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Mental Development and Growth
and the Environmental Crisis




Establishing the Necessary Internal Mental Conditions
for a Sustainable, Equitable, Secure and Peaceful Future

 

Changing how we Understand and Manage
Existence and Development Through Education
and Training in Mental Development and Growth

 

How traditionally and today we understand, organize and manage human existence and development contradicts, conflicts with and falls short of the natural conditions of existence and our role in them. It leads to persisting and growing human, social and environmental problems, difficulties and crises we face around the world today.

 

The human problems are a growing mental health crisis. Persisting and growing mental problems, disorder and instability, doubt and confusion, uncertainty and insecurity, feelings of fear, stress, anxiety, frustration and depression, and subsequent substance use, abuse, addiction, overdose and suicide. They affect everything we do and engage in, in all areas of human activity, in all sectors and at all levels of society, in public and private life. They affect how we conduct ourselves individually, relate and interact with each other, and deal with the world around us, with nature and the natural environment.

 

The social problems include competition, conflict and confrontation, greed, corruption, exploitation, domination, marginalization, poverty and starvation, racism, injustice and inequality, a growing gap between rich and poor, social disorder and instability. The environmental crisis includes climate change and global warming, pollution of air, soil and water, rivers, lakes and oceans, the introduction of millions of synthetic compounds into the natural environment, the loss of biodiversity, the destruction of ecosystems, and the exploitation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources beyond nature’s regenerative capacity. It is leading to changes in nature that, in the long-term, will render the natural environment of the Earth uninhabitable for the human species.

 

The answers and solutions lie in changing how we understand and manage existence and development. They lie in understanding and managing them in a sustainable, socially equitable and individually secure and peaceful way within the natural parameters, the boundaries and limits of existence and development.

It involves:

 

·       Changing to understand and manage existence and development from the top-down and from the outside in, to understand and manage them from the ground up and from the inside out. Understanding and managing them from human-created beliefs, views, values and conventions down to the level of the natural conditions of existence, from the collective to the individual, and from the world around us to the inner mental life. Instead, we need to understand and manage them from the ground up, at the level of the natural conditions of existence, beginning with the individual, the mind, the inner mental life and the mental self.

 

·       Changing to understand and manage existence and development in an externalized, fragmented, generalized and disconnected way in the abstract, to understand and manage in a comprehensive way, a differentiated, but integrated, connected and related way, in their essence, in-depth and in detail.

 

·       Changing to understand, organize and manage human existence and development in the collective, to understand, organize and manage them individually, in cooperation with each other.

 

·       Changing understanding the conditions of existence and our role in them in the abstract, to consider and make sense of our experience of them.

 

·       Changing establishing a sense of self, order and stability, clarity and coherence, certainty and security externally, in the collective, in the world around us, to establish and maintain them individually, in mind, through individual mental work and effort. Changing from trying to create the ideal external conditions of an ordered, stable, secure and predictable world around us to establishing and maintaining the necessary internal mental conditions. Changing from meeting our mental needs externally in physical-material terms to meeting them in non-material ways in the mind through individual mental work and effort.

 

·       Changing understanding and managing existence and development through understanding and managing the world around us, nature and the natural environment, to understand and manage our existence and development within existing and changing external conditions.

 

·       Changing the primary focus from quantitative physical-material to qualitative mental development and growth.

 

·       Changing traditional socializing education and training to education and training in mental development and growth. Shifting the primary focus from socialization into established socio-cultural beliefs, views, values, conventions and practices to education and training developing the necessary knowledge, understanding and mental faculties. Developing the knowledge, understanding and mental faculties to understand and manage existence and development individually, in cooperation with each other. To understand and manage existence and development beginning with the mind, the inner mental life and the mental self, within the natural parameters, the boundaries and limits defined by nature.

 

To understand and manage existence and development, existing in and as part of a constantly changing and transforming world, in environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and individual secure and peaceful way, within the natural parameters. That is, through education and training in mental development and growth, changing how traditionally and today we understand and manage the fundamentals and essentials of human existence and development, shifting the primary focus from quantitative physical material to qualitative mental development and growth. (For a more detailed discussion, click here.) 

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Power Points

Creating the Necessary Conditions for a Sustainable, Equitable, Secure and Peaceful Future

The Natural Conditions of Existence, our Role in Them

Inside the Mind: Understanding and Dealing with the Mind as the Place where we Consciously Exist and Act

Establishing and Maintaining the Necessary Internal Mental Conditions

Managing and Improving the Self: Considering, Planning and Organizing Ahead

Development, Change and Transformation from the Ground Up and from the Inside Out

The Human Condition: How as a Species we Got to Where we Find Ourselves Today

Beyond Religion, Philosophy and Science: Existence and Development from the Ground Up and from the Inside Out

Sustainable Development: Understanding and Managing Existence and Development within the Natural Parameters

Education and Training in Mental Development and Growth: Education and Training for a Sustainable, Equitable, Secure and Peaceful Future

Future Scenario: Understanding and Managing Existence and Development from the Ground Up and from the Inside Out

Discussion Papers

Mental Health:
The Missing Element

Mental Health,
Moving Forward on the Issue

Beyond Quantitative Development:
On the Nature of Qualitative Development

Getting the Fundamentals and Essentials Right, Dealing with the Environment and Climate Change

Towards a Sustainable, Equitable, Secure and Peaceful Development and Future