New Thought Movement Gains Traction, Changes The World
Amid all the realignments these uncertain times are causing in our thinking—about our jobs, our world and ourselves—it might be helpful to remember one simple image: a horse wearing blinders.
A focused, diligent creature, minimally mindful of the frenetic and critical world around it, is the kind of creature that gets what it wants in this world. Our racehorse doesn't get distracted or stop to smell the flowers. In fact, as Adam Singer writes in The Future Buzz, a strict focus on our personal passions and goals is the key to getting what we want. Perhaps our racehorse doesn't think in such terms exactly, but it does display the actions that come from such thinking.
As creatures of superior cognitive ability, we have an advantage over the equine world. We can choose the relationships that best complement our drive to realize our passions. According to Singer, the most fruitful relationships we can foster are symbiotic; in short, we reach goals when we surround ourselves by others who are striving to reach their goals.
Symbiosis is one of the pillars of the New Thought movement, a meta-trend in human relations that says our thoughts determine the ultimate reality of our lives. Stay tuned to Big Think for future posts on how to think in ways your never conceived of to get through times we never conceived of either.
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The 21st century is experiencing an Asianization of politics, business, and culture.
- Our theories about the world, even about history or the geopolitics of the present, tend to be shaped by Anglo perspectives of the Western industrial democracies, particularly those in the United States and the United Kingdom.
- The West, however, is not united. Canada, for instance, acts in many ways that are not in line with American or British policies, particularly in regard to populism. Even if it were united, though, it would not represent most of the world's population.
- European ideas, such as parliamentary democracy and civil service, spread across the world in the 19th century. In the 20th century, American values such as entrepreneurialism went global. In the 21st century, however, what we're seeing now is an Asianization — an Asian confidence that they can determine their own political systems, their own models, and adapt to their own circumstances.
They didn't know it, but the rituals of Iron Age Scandinavians turned their iron into steel.
- Iron Age Scandinavians only had access to poor quality iron, which put them at a tactical disadvantage against their neighbors.
- To strengthen their swords, smiths used the bones of their dead ancestors and animals, hoping to transfer the spirit into their blades.
- They couldn't have known that in so doing, they actually were forging a rudimentary form of steel.
Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
- If it were not for our oceans, the planet would probably be already several degrees warmer than it is today due to the emissions we've expelled into the atmosphere.
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