I indicated in my last post that, for the present, I will focus on what I believe we need to move towards so as to have an effective world culture of maturity. To repeat what I wrote last time: “I believe that the single greatest need we currently have as a species is to become a culture predominantly of cooperation. Competition will still be a part of who we are, but not the major part. How we are to get there is not clear.”
What is a vision?
In the next few posts, I will be writing what I envision might happen, but they are only my musings, not something I am locked into. The way I think of a vision is that it is the scenery on the road as I move forward with my life. There is the immediate scenery of what is actually happening around me, and there is the distant scenery of where I am hopefully heading. But, depending on many factors (especially both what I want and what others want), the distant scenery will change ¾ it is only the direction, the journey, not a fixed end-point.
As I develop this theme, I invite you the reader to consider your thoughts about how we function as a society, and what would be a more effective society. I do not mean utopia, and I do not mean a society that gives lip service to maturing — but what would it really mean? How would such a society function?
What would be a mature society?
I’m going to break it down into six sections, with subsections:
- What would such a society value?
- How would governance function?
- What would be the interactions between communities?
- How would any given community function?
- What would daily living conditions be like?
- What are the major obstacles to such a culture?
So, to begin.
What would such a society value? And not just value as lip service; the values would be lived on a day-to-day basis. I’ll comment on each of these in the next post.
- The care of children would be the highest priority.
- A cultural story that honors the pursuit of and living of wisdom.
- An educational system that provides deep support for life-long growth.
- Practical skills that allow living with diversity and resolving conflict.
- Governance based on planning for the “seventh generation.”
- A judiciary system based on justice circles, not just legality.
To be continued.