The aim of the New Paradigm Journal
is to promote a Renaissance in human thought, values and
conscience based on healing, eco-sustainability and openness.
The aim of the Edition of the New Paradigm Journal in
October 2007 is to look at the problems of poverty and
human development. We are seeking papers dealing with
these topics and request abstracts to be sent to us from
experts in these fields.
The grave situation in which the World finds itself is
based on conservative entrenched values linked to political
expediency and also the ingrained habits of wealth accumulation
at the expense of anything else.
Poverty is intimately related to pollution, scarcity of
resources and illness. It is a vicious circle associated
with childhood death and lack of education. Childhood
poverty is intimately related to illness and intellectual
retardation later in life.
Prevention of poverty is tied up with adequate food and
education. Even some diversion from the arms race costing
the World several trillions a year could help relieve
poverty and the Aids epidemic
The Environment is all intimately related to this. The
major issue which strategies for change have to contend
with is the momentum of the system they are intending
The scientific industrial system dominating the world
has enormous momentum for good and bad and currently the
situation is grave
Do we have a lot of time to try to shift things while
we wait to get our vision clear. The answer is no. We
are clearly well behind the time for sensible change.
Our best hope is to try to influence some of the major
efforts being made to deliver a sane humane ecological
Scientists have predicted a grim future replete with unprecedented
biological threats, global warming and the possible takeover
of humans by robots.
In the UK ,schools are being privatized not for the benefit
of the children, but for the benefit of corporations,
and the export economy to which, the government hopes,
they will one day contribute. Children are simply the
raw materials with which they work. They will, unless
their parents demand an end to this experiment, be traded
on the world's stock markets like so many barrels of oil
As already stated poverty is multi-factorial process created
by variety of intrinsic and extrinsic factors currently
10% of people in the world own 95% of the wealth and almost
3 billion people which is half the worlds population exists
on less than $2 per day. When people are in survival mode
and live from hand to mouth they cannot look towards self
actualization but only to self preservation. The creation
of true civilization with true humanistic values requires
a basic sustainable existence for all humanity with a
new social technology in which we need to navigate between
the levels of collective capacity and individual action.
What this means is that in order to contribute creatively
to the emerging whole we need to pay particular attention
to our souls.
The collective ideal also refers to the common ground.
In order to avoid conflict and wars we need to find and
appreciate what we have in common rather than what separates
It is often been said that technology influences culture
as much as culture influences technology. We have to bring
in play the science of consciousness and understand how
this process of life as symbolized by the planet Gaia
shows that we are infact an interdependent wholeness.
This concept is of course taken up by integrative and
wholistic medicine which sees the healed human being as
being integrated in mind, spirit and body.
In order to survive we have to break through the planetary
fabric of dogma as seen in religious, business and political
institutions and understand that our journey is to one
of wholeness. This means that we must use forms of healing
and conflict resolution which are overarching and inclusive
and integrative rather than allopathic and reductive.
In the global crisis we need to see the total picture
as when we were first awakened to this realization in
the 1960s when we saw for the first time the planet as
a blue jewel floating in the infinity of space.
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.