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Opening the Door to a New Humanity

--by Janis Roze (May 30, 2006)


Over six billion different worldviews are walking on our earth. Every individual I-universe has one. Together we create and carry the vibrating, advancing, struggling humanity's creation a moving, changing noosphere. The noosphere, a term popularized by Jesuit philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, is described as the sphere around the earth produced by the human mind, emotions, ambitions, hopes and dreams. Let us remember that our individual mind, emotions, ambitions, hopes and dreams are an integral part of this human masterpiece. In that enterprise we all are coworkers. Many of us, however, are perplexed and wondering what kind of noosphere we are creating. Is it global society or global confusion? In these days of crises, violence and uncertainties we may ask again an old question, "Quo vadis, Homo sapiens", Where are we as humanity going? And we may also ask, Where am I going as an individual?

Let's leave aside for a moment all the magnificent complications of philosophies, ideologies, sciences, religions, traditions and ways of life. Let's accept them as rich fruit to nourish human consciousness. All of us, rich or poor, famous or not, powerful or powerless, educated or not, thinkers or doers, seekers or not seekers, believers or atheists, spiritualists or materialists are constructing our individual lives. In the ongoing effort of building our "personal empires" with a sense that we will live forever, we discover that we are an essential ingredient in the evolution of the cosmically unique human world. What an opportunity and responsibility!

Viewing the world situation, some signs suggest that we are gradually becoming insensitive, mechanized and dehumanized leading to a global catastrophe. Some other signs suggest that precisely due to this world crisis we are in process of opening the door to a New Humanity. Some see it and work for it with enthusiasm, intensity and love, some are reluctant, while many go around confused; but we all are marching together toward the New Humanity.

In addition to the "external" effort to better the human condition, the search for the door to the New Humanity is leading us inside, deep into our individual being where the essential human is woven into the authentic human. In special moments, out of the spiritual depth of every individual, the urge to recognize and express the authentic human bubbles up to the surface.

--Janis Roze


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On Jun 7, 2006 Nipun wrote:

Notes from the Wednesday discussion ... Some people see good in all. Like Sister Antonia in the Mexican prisons. Sometimes I want to do everything but then I remember to do what's in front of you. We have to expand the notion of humanity to all creation and not just think that we're at the top. A Tamil Tiger emailed me today -- if you were in my shoes, what would you do? Be non-violent or live as a marked man? Why is this called "new" humanity? Humanity is humanity. The man who frisked me at the airport, later helped me buy my tickets because I couldn't speak the local language. Humanity is alive everywhere! Nisha's story about walker? In oscillating between micro and macro, I remember to start with myself. Reading Friedman's 'World is Flat' where he says that as the world gets more interconnected economically, we're less likely to go to war. What would you do to save something? Don't look for this one thing. Do something that will make you come alive. In the movie  See full.

Notes from the Wednesday discussion ...

  • Some people see good in all. Like Sister Antonia in the Mexican prisons.
  • Sometimes I want to do everything but then I remember to do what's in front of you.
  • We have to expand the notion of humanity to all creation and not just think that we're at the top.
  • A Tamil Tiger emailed me today -- if you were in my shoes, what would you do? Be non-violent or live as a marked man?
  • Why is this called "new" humanity? Humanity is humanity.
  • The man who frisked me at the airport, later helped me buy my tickets because I couldn't speak the local language.
  • Humanity is alive everywhere!
  • Nisha's story about walker?
  • In oscillating between micro and macro, I remember to start with myself.
  • Reading Friedman's 'World is Flat' where he says that as the world gets more interconnected economically, we're less likely to go to war.
  • What would you do to save something? Don't look for this one thing. Do something that will make you come alive.
  • In the movie, Shawshank Redemption, they play classical music in prison. No one understands it but everyone is happy because they're not exposed to anything beautiful. Like that, do something, even if it means you just sing a song.
  • Change within, they say. But it's so much easier to change others!
  • Saw celestine prophecy -- I don't think everything happens for a reason. Movie talked about the next step in evolution being not dominating others for their energy ... at a personal and societal level. Cooperation.
  • Dream -- got seized by militants, but was let go. Felt bad about it. Didn't get my share of suffering.
  • Cellist in Sarajevo: they bombed and he kept playing music on the streets in protest.
  • I have the conviction but I don't know for sure not to pollute the noosphere with my negativity
  • Authentic self -- be in the present is the best way to reach that voice; suffering that exists in the world due to ignorance.
  • Everything is in cycles; if you look at the sun, it gives energy. It harms life, it helps life.
  • Different to be a good person and to be aware of what needs to be done.
  • Stay away from concepts but go with one's own resonance.
  • If everyone simply just listened, that would change the world.

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On May 30, 2006 Nipun wrote:
If you're interested in reading the full article, it's from Kosmos Journal: (see link)

Janis Roze Ph.D. born in Latvia, is Professor of Biology Emeritus of City College and Graduate School of the City University of New York. He was professionally associated with the American Museum of Natural History and the United Nations. A founder of the International Center for Integrative Studies he published six books and narrated several videos on Creative Evolution. He co-edited What it Means to be Human (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ tg/detail/-/0312271018?v=glance)