“New Thought and the News” will explore the key issues and developments of our time in the light of two vital emerging realities. This pre-recorded tutorial series will prepare us by exploring how: First, we’re living in a period of accelerating cultural evolution – the progressive movement of many of our most basic values toward a closer fit with reality…toward peace, justice, and ecological sustainability. And second, we’re witnessing an enormous, but necessarily temporary backlash against that progressive shift. These two dynamics inform almost every major news story.
The “New Thought and the News” Tutorial will explore the key issues and developments of our time in the light of vital emerging realities. From the latest senseless act of violence to the violence of war…from the callousness of local unfairness — to the poor, the hungry, the jobless, the homeless — Our dominant values are moving toward a closer fit with Reality…
THREE BENCHMARKS. How can we identify and understand genuine “new wave” value-shifts? Those who come to the idea of accelerated cultural-evolutionary value shift (“sea change”) for the first time often have difficulty distinguishing between real new wave patterns and other phenomena, including declining older wave dynamics and eddies.
TWO WAVES. We need to understand the phenomenon of Cultural Evolution in terms of Two Waves... 1) a declining wave representing older “top-down” cultural values, assumptions, predispositions, ways of seeing, and behavior; 2) a rising wave, representing a new, emerging, “bottom up” values, ways of seeing, and behaviors.
In a time of major evolutionary culture change, when prevailing patterns are challenged and disrupted, the life experience of individuals and groups is disturbed in a deeply felt “emptying” of the familiar and “filling” with the new. If the perturbation affects a sufficient number of persons or groups or challenges significant concentrations of power, a major counterflow can form. In culture, as in nature, there is no change without resistance. Cultural Evolution does not mean throwing away older values but realizing them more fully, in a way that contributes to ever-evolving social norms.
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