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The conceptual foundation and framework of understanding guiding and directing the work of the Institute are provided by a long-term study about how as a species we got to where we find ourselves today, how today we understand and manage human existence and development, and the human individual, social and environmental problems, difficulties and crises we face and we create around the world today. How through the ages human beings made sense of their experience of the conditions of their existence and the world around them, and how to deal with them. The knowledge, the understanding, the mental powers and abilities, mental skills and practices on which they relied, how they developed and used them.

Within this context, the study looked at how today we understand and manage existence and development, demands and challenges, problems and difficulties, the understanding, mental powers and abilities, mental skills and practices we develop, on which we rely, how we develop and use them. Limits and shortcomings, where, how and why they contradict, conflict with or fall short of the natural conditions, demands and challenges of existence. Understanding the problematic results and consequences for the individual, society, the human species, future generations, nature and the natural environment.

The study took place within the larger context of understanding, beyond the human-created socio-cultural conditions, competing and conflicting beliefs, views, values and conventions, the natural conditions, demands and challenges of human existence and development. The natural conditions of existence that in the first instance define and govern human existence and development, which lie beyond our control, but which we must deal with and accommodate, to which we must respond and adjust. The natural conditions of existence that are common to all human beings, which lie behind and which are reflected in human experience, the experience of every individual human being. More fundamentally, the natural conditions of the mind and our mental existence, the inner mental life and the mental self - nature, elements and processes, the conditions, needs, demands and challenges, and the role and responsibility in them that by nature are individually ours to understand and manage.

The study included considering the direction of the answers and solutions, the direction we need to take in conceptual and mental development and growth, individually, as society and as a species. What in how traditionally and today we understand and manage human existence and development we need to change, correct and improve to understand and manage them in environmentally sustainable, socially equitable and individually secure and peaceful ways, existing in and as part of a constantly changing and transforming world, within the natural parameters. It involved considering the knowledge, the understanding, the mental powers and abilities, mental skills and practices we need to develop, how to develop and use them, to deal with the problems and difficulties, demands and challenges we face today, and to understand and manage existence and development in sustainable, equitable, secure and peaceful ways.

Understanding and managing existence and development, conditions, needs, demands and challenges, problems and difficulties, change and changing conditions within the boundaries and limits of existence set by nature. The knowledge, the understanding and the mental faculties, the mental powers and abilities, mental skills and practices, mental work and effort that are required to sustain an expanding global human population in equitable ways on the limited and finite natural material resources base of the Earth, without contributing further to the premature demise in the long term of the human species at its own hands.





 

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