a society, or the planet, based on a perception of reality that isn’t true. Many persons in recent years have been shocked at realizing that is precisely what modern society has been attempting to do.” -Willis Harman and John Hormann THE WAY WE THINK

25. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Because science has been so remarkably successful in the creation of technology, its worldview has gained tremendous prestige. The scientific picture of reality tends to be accepted throughout society as pretty much the final word. But if that accepted picture of the one reality’ systematically omits some of the causality pattern, then society’s actions are being based on an erroneous perception of the world.” -Willis Harman and John Hormann THE WAY WE THINK

26. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Modification of our thinking patterns will not work. This new era requires a radical rethinking of the most basic and fundamental ways we view the world.” -George Land and Beth Jarman THE WAY WE THINK

27. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Progress cannot lie in more and bigger, as we have come to believe. Progress must be redefined, and that means a new system of values.” -Ervin Laszlo THE WAY WE THINK

28. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed without any other reason but because they are not already common.” -John Locke THE WAY WE THINK

29. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK “We use our intelligence not to figure out the right thing to do, but to make clever excuses for having done the wrong thing.” -Harold Kushner

30. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “It is highly important, indeed urgently so, that we consider the possibility that our traditional ideas concerning the innate nature of man may be wrong and damaging, for I am convinced that underlying much of man’s malfunctioning … is this unsound conception of human nature.” -Ashley Montagu THE WAY WE THINK

31. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Without an appreciation of the larger shifts that are restructuring our society, we act on assumptions that are out of date. Out of touch with the present, we are doomed to fail in the unfolding future.” -John Naisbitt THE WAY WE THINK

32. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK “Most of the greatest ideas were at first greeted with sneers.” -Alex F. Osborn

33. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “ No one can challenge existing belief systems, habits of work, and power structures and expect to be welcomed by the scientific community with open arms.” -Robert Scott Root-Bernstein THE WAY WE THINK

34. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “The sickness of society does not reside in the existence of problems. Our sickness resides in our incapacity to deal effectively with our problems..” -Arthur Schlesinger THE WAY WE THINK

35. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” -Arthur Schopenhauer

36. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Even the greatest ideas of science are nothing more than working hypotheses, useful for purposes of special research but completely inappropriate for the conduct of our lives or for the interpretation of the world.” -E. F. Schumacher THE WAY WE THINK

37. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “A thousand years from now this period in history will be seen as the time when the human race awakened from the dark ages of its consciousness. Students taking tests will write: “The start of the 21st century marked the transformation to integrated consciousness. Until then, human societies were dominated by a child’s way of thinking.” -Al Siebert THE WAY WE THINK

38. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” THE WAY WE THINK “The most important thing about a man is his view of the universe.” -George Sheehan

39. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Modern civilization will be faced with the choice of either going through a transformation in its meaning-and-value structure, or else proceeding toward some form of degeneration and self- destruction.” -Pitirim Sorokin THE WAY WE THINK

40. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Many people are reluctant to become actively involved in the world around them. They cling to class, ethnic, and racial distinctions as a safe definition of themselves and others. Dependence on institutions and experts comes easily, for it creates psychological security by leaving responsibility to someone else.” -Bruce Stokes THE WAY WE THINK

41. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “We become what we think.” -Charles Swindoll THE WAY WE THINK

42. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Our minds are calibrated to look for linear change. The condition may be out of control before we even notice that any significant change has taken place.” -John W. Thompson THE WAY WE THINK

43. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “Every engineer, every scientist, every farmer, and every mechanic knows that nothing will work, that no act will succeed, unless it is in harmony with … the true nature of things as they are.” THE WAY WE THINK

44. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” “The way that we pose our questions often illusorily limits our responses.” -Gary Zukav THE WAY WE THINK

45. “The Maps They Gave Us Were Out of Date by Years” Human Civilization is as strong and, potentially, as enduring as the validity or “truth” of the ideas and values upon which it is built – its metaphysical foundations, its cultural roots. WHY THE WAY WE THINK?

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