Reimagining Humanity’s Identity: Responding to the Second Shock of Existence

Stein, Zachary and Gafni, Marc Reimagining Humanity’s Identity: Responding to the Second Shock of Existence. World Future Review, 7 (1). pp. 1-10.

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Foreshadowing arguments from the forthcoming book, Towards a New Politics of Evolutionary Love, this paper suggests that humanity is the throws of a species wide identity crisis, precipitated by a broadening awareness of our impending self-inflicted extinction. This growing awareness that humanity is responsible for its own fate and the fate of the planet is referred to as the second shock of existence. The second shock has spawned a great deal of discussion about the need for revolutions in technological, economic, and ecological infrastructures, yet this focus on exteriors addresses only half the picture. Comparable revolutions of our interiors must also take place—radical transformations in the very structure of our consciousness and species-wide self-understanding. This is a call for attending to the interior dimensions of the current global crises, recommending in the strongest possible terms that tremendous energy and resources be rechanneled into planning for the vast educational reconfigurations facing humanity in the coming decades.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Global crises; Integral Theory; Human Identity; Unique Self Theory; Cultural Evolution
Subjects: Education > Educational Theory
Education > Transformative Learning
Programs: Education
Depositing User: Zak Stein
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2016 22:34
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2016 22:34

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