One Planet, One People, One Purpose
It appears that the Earth is in a transition that could lead to a new, higher level of organization and, in Pierre de Chardin’s sense, “interiorization”, producing a new emergent consciousness. This transition is like what happened when cells evolved to form individual insects and plants and animals and, eventually, humans. And, these individuals came to have a coherent consciousness that could guide the – now unified – collection of cells. It also appears that humanity is a key vehicle for this new higher level of organization for the Earth.
However, the Earth is at a very unstable point in its evolution. In a systems theory context it will either evolve or devolve now. So, In order to survive, individual humans have to evolve to the next level of consciousness and connect to form the emergent Earth’s next level of organization and coherence. Let’s call that “Planetary Consciousness.” To succeed, this Planetary Consciousness needs to be expressed in a straightforward unifying philosophy – a Planetary Philosophy – with a set of simple, self-evident, powerful core principles (assumptions) that are so clear and so self-evident that it is virtually impossible for anyone to deny them.
And these principles need to provide clear guidance so that anyone and everyone can immediately understand whether an action contributes to evolution or devolution. What are these principles? Planetary Philosophy suggests that there are three of these core principles.
Planetary Philosophy is evolving. Recently, I’ve applied the Planetary Philosophy perspective to produce a two essays: Toward a New Paradigm, looking more deeply at consciousness; and Toward a Planetary Revolution, addressing the historical context for Planetary Philosophy and some of its economic and political implications. In this website, you can also find earlier essays on: Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Consciousness; Philosophy of Capitalism; and a way to Build Your Own Philosophy
Prior to Planetary Philosophy, which primarily addresses the economic, social, cultural, and political aspects of life on Earth right now and the Great Transformation we are headed toward, I formulated a Spiritual Philosophy, which I call Spiritual Democracy. You can find the story of how I came to this Spiritual Philosophy in my book, In Search of a Revelation.
In addition to Spiritual Democracy, the other primary inspiration for Planetary Philosophy comes from a ritual called Planetary Dance, which I have collaborated on with Anna Halprin and a team of Planetary Dancers for the last 40 years.
I hope you will explore Planetary Philosophy and take from it whatever you find that’s helpful to you. If you really like this conceptual framework, I would love for you to join with us in building Planetary Philosophy into an intellectual movement strong enough to make a significant contribution to realizing our One Purpose, bringing about the global transformation that our One People needs to survive and thrive on our One Planet.
James Hurd Nixon
April 4, 2020
Humanity on Earth is at a very unstable point in its evolution. In a systems theory context, we will either evolve or devolve. In order to survive, we need to evolve to the next level of consciousness, organization, and coherence.
Planetary Philosophy: To do this we need a straightforward unifying philosophy with a set of simple, self-evident, powerful core principles that provide clear guidance, enabling anyone to understand whether an action contributes to evolution or devolution.
Essays: In this website you’ll find a number of different ways that I’ve applied this perspective, most recently in two essays: Toward a New Paradigm, looking more deeply at consciousness; and Toward a Planetary Revolution, addressing the historical context for Planetary Philosophy and some of its economic and political implications. You can also find a way to Build Your Own Philosophy.
Context: Prior to Planetary Philosophy, I formulated a Spiritual Philosophy, which I call Spiritual Democracy. You can find the story of how I came to this Spiritual Philosophy in my book, In Search of a Revelation. The other primary inspiration for Planetary Philosophy comes from a ritual called Planetary Dance, which I have collaborated on with Anna Halprin and a team of Planetary Dancers for the last 40 years.
Conversation: I hope you’ll explore Planetary Philosophy, use whatever you find that’s helpful, and, if you’re so inclined, let’s have a conversation about it.
James Hurd Nixon
April 4, 2020
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