Time To Set Your Worldview Ahead

World Savings Time begins as soon as you set your mind ahead to Holistic Worldview Time from Western Mechanistic Time. Really should have been done long ago, before we ended up with an 18th century worldview in a 21st century world.

            This old worldview, claiming that reality consists of nothing more than matter and physical forces, which are senseless, valueless, purposeless; and that the fundamental units are atomistic, separate and individual, worked just fine – in the eighteenth century. With a global population of no more than 1 billion, almost all power limited to human and animal muscle, and a global economy about 1.1% of what it is today.[1]

            But in a world of almost 8 billion, with the power to change the climate and end life on the planet, and a global consumer economy of over $100 trillion dollars, it doesn’t work so well.

            And as time goes by, this antique model, which has formed the basis of our current political structures, law, economics, medicine, education, what we value, and the way we interact with each other, will never work any better than it does today.

            This mechanistic model of the world is to a large extent responsible for contemporary alienation, nihilism or lack of meaning, lack of community, increase in drug addiction, suicide rates, and depression. Complaints against its anti-humanism have been made, loud and long, since it began. They called it “the counter-culture” back in the 1960s. The objections made no difference to the dominance of metaphysical materialism over cultural forms and individual worldviews. Its revolutionary results and its benefits were undeniable.

            But now, as crises in the natural world and in human maladies worsen incessantly,  we learn with every passing day how the world is more tightly interconnected, and that even the king of sciences, physics, does not fit into the old materialist mode. And very recently, something new has happened. There are well-articulated and convincing alternatives to the Modern worldview! From environmentalism to systems theory, the writings of scientists and psychologists such as Rupert Sheldrake and Donald D. Hoffman, as well as philosophers of panpsychism, science itself is beginning to move on. It is time we all did. The old worldview is dead. Hail the new worldview – holism!

            “Fundamentally,” investigative journalist extraordinaire Naomi Klein writes in This Changes Everything (p. 462), her report on the response to climate disruption, “the task is to articulate… an alternative worldview to rival the one at the heart of the ecological crisis – embedded in interdependence rather than hyper-individualism, reciprocity rather than dominance, and cooperation rather than hierarchy.”

            That’s what we aim to do here, along with providing a simple method to overcome compulsive thought and attain direct, unmediated, intuitive perception of the world. This intuitive insight supplies the 20-20 vision to view that worldview right. Ultimately, that worldview will triumph that can inspire and arouse the greatest energy in humans. The coming years will tell whether this will be meaningless materialism or holism.

            We are grateful that you are here. Please consider us one of your positive resources.

Richard Hawley Trowbridge, Ph.D.
Editor, flourishingearth.org


[1] Maddison, Angus. 2001. The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective.  The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Paris, France, page 261.

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