The 21st Century – Ours.
What humanity makes of it depends how we guide ourselves. How we guide ourselves depends on what we know about ourselves individually and collectively. We know we’ve got “issues” from our self-guidance to this point. Always: our choices, our behaviors, our ways of managing ourselves, the earth and our resources, depend on our beliefs, our paradigms.
“Essential Practices” collects together some of the most truly essential insights for our use as we guide ourselves, (and all Life, all Earth) to a ‘better tomorrow’.
I draw on experience as an educator to offer these to anyone and everyone – from practicing professionals to folks at home.
Each sub-page of “Our 21st Century” introduces a distinct knowledge-skill package. Readers will notice however, the separate pages support one goal: bringing to the surface, and into society’s function, the best of human nature, our human promise.
Programs and practices exist, are already underway, that can help us outgrow no longer helpful paradigms. Some are ages old but not generally practiced, so we do not yet have their full benefit. Others have emerged in late 20th Century. We need to know about all these, and explore using them!
Sub-pages Listed Below describe essential understandings, skills and practices for learners of all ages. “Newbies”, children and older, can begin these in ‘basic’ form. (‘The basics’ are what all of us need to know!!)
Blog Vision and Purpose is a statement on behalf of where we are, and why the 21st Century is so profoundly significant. Excerpt:
“We are endowed with a cognitive potential unknown in other life forms. With our astonishing language capacity, and all that has emerged across the ages of our creation and inventions, we find ourselves “in charge of” what happens here on earth. If we want the idealized, in-born, (spiritually based or not), dream of a world that supports all life, to come into better realization, we have to “know our machine” – which is ourselves.”
Among essential practices – Justice that heals; another is critical thinking. Both these have roots stretching far back in time. Conflict Resolution (not ‘mediation!’) is rooted in psychology, and by late 20th Century had matured to an intelligent, skillful, process. Merit pay may have always existed in one form or another, but is based on unexamined and flawed assumptions on how best to foster human potential, interest and talent – (See merit pay problem, and merit pay research links).
Alfred Adler (Psychology Adler Related) was a contemporary of Freud but is less recognized than either Freud or Jung. Adler was a compassionate pragmatist who closely observed human psychological dilemmas that develop. He explained these as arising from the individual’s inherent need to find individualized expression in the context of our ‘social beingness’. Many insights on individual psychology that became known late in the 20thC are rooted in Adler’s work, (birth place in family – eldest, middle, youngest – for example).
‘Symptoms, Understanding‘ offers painless, interesting and enjoyable, documentary programming that helps us ‘see’ (and understand) unavoidable individual and group psychology at work in real details of real lives of real people. The programs are not of ‘weird people showing bizarre behavior’. They show ordinary and sometimes exceptionally successful powerful people going about their affairs. The ‘revelation’ is discovered when one keeps ‘personal psychology’ and ‘world view’ in mind.
Earth Care – Stewardship is a ‘no brainer’ aspect of our practices that we can no longer ignore. None of humanity’s successes toward greater human-to-human community healing and wellness have a ‘place’ to thrive if we don’t extend our commitment to supporting all life and the underlying earth, and practice accordingly.
Yet another significant practice, not yet offered here, but well developed by late 20th Century, is ‘consensus building’ by specific process that allows solution to emerge from group discussion. Consensus building processes are very different from ‘yes/no’ vote-casting on a proposal, even when the proposal is discussed before voting.