The reality of historic events forces a complex challenge on humanity: how to move towards a global future that integrates our various worldviews, without affecting or destroying all living species, including ourselves. We suggest that the following four areas of concern are the interdependent elements of an unfolding organic whole necessary for shaping such a future.
Those are basically three ways of saying who we are as human beings - head, heart, and hands. People have said it in many different ways. Chinese culture has three different traditions: Taoism, which is physically based; Confucianism, which is relational or the social philosophy of the heart; and Buddhism, which is more mentally centered.
Spirituality can refer to living a life of service, living an ethical life, having a transcendent experience or an altered state of consciousness, faith in and growth of relationship with a higher source, or even a belief and trust in nature and science. It can refer to the basic moral intuition for the pursuit of goodness, truth and beauty.
We live in a world climate of unprecedented opportunity for human initiative, with the declining power of states, the rise of participatory democracies, diverse educational opportunities, and free-market policies. Awareness and sensitivity to the inner and outer life increase along with regular practice of some form of contemplation.
In 1969, horrified by the war in Vietnam and the bombing of Cambodia, I left graduate school in search of a way of living on the planet that didn't require us to kill each other. I was deeply confused by what I perceived to be the utter disconnection between my own values and behavior and those of the people who were planning, funding and fighting that war.
A broad range of significant institutions have an increasing power over and impact on the lives of each of us in this global era. The power to effect change continues to shift in important ways from the public to the private sphere. There is a slow shift away from the State as the dominant actor in world politics toward a more complex structure