Our Common Ground


 
 

We have to move away from the feudalism of our modern society in which people are disempowered by the system and by the nature of the institution.. People are losing there dreams and yet this Millennium has been called the Millennium of the Mind. We need to place value in an absolute sense on human potential. This is essential in a world which appears to be biologically out of control.

Our sciences whether they be ecological, physical, medical, philosophical are out of control because e they are overspecialized as scholasticism was in the Middle Ages when they tried to count how many angels stand on the head of a needle. We have to stop compartmentalizing everything just as the government thinks in terms of economic rationalism and collateral damage rather than what it is to be a human being. Our society is very rational and left brained. We need to become whole brained, compassionate with an understanding of a total view and fight against the establishment which is compartmentalized, rigid and narrow and has no conception of dreams, ideals, and what it is to be a human being.

The aim of the new paradigm is to enhance the whole brained complete human being approach to ourselves, to our society and to life in general so that we can fight against this injustice and poverty of spirit around us in order that we may create a better world.

On social, environmental and health fronts we are confronting a critical transition. We are facing the results of an epistemology which focuses on material and rational values, human supremacy and competition for domination. Will this transition be into chaos and destruction or will it be into the new paradigm based on spiritual, ecological connectedness and cooperation.

The new paradigm, encompasses a consciousness of oneness in which all life maintains itself at the expense of everything else. In other words we are all connected -not separate. The big turning is an integration of the human being with ecology and technology. We need to see ourselves as inextricably connected---mind, body, spirit, society, environment in which we take a holistic approach to ourselves and our relationship with society and the environment.
This philosophy of oneness is indeed our Common Ground---

Our aim is to contribute towards this next great global step - The Final Frontier, acknowledging the common ground of humanity and its connectedness with all life.

We travel together, passengers on a little space ship,
dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil,
committed for our safety to its security and peace,
preserved from annihilation only by the work, care,
and I will say the love we give our fragile craft.

We cannot maintain it half comfortable, half miserable,
have confident, half despairing, half slave to the ancient
enemies of mankind, half free in a liberation of resources
undreamed until this day. No craft, no crew can travel
safely with such vast contradictions. On their resolution
depends the security of us all.-
ADLAI STEVENSON [From his speech as Ambassador to the UN, July 1965]

Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth . . . home.- Edgar Mitchell , USA

"When the Earth is sick and the animals have disappeared, there will come a tribe of peoples from all cultures who believe in deeds, not words, and who will restore the Earth to its former beauty. This tribe will be called the Warriors of the Rainbow"
- Hopi Indian Prophecy

'A human being is part of the whole that we call the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences in himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness. This illusion is a prison for us restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for only the few people nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living beings and all of nature.'
-Albert Einstein

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