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《The Second Annual Conference》



Ervin Laszlo: The Key to Building A Global Ecological Civilization

 

Release Date:2013-05-20

 

Ervin Laszlo, Founder and Honorary Chairman of the Club of Budapest

 

Abstract: A holistic global culture allows us to take a more inclusive view of individuals, society, and the entire network of life on this planet, giving individuals a broader identity and a broader consciousness.

 

Human civilization on this planet is facing an important turning point, a "point of divergence" in human evolution. This turning point presents not only serious threats, but also a unique opportunity to create a new civilization that is more sustainable, peaceful, and humane: a global ecological civilization. The key to leveraging the fleeting opportunity in time is to create a new and more appropriate culture: a holistic global culture.

 

We need a more appropriate culture to drive the next stage of civilizational evolution. The impetus to move to the next stage includes, on the one hand, the possibility of growing crisis and the ensuing unrest; and, on the other hand, the openness created by the unsustainability of existing civilizations, i.e., the growing awareness that we need to change. These conditions form the point of divergence in the history of civilizational evolution that may allow us to succeed in building a global ecological civilization. To seize this unique opportunity, we must pursue a social process that is guided by the more contemporary values, aspirations, and perspectives of most people. These cultural factors cannot be "imposed from the top down" but must "grow from the bottom up". This is not a utopian vision: the economic, social, and political problems of today's world, as well as the crises we have experienced and are about to face, are driving us to find new ways of thinking and acting, reinforcing Einstein's view that the world's major problems cannot be solved by the way of thinking that led to them.

 

Culture is a crucial factor in our search for new ways of thinking and behaving. Our goal is to create a holistic global culture that inspires individuals and societies to establish more appropriate values and goals. A holistic global culture is inclusive and practical; it is diverse, but the diversity embodies unity. This culture allows for a more inclusive view of individuals, societies, and the entire network of life on this planet, giving individuals a broader identity and broader consciousness and providing a richer moral ethic rooted in a holistic and scientific worldview for life in interactive societies around the world.

 

The development of a holistic global culture will enable the current generations to move beyond the fragmented culture that dominates the world today, to put an end to an outdated civilization, to create a more sustainable, peaceful, and humane world, and to move into the next phase of the history of human civilization.

 



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