Tom Atlee: Extinction-Level Issues & Wise Democracy

Cultural Intelligence
Tom Atlee

Extinction-level issues and wise democracy

Much of the wisdom we need to address such mega-issues already exists. Most of these solutions are dispersed* and not broadly recognized and agreed-on. Furthermore, we have failed to demonstrate a collective capacity to implement such solutions in sustainably intelligent, integrated, responsive ways. The barriers to collectively recognizing and implementing wise approaches to our challenges are as complex as the challenges themselves. We face obstacles ranging from wildly imbalanced social power and entrenched institutions to broadly shared dangerous assumptions about the good life and even profound limitations and distortions of our individual and collective mental and emotional capacities.

As far as I can tell, effective and lasting solutions to our current mega-challenges will require a deep transformation of our ways of thinking and behaving accompanied by a fundamental re-visioning of our civilization and its underlying assumptions.

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