In my recent book, Cultural Maturity: A Guidebook for the Future, I divide the most commonly encountered views of the future into five “scenarios” (to use the language of futurists): We’ve Arrived Scenarios, We’ve Gone Astray Scenarios, Postindustrial/Information Age Scenarios, Postmodern/Constructivist Scenarios, and Transformational/New Paradigm Scenarios. In contrasting them with the concept of Cultural Maturity, I describe how each stops short of providing effective guidance. I also delineate how each is best thought of less as a product of reasoned consideration than as how the future looks from a particular kind of limited perspective. That the first two differ fundamentally from where the concept of Cultural Maturity’s more systemic perspective takes us is most obvious. Culturally mature perspective makes clear that Modern Age belief is not an endpoint (we have not “arrived”). It also emphasizes […]
The Cultural Immaturity Section includes commentary on current writings, policies, and human activities that fall short of the demands of Cultural Maturity. They may fall short in particularly dangerous ways or warrant commentary because how they fall short provides particularly useful learning. Comparison offers one of the best ways to deepen understanding of Cultural Maturity and to separate the wheat from the chaff in our thinking.