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Dec 21, 2013

We face a defining choice between two contrasting models for organizing human affairs. Give them the generic names Empire and Earth Community. Absent an understanding of the history and implications of this choice, we may squander valuable time and resources on efforts to preserve or mend cultures and institutions that cannot be fixed and must be replaced.

Empire organizes by domination at all levels, from relations among nations to relations among family members. Empire brings fortune to the few, condemns the majority to misery and servitude, suppresses the creative potential of all, and appropriates much of the wealth of human societies to maintain the institutions of domination.

Earth Community, by contrast, organizes by partnership, unleashes the human potential for creative co-operation, and shares resources and surpluses for the good of all. Supporting evidence for the possibilities of Earth Community comes from the findings of quantum physics, evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, anthropology, archaeology, and religious mysticism. It was the human way before Empire; we must make a choice to re-learn how to live by its principles.

 Developments distinctive to our time are telling us that Empire has reached the limits of the exploitation that people and Earth will sustain. A mounting perfect economic storm born of a convergence of peak oil, climate change, and an imbalanced U.S. economy dependent on debts it can never repay is poised to bring a dramatic restructuring of every aspect of modern life. We have the power to choose, however, whether the consequences play out as a terminal crisis or an epic opportunity. The Great Turning is not a prophecy. It is a possibility.

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Posted: Saturday December 21, 2013, 10:30 am
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LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 11:51 pm
I am very impressed with this clear, concise statement! The dichotomy between the two options we have to choose between, the two faces of the alternative you have presented, is striking & strikingly articulated. This is really coherent & compelling! I'm impressed by both the content of this statement, & the economy with which it is expressed, stripping the issues to their essence! Had my perception of our environment, my intellect & my analytic skills provided me with such thoughts & had I sought to write them up, I could have (& would have) expressed them in at least 5 times as many words & phrases & would very likely have drowned the essential points in an outpouring of verbiage. Bravo, Bryan! I'm going to read this a few more times to see what I can integrate in terms of both content & style. Btw, when you say, "Supporting evidence for the possibilities of Earth Community comes from the findings of quantum physics, evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, anthropology, archaeology, and religious mysticism," I immediately want to ask you what that supporting evidence is from domains as divergent as quantum physics, evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, anthropology & archaeology, even though I'm sure it would be complex & time-consuming for you to explain. Perhaps it would be easier for you just to recommend a few books or articles I could read to come to an understanding of how these different fields provide evidence of 'Earth Community' opportunities for fulfilment.

Bryan S. (105)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 1:01 pm
Hey Jill, thank you for that great comment on my share! So i'm noticing that i was pretty sloppy when i posted it in indicating the source and i can only wish that statement was something i wrote. I join you in admiring the author's knowledge and writing skills. There is the address in the seperate post below that goes to the full article by David C. Korten (which of course i recommend reading and will have to reread myself) but i realize that post looks like a different article/subject. Don't ask me why i didn't just edit it in the first place to include the link in the original post, lol (which i'll do now).

I will say imo that your question regarding supporting evidence gets to the heart of how our society perceives and interacts with the world while the most compelling evidence and experience from these fields is ignored, or more accurately not allowed to change things near as much as they should be. Instead, as David Korten explains so well, society is organized along the destructive themes of empire.

Of course you'd have to read more of Korten's work for an answer, but as i understand, all these fields give examples of how all things are connected, and how systems including any living organism, social structures, and individual humans require cooperation and sustainable use of resources to develop and thrive.

Evolutionary biology provides examples of the importance of symbiosis as opposed to just the notion of "survival of the fittest," quantum physics is finding that nothing can ultimately be defined as a seperate entity as traditional reductionist scientific models look at things, and of course various traditional societies give evidence of the cohesion and sustainability of what Korten terms Earth Community as opposed to empire.

As far as books, the article i posted is drawn from The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community by Korten. And thank you for reminding me of that! I just ordered a copy. 'When Corporations Rule the World' is a great one by him which gives a consise explanation of corporate economic control. I'd also be happy to hear any recommendations from you.

Thanks again, and warmest wishes.

Debbie S. (32)
Friday January 31, 2014, 11:40 am
Good article! Screw the empire.....

Bryan S. (105)
Friday January 31, 2014, 4:04 pm
Thanks Debbie! I agree, it certainly is screwing us and all other life.

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