The article begins with an overview of the historic moment of ‘the end of the Cold War’, and of the paradoxically deepening moral, social, and environmental problems posed by the military system. It demonstrates that historical and contemporary analyses of defence and war have dogmatically presupposed the military paradigm, and have therefore failed to recognize the self-reproducing structure of coven premisses and inferences upon which it rests. In laying bare this underlying system of unreason, the analysis demonstrates that the military paradigm’s ultimately self-contradictory concepts of ‘security’ and ‘defence’ repose on unstated interests of social and political rule. Proposing new distinctions between pathological and life-enabling forms of war, and between guilty and innocent combatants, the argument develops alternative, non-military principles of war to guide rational and moral agency
- A lesson coronavirus is about to teach the world
- ‘Take it on the chin’
- Permanent crisis
- Valuing the common good
- Nowhere to fly to
- A boot stamping on a face
- Survival of the fittest
- Obscenely stunted worldview
- Eight Emerging Lessons: From Coronavirus to Climate Action
- 1. The Coronavirus Disruption is a Harbinger of Things to Come
- 2. Your Behavior Changes the System
- 3. Two Levers: Timely Government Response and Data-Based Citizen Awareness
- 4. We Are Faced With a Choice
- 5. The Decline of Trump and Far Right Populists
- 6. The Rise of Data-Driven Awareness-Based Collective Action
- 7. The Conversation We Need To Have Now: Reimagining Our Civilization
- 8. School For Transformation: Activating Generative Social Fields
- What is the main problem with the world today?
- Integral Theory and AQAL framework
- Historical perspective on consciousness and developmental studies
- Why “growing up” is not included in any major religious or spiritual system
- What is the obstacle to resolving climate crisis?
- How we can cooperate better to solve global problems
- Ken’s commentary of Greta Thunberg’s climate activism
- Eight stages of human development
- Ken’s commentary of Jordan Peterson’s awakening process
- Metamodernism movement and Integral Theory
- The percentage of people who are on 2nd tier stage of development right now
- What we can do to arrive to the tipping point of 10% of people at the 2nd tier
- Who are the people who embody the 2nd tier thinking
- The practices that individuals can do right now to support their development process
- Why start from cleaning up the unconscious and repressed shadow material
- Taking the role of other and 3-2-1 practice for integrating the shadow
- How you can start practicing waking up with Neti Neti observation
- Growing up process – conventional vs. true self
- Showing up for reality – integrating all 4 quadrants of the Integral framework
- The Good, The True, The Beautiful and how it relates to the development process
- What are the 3 stages of moral development
- Who are the people who are practicing waking up, growing up, cleaning up and showing up best?
- Potentials of technology to mediate growing up and collective intelligence processes
- Overcoming the stumbling blocks on the path to enlightenment
- Waking up – why do it, why not do it?
- How much time it takes to wake up, and why”ego death” is not permanent
- The delusion of quantum physics and the desire for certainty
- What are the potential flaws of the Integral Theory and Integral Movement
- The problem with seeking “the ultimate truth”
- How to approach cognitively developed people who haven’t done cleaning up and have a lot of shadow materials
- Dominator hierarchies vs. growth hierarchies
- The lack of teaching growing up and cleaning up in all major spiritual schools
You may or may not know that I was his private doctor, and I had several opportunities to discuss many issues on life, that were relevant to his life and that of the life of our community.
What became clear very early on was that he was mourning the diminution of our liberating communal spirituality by an enslaving materialistic religiosity, that had captured our political and economic systems of good governance and had created histories and legacies of mental enslavement of our people, still yet unseen.
In this light, I am going to take a deep history and deep heritage approach, to show from whence we came and to whither bound, to show how we can make the Great Turn to transform all of the rules of our social engagements so that they can uplift us to the highest heights and not lead us downtrodden to the lowest-lows.
Sir Probyn had pride of place of Brimstone Hill in his heart, for it manifested the unbreakable spirit in the hearts and minds and backs and hands and feet of the slaves who built it, as manifested in their superb craftsmanship.
For him this was proof of principle that no matter how diabolic the times were, THAT spirit could never have been extinguished and can NOW be tapped into as a source of transformation that guides our thoughts, feelings and actions, individually and collectively, in comprehensively inclusive and imaginatively creative life-enabling ways.
‘This text challenges conventional ideas of ”defense and security” and provides a springboard for alternative thought and action on war. It is a reflective, crystalline critique of the military paradigm, but perhaps more importantly, reveals a new and cooperative way of understanding war.’
– Dr. Allan Connolly, Canadian Physicians
for the Prevention of Nuclear War (CPPNW)
‘I think this work is brilliant.’
– Dr. Alex Michalos, author of The North
American Social Report
‘A brilliant, ground-breaking investigation of the deep structure of war-making and the war-making mentality so central to our culture.’
– G. A. Cohen, Chichele Professor of Social and
Political Theory, All Souls College, Oxford
We live in a head-spinning, gut-wrenching time of multiplying crises. At home we face outsourced jobs, crumbling cities, underpaid teachers, unaffordable healthcare, endless wars, political corruption, a co-opted corporate media, skyrocketing inequality, and public “austerity” measures whose main purpose is to make tax-breaks for the rich more affordable. Working-class stagnation is producing widespread anxiety, mounting debt, and “despair deaths” from opioid abuse. Fear is fueling populist outrage, along with extremism, authoritarianism, and the conditions for a fascist takeover. Meanwhile, climate change poses an existential threat to humanity itself. All of these calamities spring from the same root cause: an oligarchic capitalism that puts short-term profit for owners over people and planet. While this system seems immutable, upheavals from Occupy Wall Street to the rise of right-wing populism signal a backlash to a political–economic establishment that treats people and planet as resources to be pillaged and expenses to be minimized. Its failures have also been driving the development of new possibilities in the form of more systemic approaches. Still, while systems thinking has improved approaches in fields from agriculture to medicine, so far none of these reforms have been able to channel public frustration into true transformation because none addresses the root problem: oligarchy. The science of systemic vitality we need is also being born, but so far, its findings are diffuse. This article shows how the science of energy systems can galvanize today’s economic reformation by articulating the common sense rules and rigorous measures of systemic vitality, while anchoring them in an evidence-based vision of humanity as a collaborative learning species. The result is a practical path to building systemic socioeconomic vitality by revitalizing human networks, energizing collective learning, and clarifying why oligarchic capitalism is a distortion of our original democratic free-enterprise dream, which is now careening toward collapse.
KEYWORDS: Big history, energy networks, economic development, great change, paradigm shift, regenerative economics, societal learning.
“The Excise, Parliament, the National Debt and the Bank of England nevertheless formed a kind of institutional “square of power” which was superior to any alternative arrangement -notably the French system of privatized tax collection based on sales of office and tax “farming,” minimal representation in the form of the parlements, a fragmented and expensive system of borrowing and no central monetary authority.”
What is money? And how successful is it in solving society’s ills and meeting its needs?
Currency expert Bernard Lietaer states that the fundamental problem with our present-day monetary system is that it is not sufficiently diverse. It dams and bottlenecks our creative energies, and keeps us trapped in a world of scarcity and suffering. But we actually have the capacity to create a very different reality by enabling our energies to move more freely where they are most needed, including towards cleaning up our environment, building adequate housing and providing good quality healthcare, etc.
Prof. Lietaer will show that we need an upgrade of our monetary systems as a systemic solution to our global economic, financial and sustainability crisis. He will show that we need the circulation of different types of currencies for different types of purposes.
‘Indigenous’ (Latin = ‘self-generating’) Knowledge practices for undoing colonial society’s false science assumptions & processes in agriculture, economy & science are described in this section.
The theme of this issue of Reflections – “the feminine approach to leadership” – will be addressed in this paper through the question: what would be different in a society in which the feminine was really honored? Honoring the feminine encompasses not only equal rights to women, but also runs a lot broader and deeper. Indeed, it translates into an entirely different worldview, one where an equal balance is achieved between the masculine and the feminine.