CREATINGA WORLD SYSTEM CONDUCIVE TO THE FLOURISHING OF CULTURE AND SPIRITUALITY
Authors: D. Paul Schafer
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The objective of the present world system is to develop economics and economies. As a result, the focus is on production, consumption, materialism, the marketplace, and economic growth. Culture is marginalized in this system, and spiritualism is confined to a limited number of people and experienced largely on a part-time and piecemeal basis.
A new world system is needed in the future that is based on the development of culture and cultures in the holistic sense. This system would be deeply «rooted in nature,» and the priority would be on the natural environment, people, caring, sharing, a new perception of the human personality, citizens’ responsibilities as well as their rights, and achieving balance and harmony between the material and non-material dimensions of development. In this system, culture would play a central role, and spirituality would be experienced by virtually all people on a full-time basis because it would be a fundamental part of the overall way of life.
The great Roman statesman and orator, Cicero, gave us an inkling of what this system might be like when he said «culture is the philosophy or cultivation of the soul» more than two thousand years ago.
Key Words: world system, transformation, transcendence, culture, cultures, nature, the whole, holism, cultivation, spirituality, the soul, responsibilities, rights, economics, economies, marketplace, materialism, economic growth.