Coming together by arrangement with various Lifelong Learning Academies in Sarasota, we discuss how elders can assume our historical role as guides and mentors to the middle generation actively involved in their power-time to make the world. As we elders detach from the world and see the outcome of our own karmic actions we acquire a planetary vision to share with our adult children. How do we shift Globalization from "20th C goals to 21st C goals" in the light of awareness brought by our planetary crises in climate change, terrorism and the Clash of Civilizations, and the world financial meltdown?
Creativity, Healing &
Brain Fitness Open Studio
Art and Crafts Open Studio for Parkinson and Cancer Patients is a gathering, available weekly with no expectations for attendance, to create -- as essential "elder play" as play is to children -- with the difference that continuing the learning of skill acquisition is healing to the brain in the scientific research into adult neurogenesis, just as play structures the child's brain. Here we gain perspective and a horizon-sweeping view on life and how we developed our character to engage with survival success. Without discussion, contemplating inwardly as we do our individual work, our engagement with the creative "product" tells us how our social values fulfilled or betrayed our childhood dreams. The expectations we had during our mid-life power are now held up to the light of our own secret awareness by our health in the end-stage.
Jung and Western Civilization and the Open Studio for Arts and Crafts are complementary programs in theory and practice. Implementing the pioneering work of Gene Cohen at NIH on The Impact of Professionally conducted Cultural Programs on the Health of Older Adults, I facilitate dialogues to develop a 21st-Century world view of Global Economics for Ecology in harmony with Cultural Transformation and Healing, both personal and planetary. We put this world view into practice in the Open Studio in the Arts or Craftsmanship for conscious aging, using current research in medicine and its exercise for Brain Fitness.
My world view, like the Ancient Greek, is that the health of our civilization affects the health of the individual. Whether you like to talk or to do, or both, I present creativity and healing in light of our global cultural transformation in order to integrate Science and Meaning, the Economics of Earth Stewardship, and Conscious Aging.
Please look at the following syllabi of preceding seminars in this series for the ideas which the 2007--2010 seminars apply to justice and health as the creative power of civilization and individual citizens:
2006 seminar and 2007 seminar Syllabi: Science and Meaning and What Ever is Happening to US?.
2004 seminar and 2005 seminar Syllabi: Globalization and Planetary Initiation .
Pax Americana: Dialogues
for a 21st-Century World View
The transition or passage between two stages of development, in both the individual and in the culture of civilizations, is marked by a chaos of conflicting opposites, when the destination is still unknown. To navigate safely this fast and dangerous passage requires discernment to integrate and reconcile opposition through a qualitative leap in awareness. The Earth itself is showing us our present destination on the broad horizon is Global Climate Change due to the fuel that is the foundation of our economy. At the same time, this fuel is what we have traded the largest treasure in history for and it has brought about a clash of civilizations. To correct our course, we are required to make a qualitative leap in global civilization -- not a face-off world war between civilizations. This seminar will be conducted as dialogues on how to design the infrastructure to achieve a qualitative, Earth-friendly global civilization and how we as elders can still lead the way to the new destination using a 21st-Century World View.
In the suggested reading, there are books you may want to take a look at, which can inform us of the cultural upheaval affecting public health in our time, but no reading is required. We are immersed in this cultural transformation like fish in water. We all bring in articles from newspapers to ignite the dialogues but I also suggest we go back to Plato's Republic, any edition you have available; I use Edith Hamilton's.
Weeks of January 9 and 16: How does our World View become Reality?
American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century, Kevin Phillips, Viking, 2006
Jung said what is inside us that remains unconscious " . . . casts itself outward as our fate." The first decades of the 19th and 20th Centuries set the stage for the drama that defined the rest of the century. The 19th saw Europe expand its power throughout the globe to use cheap primary resources in order to industrialize at home. Colonization or Imperialism (depending upon whether the population was migrant European or maintaining their power structure abroad) set the stage for "mature capitalism" and the World Wars that defined the 20th Century, after the first decade. The '00 years of the 21st Century have been defining the reality for our children, grandchildren and theirs. It doesn't look good; the myths of Post-Modernism are imploding and the problems of Post-Globalization are exploding. Weeks of January 23 and 30: Science/Technology and the Market/Mall
Suggested Reading: C. P. Snow, The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution, NY: Cambridge UP, 1959.
The March of Folly : From Troy to Vietnam, Barbara W. Tuchman, 1984
Post-Modernism by its very name shows our ignorance of what comes after Modern Times. Uncertainty and confusion lead to a backlash of literal or fundamentalist interpretation of concepts. Our inability to teach how to think in concepts, keeps Science subordinate to its implementation in consumerist technology.
If we look at the underlying economic motive as the foundation of modernism and post-modernism, we see the industrial revolution as a new culture not only changing the 40,000 year-old agricultural way of life, but revolutionizing warfare and making the whole of humanity participate in it. This new planetary culture affecting all people is consumerism -- the original "modernism" taken into "globalization."
Weeks of February 6 and 13: Can we change Globalization as defined by the 20th Century?
Consumed by Benjamin Barber. You can also find Bill Moyers' interview of Professor Barber on PBS.org, search for Bill Moyers' Journal.
Globalization is actually the success of U. S. consumerist culture mediated by news and entertainment, and as such has been called "Pax Americana" -- the pursuit of commerce (or happiness equated with wealth) that nations agree is too much to lose by making war. However, the shadow side of openness and "ethical relativism" is "spin" and superficial image in favor of entertaining mythology, and this, the Romans found was the "bread and circus" that could keep people fat and happy so that they would be distracted and lethargic as they lost their republic.
Weeks of February 20 and 27: Cosmic Shift or Terrestrial Rift?
Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity, Stephen Toulmin, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1990.
Philosophy and Social Hope, Richard Rorty, NY: Penguin books, 1999.
As the nation state is transcended by social groups conducting global business, "transnational corporations" become the economic force for allegiance, even though ex-patriate employees maintain their home cultural enclaves abroad. What is good for business production and distribution is the new globalizing force staving off World War III by small releases of pressure in belligerence. The new warfare no longer distinguishes between an elite fighting aristocracy with their subject army and the civilian population. Everyone is subject to attack on land, sea, and from the air.
Yet, transnational corporations are more effective in producing wealth than the political institutions or social practices (learned the hard way) established in government during the 20th Century. This means that loyalty to the nation-state is to be transferred to your corporation. Social organization returns to tribal power through culture wars within nations, or terrorism outside, or exportation of religious identity in massive migrations among them.
Weeks of March 5 and 12: Post-globalization -- "the same ol' same ol'" is now a planetary culture.
For basic understanding of Economics, there is no better book than Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, by E. F. Schumacher.
The E. F. Schumacher Society in Great Barrington, MA 01230, has a tape of a lecture given there by Andrew Kimbrell, a DC attorney who argues environmental cases before the Supreme Court, "Technology and the Sacred." In the first decade of the 20th Century, Henry Adams describes in a chapter "The Virgin and the Dynamo" of his autobiography, The Education of Henry Adams, the turning to the modern way that is at the heart of "the two cultures and the scientific revolution" on which C. P. Snow lectured half a century later at Cambridge.
The new reality is being defined in the first decade of this 21st-Century, just as the first decades of the last two centuries defined the critical problems that gave the 19th and 20th Centuries their identities. Human population has reached the present technologically-enhanced carrying power of the land, upset the balance of nature, and has threatened to change the planetary conditions we have evolved within during seven million years. What is preventing Science from taking our species into outer space is our own primitive cultural comprehension of responsibility. Instead, we are destroying our home planet. The Greeks thought when the State is diseased and corrupt, individual bodily health follows.
Weeks of March 19 and 26: the Hundredth Monkey -- a Critical Mass.
The Spiritual Universe: How Quantum Physics Proves the Existence of the Soul, Wolf, Fred Alan. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996 (0-684-81200-2). DDC: 128.
A new global culture, integrating the opposites of materialism and spirituality, science and religion/tradition, military industrialism and ecological sustainability, is emerging from the confusion, decadence, ignorance, and pathological ideologies. Through civil discourse and critical thinking alone, we can conduct our business in such a way as to bring the best in us to prevail. "There is only one law, the law of reciprocity; it is observed by a selfless conscience and an awakened sense of Justice."