By Dr. Denise R. Ames
In the previous blog post (#6 in the series), I described the negative aspects of a consumer society. What can replace it? This concludes the blog series.
Physically, America is on lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading, but our moral, ethical, psychological, and spiritual patterns are not on lockdown, they are evolving, trying new expressions, while individuals and families are reconsidering them. Perhaps in this time of heightened inter-reflection and amplified anxiety, we can reflect on how the consumer lifestyle—spoon-fed to us through the ubiquitous advertising industry—needs to be carefully reassessed and refashioned. What will our way of life be like if the economy, the main designer of our lifestyles, either collapses or is rendered severely diminished.
Perhaps, in the Global Wave, the transformative worldview will prevail. This worldview emphasizes ecological balance, social fairness, local economies, participatory democracy, and psychic-spiritual connections. It is a worldview that I envision as enhancing global and personal well-being, as well as the well-being of our non-human neighbors in the natural world.
If change is going to occur that triggers the transformative worldview to prevail in the Global Wave, I find that the moral/ethical, spiritual, and psychological patterns need to be the driver of pushing the other patterns into a coherent and balanced wave of human development.
I see glimmers of this change in the opening-up I sense in the people I encounter (at a safe six-feet distance). Will it be enough to spark a change in the economic, political, social, cultural, and technological patterns, which will in turn push us to the transformative worldview eventually becoming the overriding worldview in the Global Wave.
It is a far cry from seeing more openness on some people’s faces to catalyzing a different wave of human development. Instead, we hang in a waiting game. Unsure about what the future holds but knowing that our old way of life is slipping out from underneath us. We are tottering from here to there all the while trying to seek a balance that is sustainable.
About the Author: Dr. Denise R. Ames
Dr. Ames’ varied life experiences—scholarly research, teaching, reflections, and extensive travels—have contributed to her balanced and thoughtful perspectives. Earning a doctorate in world history education, she has taught secondary schools, universities, a community college, professional development trainings, and lifelong learners. In 2003, Dr. Ames founded the educational non-profit, Center for Global Awareness, developing globally-focused books and educational resources. She has written seven books, blogs, lesson plans, articles, newsletters, and teaching units for the non-profit and clients.
Dr. Ames is now developing a program called Turn—transformative understanding and reflection network—that encourages life-long learners to see things with new eyes, shift perspectives, and understand the balance in all things. She teaches classes and writes about cross-cultural awareness, indigenous wisdom, a transformative worldview, learning from the past, a mythic journey, and transforming travel.
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