The Welcome Page of this website now has a new statement of purpose. You can read it here. Please use the share buttons at the bottom of the page if you think people you know would be interested in this. Thank you!
This Website’s Purpose
“Who is there big enough to love the whole planet? We must find such people for the next society.” E. B. White, “Intimations,” December 1941
This website has a passionate purpose: to help us become big enough to love the whole planet, not just in theory but in practice. It seeks to help us become citizens who have the vision and the will to create the next society that is founded on a shared love of the whole world.
The passion behind this website is the same that you can hear in Greta Thunberg’s voice, or the Black Lives Matter protests. We have reached a crisis point. We have no more time, we cannot pass this on to any future generation.
There will be no future generations if our generation does not reply to E. B. White’s question, “Who is there big enough?” with the answer, “We are!” But how can we become such people, and how can we change the world quickly enough?
I hope you will find inspiration, support and practical help for accomplishing that here.
The Call to Transform
E. B. White was by far not the only voice ever to call us to transform ourselves to a more enlightened consciousness that can see the true oneness of all life and to transform the world into a place of oneness and love of neighbor as self.
The wisest humans of every culture and spiritual tradition have called on humanity to make this transformation. The voices began at least twenty-five hundred years ago at the dawning of the Axial Age and have continued with increasing urgency—Greek philosophers, the Hebrew prophets, Buddhist, Taoist and Hindu teachers, Christ and the contemplative Christian tradition, Sufis and indigenous wisdom-keepers. In the 20th Century Albert Einstein, Dorothy Day, the Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. were only a few of the many who cried out for our transformation.
Today Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousefzai, Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama, Joanna Macy and Mary Evelyn Tucker and thousands more are telling us it is now or never—we have reached the crisis point where human consciousness and society must undergo this transformation or face the real possibility of extinction.
Gus Speth sums this crucial wisdom up beautifully in his book The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability. Speth co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council and World Resources Institute. He Chaired President Carter’s Council on Environmental Quality. He was Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Here is what he says:
“Many of our deepest thinkers and many of those most familiar with the scale of the challenges we face have concluded that the transitions required can be achieved only in the context of what I will call the rise of a new consciousness. For some it is a spiritual awakening —a transformation of the human heart. For others it is a more intellectual process of coming to see the world anew and deeply embracing the emerging ethic of the environment and the old ethic of what it means to love thy neighbor as thyself. But for all it involves major cultural change and a reorientation of what society values and prizes most highly.” (To read similar words from others click here.)
We have very little time. The next decade is our chance to limit the scale of the environmental crisis and create a sustainable, just and peaceful global society. Much excellent, detailed work has been done to envision what a healthy civilization and planet would require. Bringing about world transformation seems achievable, but as Gus Speth says, “only in the context of…a new consciousness.”
We may elect leaders who will work on world transformation, but for them to have the power to overcome opposition and make the changes we need will require a new dominant cultural consciousness. Building that support and political will seems like the harder task.
This website will focus especially on how we can transform our individual consciousness, the foundation for cultural and world transformation.
The co-founder of Centering Prayer, Thomas Keating, says, “If one is truly transformed, one can walk down the street, drink a cup of tea or shake hands with somebody and be pouring divine life into the world…. The essential thing…is the transformation of one’s own consciousness.” (Mystery of Christ p. 275)
“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself…. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation…” Hua Hu Ching 75, attributed to Lao Tzu
“If you want a golden civilization, you must start with what is golden inside of you. If you want a civilization that will thrive for a thousand years, you must start with what is timeless inside of you.” George Kinder, A Golden Civilization and a Map of Mindfulness
One thought on “This Website’s Purpose Redefined for a New Time”
Tom… prophetic and practical; thanks. Creative new start, indeed. i’ve noted several of your references. The way you weave their comments and yours works well. Question: so what exactly do we do? How can we change our personal and social consciousness? What people and organizations can I connect with locally to feel less alone in this huge calling? I mean, I know our local faith communities are one place, hopefully, and if they’re not, use your post to create a group within our faith community. But what other ways? I’m a fan who wants to get even more practical! Congrats on the resurrection of the golden room. Keep writing – michael