Adapted from Cultural Maturity—A Guidebook for the Future Limits and uncertainty link most directly in the critically importance of confronting limits to what we as humans can predict and control. Cultural Maturity alerts us to how the circumstances around an issue are rarely as readily pinned down as we might wish. Mature perspective also highlights the ways uncertainty comes part and parcel, at the most basic level, with how we understand any situation. It emphasizes, for example, that we are always participants in any act of knowing—a fact that makes ever knowing something for sure impossible. It is not surprising that we humans have often assumed we have a much greater capacity to predict than is at all warranted. One of the most important functions of our past belief systems […]
"Cultural Maturity’s Defining Themes"
Common themes run through Cultural Maturity’s changes wherever we find them, from the most personal to the most encompassing of concerns. While the specifics of today’s new challenges could often not be more different, fundamental similarities exist in what contemporary questions ask of us. Appreciating these similarities provides guidance for confronting the tasks ahead and also supports the conclusion that change of an encompassing sort its afoot. The End of Civilization and Hope and the Future are each in different ways organized around such common change themes.