Adapted from Cultural Maturity—A Guidebook for the Future Cultural Maturity confronts us repeatedly with limits inherent to what any kind of system can be for another. Such limits are themselves not new, but Whole-Person/Whole-System relationship requires a level of conscious acceptance of limits that would have been more than we could handle before now. This is true equally for love (as making another person our sole focus and support serves us less and less well); for leadership of all types (as we surrender parental images of authority); and for broader social bonds, from communities to nations (as beliefs that mythically elevate one’s own kind suddenly make us less safe instead of more). A primary function of mythologized interpersonal bonds, regardless of whether bonds are elevating or denigrating, has been to […]
The topics included here address Cultural Maturity’s changes more theoretically. They deepen understanding by comparing what we see from Cultural Maturity’s vantage with other notions about the future, by looking more conceptually at what is new, or by addressing the cognitive underpinnings of the changes we see. Cultural Maturity involves not just new ideas, but whole new kinds of ideas. Appreciating how this is so is necessary if the concept itself is to make full sense. Some of these topics draw specifically on Creative Systems Theory, others reflect more general observations.