Global Processes

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Global Transformation

In the past 100 years, a growing number of scientists and thinkers are recognizing that we live in a time of global spiritual renewal and planetary transformation. Amidst the increasing uncertainty and instability, and the destabilization of traditional power centers (as noted in www.globalgovernanceforum.org), a wave of millions of nongovernmental initiatives is increasingly directing the global process toward honoring our interconnectedness, unity in diversity, and global restructuring in the direction of a more just and ecologically sustainable world. The most impressive and vast-scale expression of this process is The Earth Charter, launched in 2000 after a decade of cross-cultural consultations of 4,500 NGOs from the global civil society. Watch this video, which offers a beautiful summary of the scope of this global document, and points to the deep planetary transformation ahead of us.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Global Transformation

In the past 100 years, a growing number of scientists and thinkers are recognizing that we live in a time of global spiritual renewal and planetary transformation. Amidst the increasing uncertainty and instability, and the destabilization of traditional power centers (as noted in www.globalgovernanceforum.org), a wave of millions of nongovernmental initiatives is increasingly directing the global process toward honoring our interconnectedness, unity in diversity, and global restructuring in the direction of a more just and ecologically sustainable world. The most impressive and vast-scale expression of this process is The Earth Charter, launched in 2000 after a decade of cross-cultural consultations of 4,500 NGOs from the global civil society. Watch this video, which offers a beautiful summary of the scope of this global document, and points to the deep planetary transformation ahead of us.

Below is a short synopsis of the evolution of this new level of global consciousness.

In 1893, the first Parliament of the World’s Religions is established in Chicago, and it asserts that science itself is pointing the way to unity. In 1912, the father of experimental psychology Wilhelm Wundt publishes a detailed description of the psychological and cultural evolution of human consciousness toward unity. In 1944, Nobel laureate for physics and father of quantum theory Max Planck states that consciousness is primary and matter is a derivative. In 1945, writer Aldous Huxley publishes his classic Perennial Philosophy, describing the common ideas, principles, and values of all spiritual teachings in history. In 1948, the world adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. From 1954 to 1968, the U.S. Civil Rights Movement radically changes contemporary society. In 1969, the first moonwalk captured a new and vaster perspective on our planetary homeland. In 1979, astronaut Edgar Mitchell establishes The Institute for Noetic Sciences, which studies processes of consciousness beyond the limitations of reductionistic scientism. In 1982, quantum theorist David Bohm states that deep down the consciousness of humankind is one. In 1993, the second Parliament of World’s Religions adopts a Declaration of Global Ethic. In 1996, Erwin Laszlo creates The Club of Budapest in support of the emerging planetary consciousness of the oneness of humankind. In 2000, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan states, “We are one human family, in all our diversity, living on one common homeland…”. In 2010, The Shift Network is founded – a global movement creating a shift in consciousness.[1]

In 2009, a highly publicized statistical study of health and social problems in 23 rich countries, done by British epidemiologists, confirms the universal spiritual intuitions of humanity that interdependence and relative equality are chief factors for the wellbeing of society. The epidemiologists establish that once basic human needs are met, health and social problems are primarily an outcome of greater social inequality, rather than of how wealthy a society is. The more unequal a society, the higher the Index of Health and Social Problems, including mental illness, longevity, crime, etc. The lower the ‘status anxiety’ in a country due to relatively greater equality, the lower the Index of Health and Social Problems.[2]

The global financial crisis of 2008-9 showed that the global economy requires principled global solutions. The frozen in time national political governance structures cannot address meaningfully the rising global risks.[3]

In response to this reality, we see a rapid increase in publications that offer concrete and practical steps for economic, governance, and ecological restructuring. We will keep you posted on these publications in the sub-pages in this section.

What is the role of each of us in this regional and global process, in which purely materialistic and pragmatic considerations increasingly create a range of conflicts, while a principled approach based on universal spiritual values points toward social health?

[1] See www.globalgovernanceforum.org

[2] Robert Atkinson, The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness

[3] Wilkinson & Pickett, Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

[4] https://www.centeronnationalsecurity.org/vital-interests-issue-20-augusto-lopez-claros

The Earth Charter, Values and Principles for a Sustainable Future
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