David Korten's The Great Turning
By Ren Huntsinger at Jun 20, 2009
Anyone who isn't trying at this point to rethink what the US is about and why it seems its core values and political systems have come to a major crisis, a crisis of proportion that may echo the The Great Depression, or even worse, might be inclined to follow the Obama promise of hope and feel disinclined to critique the path he has begun, one step at a time.
I have openly critiqued the notion of hope that Obama has come to represent even before it became apparent he was going to keep to the same policies that most of his predecessors have followed, but I want to go beyond criticism of the Obama presidency. While my concerns are somewhat personal, they also, I feel, are part of a inclination I'm finding being voiced by a still very small group of us who are conscious of the planet as a whole, our place within it as responsible member species, and of the effect that human beings are having -- an effect that is beginning to resemble that of a deadly disease, like a cancer, on the living whole that is our biosphere.
Hope to me is something one abandons, not in despair, but because one faces the binary twin of hope -- fear -- at the same moment one focuses on hope, and then realizes the behavioris
As children our parents help to fulfill that basic urge to establish security in our lives, and by taking the responsibility for us, they thereby delayed our own eventual requiremen
Meanwhile, as adult human beings in a biologically based world that appears to be approaching a dire crisis, we may all be challenged to become yet another level of adult -- adults who can step outside the security of our cultural systems, our institutional fabric that functions in many ways beyond our grasp and individual influence and become aware of our systemic effect. If we don't, the devastation we are en masse creating to defile our very home may lead to our own demise as a viable species. Viable species don't exist outside a system, and should we destroy the system, we will no longer have that which makes viability possible. This is fairly logical for an individual to imagine but extremely difficult for us to grasp collectively. This is perhaps the greatest conundrum the human species as a whole has yet to face. We must somehow come to a vision -- a collective vision where actions can somehow be envisioned and put into place that will do what no cancer or disease is capable of doing when it gets into the body of a host and destroys it.
As adults, we have to face the uncertaint
David Korten in his work is talking about a society that I find reflects that particular
I'd like to offer this link to a David Korten presentation about his latest book, The Great Turning and I've included the video below.