Wisdom for the Future
the vision of constructive postmodernism
Yes to the Past, Yes to the Future
In the end, the best human civilization possible can only emerge from a synthesis of so-called First and Third World cultures. The First World civilizations have developed technology and science, which have grown from a wonderful cultural sense of appreciation for adventure, risk, and innovation. However, from a social and ecological standpoint, the activities of the First World have been disastrous. The Third World has been adept at developing and preserving sustainable and balanced communities that are rich with accumulated wisdom. Yet, very often this focus on tradition has degenerated into hierarchy, ritual, and stagnation. Nature's signal to us is clearer than ever: we must change our habits and become a society that lives in lasting harmony with this Earth. By synthesizing the best aspects of the distinct human civilizations around the world, we can go beyond simply being able to last--we can thrive. Let nothing be arrogantly disregarded as primitive or backward. Indeed, at this time, looking backward may be the best way for us to move forward.
Modern: the innovative, risk-taking, adventurous spirit of industrial societies in the west in its positive and negative aspects.
Traditional: the ecological and community-centered spirit of traditional, agricultural civilizations in their positive and negative aspects.
Deconstructive postmodernism: the deconstruction of ways of thinking in the modern west that have been harmful to social and ecological well-being.
Constructive postmodernism: the construction of fresh ways of thinking that combine the wisdom of agricultural civilizations with the wisdom of modernity for the sake of living creatively in the world and harmoniously with nature, with no one left behind.
Who uses the phrase
The Wisdom of Agricultural Societies