The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness. This book by the American psychology professor emeritus at the University of Southern Maine, published in 2017, quickly attracted awards and the recognition of foremost progressive figures. The book was called “A must read by the widest of global audiences”.
Atkinson offers a unique a macro-historical perspective on the qualitative evolutionary shift in collective consciousness during the last century and a half, and on its accompanying cultural and socio-historical processes of gradual transition toward unity in diversity. The book draws on a wealth of scientific, spiritual and historical sources, all converging in pointing to what Atkinson sums up as the seven basic principles that characterize this process.
Even though these principles may sound abstract, they are fundamental to how we address the urgent global problems we face. If we reflect upon the major global ecological, financial, immigration, climate, religious fundamentalist, and most recently health crises we have faced over recent decades, we find that a breakdown in these core principles – justice, unity, love, consciousness – is responsible for each of the social, political and economic ills that we have faced.
Atkinson’s book provides a rare and beautifully articulated synthesis of the understanding and educational perspectives we need as global citizen in a complex millennium fraught with both problems and opportunities.