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  • The cosmos is made up of mostly dead matter and empty space and is not “alive.”

  • Our cosmos is a unique kind of “living organism” and, as a whole system, is fundamentally alive.

  • We are floating through vast reaches of empty space, and most of life seems to lack any larger sense of meaning and purpose.

  • The entire cosmos is a unified system. Each action is woven into the deep ecology of the universe. Everything we do matters.

  • Consciousness– when viewed from a reductionist, mechanistic perspective — is a byproduct of biochemistry and is located in the brain.

  • Consciousness-when viewed from an integrative, living systems perspective-is an ordinary capacity that permeates the universe and provides a reflective capability appropriate to each entity within the universe.

  • The goal in life is material success and social achievement.

  • The goal in life is to develop a balanced relationship between our inner and outer lives-to live in a way that is sustainable and compassionate.

  • The emphasis is on conspicuous consumption. The “good life” depends on having enough money to buy access to pleasures and avoid discomforts.

  • The emphasis is on conscious consumption. The “good life” is an ever-changing balance of inner and outer, material and spiritual, personal and social, etc.

  • Identity is largely defined by material possessions and social position.

  • Our sense of self grows through our conscious, loving, and creative participation in life.

  • Emphasis is on personal autonomy and mobility.

  • Emphasis is on personal growth and community.

  • The individual is defined by his or her body and is ultimately separate and alone.

  • The individual is both unique and an inseparable part of the larger universe. Our being is not limited to our physical existence.

  • It is natural that we who are living use lifeless material resources for our own progress.

  • It is natural to respect all that exists as integral to the larger body of life.

  • Cutthroat competition is the norm. You compete against others to make a killing.

  • Fair competition is the norm. You cooperate with others to earn a living.

  • The mass media are dominated by commercial interests and are used to promote a high-consumption culture.

  • The mass media awaken to the challenge of sustainability and begin to explore more workable and meaningful approaches to living.

  • Nations adopt a “lifeboat ethic” in global relations.

  • Nations adopt a “spaceship Earth ethic” in global relations.

  • The welfare of the whole is left to the workings of the free market or government bureaucracies.

  • Each person takes responsibility for the well-being of the world, enabling high levels of decentralization and freedom at the local level, and a sustainable harmony at the global level.


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