Session 11 - The Crisis Is a New Birth

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In this course, we are learning how to arrive at the best, most convenient, most comfortable, safest, and healthiest possible state. So we should really be thankful for the situation we are in because it ushers us into a new era, a world that is the absolute good. Before we begin to study and comprehend the process, it seems to us that our lives are miserable. It is not clear to us what we are preparing for our children and grandchildren, what type of world awaits them, and we also don't see what we ourselves are doing here. The truth, however, is quite to the contrary. The word "crisis," in its true definition, means "decision." Indeed, we are at a tipping point, a new beginning for humanity.


So, we should actually come out of this course very glad for this state we are in, hopeful and optimistic that a better future awaits us. In a short while after we begin to implement the singular law, within just a few weeks, we will begin to feel how this law affects us, and how habit becomes a second nature. To the extent that we can no longer exist without treating each other favorably, if we come out of that state and forget, we just need to remember the times we were together, bonded, feeling one another, and since that state is so appealing, it draws us back to it. With mutual support we can reach a state where playing the game and acting together brings us to the good nature, to love.

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Topic

The crisis that is revealed today in all realms of life is a new beginning, which brings us to this state of much hope for change for the good.

Main Points

  • If we begin to change the environmentmental impact upon us, from personal concern to concern for all, we will feel the positive change within a short time.

References

"The sooner we reject our "eye for eye, tooth for tooth" policy and reach a friendly hand out to our recent opponents, (persons, social classes, nations, or civilizations which we have heretofore regarded as enemies or inferior objects) in a proposal of partnership based cooperation for our common interests, the more chance we will have to overcome global crisis and transform the "Utopian" sustainable development concept into a force permanently linking social development to economic growth and ensuring adequate protection (or, rather, adequate formation) of the natural environment.

If, on the other hand, the rapid economic and civilizational growth of vast and until recently underdeveloped societies like China or India continues in the conditions of today's pathological globalization, it will inevitably lead the world society to socioeconomic or ecological disaster. The precondition for transforming this huge economic and civilizational development process into a driving force of world society's sustainable development is the recognition of the need for ecohumanism-based civilizational change and its enforcement. Especially urgent here will be the construction of the social, informational and educational foundations under an ecohumanistic (sustainable development based) political and economic system. Creating openings for ecohumanism and intellectual evolution cannot be an ad-hoc process. The replacement of "growth at the cost of environment" by "development together with the environment" will call for wise, mainly supportive and, most importantly, global control over ecohumanistic reconstruction. Without providing access to knowledge about the effects of human activity, humanity's intentions so frequently declared to adopt a more human- and nature-friendly attitude will not be fulfilled. "

Ecohumanism as a Developmental Crossing

"In order to address the triple threat of the economic crisis, energy security, and climate change, we must rethink human nature itself and reconceptualize the meaning of the human journey."

Book: The Empahic Civilization

Engage Yourself

Question 1: How do we sum up the life of a person in a few seconds?  This next video clip suggests one way to do it.  [link to clip here, if needed.]

We brought this clip into the course because we thought it exactly expresses one of the ideas brought up in the present lesson. Below, please quote from the transcript text of the lesson, the section that matches the idea brought in the video clip.

Question 2: What are the positive sides of the present crisis?

Question3: Within how much time will we feel the change if we begin to change the influence of the environment on us?

Question 4: Douglas Rushkoff is a media researcher and American author, who is essentially involved in the influence of the internet on our lives.  Rushkoff is undoubtedly one of the most interesting voices regarding the role of the media and its impact on us.  Here is a quote from Rushkoff about the financial crisis that is sweeping the world.  The quote is taken from a short film where he describes his new book, "Life, Inc." After reading the quote, please view the video and answer the question below. [link to video here, if needed.]

"…this isn't just a crisis, it's actually an opportunity, this is probably the first moment in the last couple of hundred years that we've had, to rebuild our society and our economy on principles that serve humanity, instead of killing life"

Describe in your own words how we can utilize the crisis that is sweeping the world in all areas of life (economics, society, ecology, education, culture, etc.), for a new development: